Prost! Traditional Beer for the City that Keeps It Weird

Tired of IPAs? This atypical Portland pub—featured in our Love Handles department for beer bars we love—embraces imported German beers, bratwurst, and crusty Bavarian-style pretzels.

Ben Keene May 3, 2021 - 2 min read

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What it is: Equal parts Old and New World, Prost is that rare American pub that puts traditional styles before current trends. In terms of space, it’s more corner bar than communal beer hall, but you wouldn’t know it by the energy and atmosphere. In a handsomely appointed former drugstore dating to the 1890s, liters and half-liters of Hofbräu Helles, Köstritzer Schwarzbier, Weihenstephaner Dunkel, and other German classics flow freely from indoor and outdoor taps while plate after mouthwatering plate of bratwurst emerges from the small kitchen. Meanwhile, a roll-up door leads to a spacious beer garden and adjacent cluster of food carts—reminding you that you’re definitely in Portland.

Why it’s great: With Oregon’s hop country in its backyard, Portland is undeniably an IPA town. But every lupulin lover eventually hears the siren call of lager. There’s something special about gathering with friends to tip back pilsner glasses filled with golden-hued Jever, Bitburger, or Radeberger. Pair that with a little sunshine and a chewy, German-style soft pretzel baked just six miles away, and things begin to make sense.

Hours: 11 a.m.–10 p.m., daily
Address: 4237 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, Oregon

Author of The Great Northeast Brewery Tour, contributor to The Oxford Companion to Beer, and former editor of BeerAdvocate, Ben Keene is a beer judge and speaker at industry events. He lives in Seattle, where he is marketing coordinator for Reuben’s Brews.