Flights are back! And no, we’re not talking about airline flights — although we are excited for their return as well. We’re talking about flights featuring tiny samples of a variety of flavors, in both liquid and solid form.
Portland has plenty of unique, tasty flights to try, which are perfect for when you can’t quite pick one thing off the menu. Don’t worry — we did all the digging for you to uncover the best food and drink flights in Portland, ranging from your tried-and-true wine and beer flights to some more unexpected samplers, like ice cream and toast flights!
Are you ready for take-off?
Vodka has been elevated from a mere ingredient in sugary cocktails to a delicacy that should be savored and experienced. To do just that, visit one of these vodka-centric hotspots offering vodka flights!
Kachka is a lively spot serving Russian fare and house-infused vodkas, which you can taste with one of their five different flights. Each flight includes a trio of their fine vodkas, ranging in price from $14–26.
Wild Roots produces all-natural, handcrafted infused spirits representing the best of the Pacific Northwest. Sample their creations in the Wild Roots Tasting Room, located in the heart of the Central Eastside District. Here, you can try their spirits in a flight or a mini cocktail, which changes seasonally!
Beer Flight at 10 Barrel Brewing
Beer flights abound in the craft beer mecca of Portland. Most include a sampling of four or five different brews, but why stop there? 10 Barrel Brewing offers an impressive 10 beers on their flight, which are constantly changing depending on what’s on tap. Click the always-updated menu on the Portland location site to see what 10 Barrel is pouring on any given day. The beers included in the flight are marked with Sampler #1, Sampler #2 and so on.
Portland Cider Co. operates two cider pubs, including one on Hawthorne, which is one of the largest cider houses in Oregon and has one of the most diverse collections of cider in North America. Here, you can choose from more than 30 ciders on tap — but if you can’t choose, order a flight! For just $10, choose any six ciders or the guest craft beers!
Whiskey Flight at Westward Whiskey
For nearly two decades, Westward Whiskey has reimagined the American Single Malt, bringing something new, different and relevant to the world of whiskey. You can sample some of their finest whiskeys by making a reservation for a tasting experience, which includes a flight plus information about their whiskey making process.
Previously known as 45 North, Stem Wine Bar is one of the best destinations for Oregon and French wines, featuring a cozy atmosphere and friendly service. With over 200 wines available by the glass, their wine menu is quite extensive, so their flights are one of the best ways to try multiple wines in one sitting. And their flight menu is extensive too, with 20 curated flight options to choose from! Click here to see all the flight options, which include four 5-ounce pours costing only $12 (or $15 for sparkling flutes!).
Mimosa Flight from The Eastburn
When it’s brunch time, sometimes you can’t choose between a traditional mimosa or a specialty one, made with unique ingredients like pineapple or blood orange. At The Eastburn, you don’t have to choose! Their Mimosa Flight includes four mimosa flavors, including black currant, apricot, white peach and blood orange, for $8. And their Brunch Flight includes a mixture of several boozy brunch cocktails and drinks, including a mini Bloody Mary, a mimosa, a coffee nudge and a greyhound for $12.
Chai Flight from Pip’s Original
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You may go to Pip’s Original for their doughnuts — but you’ll stay for their chai. And with so many chai flavors/names to choose from, like Smokey Robinson, Ginger Rogers, Heart of Gold, King and I, and Emmylou, you might be overwhelmed. Thankfully, you can taste every single one of Pip’s delectable chais with their $16.95 Chai Flight! This is the perfect thing to split with your chai-loving significant other — or to hog all to yourself.
Willamette Valley Chocolate Collection from Moonstruck Chocolate Co.
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Here in Portland, we are positioned just miles from the renowned Willamette Valley, home to more than 500 wineries. Get a sample of these wineries — with a unique chocolatey twist — with Moonstruck Chocolate’s Willamette Valley Winery Collection, which contains four different types of chocolates made with four varietals from the region. Begin with Stoller’s unoaked Vintage 2016 Chardonnay, followed by Montinore’s floral 2016 Reserve Gewurztraminer. Then, try Sokol Blosser’s delicate 2018 Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir and finish with Erath’s 2016 Pinot Noir.
Sampler Plate at The Chili Jam
Situated in the heart of downtown Portland, The Chili Jam serves authentic Thai food made with fresh ingredients, sourced as locally as possible. While it is not a flight of one particular item, their Sampler Plate includes a wide range of some of their best offerings, including fried tofu, fried wontons, fried egg rolls, a pot sticker, and salad rolls. The plate is served with peanut sauce, sweet and sour sauces, and sweet ginger sauce.
Salt & Straw is one of the most popular destinations for ice cream in town, as evidenced by the long lines trailing out the door at each location on a hot summer day. They are known for their eccentric flavors, such as honey lavender, pear and blue cheese, arbequina olive oil, cold brew coffee cashew praline, and many more. But if you can’t choose just one (and we don’t blame you!), simply order a flight, which features a sample of four different flavors!
Toast Flight from Upstream Coffee
Upstream Coffee may be known for its beverages, including coffee, wine and beer, but their food should not be missed — especially their unique and flavorful toasts. Upstream’s avocado toast is made with seeded whole wheat pullman bread, fleur de sel sea salt, cracked black pepper and smoked chili flakes. The caprese toast is made with brioche pullman bread, ricotta, tomato, basil, olive oil and balsamic. And the lavender honey toast is made with brioche pullman bread, goat cheese, honey and lavender. Can’t choose? Don’t worry — you can get all three with their Toast Flight!
Sampler Plate from Cheese & Crack
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Cheese & Crack describes themselves as “what happened when the cheese and cracker lunches of our childhood grew up but didn’t want to become a charcuterie plate like its father.” This cheese shop sells cheese snack boxes, sandwiches, soft serve and slushies, every day from 3–10 p.m. Their Sampler Plate is one of the best ways to get a taste of it all — it includes Beecher’s cheddar, Hook’s bleu, brie brûlée, caña de oveja, double crackers, double baguette, olives, cornichons, marionberry jam, dijon and honey. This delectable plate is ideal for 2–4 people to split!
Sampler Plate from Original Bavarian Sausage
Make your way to Original Bavarian Sausage in Tigard, a grocer specializing in German sausages, salamis, wursts, chocolates and beer. Order a Sampler Plate from their counter-serve deli (or on Grubhub!) to try three different sausages, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes.
Have a Good Flight!
What food or drink flight in Portland are we missing out on? Tell us all about it in the comments below!