Great Notion Brewing, located in the Alberta Arts District, was founded by long–time friends and neighbours James Dugan, Andy Miller and Paul Reiter. Here you can find sour ales blended with Oregon fruit like pinot noir grapes, blueberries, strawberries and cherries. Freshly emptied bourbon barrels age their imperial stouts with ingredients like roasted coffee beans, vanilla beans, chocolate and maple syrup.
For German beer — all are imported from Germany — look no further than Prost!. While it’s no surprise that Prost! annually hosts an Oktoberfest, the space includes plenty of picnic tables, string lights and epicurean food carts for when hunger strikes.
Count on Culmination Brewing Co. for unconventional housemade beers, including Phaedrus IPA, with a malt profile; Sour Flower, made with strawberry, raspberry and plum; or Last Bite, which tastes like an upside–down cake, featuring notes of pineapple, cherry and vanilla.
For an intimate neighbourhood wine shop and wine bar, pop into Division Wines in the city’s southeast. With over 800 wines from the Oregon hills and beyond, knowledgeable owners Danyelle and Will Prouty will proudly pour you a glass as they poetically explain the origins, tasting notes and anecdotes of each wine. Sip by the glass or flight while enjoying small plates of charcuterie, smoked salmon dip or herbed Valencia almonds.