Whether you’re just passing through for lunch or making Hood River, Ore., your destination for the weekend, this town has it all. Outdoor adventures are plentiful, along with options for shopping or exploring galleries downtown. But one of the even more alluring qualities of this Columbia River Gorge hamlet? All of the excellent breweries that call it home.

Often, heading into a brewery’s taproom means special on-tap options are available that you can’t find in bottles or cans. But when you’re heading to Hood River to grab a beer, there’s another bonus at many local pubs. You’ll find that breweries in the area are putting just as much thought and care into their food menus, as well.

Ferment Brewing

Ferment Brewing Company

Located on the Columbia River waterfront, Ferment came on the scene in 2018. The beer menu is huge, with options for every taste including a wide variety of ales and lagers, along with other specialty brews. Plenty of other drink options such as kombucha cocktails, hot cocktails, cider and wine are available too. And the atmosphere, with impeccable design inside, along with cozy outdoor seating by the firepit, is sure to draw you in. But what takes Ferment to the next level? It’s all about the food. The creative food options including house ferments, pickled veggies and even kombucha ketchup, is second to none.

Top Picks: Falafel wrap, salt and vinegar fries, fried chicken sandwich

Full Sail Brewing

Full Sail Brewing

Full Sail has a long history in Hood River, dating back to 1987. The seating inside offers a lively, comfortable atmosphere with a great view of the Columbia River. The view and vibe are even better during warmer months when the patio space is open for seating as well. Full Sail boasts a long list of brews on-tap at the pub, including their award-winning Session Premium Lager and Amber Ale, along with pub exclusives. The food is approachable pub fare, yet elevated to an excellent standard of quality. And many menu options such as the pub wings, beer cheese soup and salmon fish and chips are even made with Full Sail beer as a featured ingredient.

Top Picks: Beer cheese soup, Full Sail burger, Korean bbq wrap

Double Mountain Brewery

Double Mountain Brewery

Double Mountain has been brewing great beer and slinging pizza pies in Hood River since 2007. Their downtown taproom is a community staple, offering plenty of seating. The drink selection is vast with a wide range of beer styles, as well as their own cider featuring locally grown fruit. Double Mountain is certainly known for its exceptional brick-oven pizza baked at 700 degrees to create the most delicious crust, but there are plenty of other options for those who don’t love pizza on the menu as well.

Top Picks: Pretzel bites with beer mustard and beer cheese, the Jersey Pie, classic Caesar salad with housemade dressing

pFriem Family Brewers

pFriem offers a welcoming, friendly vibe at their waterfront taproom. The brewery opened in 2012 with the goal of creating Northwest and European inspired beers. There’s both indoor and outdoor seating, with a roaring firepit to boot. And, of course, an extensive list of great draft beers and specialty bottled options to enjoy on site or to-go. The outstanding food menu features locally sourced ingredients including handcrafted cheeses and from-scratch breads, providing a flavorful meal to pair with your beer.

Top Picks: Pilsner mac & cheese, cider chicken, Flemish stew