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Laurelwood NW Public House

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Laurelwood NW Public HouseLaurelwood NW Public House

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 7.79%
Taps: 8
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2327 NW Kearney St
Portland, Oregon, 97210
United States
phone: (503) 228-5553
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*** Closed on December 27, 2010 ***

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Photo of slander
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

slander, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Laurelwood public house is located in an older, reburbished home just off of "hip and happening" NW 23rd ave. That's sort of good news and bad news as it turns out. The good news is that there is a lot to see and do around that part of Portland; the bad news is that parking is limited to street parking and it's pretty hard to come by.

Inside the pub itself, the docor is made up of warm gold and pumpkin colors, with some pictures and postures adorning the walls. Laurelwood makes the most of the space they have, so there is an upstairs and downstairs dining area, with a smallish bar on the lower floor. There is also a few tables and chairs outside as well, all of which were taken and in use on the gorgeous afternoon I stopped by.

Selection was the usual solid Laurelwood tap selection, as well as a couple of seasonals (a belgian wit and a hefeweizen). The workingman IPA was as tasty as every, and the hefeweizen tolerable. Service was pretty good I thought. The waiter was friendly and pretty quick/efficient, especially considering he was the only one providing service this early afternoon (he provided table service and acted as a bartender). Also, when he noticed I wasn't exactly bowled over by the hefeweizen, he comped me the beer, even though I assured him I was happy and willing to pay for it.

This is another solid Laurelwood pub, though given the location of the public house (I can't begin to imagine what it must be like trying to find parking on the weekend evenings), it's unlikely I'll be stopping by again any time soon. Fortunately, Laurelwood beers are readily available around PDX, and the NE Sandy loction is much easier to get to, with considerably better parking options.

John_M, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

morebeergood, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.01/5  rDev -24.4%

I feel like I’m at a barbeque at some distant cousin’s 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. “Don’t you know this is family hour,” he is thinking as he spouts off orders to me, “Why don’t 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 isn’t that far because after all, I’m in someone’s living room. Ten minutes later the imp swaggers over. I order a sampler. His expression of annoyance terns to one of pure acrimony.

“Don’t you know it’s happy hour,” he ejects, spittle spraying over the table. “Pints are just $2.75. They’re a much better deal then the sampler.”

“Thanks for the tip but I’m only in town for a couple of days and am trying to taste as many brews as I can,” I reply. “I think I’ll 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 it’s the fact that she’s wearing pastels or perhaps it’s that she has shopping bags from the surrounding boutiques with her, I can’t 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, it’s 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 they’re 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 I’ve 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. I’m sad to learn that they don’t 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 I’ll bring my kids here some day if I ever have any.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%

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

Floydster, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of jjboesen
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

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 McMenamin’s 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.

jjboesen, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.86/5  rDev -3%

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.


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.

blitheringidiot, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of freed
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

freed, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of BeerZack
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

BeerZack, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of wolffman17
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

wolffman17, Sep 11, 2009
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