Laurelwood NW Public House
Taps: 8 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
3.01/5 rDev -24.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
I feel like Im at a barbeque at some distant cousins lake house when I walk in. The place is that homely. My girlfriend is still shopping on 23rd at this point so I casually stroll around and then head up to the tiny bar in the living room, carefully avoiding the strollers, car seats, and babbies scattered in the hall and around the tables.
A cocky little bastard behind the bar seems to take offense to fact that a young man has walked into his bar unaccompanied a wife or loud children. Dont you know this is family hour, he is thinking as he spouts off orders to me, Why dont you just calm down and take a seat at a table. Some one will help you in a bit.
Calm down? All I did was say hello, ask how your day was going, and question if you had a beer sampler. Calm down?
I take a seat in the corner as far from the little angry man as possible, which really isnt that far because after all, Im in someones living room. Ten minutes later the imp swaggers over. I order a sampler. His expression of annoyance terns to one of pure acrimony.
Dont you know its happy hour, he ejects, spittle spraying over the table. Pints are just $2.75. Theyre a much better deal then the sampler.
Thanks for the tip but Im only in town for a couple of days and am trying to taste as many brews as I can, I reply. I think Ill stick with the sampler. Thank you.
I order some chips and salsa. The puck grimaces and turns back to the bar. My girlfriend walks in and sits down. Five minutes pass and the gremlin returns, beer in tow. He sees that I have company and suddenly his mood swings 180.
Maybe its the fact that shes wearing pastels or perhaps its that she has shopping bags from the surrounding boutiques with her, I cant be sure, but something about the fact that I am now joined by a companion, that I now look like I fit there, leads our bartender to turn from arrogant Parisian into laid back surfer dude. His accent changes and he apologizes for making me wait. Suddenly, its all smiles. My annoyance vanishes and ease washes over me. I figure our barkeep is just manic.
The beers are nice. There are seven of them in all (though they did give me two samples of the APA for some reason) and for the most part theyre simple but spot on style wise and also quite drinkable and refreshing. The alt bier stands out well as does the Tree Hugger Porter. The Free Range Red that Ive seen on tap all over the city comes in a close third. The remaining brews are a touch dull and all taste fairly similar to one another. Im sad to learn that they dont brew stouts during the summer but my sadness disappears once I try their salsa - thick, blended, spicy, yet balanced, and with a nice roasted pepper, poblano perhaps, roundedness. Yum! After finishing the sampler and ordering a couple pints with the GF we pay our tab to our now friendly barkeep and make our way north to yet another McMen location.
Side Note: I noticed that one of the other reviews says that this is a bar to bring your mom or even you grandma too. I completely agree. The vibe of this Victorian house is totally grandma knitting and as I think about this now I sure wish my grandma had been there with me last weekend. She would have smacked that little troll for spouting off at me and I would have laughed my ass off watching. Overall though, this is fine place with a great patio for people watching and I appreciate how family friendly it is. Maybe Ill bring my kids here some day if I ever have any.
06-01-2007 20:27:52 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.63/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $
First stop on my trip to Portland. Certainly doesn't look like a brewpub from the outside (is just built into a house) and seems to small. Nevertheless, they had about 7 or 8 of their own beers on draft including two seasonals. Unfortunately, I wasn't there long so I was only able to have 1 beer, but it was quite good. Food is average, although maybe I am just difficult to please when it comes to pulled pork (from the South). The onion rings, however, were FANTASTIC. the menu was actually pretty cool, had a number of good offerings and was very cheap. and they had a sandwich with a vegetable (jicama) that none of us had ever heard of.
In any case, was a great introduction to the world of portland beer.
04-04-2007 00:43:17 | More by Lnedrive14
3.64/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This was the first stop of my second day in Portland, this place looked like a house from the outside, happened to be smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood too, pretty small inside but there is a cool outdoor patio area sitting right on the street pretty much, there was only one bartender/waiter working and was he was a nice guy, helpful with recommending other places, he even changed the TV for us without even asking, we got a sampler of eight beers and it was ten dollars, pretty expensive for that actually, did not eat here, they only had the eight beers on tap and all of them were their own, there was three IPAs including a seasonal called Boss IPA, food looked pretty decent but we were not quite hungry yet because of a late breakfast, also visited the airport location which had pretty much the same beers on draft, I would not go back to this location with all the other great stuff in the city, but would be curious to see what other locations are like, probably worth checking out, hopefully next time I am at one of these places I get to try their imperial stout, Moose and Squirrel, I have heard that is hands down their best beer, glad I stopped here regardless
06-05-2009 04:18:57 | More by Floydster
3.8/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This Laurelwood location has a small B&B type of feel to it. Light hardwood floors and bright and sunny windows allow this small space not to feel too cramped. Service was waitress as well as one or two bar staff, so very adequate staffing for the size of the place, but it does seem to stay busy. 8 house taps, no guests, but Laurelwoods beers are good enough. They had the seasonal Espresso Stout made with Stumptown coffee which was excellent. This place is a nice reprieve from the boutique and salon infested trendy 23rd street area. Might be worth the (less than 5 min) walk from NOL if you don't plan to visit another Laurelwood location. Reasonable happy hour prices.
