Best Beer Neighborhoods in Portland

*** Note: we usually don’t do guest posts here but I wrote a piece for Trulia and in return they wrote one for us.

By Jennifer Riner, Trulia

Group of friends enjoying a beer at pubPortland’s bustling beer scene has a long and enduring history. Today, Portland is praised for its influential microbrewery culture, bold flavors and unparalleled production quality. Not to mention, the sheer quantity of local breweries – 91, to be exact – helps Portland maintain its rank as the Best Beer City in America year after year.

If you’re moving to Portland and consider yourself a craft beer aficionado, the following hops-friendly havens could be your new home base.

Pearl District
Although Pearl District is known for its upscale vibe, the neighborhood offers a good mix of homegrown brews and chic eateries. Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House, BridgePort Brewpub and Fat Head’s Brewery are three top-rated beer bars located within Pearl, which is part of Portland’s lesser-referenced Northwest District. This area holds a Live-Well Index of 36.6, meaning locals can stay active and healthy after being filled to the brim with their draft of choice.

Living in Pearl is a good option for singles, who account for 73 percent of the neighborhood population. Pearl District holds a 32 percent homeownership rate and the median age is 40. Home prices in the Pearl District rose 20 percent over the past year and the median sales price is now $595,000.

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East Portland
Founded in 1993, Hair of the Dog Brewing Company in East Portland is popular for its European-style and deeply matured ales. Perhaps their most famous and expensive brew, the “Dave” is aged 19 years before being released during limited and competitive sale periods. For a practical drink fix, the daily brews are reasonably priced without sacrificing quality or taste.

In East Portland and its adjacent communities, 61 percent of residents are single, 41 percent are homeowners and the median age is 34. To buy in ZIP 97214, expect a median sales price of $550,000, down 3 percent since last year. East Portland tends to cater to affordability, while nearby Buckman and Ladd’s Addition are more expensive places to buy a home.

Boise
Between StormBreaker Brewing, Lompoc Brewing (5th Quadrant) and Ecliptic Brewing, it’s challenging to rate the best bar in Boise. Each caters to a different taste, whether you’re looking for seasonal cuisine, craft cocktails, low-key dishes or creative dinner options. Fortunately, these acclaimed hangouts are situated within a half-mile of each other, so regular visits don’t require a car or public transportation.

If you’re considering buying in Boise, the median sales price is $494,000, down 3 percent year-over-year. Sixty percent of Boise residents are single and 33 percent are homeowners. The median age in Boise is 33-years-old, demonstrating a slightly younger demographic compared to Portland’s centrally-located neighborhoods.

Wherever you land, finding the perfect pint in Portland isn’t all that difficult. Choosing between the many neighborhoods that cater to beer fans might be the more complex home buying endeavor to tackle after you’ve determined your budget and additional must-haves.

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