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Those of us fortuitous enough to live in the Pacific Northwest know that we must cling to every moment between July and September as though they were precious stones, if only to remind ourselves why we endure the damp gloom enshrouding our corner of the country for the remaining nine months of the year.
A typical Portland summer consists of long stretches of 80- to 90-degree weather, sidewalks crowded with long-dormant outdoor tables, and, of course, copious amounts of beer. The options for a Portland beer aficionado are legion, but when the sun crawls out of whatever hole it's been hiding in and the window for absorbing that sweet Vitamin D makes its oh-so-brief appearance, then it's time to shout Carpe cervisia! and seize the opportunity to drink from our near-endless supply of world-class beer beneath a sky that isn't the color of a cinder block.
Click the slideshow to see our picks: 10 terrific bars, pubs, and breweries that make drinking outdoors in Portland a real pleasure, plus a few tips about what to order once you're there.
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Tell us, Oregonians: where do you go to drink good beer outside when the weather decides to cooperate?