03-25-2008 02:55:28 | More by BeerZack
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Day 1 & Stop 6 of the Portland Pub Crawl. Figured it was time for dinner, so we made this the last stop of the night. The brewpub look a lot like an old converted two story house. Interesting concept. Got seated right away at a small table near the bar. Service did seem to take a little while, but it was busy so that's cool. They had eight beers on tap. I went with the seasonal Standing Sun Ale, and my wife had the Space Stout. Decent beer, didn't blow me away, but was above average. Food was pretty tasty too. My steak and red pepper rollup sandwich hit the spot. After a long day of crawling, this was a nice relaxing place to have a bite to eat, a night cap beer, and cap off our first night in Portland.
07-17-2009 23:18:29 | More by morebeergood
3.86/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
Have you ever wished that you could turn your home into a brewpub? Someone really did just that at Laurelwood NW Public House. Emphasis on the word HOUSE.
Laurelwood is a Victorian House that has a front porch, with plenty of tables, and a clean locale in a cozy neighborhood. Plus, it's easy to find which is rare in this area if you are an outsider like me. Inside is clean with bright polished wood, a fireplace, and a well lit bright room with a 10 seat L shaped bar and a few duece pub tables by the windows. There is hillarious sign in the bathroom that has been "altered" to read "Reduce the spread of disease. Wash your hands IN the toilet." Freakin' funny. Plus, this whole two story joint is No Smoking.
***NO SMOKING ALERT !!! *** NO SMOKING ALERT !!! ***
My 'tender was quite attentive and suggested some brews and food. I just had a sampler while chit-chatting with a friendly local who lamented that the bridge and tunnel people are infiltrating his home town.
Selection is basic almost to a fault, but the quality well made up for the limited selection of Mother Lode Golden, Piston Pale, Ettinger Amber, Organic Tree Hugger Porter, Organic Free Range Red, Boss IPA, Space Stout, and Organic seasonal Green Elephant IPA.
Basic was menu of happy go lucky items...nothing fancy. Besides, who cares about food when they have good beer!
Last call: Beers are spot on basic style. Looks like someone has a good handle on good beers. Sure to please even the most discerning beer geek with one or two. Boss IPA was great and the Golden was clean and drinkable. Eight samplers came to $8 smackers with a brief explaination of each on the tray ordered properly except the IPA and the Porter shold be switched. This place not only passes the "Could you bring Mom here, but it's so clean and proper that Grand'ma could swig a mixed drink or brew too!" Thanks to BA Beerfly for helping me find this joint.
Beer is good. Happy bering.
07-08-2005 06:11:58 | More by blitheringidiot
3.88/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Stopped by this establishment on Sunday afternoon for lunch. The bar seatin area was 90% full. There was an upstairs seating area, but we never ventured upstairs. The public house sits in a remodeled home, situated in the NW part of Portland. The place was clean and well lit and had a home kind of feeling.
The service was okay considering there were only 2 people working out front, with a third arriving half-way through our lunch.
The beer offered a nice selection of beers from the Laurelwood brewery. We opted for the sampler to try a wide range of their brews. most were well done, with only the Amber ale not being very enjoyable. They also had growlers for sale as well as pint glasses.
The food was quite good and made for an enjoyable, filling lunch. If you are staying in the NW part of Portland, plan this place for a nice lunch stop.
12-08-2004 18:38:42 | More by NVbeer
3.89/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
The NW Pub House is located just off 23rd...a welcomed respite from the countless nearby shops and boutiques.
Love places like this that are in old houses. The multiple levels and rooms add an extra dimension to the vibe not seen at most places. Tiny bar area and numerous small tables provide the seating. Like most of the other stops in Portland, nice conversation with the bartender and other patrons about beer and Portland culture was easy to come by. One drinker mentioned how she was still using the same tank of gas from earlier in the summer. It being September and us being from Houston, the thought of that little of driving is almost shocking.
Beer was great. They had their usual lineup of beers on with nothing out of the ordinary available. We stuck with IPA's. The Workhorse IPA is outstanding. Love the Pacific NW IPA's.
Worth checking out, especially if you're already in the area.
09-11-2009 16:42:41 | More by wolffman17
3.93/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I live about 4 or 5 blocks from this establishment. It is located inside a renovated house. It has very nice outside seating on a "residential type" porch. Its a fairly small Public House and they try to use as much of the space as possible which can make it a little cramped. Also they allow kids in the place which can add some undesirable noise to say the least. For the most part the service is pretty adequate and attentive. They have a nice full spectrum of their own house brews. Their food is nice standard American Pub-Fare and have an awesome happy hour. Very reasonable prices.
05-08-2009 04:39:26 | More by DiabolikDUB
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.