Kegs & Legs Brewery of the Week: Portal Brewing Company

Brewery: Portal Brewing Company (Open Wednesday-Saturday) Location: 100 East 6th Street Medford, OR Flagship / Most Popular Beers:

  • Coconut Blonde
  • Rip Tide IPA
  • Peanut Butter Porter
Their 14 taps rotate through many different standard and unique ales and sours through. Local Running Routes & Races:
  • Pear Blossom Run (April)
  • Check out the Southern Oregon Running Enthusiasts race page for more races
  • When I visit Medford, I generally run on the Bear Creek Greenway. This paved trail has multiple access points and your runs can be as long or as short as you wish. It runs for 20+ miles from Ashland through Central Point (and potentially even future plans to have it run to Grants Pass as well). There are some heavily bushed and sometimes isolated areas, so I would recommend running in the daylight or with friends if you are running at night or dusk. Roxy Ann Peak and Prescott Park is also a location that offers some trail running and a great finishing view.

Unique hand-painted growlers and pint glasses are available!

Unique hand-painted growlers and pint glasses are available!

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Medford is a relative hotbed for breweries in Southern Oregon, with 5-6 solid ones pouring great craft beers. Having visited all of them (aside from the brand new Common Block Brewery), I believe that Portal is probably the smallest of the bunch. They are housed in a small corner space in downtown Medford. However, despite their size, they create some of the best beers the city has to offer.

I first stumbled upon them a few years back, when I stopped in for a drink and a (surprisingly delicious) gyro. The inside definitely has a local feel and flavor to it, with local art on the walls and even the pint glasses. I picked up an awesome hand-decorated logo pint glass on my last stop, as it was too awesome to pass up. The beer is also solid and offers some unique flavor pairing. I don’t think I have had a beer I haven’t like there.

From downtown Medford, there is really easy access to the Bear Creek Greenway Trail (as well as 2 other nearby breweries within walking distance. Portal has hosted several events for S.O.R.E. in the past and is a great place to stop in for a brew before or after a run.

About Matt Rasmussen (1576 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.
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