Rogue Ales

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BEER AVG
3.8/5
Based on:
98 Beers
52,884 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 158
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: n/a
Taps: 40
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2320 SE OSU Drive
Newport, Oregon, 97365-5261
United States
phone: (541) 867-3660

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @rogueales

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

On-Site Brewpub:
Brewer's on the Bay

Hours of Operation:
11 AM - 8 PM, Sunday-Thursday
11 AM - 9 PM, Fri-Sat
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Ratings: 158 | Reviews: 52
Photo of slander
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I think we crossed at least 2 time zones driving from Portland out to the coast. It took forever; I changed the disc in the player (like) 3 times. So we finally get to Newport and the aquarium is weak. They've got this Octopus, he's supposed to be all bad ass but you can't really see him 'cause he's all tucked up there in the top of the tank against the glass and they won't let you poke him with a stick to come out of there or nothin'. They did have this walkway that goes through an enormous tank with sharks to both sides, above and below. That was kind of cool, although the people there weren't all 'ppreciative of my Jaws Quint quotes ("And, you know, the thing about a shark... he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes"). The saving grace of the aquarium trip was clearly the Rogue brewery & brewpub at the foot of the road to the Aquarium...

After you start by hitting the wrong building (the Rogue distillery or something as such on the other side of the parking lot) because everyone says they know where we're going, you double back to the blatantly obvious place you should've went to in the first place and enter through the brewery, a maze of 150bbl fermenters and then the brewstore, a gazillion shirts, hats, glasses and more. Around the bend is a large seemingly dead-end of a tasting room. Whoops, walked in on a tour here. A horseshoe of tables, bottles in cupboards and an extensive wall display of bottles old and new. 99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer. It's a great display. They show the evolution of many of the label designs and bottles over the last dozen and more years. Quite cool. I got all, "I've got me one of these and I got me one of these". We backtracked to the staircase off the brewstore that leads to upstairsness.

A small front room with a straight bar seating a half dozen or so and 20 house taps in a single row; all the goods here including Old Crusty. 7 tables adjacent to the bar or you can venture into the main dining room to the rear. A dozen and a half aluminum topped square tables in an "L" shaped room that wraps around the kitchen and counter food prep area, sectionable by roll down garage doors. Rogue 6 pack holders on all the tables containing salt & pepper and various condiments. Cut ½ keg lamps above and wall mounted, various Rogue flags about, and the far wall lined with World Beer Cup awards and wooden slats listing the current tap selections. Strangely shabby particle board beams curtained over the windows looking out on the marina and the bridge over Yaquina Bay.

We sat we six we did, in the far corner near the window and contemplated life and lunch. "The Kobe chili with black beans & tomato and a BLT and the brewers special Impy Porter, please" (It was all coffee and roasty at 9%, Phil offered up, "Kind of Hammerish", yes, that's extreme praise). I'm not going to name the server "dude" here as I don't want to get anybody in a jam, but you'll know him if you see him as amongst his standard responses to everything we asked for were "Sweet", "Not a problem", "You got it", and "Excellente!" which was bearable at best up until the time that everybody got their food and my BLT was clearly spaced. I could see it sitting up there on the food counter waiting for someone waiting to come pick it up and deliver it to me. Not too phuckin' excellente!! He also spaced my water. It's funny that one of his catch phrases was "You got it" 'cause... not really.

Food was very good though and the beers were wonderfully Rogue. Weak aquarium stint but Rogue saves the day.

Photo of JBStith
4.75/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This was the second brew pub/brewery I ever visted, but I credit Rogue with starting my fascination and love affair with great beer.

Easily one of my favorite brew pubs on the face of the earth. In my opinion, Rogue beer is second to none. The bar tender was most friend and generous (with free beer samples). We were the only people in the pub until 5:00 pm when it seems that most of the community stopped in for a beer and to watch the sunset over the bay. I can't say enough good things about this place.

Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I hit this one for my first time, and I can honestly say I was simultaneously surprised and pleased. The beer there was great as expected. I enjoyed two Rogue Brews that I had not gotten around to trying up until this point: Smoke Ale and Imperial Russian Stout. The selection though was of a great variety of things. They had a very large number of their beers, over 20, on tap with many more in bottle. The atmosphere was unique: part brewery and warehouse and part beer bar/restaurant. Most noticeably the overhead lights had metal domes made of cut in half kegs. It also featured a nice wood bar and also some black and white photographs of the coast and surf images.

The food was of pretty usual pub food, and was of pretty expected prices. I ordered a bacon cheese burger with blue cheese and also a cup of the Beer Cheese soup, which was excellent. The service was incredibly helpful and informative while being attentive without being overly so.

