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Comment Archives: Locations: Bars & Clubs: Brewpub

Re: “Sasquatch Brewing Company

Very chill and very good service. Just what you want in a neighborhood pub...laid back atmosphere, good food, great beer, and friendly staff. Lived all over Portland, and very satisfied to have this place as my new neighborhood hangout.

Posted by wyeast32 on 01/16/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Laurelwood

Clean, corporate, noisy, kid-friendly. If you have small children, there is a play area for them. If you don't have kids, be forewarned. There will be small children here.

Posted by Happyrock on 08/04/2013 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Rock Bottom Brewery

Located on the corner of 2nd & Morrison, in the heart of downtown Portland, Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant has been a favorite among local beer drinkers for as long as I can remember. In fact, until I visited their website this morning, to check some of my spelling, I thought Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant was a place unique to Portland. I was floored to discover that the restaurant, with its pool tables, dart boards, and sports tuned TVs, is part of a national chain with a location in Washington, Illinois, Colorado, and several along the east coast.

We arrived at 5pm and were seated in about ten minutes. Five of their house beers were on the menu, Kölsch, White Ale, Red Ale, IPA, and their Specialty Dark. I chose their White Ale, which is described as, "Pale and with a touch of haze, this ale gets its unique flavor from orange peel, coriander and Belgian yeast." Served cold, in a pint sized glass, the straw colored beer delivered the flavors of coriander and orange, making it delicious and easy to drink.

I paired the beer with their Steak & Fries, "10 oz. grilled sirloin, sliced and served with our steak butter, seasonal vegetables and French fries," for $14.95 from the "Brewmaster's Selections" portion of the menu. The steak came medium rare, exactly as I’d ordered, and featured a lovely array of grill marks. Tender enough to cut easily, the steak was seasoned without masking the flavor of the grilled beef. The fries, which were cut a bit thinner than an average shoestring cut, arrived crispy salty and golden, and were scrumptious, especially when used to sop up the steak’s savory amber juices. Finally, the seasonal veggies were garlic sautéed green beans sprinkled with bread crumbs, which were quite tasty.

Continued on….

Posted by JamesK007 on 11/29/2011 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Hopworks Bike Bar

Delicious beer, yummy pretzels, ecofriendly. The only thing that could improve is to not have to look at the stripper-wanna-be bartender's buttcrack. And the noise level is a bit high. Great patio out back and extremely friendly service. Will definately be back!

Posted by anonymous on 08/03/2011 at 3:06 PM

Re: “McMenamin's on the Columbia

Still got great service during a packed house on a Saturday night. Unfortunately they do not take reservations and I had to wait an hour to get in, but they do give you a pager, which gave me and my lady a great opportunity to enjoy a walk along the river. The view here is truly fantastic!

My food, the blue cheese burger, was great, though it was served warm instead of hot. I'm sure it was on the plate a couple minutes waiting for the server, as they were super busy. My lady's food, a pulled pork BBQ sandwich, was not special, but not horrible. Side salad was good, with dressing served on the side without request. Tots were great though the portion was a little small. The house beer I consumed known as Ruby Ale is awesome.

Decor is top notch. Everything was very clean and well taken care of. Every McMenamin's I've been to has been very good and this was no exception. Aside from the 2nd rate BBQ sandwich, I was very happy with my selection, my drink, my server and the location itself. I would absolutely recommend this place.

Posted by kalon17 on 06/05/2011 at 3:30 AM

Re: “Burnside Brewing Co.

Great vibe! exellent food ! Awesome BEER ! I love the pickeled pork sammy and the IPA. Added bonus: rare off street parking!

Posted by oreraider on 04/30/2011 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Captured By Porches Brewing Company

Awesome location and awesome beer!

Posted by richard on 04/07/2011 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

One of the very best brewpubs in PDX.

Great food. They actually cook the burgers (locally-raised cows) to order. I have a hard time getting my meat bloody enough and they do it right here. The garlic fries are memorable and the homemade chipotle dressing for the salad is unique and fabulous. But really, it's about the beer. I can't stop going back. A lot of the beers I've tried are great, but I keep coming back to the Workhorse IPA. It's one of the best IPAs I've ever had, and I've become quite an IPA snob. The happy hour sliders are good, too, but I've mostly had burgers and beer. It's my go-to place.

