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Score: 3.78
Portage Brewing Company
23 hours ago
Surprise 🎉! Yes, even though we’re unable to brew right now, we will be participating at the Rare Beer Picnic, in collaboration with its graceful host, Junkyard Brewing Company. A few month’s back we made a barrel fermented table beer, with a mixed pitch of funky yeast and bacteria, which was then refermented on fresh apricots and peaches. Come and see us at the Junkyard tent this weekend where we’ll be pouring and volunteering to support our favorite event and weekend of the summer. On ahead.
Portage Brewing Company
1 day ago
We eat organic at our house as often as humanly possible. Sure, the occasional phó run down the street means we cheat from time to time, but we’re trying hard to build a generally organic food table. A few weeks ago, and then last Friday when we went to @bangbrewing for a visit, I was reminded how hypocritical this rule for organics was for us, as we’ve implemented no organic processes at our brewery, and generally don’t drink any organic beer. Well today marks a new turn for the Portage crew, one filled with better sourcing and more conscious raw materials. Here, we’re testing that motion with everything but the hops (hops are a big challenge on the organic side), a NE Kveik Session IPA with Minnesota grown organic oats, organic wheat, organic 2 row, and organic yeast. Planning a 100 degree fermentation under hops and pressure and will let you know how it turns out. On ahead. -Jeff Vondenkamp, Head Brewer
Portage Brewing Company
3 days ago
Say hello to a future shiny friend of the Portage Crew. In case you hadn’t heard, our system was salvaged from the fire but after weeks of refocusing our business and goals, we’ve decided to make the jump to a more automated and peaceful process. This will allow for a more robust wood cellar program, events, and distribution opportunities. Can’t wait to meet you. On ahead.
Portage Brewing Company
6 days ago
Repost from the creative and ambitious, Year Of Beers (he plans to draw one beer a day, for one year). Here, and hand drawn rendering of our final can release before the fire, Camp Vibes DDH American IPA. Check out his work, and look for this beer on shelves in coming months. On ahead.
Portage Brewing Company
7 days ago
It’s our favorite time of the year, wild yeast foraging season, which means we’ve started to collect and ferment some beautiful and funky wild microbes. We found daisies, yarrow, dandelions, sweet grass, and birdsfoot trefoil this past week - which are now growing happily in our tiny lab. From here, we’ll plate for a look, pilot brew for a scaled taste, and bank up the winners for future Portage experiments. On ahead. #spontaneousbeer #wildbeer #saison #lambic
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107 South 5th Street
Walker, MN 56484
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Brewery and taproom located in Chippewa National Forest, MN. Focused on native wild yeast cultivation and brewing, Portage specializes in hybrid ale styles that are complex, crushable, and disruptive to their standard style guidelines. Boat, bike, or drive over for a pint.

Our team is comprised of lake dwellers, bikers, fishermen, hikers, and home brewers who all share a strong connection to the outdoors and craft beer. Being situated within Chippewa National Forest, off the banks of Leech Lake, we're designing products around the hearty conditions of Northern Minnesota. Whether that's a beer recipe or gear to pack it in, our products are tested and ready for the fishing holes, woodland hikes, and campfires that lie ahead.

Established in April of 2017. On ahead.
Parking: Street parking
Price range: $$
BEER LIST
Coffeecake / Blonde Ale
Style: Blonde Ale
ABV: 4.7%
IBUs: 24
# Ratings: 432
Score: 3.80
Get your day started off right with our most popular, breakfast beer. Made with locally roasted Kaffe Havn coffee, cinnamon, and vanilla - the myriad of flavors in this beer land close to the taste of fresh coffee cake.
Scandihazian / Hazy Kveik DIPA
Style: IPA - Imperial / Double New England
ABV: 9.3%
IBUs: 32
# Ratings: 224
Score: 4.02
Introducing a new spin on a centuries-old historical style, a Norwegian Kveik DIPA with the Hornindal yeast strain from the farmstead of Terje Raftevold. This beer offers up tropical flavors and aromas of fresh pineapple, mango and tangerine. We then layered in pounds of El Dorado, Denali, and Citra hops for added tropical fruit character. Brewed in collaboration with Bent Paddle Brewing Company in Duluth, MN.
