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Pubs of Portland Private Tours

Portland, OR 97204
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Although it seems at first that you are just paying a jovial man money to hang out with you for a... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2013
Alex K
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Vancouver, Canada
All you wanted to know about beer and more!

We thought I knew my beers before taking Marc's Beers of Portland tour. Well, Marc enlightened us... read more

Reviewed 23 February 2013
Biomeman
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Our tours will allow you to experience, first hand, the best of Portland's beer culture. Discover why Portland is known as "Beervana". Tours are "boutique style" (no more than 12 attendees) creating maximum interaction with your tour guide. Guides are brewing professionals with knowledge of all beer styles and beer production. All tours are “eco-friendly” being conducted using Portland's Tri-Met light rail and trolley system - one of the finest in the U.S. Tours last a minimum of 5 hours and will visit a minimum of 4 (usually 5) of the best breweries and brewpubs. We begin and end in the heart of beautiful downtown Portland. Many different beer styles will be sampled and those styles discussed. Tours include a custom beer evaluation sheet to track and score the beers sampled. Beer ingredient samples will be examined and discussed to educate you about beer styles and recipe development.
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17 Nov 2014
“Excellent Tour. Knowledgeable, well priced and well paced.”
11 Nov 2014
“Fabulous time!”
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Portland, OR 97204
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

Although it seems at first that you are just paying a jovial man money to hang out with you for a few hours, Marc's knowledge, humor, demeanor, selection of pubs and general wit were such that we definitely felt that his pub tour was a...More

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alphaking, Owner at Pubs of Portland Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2013

Yes, it is always fun for me to hang out with a fun bunch - especially a group that has a good appreciation for craft beer and want to learn more about how it is made. Thanks for the kind words. Hopefully you will make...More

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Reviewed 23 February 2013

We thought I knew my beers before taking Marc's Beers of Portland tour. Well, Marc enlightened us to the ways of hops and malts and with his years of experience in the brewing business he lead us through a wonderful beer tasting experience. Beer has...More

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alphaking, Owner at Pubs of Portland Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2013

Thanks for the complimentary feedback. I know everyone in your group seemed to pick up few pointers and gained more respect for the fine art of brewing. You might want to plan another trip down on AmTrak and I will meet you right at Union...More

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Reviewed 19 February 2013

We recently spent a very enjoyable 5 hours with Marc on his Pubs of Portland Tour. We learned a lot about the beer revolution in Portland (Its the water! And hops! and prime location in the world - 45.5236° N, 122.6750° W!) We sampled a...More

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alphaking, Owner at Pubs of Portland Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2013

Thanks for the compliments. It's always good to get our "friends from the north" down for a tour. One of these days you will catch up with us in the micro brewery department. I'm glad you learned a lot about the beer ingredients - that's...More

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Reviewed 16 February 2013

I had an amazing time with Marc on the Pubs of Portland Tour. We flew to Portland with five of us for a bachelor party and to check out the beer culture. I researched the different beer tour companies and picked the Pubs of Portland...More

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alphaking, Owner at Pubs of Portland Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2013

Warren, Thanks for the nice compliment. Glad you found my tours to be a great value. I purposely keep the price low so that participants have the ability to choose the beers that they want to taste and get a snack along the way. I...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2013

Marc was an excellent tour guide and took us to breweries that we wouldn't have been able to find on our own. He was so knowledgeable about beer and was super friendly. We would definitely recommend his tours to anyone who is passionate about beer....More

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alphaking, Owner at Pubs of Portland Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2013

Thanks a bunch for the nice review. I am glad that I was able to show some of the places that you would not normally find - I think you liked the funky ones better than the fancy ones ! I know you were able...More

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Reviewed 8 February 2013

Our group came out to Portland for a bachelor party because we all love beer. And Marc's Pubs of Portland tour was the highlight of the trip! Saw some awesome pubs (some you would never ever find on your own), drank some incredible beers (everything...More

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alphaking, Owner at Pubs of Portland Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2013

Hey Dan, Thanks for the review. It is always fun to have a bachelor party group. Even better when they are all craft beer fans. Hope you made it over to the Green Dragon and Cascade Barrel House. Watch that temperature control on the homebrews...More

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Reviewed 7 February 2013

What a fantastic way to spend a day in Portland!! Marc had some interesting information to share about the history of the city. He also had a very in depth knowledge of beer, history, and home brewing. If your curious about beer in the #...More

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alphaking, Owner at Pubs of Portland Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2013

A big thanks for the kind words. It's always fun to have a homebrewer along. I teach advanced homebrewing classes and always love spreading the knowledge. Hope you had a other good beer experiences at some of the other places that I recommended. Come back...More

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Reviewed 11 January 2013

This was the greatest. Marc takes you around the city providing Portland historical back-drop information and teaches you an understanding of beer brewing techniques including taste tests of different kinds of hops and the differences between types of beers. We had an very enjoyable time...More

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alphaking, Owner at Pubs of Portland Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2013

Gary and crew, Thanks a bunch for the great review. I know everyone had fun with the sensory portion - smelling the hops and tasting the grains. Glad that you enjoyed the Portland history info. too. It is always fun for me to have folks...More

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Reviewed 20 November 2012

My husband and I were in Portland celebrating our anniversary. I have never been to Portland and when choosing activities, we wanted something downtown, relaxing, fun and enjoyable. It was everything we wanted. The Pubs of Portland Tours gives you a really good overview of...More

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alphaking, Owner at Pubs of Portland Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2012

Thanks for the nice review. It always make the tour more fun to have folks along that really want to learn about Portland and beer. Hopefully you will make it back to visit again soon and we can take a different route. Now that the...More

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Reviewed 24 October 2012

We had been to the Portland area before on wine tasting trips but this trip we wanted to check out the craft beer scene.We knew we liked different kinds of beer but didn't quite know how all the ingredients and tastes fit together. Our tour...More

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alphaking, Owner at Pubs of Portland Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2012

Thanks so much for the nice review. It is always good to know that I have been able to supply some education about the brewing processes. I try to make it like "Beer College" on rails and it is working. Hope you can escape the...More

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