I enjoyed my experience as a whole. The beer was excellent with great choice, and the food was good. The restaurant seems to be slightly off the beaten path, but it's well worth it. We also took the time to pick up some bombers on the way out from the gift shop on the first floor.

Photo of beercollector
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

This is the big ship for Rogue. It is also the site of the Newport Brew Fest. A strange place to get to. Through the warehouse following the yellow tape road. Into the teaser store and up to the pub on oneside with a family friendly cafe on the other. I mostly go to the bar and order a sampler. Almost everything Rogue makes is available plus some guest beers at times.

My wife ordered the sampler for me a few weeks ago and then had me try to identify the beer in a blind tasting. Failed everyone. Got the styles ok but off on the specific beers. Guess I'll have to try again and again until I get it right.

You can watch the bottling line if its running or sit and watch the bay while you drink and eat average pub food. It is always great to visit the HQ and a good place to get cases at special prices. I got some close out Jazz Guy Ale and Trolley Ale a year ago and several of the 15th Anniversary this year.

Photo of Tang07
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 1

Great beer, great location, nice place, awful food. It's been a few years since I've been. Mostly because the food was so bad, and that part of the world is somewhat off the beaten path.

The location on the waterfront is very nice. I liked how the place is so industrial and they don't make it all polished like say a "Hops" chain restaurant.

The beer was great. I had the Shakespear Stout, which is by far my favorite beer that they brew. Luckily the beer is like a meal in a glass because I was very hungry, yet I still found the food to be less than desireable.

I got there and the kitchen must have been closing I guess, and I had some kind of apetizer with melted Velveta Singles on it. (um... yuck)

I think that if the food is still like this that they should hang it up and just have a tap room.

Photo of GreenWBush
3.73/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

After a windy but gorgeous drive from Corvallis, OR, we were excited to be getting close to the coast and to one of our favorite breweries, Rogue. We had really no idea what to expect, and no idea about how to find the place.

After driving aimlessly through the touristy fishing town of Newport, we cruised across a bridge that looked much like on the Rogue website. Opening the window let open a flurry of wort-y hop aroma and I knew the site was within our grasp. We made it through the warehouse of the brewery, past the broken cases and merchandise, and grabbed a seat on the bar side of the establishment.

The bartender was gruff, something I expected and found sort of funny but the fiancee thought he was being quite rude. The way he carded her was sort of annoying, but it didn't put me off too much. Many of the beers were on-tap, as well as wine and liquor, even Rogue-distilled too. I skipped all food and went directly to the tasting tray: a costly $5 for 4 or 5 samples.

We made our way through Buckwheat, Younger's ESB (cask), St. Rogue Red, and the Black Soba. I was loving on the YESB on cask, and the St. Rogue Red must've been the dry-hopped version because it was wickedly amazing.

The interior is basically a Fisherman's Shanty atop a brewery/distribution house. The customers can be salty, as was the staff while we were there, but the beer's still more than beautiful.

If you go, grab some in-house specialty bombers. You'll be glad you did. Integrity IPA was to die for.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Rogue brews some of the finest beers in the world and it’s worth the effort to seek them at the source. The brewery occupies a large warehouse under the bridge at the south end of Yaquina Bay. To access Brewer’s On The Bay, walk past the prefab office and across the warehouse. Follow the yellow arrows painted on the floor and watch out for roving forklifts. You’ll first come to the retail store where virtually every Rogue beer recently in production is available in bombers or cases -- some at warehouse prices. There’s also hats, books, and more T-shirts than you have friends to give them to. No one who works at Rogue is ever available at the retail counter so you’ll have to step upstairs to the bar.

Upstairs, the restaurant is to your right, the bar to the left. Both have windows facing the bay, which harbors a major fishing fleet. The water literally laps at the foot of the building below. The bar also has exposed glass panels allowing an observation of the brew facility. From here you can keep watch on a family of tall, industrial fermentation tanks and a few guys cleaning out kegs – beats looking at potted ferns any day.

I do have a problem with Brewer’s On The Bay – they have repeatedly served me some very flat beers. Despite being one of the most respected breweries in the world and having a relaxed, easygoing brewpub stocked with first-class beers, Brewer’s On The Bay has at least one elemental flaw – there’s too many beers sitting around growing stale. Sure, Newport is a tourist town and the brewpub draws visitors from around the world. But it’s also a small town, the pub is a tiny one-room venue, and they close at 9PM. In my opinion, they just don’t have the customer turnover to justify 20 beers on tap.

So those beers sit around getting old, even high profile ales like Dead Guy. Stale beers are always a disappointment.

