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BEER AVG
3.8/5
Based on:
95 Beers
23,666 Reviews
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 51
Visits: 160
rAvg: 4.06
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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Photo of javier
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (1,378 characters)

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

After a long day of traveling from the East Coast the sight of the brewery under the bridge was a welcome respite. Best of all there are a couple of hotels within walking distance to the brewery.

The entrance to the bar and restaurant is through the brewery itself, nothing like the smell of a brewery to get you going. A small gift shop with Rogue merchandise and beers is on the first floor once you get through the brewery and before you head upstairs to the bar and dining area.

We visited 2 nights midweek so there was no wait for seating and the service was excellent. Several tables overlook Yaquina Bay though in general the atmosphere was more utilitarian, which for us is perfect. We came for beer. It is also kid-friendly with food options and a Lego table.

The beer selection was outstanding, with standard Rogue offerings, specialty/seasonals as well as a few guest brews. Altogether it was a great experience and we would definitely recommend stopping by if are in or passing through Newport. (1,009 characters)

Photo of elniko
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My wife and I were going to the aquarium in Newport and through luck find that the Rogue brewery was on the same road. We stopped at the brewery after the aquarium and stayed for a very long time.

When you walk in you go through a portion of the brewery which is really cool. We missed the 3PM tour which was unfortunate. The gift shop has lots of cool merch and a wide variety of beers.

The Brewers on the Bay is quite cool, very casual with a beautiful view of the bay. The staff was very attentive despite being quite busy. My only minor complaint is that the food was not quite up to what the pricing was although it was still solid.

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Rogue Ales, a very cool casual place that I cannot recommend highly enough. (754 characters)

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Rogue Ales...these guys are all about the brews! From the outside it looks like a big tin warehouse. Gray and corrugated with little detail or character. But don't let this fool you. You walk in through the front door which is small and uninviting to be honest, but you walk into the ground floor of their brewery with massive fermentation tanks rising to the ceiling as you navigate through them you usually run into a brewer or two working away. You follow a sequence of arrows that lead you into their gift shop, rustic wood walls and lots of Rogue merchandise line the walls. You climb a creaky old set of stairs that wind around and up into an old rustic pub on the left, and a nice attached restaurant on the right. The atmosphere is classic pub feel, a little loud with lots of keepsakes and photos on the walls. Most of the pub seating is against a wall lined with large windows that allow you to watch the brewers at work. The quality and selection of beers is unmatched in my experience thus far. Rogue always has solid beers, but the selection is what is overwhelming, over forty beers to choose from all on tap! Amazing! The service is good and the food is good, service is typical of any busy pub. Prices with Rogue are always a little higher than average both for food and drinks. Overall Rogue is a must visit when on the coast of Oregon! (1,353 characters)

Photo of genaro
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Full disclosure: This is the kind of place you get increasingly giddy about as you get closer and closer. Situated across the bridge from the Public House, the Brewery and tap room is on OSU drive right off the 101 near the Marine Science Center. They have a large parking lot out front.

Rogue trucks, a giant warehouse and silo that you walk through add to the anticipation, then you get a self-guided tour of the brewery of sorts as you make your way to the gift shop and bar. As I mentioned, the beer-giddy level just keeps going up. The tap room is upstairs from the gift shop and is cozy (and very warm) and offers a view down into the brewery. There are boards on either end listing the beers that are available. One interesting piece of decor above the bar was artwork done on the backs of coasters that were tacked to the underside.

The beer list is pretty impressive, with around 50 taps. A paddle with 4 beer samples is available and is ordered by filling out a piece of paper and costs $5.75. The beers include the XS line, Chatoe, John John, Issaquah, Track Town, Mogul madness etc etc. All of the beers we tried were good. The brewery is stocked with a ton of bottles too, including the brand new Double Mocha Porter which I was happy to take home.

Service was pretty good considering the place was packed. The bartender found time to chat about the beers and the surrounding area. A daily (I think) guided tour is available at 3PM.

We did not try any food on this visit.