Posted by toastergirl on 02/13/2011 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Hedge House, The

Dang. We came in there on a cold, rainy night and both had a tasty and reasonably priced sandwich and truly excellent beers. It was cozy (maybe some could say, "cramped"?), warm, and a tad bit loud (it was Tuesday, beer special night). Overall, it was a great experience. The server was great, prompt and nice w/o being pushy. Oh, and the other reviewer mentioned "fratboys"? Holy shit; try living in Corvallis or Eugene for a year.

Posted by Dizzy on 10/28/2010 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Hedge House, The

Hedge House is one of my favorite restaurants. Maybe I just have different tastes in food, but I'm always happy with the selection, particularly because they have some vegetarian sandwiches that are way more appealing the usual bar food options (you won't be stuck eating fries.) It doesn't hurt that the prices are reasonable. And the beer here is amazing! If you haven't tried any Lompoc brews before, you should just get the tasting set (8 small glasses of different beers, enough for a round for two people, or four who just want a taste, really tasty). The servers have always been friendly, but laid back. And, like everyone else said, the outdoor patio is lovely.

Posted by BarFoodEpicurean on 10/08/2010 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Columbia River Brewing Co.

Great new local restaurant/pub! My family and I came in for the grand opening. The special of the night was the pork, beans, etc. Fabulous food! Pork melted in my mouth. And I don't think I've ever had better baked beans. I'm not much of a beer connoisseur, but I sampled all of them and liked the raspberry beer. My husband was impressed. The chef prepares a different dessert every night, I believe. I tried a chocolate cake and -- delicious! This is not your everyday chain restaurant kind of food. Culinary treat. Atmosphere is friendly, relaxed, and fun.
Perfect for an evening out with family and friends. Way to go! We'll spread the word to Portland friends!

Posted by ebf on 09/26/2010 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Bagdad Theater

Classic 1920's theater, cheap admission, comfortable seating, lots of variety in what they show, and you can drink beer while you watch the movie. It's genius!

The popcorn could use an upgrade though.

Posted by Crowsby on 08/29/2010 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Old Market Pub & Brewery

Guess what? went across the street to Scotty's. Staff is friendly and Drink was good.

Posted by Wolf Eel on 07/30/2010 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Old Market Pub & Brewery

Went to OMP one Sunday evening, The drink special is "bloody Mary" I witnessed the so called bar tender make a bloody mary that was so damn hot it was like putting a straw into a bag of crushed Habinero peppers and inhaling. I know, I tried a sip after the girl next to me said it was too hot to drink. this was after 2 attempts to dilute the drink by the patron. On top of that, the place reminds me more of a chucky cheeses than a pub. Full of minors and an open cafeteria type atmosphere. Oh and the girl with the Bloody Mary...she ended up asking for a well vodka and grapefruit, since the b.m. was not consumable, and the crack behind the bar charged her for the Bloody Mary and an up charge for the B.M. (after making the remark "next time don’t order a spicy one") I'll wont be back anytime soon, might try Scotty's across the street.

Posted by Wolf Eel on 07/25/2010 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Green Dragon Bistro & Brewpub

I've been to the Green Dragon twice, including most recently on 7/20/2010.

Food - only ate french fries. They were hot and tasty. Other food that I saw was mediocre, and the kitchen shuts down to happy hour (fried) only at 9pm.
Beverage - 50 taps, six of which were out. Beer was expensive - $5/pint across the board. Only craft brews on tap, don't go expecting any wine, liquor, cheap beer. Also, their own brewing equipment is now up and house beer should be available in 3-4 weeks.
Building - Open space, former warehouse. Large back patio with picnic tables, benches. Dogs allowed, smoky out back. Plenty of board games to be had. Shuffleboard.
Service - I haven't had the crap service the other reviewers have. The bartenders were quick to help and poured a proper pint. The waitresses stopped by enough, although I wouldn't accuse them of moving too fast. No one else in the joint seemed to be upset or stomping out.

Overall - Beer price needs to come down to $4/pint. Service could be better, but it isn't horrific. I'm in the opinion that I hope it quietly gets better/cheaper there so that I may enjoy it until it gets popular.

