Drive south of Independence, Oregon, in Polk County and make your way to the Rogue Farms Chatoe Tasting Room. You’ll quickly realize this is a tasting room like no other. Rogue Ales & Spirits, the Oregon-based brewery, grows its hops here. In fact, this has been hop-growing country for more than 100 years. Settled among the towering hops vines is the tasting room, its small patio and large lawn. Picnic tables line all four sides of the grassy square. There’s room for children to play and there are horseshoe pits and cornhole boards for some adult fun as well. Step into the tasting room and select one of Rogue’s 12 beers on tap; all were made with ingredients grown right here. There’s also a limited food menu.
Honorable Mention: Sip some wine under the trees at Left Coast Estate in Rickreall, Oregon, or enjoy a slow cappuccino at a sidewalk table outside Rick’s Place in downtown Monmouth, Oregon. Brew Coffee and Tap House is known for its patio near the Willamette River in Independence. It recently opened a second location in West Salem. Xicha Brewing, with its Latin American food and European-style ales and lagers, is also in West Salem.