Like a lot of companies who make and support web-based applications, the concept of a having a physical workspace/office isn’t really critical to the work we do. We could all be working remotely, from far flung areas of the world…only wi-fi required.
So, why Portland? For me at least, the answer is clear:
Wait. Just let me make my case.
We can all agree, developers shake their fists at bugs far less when said fists are holding pints of beer, and baby, we got all sorts of beers.
We have a few things going for us here in Portland. Namely, hops. They grow in our backyard. As a result a Pacific Northwest IPA should really smack you in the mouth with flavor. An Oregon IPA should wind-up cold-cock your mouth with flavor. Basically, in Oregon, your face is in danger. When you live here for awhile you can even start to get snobby about the types of hops they put in the beer *.
Access to the variety of fresh hops is something really unique about this corner of the world and makes our beer really something great.
Another thing special about the Portland beer scene is the sheer concentration of breweries in the city limits. With 30+ breweries, we live in a city that can support an entire brewery dedicated to sour beer. Let me put this in perspective. Sour beer (really sour beer) tastes like someone just poured a bunch of vinegar in your beer. It’s an acquired taste to say the least. There’s an entire brewery dedicated to vinegar beer and we love it. Portland brewers compete and take risks. The winner of this competition is without a doubt our greedy faces.
If all of the locally brewed beer wasn’t enough, Portland also gets amazing regional brews from Washington, California and Colorado. Portland sits at a crossroad in the middle of all the great West coast beer.
Here are a few of our team’s favorites:
Tsunami Stout… roasty, malty goodness - Nicole
I think my preferred beer is the Sierra Nevada Porter. I’ve always been a fan of dark beers and this Porter manages to offer a rich taste while still feeling light and smooth. It leaves you satisfied without feeling overwhelmed, and it’s flavorful and crisp. A good introduction to the world of Porters. - Julien
My favorite beer-drinking experience is English-style bitters from a cask. Unfortunately ESB is not the most popular style in Portland. Luckily Rogue Brewery in the Pearl district always has Young’s Special Bitters on cask when I get that urge. - Hobson
I absolutely love Laurelwood Workhorse IPA. It’s hoppy, floral, full-bodied and smooth. Ugh. It’s so damn good. - Amanda
* I am totally snobby about the types of hops they put in the beer