Want to beat those winter blues? There’s no reason to stay cooped up this winter when the Rogue Valley has so much to experience!

You could spend hours skiing at Mt. Ashland, snowshoeing at Crater Lake, or hiking local trails. And then take the kids for an afternoon of bowling or indoor rock climbing. But when it’s time to get together with your friends for a night on the town, one of our favorite things to do is visit Southern Oregon’s numerous breweries.

There are many local breweries to choose from, but these are some of our river guide favorites!

1) Common Block Brewing Company

Located in downtown Medford, Common Block is in the heart of the city. You’re within walking distance of stores, art galleries and parks that you can explore before or after your drinks.

Common Block is a modern, industrial-style brewery, with an inviting atmosphere for guests of all ages. They offer several beers and hard ciders, with plenty of food options for kids and adults. There’s also a lot of outdoor seating, where you can munch on a cheesy pizza or juicy burger while enjoying the beautiful Southern Oregon scenery.

Recommend: The Common Block Pale Ale and Rogue Runner IPA

2) Art Bop Beer Co.

Locals know that “art is brewing” at Art Bop Beer Co. in Talent. This hub of art and fellowship has great beers, and is a place where everyone feels welcome. Art Bop Beer Co. has become a beloved gathering place, known for their unique beers and hyperlocal business model.

All of their beer is made in Talent at the brewery, using a small half-barrel system. Art Bop Beer Co. has three flagship beers — an English strong ale, English-style brown ale, and a Belgian Blonde Ale. Whichever you choose — or if you pick one of their other brews on tap — you’ll find a drink you love!

Recommended: Belgian Blonde Ale

3) Portal Brewing

For a unique and enchanting beer experience, look no further than Portal Brewing. With its friendly and funky vibe, going to Portal is like visiting a friend’s house. Everything they offer — from the amazing artwork on the walls to the delicious beers — showcases the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Portal Brewing has 14 of their own brews on tap and a menu of tasty pub fare. If you come to Portal as a stranger, you’ll leave as a friend. It’s a small, local place that’s as fun and cool as the beers on their menu.

Recommended: Sunset Cream Ale and Riptide India Pale Ale

 4) Opposition Brewing

 At Opposition Brewing, they believe in enjoying great beer, made simply. Their beers also boast big, bold flavors, whether that includes a lot of hops, or a strong malt presence. Opposition wants every beer to be unique and approachable, but also something you’ll remember for days after you leave the brewery.

They offer a nice selection of quality, small-batch, beers, in addition to rotating specialties. Because they brew weekly, you’ll find some of the freshest beer on tap in the Rogue Valley behind their doors. Their focus on artisan, locally-crafted beers results in an amazing brewery experience.

Recommended: Blast Radius

 5) Walkabout Brewing Company

 Walkabout Brewing Company welcomes guests into their cozy tasting room, where you’re guaranteed to have a great time. Additionally, they never let their guests go hungry! Walkabout has an amazing menu, which includes stone-cooked pizza and various gourmet pita nacho dishes.

Or if you want to enjoy a drink outside, take your beer to the Walkabout Outback. A large fire pit — as well as multiple heaters — keep you warm when it’s cold out. During the warmer months, the large lawn has plenty of space to play your favorite yard games.

Recommended: Workers Pale Ale

Best Local Brews

Southern Oregon has some of Oregon’s best craft beers and friendliest breweries. Even on a brisk winter day, there’s nothing better than enjoying a local small-batch beer with your friends.