A Traveler’s Guide to Oregon City, aka ‘Portland Without the Weird’

By Anonymous

I SAT ON THE sunny patio of the Oregon City Brewery Co. flummoxed by the vast menu. Should I try a Pipe Dream smoked beer described as “liquid bacon,” or the Plumbelievable! sour ale, brewed with Oregon plums and boysenberries (and which apparently “glows with an incandescent pink-purplish hue”) or one of the other 40-some offerings. I might expect to find such exuberant excess in beer-obsessed Portland, but I was 13 miles south in Oregon City. Better known in recent years, if known at all, as a struggling lumber town and an early American historical site, Oregon City is setting fresh tracks.