Overall a trip to the Rogue Brewery should be near the top of any beer lover's visit to Portland or the Oregon coast. (1,607 characters)

Photo of bbb099
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went here for a late lunch on October 2011. The place was quite packed as it was the weekend, though we got a seat within 15 minutes or so in the bar. This was my second time and the bar area is relatively small and might only fit 30 people at most, but there is a whole restaurant section around the back which I did not get to see. Atmosphere was not bad, you get a view of the bay on one end and the brewery silo things on the other side. The list of beers available on tap is quite a lot (~30-40), which means that you usually would have to get more than one flight. Some are average, but their big beers such as the double chocolate stout is phenomenal. I have also had some of these beers out of bottles in California and they definitely taste much better here. I enjoyed the food as well as I am a fan of the classic comfort food (burgers, fries, onion rings) and they don't mess with the recipes too much. The bartenders were surprisingly attentive considering there were only two of them serving over 20 people. Overall, it was a highly enjoyable experience and you cannot pass this up if you are stopping by Newport (unless you're a Rogue hater of course). (1,166 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The big red tube in the entrance is awesome, and you will absolutely find yourself yelling in it for an echo, especially after you've had a couple to drink.

It's pretty sweet that you get to walk through the warehouse to get up to the bar area. I like checking out the barrels and the store.

The upstairs area is a little tight and it's a pain in the butt to walk all the way downstairs to use the bathrooms, but that's okay. It's a cool spot, nonetheless.

I visited here during the Seafood and Wine Festival and they served us our beer in plastic cups. This may have been due to the volume of people coming through, but I really expect a bit more at a micro brewery in terms of serving glasses. If I wanted a keg cup I'd throw a house party and pick up a keg of something cheap. (782 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Have been here a number of times, most recently on a gorgeous Thursday afternoon driving along the coast.

I have mixed feelings about Rogue and their beers, as over time I feel as if the quality of their stuff has slipped just a bit, and they've priced their beers in such a way (over the top expensive) that I'm reluctant to buy them very often anymore. Regardless, their brewer's on the bay facility is a must stop for anyone who likes craft beer.

Located almost adjacent to the Oregon Aquarium, the Rogue facility is located right on the water, just across from the Newport Bayfront area. To get to the tasting room and/or dining room upstairs, one has to traverse through much of the brewery, and then the gift store, before walking upstairs. I didn't have the food this particular visit, but in the past it's ranged from fair to pretty good. The menu is about what you'd expect, including burgers, fish and chips, etc.

I suspect the atmosphere is not to everyone's taste, but it is to mine. The tasting room (where I sat this day) is a smallish affair, just to the left (dining room is to the right) when you come up the stairs. Seems to me there was something like 7 or 8 tables in the tasting area, along with roughly 8 seats at the modest size bar. There is all kinds of beer paraphanelia around the bar and plastered on the walls, along with pictures of various Rogue events. There is an extremely relaxed and comfortable vibe to the place, and one feels very tempted to sit and hang all day, moving from one Rogue beer to the next. Winners on this particular day for me included the chocolate stout, smoked beer, I2PA, Old Crusty and the imperial stout. Samplers here are $5.25 for 4 beers, and you can get whatever you want from the large beer menu. On this particular day I believe there were some 39 beers on tap, including 3 John Locker Selections. Service was a bit distracted (considering this was around 3:30 on a Thursday, I was surprised how crowded the place was), but was always friendly. The beers I had were for the most part excellent and of course very fresh.

What more can I say? This is a place I will probably always stop by whenever I'm in the Newport area. Fun place. (2,201 characters)

Photo of sleazo
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I have been to this place a couple of times now. The first was back in 1998 on a cross country road trip. They had a sampler of all their beers which at the time was 24. 24 four oz samples. the thing was we got there within an hour of closing. So me and a nother friend who didnt have to drive did that in one hour. neddless to say I got pretty drunk. I came back as I had business in Newport and it was as great as I remember. There is an upstairs bar/tasting room with a full range of Rogue beers. Everything is very fresh and you can actually look down to the floor below. The beer is top notch fresh and the lines were pretty clean. The atmosphere is woodsy and NW. The food was pretty good, I had a local salmon sandwich which turned out to be just the right thing with the beer. Samples a plenty were provided when i was unsure what to order. The setting is great right on the bay and this is a destination spot which should defnitely be visited. (952 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (1,519 characters)

Photo of beercollector
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (921 characters)

Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,241 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

First, this is the Brewery itself. AKA Brewer's on the Bay. Not to be confused with the Public House, which is a mile away, downtown near the docks, Ripley's museum, etc.