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Posted by MrFabulous on 07/23/2010 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Green Dragon Bistro & Brewpub

A group of 6 gals and I went to this place on a Tuesday night for drinks and food. The service was absolutely horrible, never have I experienced such bad service in my life!! It took the staff 30 minutes to even come over to our table, which was right by the bar by the way. Then when the person took our order, it took another 20 min to get our drinks. One person ordered dinner and after an hour I had to get up to find a server to tell them that we needed a to go box for the dinner my friend never received because at this point, she needed to leave, and also to get our bill because we were tired of sitting there with no service! The waitresses were acting like they could care less, the cook was doing his own thing in the grill area and by that I mean he wasn't doing any cooking. Watching all this go on was unreal but it did give us something to all talk about while we were there for 2 hours with only one drink! I can't believe this place is still open. Save your time and money!

Posted by Soccer Gal on 07/22/2010 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Amnesia Brewing

I'd give NO stars if that were possible. I see that Amnesia is endorsed by the Mercury as a staff favorite. I hope they review their decision and investigate the unfortunate actions of the owner directed towards both customers and staff. I used to think this place was great, super laid back, different experience than other breweries, with decent beers. Now, I am disturbed at a recent visit where the owner was visibly drunk, yelling disturbing obscenities about someone he fired. Immature at the least. But who wants to patron a place like this? Grow up!! And while you're at it make a beer that tastes the same batch to batch. The following is a review I found that compelled me to write this in the first place, I can't believe someone else had a more unfortunate experience than I did:

Owner is horrible
I used to come here fairly frequently. I loved their spicy brat with any of their delicious IPAs. No more...

My wife and I were recently sitting at the bar finishing our beers, almost ready to leave. There were about 4 other people there that sunny afternoon. All of a sudden we hear someone around the corner in the back ranting about someone he'd apparently recently fired. Example phrases were "I'm glad I fired the b*tch. She's just a f*cking c*nt." Everybody in the place was shocked, and the waitress/bartender was clearly embarrassed. My wife got up and peered around the corner to tell whoever it was (turned out to be the owner) that everyone in the place could hear him and that he might want to keep it down a little if he was going to use such offensive words. The owner's wrath immediately turned on my wife, as he shouted at her "This is my f*cking place and I can say whatever the f*ck I want to." Then he yelled at her to get out and that she was 86ed from the place. As we got up to leave, after she walked out and I was headed to the door, I heard him call her a "c*nt" and I turned and told him calmly "That's my wife you're talking about, and she does not deserve to be treated like that." His (not unexpected) response was "F*ck you, you're 86ed too. Get out of my bar."

Later, when I saw he was away, I went back in to tip the waitress. She looked horrified at what had happened and apologized. I told her it wasn't her fault and that I was just sorry she had to work for someone like that.

I've never been 86ed before. I'm a nice guy, and I wouldn't be angry if I'd gotten kicked out for being a dick. I used to love this place, but I will never go back, even if we somehow get the apology we deserve. I can't support a person that treats people like that. Besides, there's PLENTY of great beer in Portland. Right up the street there's a new place, Prost! that serves awesome German beer and even better spicy brat sandwiches. Don't waste your time at Amnesia unless you're into abuse and supporting abusers.

Posted by Jasonpdx on 07/17/2010 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Deschutes Brewery & Public House

Beer in a snifter should be widely practiced. Nothing is more regal than public drunkenness - with a snifter.

Posted by pink dea on 03/19/2010 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Kennedy School

I should tell people to not go to the hot tub so I can have it all for my self but its ok you can all come its supper fun but 5bucks no bad just wish I could drink but I guess they are looking out for me

Posted by Wgshields on 03/12/2010 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Roots Organic Brewing

I love the ales at Roots. But, my God, the acoustics suck. I was there for the Adalord? set on Friday night and I can only describe the "music" as the painful process of filling acoustic space with something loud, sonorous and irritating. No wonder so many people hang out on the sidewalk.

To be fair to the musician, who may be fairly talented in other venues, this has been a recurring problem for some time. I like Will Coca, who plays there as well, but even his stuff comes across as too loud and too distorted.

Wall hangings? Acoustic baffles on the walls disguised as art? Something to make a concrete bunker into a pleasant listening environment? Until something is done, maybe just turn the amp down a little and give people the incentive to try some active listening. Live music should not be painful.

And to my East Indian friends who felt discriminated against because of poor service, let me say I doubt the discrimination is racial. I am a caucasian and have had similar problems as well. Roots is a brew pub that serves great ales, but still hasn't learned how to be a restaurant. The menu needs the hand of a chef to get it on track and the bar staff need some training on how to be servers.

Posted by ripstop on 02/20/2010 at 11:06 AM

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