HopCulture awards Wayfinder Beer as Best American Brewpub of 2017

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The space alone electrifies. Sprawled out over 8,900 sq ft of a century-old brick grain warehouse in Portland’s Central Eastside, Wayfinder includes a 110-seat taphall, 2000 sq ft deck with a fire pit, a wood fire grill in the kitchen, and a four vessel, 10 bbl brewhouse. The newest brewery project from Charlie Devereux (co-founder Double Mountain Brewery), Matthew Jacobson (co-founder/owner of Sizzle Pie, Quality Bar, and Relapse Records), and Rodney Muirhead (co-founder/owner of Podnah’s Pit and La Taq) seeks to “bring simple and authentic pleasures of the highest quality to the Rose City and beyond.” And while the aesthetics alone may impress, “the real thrill is the beer,” says Jeff Alworth, Portland resident and author of The Beer Bible. Under the command of GABF Gold medal winning brewmaster Kevin Davey, the beers tend European heavy thanks to a trip Devereux took to Bavaria and Bohemia before launching the brewery. A set list of hitters include Cerne pivo (Black Lager), a Decocted Pilsner, and a German Pils. However, the operation does pay appropriate homage to American craft beer with a trio of IPAs: Hazy, West Coast, and Triple. The food similarly tows the line between continents; get a pretzel with mustard and Ploughman’s Platter or Pigs in a Blanket and “Freedom Hash” with smoked sweet potatoes, grilled vegetables, and Zhug, a hot sauce of cilantro and parsley. From the space to the food to the beer, Wayfinder has — as Alworth points out — “quickly jumped into my list of must-sees for people who come to town and want to see Beervana’s best.

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