Quick quiz for you all: Name the most hipster-y place you can think of. Don’t Google it, just the first thing that comes to mind. (I don’t have any way of really enforcing this, but come on, be cool, I thought we were friends.) Alright, time’s up! What place did you pick?
Trick question: Of course you picked Portland. If not, then your first answer was probably Brooklyn, so give me the second-most hipster-y place you can think of. There we go, now it’s Portland.
It’s really not a terribly surprising choice, given the still-burgeoning reputation for it (thanks, Portlandia!) — and really, I don’t think anyone would argue that reputation isn’t deserved, what with the way the city and its residents present themselves. “Keep Portland Weird,” as the saying goes (the ultimate hipster move: stealing slogans from Austin, TX).
But if you somehow find yourself doubting the legitimacy of this reputation, don’t you worry — Willamette Week is here to help:
26 Reasons to Love Portland Right Now
This should be a fun one! All aboard the magical BrewCycle to the LEED-Certified Pretentiousness Station, kids!