4,147 Ratings
Score: 3.78
Portage Brewing Company
4 days ago
Masks up, we just barrel fermented a beer with our homies at Junkyard Brewing Company. From everyone on the Portage Team, thank you all for the hospitality and open mind to create something equal parts experiment and history lesson. This was the most hands collaboration we’ve been apart of also - taking part in the milling, mashing, boiling, graining out, and barrel prep processes. Very productive time for our brewhouse staff, and a reminder of things we miss most while unable to brew during the rebuild. This farmhouse experiment was fermented in these Trinchero Family Vineyard barrels from Napa Valley (rather than stainless steel fermenters which is more common), blending in a beautiful mixed culture of yeast and bacteria. The process of barrel fermentation enables a more rapid scrubbing of the oak walls, producing wood character in shorter time than traditional aging. On the other side, we hope to produce a slightly acidic, funky farmhouse beer, that we’ll then blend, fruit, and release in tow with Junkyard at the 2019 Rare Beer Picnic! Tickets for that go on sale March 28th at 12AM. Can’t wait to celebrate and enjoy with everyone! On ahead.
Portage Brewing Company
20 days ago
WALKER AREA: cans and draft of Double Sun Protection Factor land, starting today. See below for details: - Y Bottle Shop in Walker (cans available now) - The Piggy BBQ in Walker (draft available on Wednesday) - Rapids Spirits in Park Rapids (cans available now) - Zorbaz In Grand Rapids (draft available tomorrow)
Portage Brewing Company
22 days ago
Challenge: this is the most beautiful place Double Sun Protection Factor has been served. Okay, go. Modist Brewing Company
Portage Brewing Company
25 days ago
We made a beer yesterday with the disruptive folks at BlackStack Brewing. We’ve been talking about brewing together since well before the fire, but biding time to squeeze collaborations in can be challenging - especially in such a new and successful brewery such as theirs. Blackstack has been dishing out some of the best hoppy, sour, and experimental beers that we’ve encountered in MN, so the fit was bueno. We reverse constructed a famous mole chocolate recipe, then built a beast of a beer. Between 11-12% ABV, and layered with some wonderful malts, chocolate, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, ceylon cinnamon, and ancho chilis - this pastry stout is off. Stay tuned for release details. Word has it, we’ll be barrel aging a bit of it, then releasing the rest at the taproom. On ahead.
Portage Brewing Company
29 days ago
The The Beer Dabbler was kind enough to let us pour one beer today at #winterbeerdabbler, our Modist Brewing Company collaboration, Double Sun Protection Factor Tropical Fruit Punch Milkshake DIPA. Sharing this project with them, and the infinite love from this Minnesota beer community, has been astounding and humbling. We had fun today and we needed it. On ahead y’all.
Portage Brewing Company Claimed
107 South 5th Street
Walker, MN 56484
Wed 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Open Now
Thu 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Open Now
Fri 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM Open Now
Sat 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM Open Now
Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Open Now
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: $$
Sun Protection Factor / Fruit Punch Milkshake IPA with Modist Brewing Company
Style: IPA - Milkshake
ABV: 7.5%
# Ratings: 142
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.
Double Sun Protection Factor
Style: IPA - Milkshake
ABV: 8.2%
# Ratings: 78
Score: 4.14
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.
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.
Coffeecake / Blonde Ale
Style: Blonde Ale
ABV: 4.7%
IBUs: 24
# Ratings: 430
Score: 3.82
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.
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.
Scandihazian / Hazy Kveik DIPA
Style: IPA - Imperial / Double New England
ABV: 9.3%
IBUs: 32
# Ratings: 222
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blueberry Honey Dreamsicle / Milkshake IPA
Style: IPA - Milkshake
ABV: 7.0%
IBUs: 30
# Ratings: 82
Score: 3.79
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: 76
Score: 3.53
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.
Cloudrest / Mixed Fermentation DIPA
Style: IPA - Imperial / Double
ABV: 8.0%
IBUs: 45
# Ratings: 70
Score: 3.78
Agglomeration 04 / Experimental NEIPA With Azacca And Denali Hops
Style: IPA - New England
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 38
# Ratings: 70
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.
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.