"Astoundingly good craft beer is quintessentially Portland," Higgins says. There are more than 60 microbreweries in Portland, but Higgins' go-tos are Hair of the Dog and Ecliptic. "Hair of the Dog started the real movement and the specialty styles," Higgins tells me. Alan Sprints, the owner, is a former chef turned brewer, and he travels all over Europe and Asia for inspiration. "John's funny," Higgins says of John Harris, Ecliptic Brewing's owner. "His beers are great, and they're all named after celestial destinations."