|Sweet Potato fries with Rogue Creamery Blue Cheese|
I've been slowly attempting to hit up all of Portland's breweries, but as soon as I make it to a new place, another brewery seems to open. It keeps me busy that's for sure. I visited Breakside Brewery in North Portland with Justin on one of PDX's first sunny days of the year. It was crowded, but we managed to squeeze our way into a two'sie bar spot. For beverages, I enjoyed the pine and citrus notes of my Breakside IPA. Justin ordered the Whiskey Ginger which is beer aged in whiskey barrels with blueberries, lime peel and grenadine. It turned out to be a little too intense for easy drinking - definitely a cocktail beer. He switched to a refreshing and pleasantly sweet Ace Joker Apple Cider.
Breakside uses mostly Northwest ingredients including Grand Central Bakery buns, Tillamook and Rogue Creamery Cheeses. I was pretty starving being that it was late afternoon and I hadn't eaten any lunch so I ordered the Grilled Portabella Sandwich with sweet potato blue cheese fries (as seen above). The sandwich was great: a satisfying combination of a fat portabella, caramelized onions, red peppers, and garlicky herbed goat cheese.
Justin got the Carnivores Mac & Cheese: oven roasted tomatoes, white cheddar, Gruyere, Parmesan, Romano, Asiago, Zenner's Andouille sausage and topped with bacon. This dish alone filled the crowded brewery with pleasant meat and cheese scents. People were coming over from behind, peering over his shoulder to see/ask what he was eating. This was the manliest Mac & Cheese I've ever seen/tasted. Extremely rich, flavorful and filling. All in all good stuff at the Breakside Brewery - I would certainly return if I find myself in the neighborhood again.
820 NE Dekum Street
Portland, OR 97211