Sun Protection Factor / Fruit Punch Milkshake IPA with Modist Brewing Company
Style: IPA - Milkshake
ABV: 7.5%
# Ratings: 156
Score: 4.03
A collaboration brew with our friends at Modist Brewing in Minneapolis. This juicy sipper was packed with pounds of pineapple, strawberry, mango, coconut, and vanilla - layered on top of a NEIPA base, made with wheat and oats, lactose, and a citra, mosaic, and denali hop bill.
Burntside / Cocoa Wheat Porter
Style: Porter - American
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 34
# Ratings: 154
Score: 3.73
Very easy drinking porter with creamy notes of chocolate, coffee, and burnt sugar.
Double Sun Protection Factor
Style: IPA - Milkshake
ABV: 8.2%
# Ratings: 104
Score: 4.10
Collaboration between Portage Brewing Company & Modist Brewing Company. Fruit Punch Milkshake IPA. All proceeds go to rebuild Portage Brewing which was destroyed by fire on January 6th 2019.
Blueberry Honey Dreamsicle / Milkshake IPA
Style: IPA - Milkshake
ABV: 7.0%
IBUs: 30
# Ratings: 85
Score: 3.76
Say hello to our very first, statewide beer release. This IPA was conceived from what we believe is the juiciest combination of IPA friendly ingredients. Pounds of blueberries, wildflower honey, El Dorado hops, vanilla beans, and milk sugar went into this recipe - constructing a purple, hazy treat of sweet berries and stone fruit.
Randall Infusion
Style: IPA - American
ABV: 6.6%
IBUs: 50
# Ratings: 78
Score: 3.55
Double Coffee Cake
Style: Stout - Imperial / Double
ABV: 9.0%
# Ratings: 1
Score: 4.00
Kaffe Havn Coffee / Cinnamon / Vanilla
Double Coffeecake / Blonde Ale
Style: Blonde Ale
ABV: 5.2%
# Ratings: 1
Score: 3.75
Barrel aged coffee from Kaffe Havn. One-time-one-keg experiment.
Oh, Peaches! Milkshake IPA
Style: IPA - New England
ABV: 6.7%
IBUs: 60
# Ratings: 1
Score: 4.00
The beach wayfaring continues with our next milkshake IPA. Made with pounds of juicy hops, peach, coconut, and vanilla - this New England IPA packs a flavorful myriad of fruit and hops. 
Minna / Mixed Fermentation Table Beer
Style: Table Beer
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: 18
# Ratings: 225
Score: 3.48
Inspired by the Belgian tafelbier, this wheat ale is our most sessionable. Notes of flower, honey, and fruity funk.
Juicetree / Mixed Fermentation DIPA
Style: IPA - Imperial / Double New England
ABV: 7.7%
IBUs: 45
# Ratings: 202
Score: 3.87
Tap the juice. Fragrant notes of citrus, berry, and tropical fruits, in this wild NEIPA. Made with our house strain of locally harvested yeast, 4.5 pounds per barrel of mosaic-citra-vic secret hops, flaked oats, and flaked wheat.
Idlewild / Wild IPA
Style: IPA - American
ABV: 7.0%
IBUs: 60
# Ratings: 175
Score: 3.71
Made with locally harvested wild yeast, flaked wheat, and a mega charge of nugget, mosaic, and cascade hops - this IPA is a creamy fruit bomb with notes of citrus and tropical fruit.
Coppercamp / Amber Ale
Style: Red Ale - American Amber / Red
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 32
# Ratings: 123
Score: 3.70
A light, English style amber ale with medium hop bitterness, and bright notes of caramel, toffee, and dates. The perfect pint for a night at our pub. Cheers.
Jalapaloma / Sour Slushie IPA
Style: IPA - Milkshake
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 27
# Ratings: 117
Score: 3.44
Here's another first. Brewed from the historical paloma drink, we added cases of freshly squeezed limes and grapefruits, alongside pounds of jalapeños, and sorachi ace hops.
Lakefellow / Wild Pale Ale
Style: Pale Ale - American
ABV: 6.7%
IBUs: 42
# Ratings: 105
Score: 3.66
A sessionable, aromatic staple in our lineup. Fragrant notes of pineapple, citrus, pepper, and tropical fruit, with a medium malt back. Made with local wild yeast from Chippewa National Forest.
