There are quite a number of Portland resources if you are interested in beekeeping. This is an overview, in other posts I may dive in deeper to particular aspects.
Here is a link to the City of Portland rules and regulations to obtain a permit for keeping bees in the city. This is important to consider. In our urban areas you must get all neighbors within 150 feet of your property line to sign a petition, plus take into account some other considerations for their setup.
Great article by Neighborhood Notes on beekeeping in Portland.
The people at Bridgetown Bees are working on a noble project to breed queens that can overwinter better in Portland.
Bee Thinking makes gorgeous cedar hives. They ship worldwide and happen to be headquartered in Portland.
Ruhl Bee Supply. I haven’t personally been to this store, but it seems cool from the site.
Queen of the Sun is an awesome documentary on the plight of bees in today’s world. One of the directors, Jon Betz, lives in Portland. There’s also a short segment in the film that takes place here. Watch the trailer below.
This last link is not Portland specific, but it is interesting information on apicentric beekeeping. Basically, the idea with this is a hive that is best for bees, not centered around honey production for humans.
I have a hive and lots of supplies, but no bees yet. I’m hoping to start beekeeping in the Spring of 2015. In the meantime, I am learning everything I can!