Laurelwood NW Public House
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 20
4.4/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
This Laurelwood location is close to the Portland Streetcar. It is unique in that is in an actual house, a small bar/dining area downstairs. (Did not check out the upstairs.) Though no brewing is done on the premises, it offers 8 organic drafts; during my visit, I had their Boss IPA (70 IBU) and the less hoppy (60 IBU) Free Range Red. An interesting place and a short stroll from McMenamins Blue Moon (see my review). Incidentally, this BP is in the Nob Hill area of Portland, an interesting neighborhood whose streets provided the names for several Simpson characters (i.e. Kearney), since creator Matt Groening hails from this city.
12-26-2005 23:28:39 | More by jjboesen
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
This a great bar - not a brewpub though, they only sell Laurelwood brews, but not brewed at this site. It is an old house converted into a bar/restaurant. A nice outside seating area, with some tables covered with heat lamps, a small downstairs dining area and 8-10 stool bar, with a larger dining room upstairs. This is an atmosphere you'll either love or hate. I think it's cozy and comfortable, but others might find it to livingroomish an not enough bar. The upstairs is very kid/baby friendly, and any time I've been up there, it's backed with young families. So not great if babies get on your nerves, but if you have one, it's great to know that you have a nice place to take them and still get some great brew and grub.
The beers are all pretty good, some better then others of course, but overall, it's a highly regarded Portland brewer.
The service is friendly and low key.
The selection is good, 7-8 of their own beers, no one else's as far as I know, an what looks like a full bar, at least all the staples, and leaning towards the high end.
The food is really good. I've only had their nacho's, which I love, especially their salsa, their blue cheese bacon burger, which was great, pizza, quite nice, and bbq pork taco, super good.
They have great prices for happy hr, $3.95 food and 2something Imperial pints - 20 oz's baby! Located in the Knob Hill shopping district, lots of cool boutiques, the NW public house is a great place to chill out while your wife goes crazy with the shopping.
04-19-2007 02:31:23 | More by ccrida
4.28/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
We stopped here for a late lunch on a cool, cloudy afternoon. Too cool for the patio that overlooks part of the busy, trendy street below. The building itself is a lovely old home that has been converted to accommodate maybe two dozen tops. The interior is keenly decorated with nice photos of brewing equipment and the walls and details are bright and somewhat calming. The building is split into two floors and I'm told upstairs is where parents and their youngins are sequestered. This seems to be a wonderful idea, and maybe they can send the guys quoting star wars and monty python lines down into the basement.
The beer menu is nearly identical to the main brewpub with about 8 standard brews but with only one seasonal. There are also cocktails available for the more cosmo crowd that wanders in. The beer is fantastic, and the service and advice is top notch. The food was quite good as well, especially the fries.
Probably not of that much interest, but the pub sits about one block from the northern terminus of the street car. The same street car that goes by a handful of great pubs. Excellent siting.
04-17-2005 22:41:19 | More by freed
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
What a great place. A lovely old house in a great nieghborhood. We sat out on the deck on a lovely day. nice people, very nice place to sit and chill.
Their beers are top notch. All fit the styles very well, the Derenger is a great beer and deserves all the medals it has won.
Service was good and the staff was knowledgable.
Not a ton of beers on tap, but what was there was good.
I had the King Salmon, it was very good, just what I would expect in Portland.
The prices were very reasonable.
I am a big fan of this place and their beer.
04-24-2008 04:17:57 | More by bierme
4.22/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Even from the outside it's obvious that this Laurelwood is nothing like their main pub. Located in an older, renovated house, it's just a block from 23rd street, a very trendy, happening neighborhood. Location, location, location is everything and Laurelwood NW could not have it any better.
Whereas their main pub is very obviously a restaurant, the setting of Laurelwood NW is very quaint and homey. Walking up the steps to the front door is like walking up to someone's house, only with a few tables set up for outdoor seating. The first floor is divided between the foyer area and the bar area to the right. Aside from the bar, seating is as sparse as the space with only two or three tables. There is also seating upstairs for maybe 20 or so, but despite the kids area (for the toddler not interested in beer!), it lacks a lot of the charm the downstairs area has.
The beer is just what you'd expect from Laurelwood - in my opinion, some of the best beer around. As usual I got the sampler and didn't find a single beer that could be described anywhere near average. I also enjoyed the Vinter Varmer so much I had to get me another pint (or three...). With the wide range of beers Laurelwood brews, there's a beer for all tastes.
Service was ho hum, but the waitress was pleasant and helpful.
And while the food wasn't as outstanding as the beer, I thought what I had was quite good. I also think there was loads on the menu that looked good, so there's something for everyone.
Though I'm not in the area very often, this is definitly a place I'll come to again and again. All the fantastic Laurelwood beers in a charming and comfortable setting. Brilliant!
03-04-2005 21:16:27 | More by weefisheads
4.22/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My favoite Laurelwood location. They put the house in Public House. Bar is kinda cramped, but hey, its in a living room! Great place to catch a nice Portland afternoon on their porch. As always, great Laurelwood brews. Workhorse IPA is fantastic. Service was cheery, better than most P-town service. The food is much better than most Public houses. And their happy hour is a steal, great snacks at a great price. The area is great for walking around and checking out local shops. I will be back, time and time again.