Pomegranate Cucumber Dreamsicle / Vanilla Chocolate Porter
Style: Porter - Other
ABV: 6.0%
# Ratings: 101
Score: 3.55
The winning recipe from our Upstream Homebrewers Competition, this beer is complex and refreshing. Made with a pound of pomegranate per gallon, cucumber, cacao nibs, vanilla, and lactose. This experiment is layered with complex notes of fruit and roasted chocolate.
Mad At Midnight / Imperial Cocoa Wheat Mole Porter
Style: Porter - Imperial / Double
ABV: 8.5%
# Ratings: 96
Score: 3.80
As winter would have it, our days are tethered to a relentless and often maddening darkness. As we seek fire and shelter, the friends of night resurge and rejoice. Introducing Mad at Midnight, our inaugural celebration of winter. We carefully layered this imperial porter with ancho, New Mexican, japoné, and guajillo chilis, Vietnamese cinnamon, toasted cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and milk sugar - producing a comforting myriad of chocolate, coffee, cinnamon cake, and warming pepper flavors.
Mosaic Session / Pale Ale
Style: IPA - Session / India Session Ale
ABV: 4.8%
IBUs: 40
# Ratings: 96
Score: 3.66
Very light drinking PA with notes of berry, citrus, tropical fruit, and pine.
Hopjus / Session IPA
Style: IPA - Session / India Session Ale
ABV: 5.2%
IBUs: 38
# Ratings: 90
Score: 3.71
Howdy summer (manifested into a glass). Perfect for long days in the sun. Fragrant notes of stone fruit, citrus, and pine - this one's sure to keep you hydrated and thirsty for more.
Fieldtrip / Wild Pale Ale
Style: American Wild Ale
ABV: 6.0%
IBUs: 40
# Ratings: 72
Score: 3.76
Made with locally harvested wild yeast. Hazy, with notes of berry, citrus, and tropical fruit.
Agglomeration 04 / Experimental NEIPA With Azacca And Denali Hops
Style: IPA - New England
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 38
# Ratings: 71
Score: 3.86
Introducing our next hoppy experiment, made with 4 pounds per barrel of super juicy, pineapple forward hops - and a big dose of wheat and oats for added mouthfeel.
Cloudrest / Mixed Fermentation DIPA
Style: IPA - Imperial / Double
ABV: 8.0%
IBUs: 45
# Ratings: 70
Score: 3.78
Agglomeration DV05 / Experimental Mixed Fermentation DIPA
Style: IPA - Imperial / Double
ABV: 7.7%
IBUs: 40
# Ratings: 59
Score: 3.67
Drastically Vertical DIPA with Drastic Measures Brewing and Vertical Malt. Using 100% vertical pale ale in malted wheat, alongside a co-designed hop bill of citra and columbus, and our house blend of yeast.
Nonic / Pub Ale
Style: English Mild Ale
ABV: 4.5%
IBUs: 19
# Ratings: 58
Score: 3.49
The lightest dark beer you've ever had. An English style session beer with low hop bitterness, and notes of caramel, coffee, and chocolate.
Agglomeration 02 / Hallertau Blanc, Huell Melon, El Dorado IPA
Style: IPA - New England
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 46
# Ratings: 54
Score: 3.60
Rendition 2 of our experimental series, ensues. This time, a funky, strawberry, melon, citrus forward hop bill - paired with the famous Conan yeast strain. Hazy, juicy, and available just this once.
Coconut Affogato / Imperial Stout
Style: Stout - Imperial / Double
ABV: 8.0%
IBUs: 33
# Ratings: 52
Score: 4.06
Nothing better than a bit of espresso, splashed over a bed of vanilla ice cream, shredded coconut, and chocolate syrup. The next closest thing, is manifested into this imperial stout.
Backwoods Breakfast / Maple Sap, Syrup, Coffee, and Vanilla Red Ale
Style: Red Ale - Other
ABV: 5.2%
IBUs: 18
# Ratings: 52
Score: 3.91
When a local friend gives you 75 gallons of maple sap, you make a maple beer. Made with 50% maple (and 50% water), maple syrup, and locally roasted Kaffe Havn coffee - this beer was made for early mornings on the trail.