Best Bottle Shop: Belmont Station

4500 SE Stark St; 503-232-8538;
Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall? Yeah, right. More like 1,000 at this 13-year-old emporium of ale. Inside, neatly marked sections—Oregon, Belgian, Craft Six-Packs, for example—help you zero in on your picks, as does sampling any of the 17 beers on tap in the bottle shop’s onsite Bier-cafe. Staffers are helpful when asked, but, thankfully, they won’t stalk you as you wander the store, gape-mouthed, checking out labels. Though we just might, if you snatch up the last bottle of that sought-after Pliny the Elder. —KC


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Geoff Phillips, Bailey’s Taproom.

Also try: By the Bottle, Vancouver

Best Rotating Taps:
Bailey’s Taproom

213 SW Broadway; 503-295-1004;
This downtown taproom’s selection of 20 rotating, largely regional taps changes daily, if not hourly. Bailey’s chipper cast of beer nerds make great suggestions, but if you’re still torn, try the five-beer sampler tray ($7.50) before settling on a full pint. And there’s no chow here, so remember, if a stiff barleywine sets your head spinning, Santería, the taqueria next door, will happily deliver directly to your barstool. —RR

Also try: Green Dragon

Best Beer Bar: Horse Brass Pub

4534 SE Belmont St; 503-232-2202;
Beyond its abundant taps (a whopping 53), it’s the Horse Brass’s deeper charms that really soak our hops. For starters, we can pair authentic British staples (we’re talkin’ bangers, pasties, and Scotch eggs) with 7 a.m. World Cup matches or late-night dart competitions. And, sipped amid a smorgasbord of dark wood, stained glass, and Anglophilic décor, any pint we sample here inevitably tastes better. In other words, this place proves that character counts—especially when it comes to beer. —RR

Also try: Henry’s 12th Street Tavern