I do like the bar though. This place serves beer to lots of fishermen. You gotta respect that. The décor is nautical without pretense and you can get liquor if you want it. It’s raw and unfinished while still clean and respectable. Beer lists are silk screened onto bombers and the lamp fixtures and saltshakers are Rogue bottles. The bartender was also pretty quick to run me a tab. I always like that. At the end of the evening he sits at a table near the window and unhurriedly counts out the till. As he counts out the cash in plain view of everybody, I know for sure I’m no longer in Portland.

Photo of genaro
4.45/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The restaurant/brewpub is located upstairs at the brewery. There are two rooms, the one to the right is your basic restaurant type room and to the left is a pub-style room with wooden benches and tables. In the pub room there are windows which let you look down at the brewery workings. I found the pub room to be very relaxing. In this room there are about 20 Rogue beers on tap plus Budweiser in the bottle. The food is very good. Kobe beefburgers, gumbo, ribs, and big salads are among the choices.
In addition to the food, the menu lists many of the available beers and provides Information on these beers such as apparent attenuation, degrees Plato, and the Lovibond scale (bring your reading glasses). The restaurant staff was very friendly and informative. The recommended ribs were very good.
There is a souvenir store downstairs with a large selection of Rogue beers for sale.There are also scheduled brewery tours. Outside there is plenty of parking.
This is a great place to go if you're in or about Newport.

Photo of Reidrover
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Om let me preface this review by saying all this pertains to the Family Dining area of the brewery.
Ok the atmospher of the family dining area can best be described as bright and breezy..with a rather factory type cafeteria feel..the bar looked inviting but with wife and baby.
Quality as always for Rogue is first class.
Service was great..our waitress after a shaky start was very nice and attentive ( I have to say though I almost left the second me the wife and the baby climbed the stairs..the bar maid was very curt and obnoxious with her shouted order that NO BABIES IN THE BAR..something wrong with that attitude we were on our way to the family room..its only my love of Rogue beers that stopped me walking out).
Selection of beers is immense all the great Roigues though no McRogue :-(..but a full pint of Smoke Ale made up for that.
Nice if unremarkable food though the Alder smoked salmon melt was fantatsic.
Nice place..but dear god teach the barmaid some manners!!

Photo of Shaw
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I usually travel to Oregon once a year. Whenever I'm near Newport, I go to Brewer's on the Bay. Rogue is my favorite American brewery and what better place to drink their products than at the source?

I imagine that if I started a brewery it would look like this: cobbled together. This isn't a fancy, all-built-at-once place like some other operations. Rogue has expanded inside this warehouse piece by piece and it sure shows. But Rogue's operation shows you don't need fancy equipment to brew some of the best beer in America.

The restaurant/taproom is upstairs. (Watch for forklifts as you walk through the brewery!) The most impressive sight is the line of taps. Rogue brews about 20 beers and they have almost all of them on tap here. Their samplers are four 4 oz. glasses. You pick which four you want. I wouldn't recommend trying all their brews at once since most are above-average in alcohol content. I think all their beers are great.

Their food is nothing spectacular. Just above average. But visit Rogue for the beer, not the food. The service is usually good, and the staff know a lot about the beers and brewing. Jeff has been there for the past few years. He not only waits tables, but also gives the tours!

Smoking is allowed but I've rarely seen people lighting up. (You gotta love the West Coast.)

They have a giftshop beneath the restaurant that also sells many of their beers. Their specials are usually very tempting. (Like 12 22 oz. Chocolate Stouts for $25.)

Highly recommended.

Photo of BeerManDan
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

If your in the area, this brewery is a must. The food was very good, the beer selection was fantastic. The beer server was full of information on ALL the beers poured from the tap a bottles. Spent two hours and that still wasn't enough time. Had a ball!

Photo of javier
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

True to their name, the tours at Rogue are not your average brewery experience. They only occur if people show up and if someone is on hand to lead it. Generally, tours get going at 4, to take part, check in with the bartender of gift shop clerk shortly before hand.

The tour is a good one, they are proud of their black sheep ways and their cost cutting techniques that give the brewery and by entension, their beers, so much character. You'll see the bottling line (third-hand), their fermentation tanks (old dairy vessels), the old school kegs with bungs and their not quite finished office space. The tour guide that day had a good sense of humor and the smarts to bring along a glass of beer along with him and provided a fun, informative tour.

The bar/restaurant upstairs is spare in decor but big on service and providing as many rogue beers as possible. The food menu is similar to their brewpub over on the other side of Newport with the standard pub fare available.

The gift shop offers a big selection of rogue beers by the bomber, the six pack or the case. They also had a selection of shirts, hats, glasses etc.

A worthwhile vist if you're in town and have some time to kill after visiting the aquarium or something. If you're looking for a night out, head across the bay to the brewpub, they are in a better part of town for hanging out in.

Rogue Ales in Newport, OR
94 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.