Not only is there a river flowing through the Columbia River Gorge, you will also find beer pouring everywhere and it is serious business. Local brew masters are very passionate about the process and their commitment to making quality beer. It has been said that there are more craft breweries and pubs combined with waterfalls per capita in the Columbia River Gorge than anywhere else in the United States. In February 2015, a group of local breweries united in promoting their craft beer by forming Breweries in the Gorge to help you discover some of the nation’s finest beer in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Plan to visit some of the craft breweries in the Columbia River Gorge on your next visit and explore what’s on tap!

Fresh hops used for craft brewing


— Humulus Lupulus —

Hops are a perennial plant of the Cannabacea family that also includes the genus cannabis. Hops consist of lupulin, a sticky substance that is secreted when boiled, which contributes to the bitterness that counterbalances the sweetness of the barley. It also adds flavor and aroma along with helping to preserve beer.
Many ask, what is IBU? IBU stands for International Bitterness Unit which measures the bitterness in a beer. NOTE: Bitterness is also affected by its malts, so high IBUs in a stout may not be as bitter due to the sweet malts.
What is ABV? Alcohol by Volume. It is usually listed as a percentage anywhere from 4.7% to sometimes 9%. The yeast content transfers the sugar into alcohol.


Local breweries united in helping you discover some of the Nation’s finest beer through Breweries in the Gorge

Click map to go to the Breweries in the Gorge website

Backwoods Brewing Company, a family-friendly pub in Carson, WA

Backwoods Brewing Company


This family owned brewery has been serving up delicious beer, creative pizzas, smoked meats, and other fine dishes since 2012 in Carson, WA. With dog friendly outdoor seating and beautiful views of the Cascade Mountain Range in the pub’s lower field, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a well earned meal after a day exploring the PNW.

1161 Wind River Hwy, Carson, WA    509-427-3412     visit website

The Dalles is the eastern gateway to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and is sunsational

Explore The Dalles


This is where discovery meets history at the edge of the Columbia River. Just 90 miles east of Portland, The Dalles is a year-round escape with 300 days of sunshine throughout the year. This is the place where fishermen catch 12-foot-long river monsters, where bikers race to the peaks of Mount Hood, and where people of all ages can experience the art, culture, and history of The Dalles.

404 W 2nd Street, The Dalles, OR     541-296-2231     visit website

Explore the Gorge specializes in custom tours and shuttle services for small groups and families

Explore the Gorge


EXPLORE THE GORGE is a local transportation company specializing in small groups and families. We offer an intimate experience you are sure to enjoy. We have a variety of vehicles to fit most, if not all your transportation needs. From anniversary parties to wine tasting, brewery tours to weddings, scenic tours and everything in between. Your satisfaction, safety and comfort are our top priorities. If you are looking for a hassle free excursion, please contact us!

541-386-2384     visit website

Freebridge Brewing & Pub is a craft brewery and pub based in The Dalles, OR

Freebridge Brewing


Craft brewery & pub based in The Dalles, OR making Northwest ales and German lagers. The pub menu rotates seasonally and features gourmet Detroit pizzas, house smoked meats, scratch made soups, and fresh locally-sourced salads and sandwiches. Housed in a rare “US Mint” building, constructed  in 1864, and with the restaurant perched above the brew floor, you’re welcome in to enjoy a unique, warm atmosphere. “Authentic Beers for Authentic People”

702 E 2nd Street, The Dalles, OR     541-769-1234     visit website

Martin’s Gorge Tours allows you to explore the Gorge like a local with their customizable guided tour experiences

Martin’s Gorge Tours


Explore the Columbia River Gorge like a local. With Martin’s Gorge Tours you enjoy custom experiences. Discover area attractions from waterfalls to wineries, breweries, cideries, historical sites, scenic drives, invigorating hikes and interpretive nature walks. Our local premier guides are experts in all things “Gorge” and they want to share their passion for The National Scenic Area. Individuals, couples, groups, weddings, reunions and more — we’ve got you covered. Shuttles also available.

503-349-1323     visit website

Thunder Island is an adventure-based brewery that’s been handcrafting beer in the Pacific NW since 2013

Thunder Island Brewing Co.


Thunder Island Brewing Company is a community-focused craft brewery committed to brewing distinctive beers, celebrating diversity, and outdoor adventure. Their new location has patio seating and is located in the heart of Cascade Locks with outstanding views of the Gorge and Bridge of the Gods.

601 NW WaNaPa Street, Cascade Locks, OR    971-231-4599     visit website