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“Marc is Great” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pubs of Portland Private Tours

Pubs of Portland Private Tours
Portland, OR 97204 (Downtown)
512-917-2464
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: 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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“Marc is Great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We had a fantastic time on this beer tour. We ran a bit late and Marc was very understanding and waited for us. Make sure you meet at the correct Nordstrom on Morrison (there is more than one Nordstrom downtown!) Also, make sure you bring change so you can split the bill easier with the rest of the tour group. Everything about this tour was amazing. The walk, the trolly rides, the different and very interesting breweries, and Marc had great information along with hilarious jokes here and there. The people we met were great - people you usually wouldn't meet who all have a common interest of DRINKING :). The only suggestion I have is that we are notified that drinks aren't included in the price because we almost didn't bring enough money so maybe it would be helpful to put on the website or email notification to bring extra money to spend on beer samplers.

None the less, this tour is great and a wonderful and affordable way to spend a half day in Portland. I definitely recommend doing this!

Visited March 2013
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alphaking, Owner at Pubs of Portland Private Tours, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Thanks so much for the excellent review. I appreciate the good suggestions too. I am so glad that you had a great time and enjoyed using our great rail system for transportation. I know that by the end you were getting pretty full of samples. Hope you made it to some of the other places that I had recommended,
Come back up from the Bay Area and visit again and do great in college !! Marc
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Sydney, Australia
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“First class”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Best brewpub tour, Marc is extremely knowledgeable, interesting and has a huge passion for beer which makes this tour so great. Tasted a lot of beers, all very different and all in very different pubs too. Marc gave us a great insight into the brewing process, history of brewing in Portland and Portland / Oregon history in general. A really worthwhile tour for both the beer lover and beer novice

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alphaking, Owner at Pubs of Portland Private Tours, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
A BIG Thank You for the nice review. I remember how amazed you were that we had so many different styles of beer to taste. Hopefully Australia will get on board and open up more craft breweries. Glad you enjoyed the Portland history and the beer lessons. Youo need to make a return trip and we will take another route.
Thanks again, Marc
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“Great way to get to see the area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We had a great group, total of 8 people from all over the place. What I loved best was the the hands on approach, we didn't drive around in some stuffed van on a time crunch. We walked around town and took the streetcar to get to our destinations, which made for getting a better feel for this wonderful city. FYI, bring cash, it makes it much easier for splitting up the tab at the end of each location. Sampler trays at each location are 10 bucks for a tasting of anywhere from 6 to 8 selections of 4 oz tastings. One tray is perfect for 2 persons.

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alphaking, Owner at Pubs of Portland Private Tours, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
I really appreciate the nice review - Thanks !! I'm glad you enjoyed our unique way of conducting the tour - using the very efficient light rail and trolley system. It is a green operation. This way no fossil fuels are burned plus I can have abeer too !! The group was just the right size and I know you meet some friends.
Thanks again, Marc
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“Great tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

My husband and I recently went on this tour and had a blast! I would definitely recommend it over the boozy bus tours as it also gives you an understanding of Portland a bit more. Marc is a brilliant guide, honestly, he is the kind of guide that is knowledgable and actually has a real interest in the subject, doing it for enjoyment more than anything. We tasted some great beers (lots), learnt a bit about the brewing process and the ingredients and met some really cool people. What a wonderful day we would definitely recommend it (and will)!

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alphaking, Owner at Pubs of Portland Private Tours, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Hi Sophie,
Thanks so much for the great review. I know it was a lot more beer tasting than you were used to but you were a champion. Glad you 2 had a bunch of fun and learned a lot too. Hope the rest of your travels were as enjoyable.
Marc
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“Beer Good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Marc is a highly knowledgeable tour guide who is friendly and relaxed. He is a connoisseur of beer! He took a genuine interest in each person on the tour and tried to cater the tour to what he thought we'd enjoy. We got to hit five different pubs, each one different from the next. We really got a great variety, tasted lots of beer, and got a good history lesson of Portland too. Overall a great way to spend an afternoon. Also, this is one of the more affordable tours we found.

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alphaking, Owner at Pubs of Portland Private Tours, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Hey Brayden,
Thanks for the nice review. I'm glad that you were able to get a good history lesson on Poprtland and enjoy our great craft beers. One of these days you B.C. folks will maybe pass us up with number of breweries !!
Marc
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