04-06-2009 17:58:15 | More by Sharpie30
4.18/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I happened on this place sometime ago and finally decided to go in for a pint or two. Great atmosphere, very quaint, friendly, inviting, and tidy little place. The smaller set-up makes for a much personable place
From what I had it was all quality and aimed to please. This was augmented by stellar, prompt, and friendly service. Bartender was very eager to give samples and gave an honest description of the products they offer
Selection was notable and might be considered small by some beer guru's. About 6-7 Laurelwood taps handles with a full bar. The beer selection is tasty craft stuff!
I had a plate of banging nachos during happy hour and waxed-off two great beers and walked out of the bar feeling good all around
Stop by the place! I like the set-up of an old house and make sure to close the door behind. I could easily make this my home...
very reasonable and hit the happy hour!
02-07-2009 01:53:30 | More by Magpie14
4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
During a recent vacation to Portland, we happen to find this place while shopping in the Northwest District. I saw the name and said we are stopping for beer. This location is perfectly nestled in a very visually appealing part of the city, very quaint, nice and quite, very laid back. We were seated right away on the pouch, the dinning room area seemed small, and full; but given the choice I would have taken the pouch anyway. My memory can't seem to remember what I ordered first, although I do know that after placing the order, the waiting came back and said the keg had kicked. The waiter had some good news though, which was, that a new seasonal IPA called Green Elephant had just been tapped. Great choice, that beer was phenomenal, so good I asked if it was possible to get a growler filled. The waited seemed to think that would be fine, but since the beer was seasonal and limited there were no growler fills :( . Not to much of a problem, I decided on taking home some of their workhorse IPA instead. All the frills aside, we ordered some garlic fries, and enjoyed everything around us. The waiter was very pleasant and also very knowledgeable, he was able to point us in the direction of another brew pub within walking distance and even suggested some beers to try. Overall a great experience, I would most defiantly visit again, highly recommended.
07-26-2009 07:00:03 | More by kt620498
4.05/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Seen some stuff. Brewpubs and bars in all sizes and shapes. Stand alones and strip malls, too many cookie cutter prefabs, and then a good bunch built in old industrial & factory spaces, furniture & appliance stores, an old bank, an elementary school, a few train stations, a Victorian mansion, a movie theatre, a post office, a firehouse, even an old church. So a house in a residential neighborhood converted into a bar shouldn't surprise, right? Really nothing surprises anymore...
Feeling right at someone else's home here, I wandered around the house taking it all in. Downstairs, room to the rear, a small "L" shaped bar seating a half dozen or so. Shelves of booze over mirrored pieces on the bar back wall, above an 8 tap tower, and glassware cupboards down on the end. Drop cylinder lighting and track spots, a single TV in the corner, and the tap selections written on a mounted blackboard with ABV's & IBU's. A few raised bar tables and about a half dozen low ones forward the bar in the frontish room, a small fireplace there with a mirror above and malt in Lauelwood jars on the mantle. Slat wood floors, yellow, orange & beige painted walls over wood lower pieces. Big old windows open out onto the two tiered front porch; 8 small tables there. Chandeliers in the foyer at the foot of the stairway to somewhere, carpeted and railed, framed pics along the way and Laurelwood hats & shirts, too. Upstairs, a dozen and a half tables; 2 seaters some pushed together for 4's, and a small corner kids play place nook with dinosaurs in a bin. Grrrr!! Done up as below with yellow, orange & beige painted walls over wood lower pieces, with black & white beer prints and mounted lamps. 3 tables on the balcony with tree growth rolling over the sills, and a rear room holding a single table.
Split a sampler, which brought 7 regular taps and a seasonal. The Mother Lode Golden Ale was crisp, hoppy; the Piston Pale Ale, slightly hazy, floral, Cascade; the Amber Ale was actually an Alt and was somewhat buttery; the Organic Tree Hugger Porter, chocolatey, a bit of coffee; the Organic Free Range Red, medium bodied, nicely balanced, pleasant; the Boss IPA, fresh Yakima hops, good flavor; the Space Stout was black licorice, oatiness, a bit burnt, just beautiful; and the seasonal Hooligan Brown had a coffee oddness for a brown ale, and was hoppy on the end. Liked the Porter & Stout the most.
Wasn't looking to meal, but perhaps a snack. Laurelwood garlic fries madness, malt vinegar, chopped garlic, parmesan cheese & parsley. Did the trick and the beers were good overall, but we're going to move on now. I figure it'd be good to get out of the house for a while.
10-01-2007 04:31:02 | More by slander
4/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A very agreeable staff. I liked the fact that it is for Beer Dogs like me, yet very family friendly. The beers were good, the red in particular stood out. My wife, a burger enthusiast, was very pleased with the hamburger. The building, and how they used it, is very inviting in a homey kind of way. Makes me want to check out their brewery location. They had a good berry wheat beer (not a category I normally find noteworthy), and an American Pale Ale, but I can't find my notes and thus can't comment sufficiently on the traits of the beers that I liked. Sorry, I can't remember the other beers that stood out. But, I will be back in the summer, and plan on revisiting. But it sure is nice to have a place that does so much with organic ingredients!!! Give the place a shot if you are in the Pearl District, it's worth it.
06-21-2006 17:16:52 | More by 2beerdogs
Laurelwood NW Public House in Portland, OR
90 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.