A massive warehouse of a building with the Rogue logo emblazoned down it's length. A huge grain silo/tank towers over the entrance, and indeed you need to walk through the middle of the thing to enter the brewery floor.

Follow the signs to get to the upstairs brewpub. Yep, this means you get to walk right across the brewery floor, taking in the massive fermentation tanks, the busy employees, all the sights and sounds of an active brewery.

The pub is fairly small. The bar seats 10 or so, and there are only a dozen tables. 20 house beers on tap, as well as their own distillery selections. Amazing views of the Bay, as well as the brewery below. If you've got time, also check out their Public House...if you've got time for one, then make it here! (928 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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!! (984 characters)

Photo of theWrkncacnter
4.18/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

The Rogue Brewery on Newport Bay is a must visit if you're on the Oregon coast. The food is alright, but you're not there for the food, are you? The selection is awesome, all of your favorite Rogue brews, and some that you've never tried. I sampled one called "Brewers," named after the late black lab named Brewer, it was absolutely amazing. The best thing about going to the Brewery, vice one of their satellite pubs, is that you can get 4 (small) glass samplers of any rogue brews you want for a decent price, they don't offer that at the pubs. If you're in Newport, or even remotely close to Newport on the Oregon coast and you like beer, there's no excuse for not stopping by. The small bar had a good number of people there, but wasn't overly crowded, and there's plenty of seating if you want to sit down for a meal. Plenty of locals too. (845 characters)

Photo of nosbocaj
4.18/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My friend and I went to the Rogue brewery this past weekend. Having never been there before, I didn't no what to expect. From the bridge, the brewery is easily visible, and yet still hard to find. Upon arrival in the parking lot, you are greeted by crates of shrink rapped kegs and a giant red silo that serves as the entrance. The restaurant/bar are located towards the back of the brewery on the second floor. It's an interesting joint. Very rough and cluttered, but still inviting.

The food was very good. I had the Kobe Beef Bacon Cheese burger with french fries. It was exquisite. By far one of the best burgers I've had in a while.

There were about 20 beers on tap, all of which were available for sample. The staff was fairly knowledgeable. Our waitress just started, so she didn't know too much about the beers. Didn't really matter because I drink Rogue all the time.

Overall, I had a very good time at Brewer's on the Bay. If you're ever on the Oregon coast, make sure you stop by!

*Rogue has a "garage sale" on holidays. Tons of Rogue merchandise and beer for next to nothing. A great way to stock up! (1,117 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A good stop when traveling the Oregon coast. It might not be much to look at (kinda looks like a weathered old barn by the end of a bridge), but once you're inside, you're in for a treat. Very cool to walk through the brewery on the way to the pub. Amid the hustle and bustle of employees and equipment, you may notice brewmaster John Maier quietly tinkering with the equipment, as I have on multiple occasions.

The pub is smaller than you might expect for a brewery this large, but the relative shortage of seats is made up for with an abundance of tap handles. Excellent variety of brew. The 2nd story location of the pub provides a nice view of the bay. Service is friendly, and the food's not bad at all (give the clam chowder a try). (739 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Rogue Brewer’s on the Bay is a surprisingly difficult place to find considering that it boasts a large red silo that screams “ROGUE” right in front of it. After driving around under the bridge past various ocean related study facilities, museums, and the distillery we found Rogue and I instantly felt like I was walking into St. Paul’s only this pilgrimage would be more fun. After walking past the red silo and narrowly averting death at the wheels of a fork truck carrying cases of Shakespeare we entered the maze. A self guided tour through a shop loaded with T-shirts and beers named after sea creatures lead us to a warehouse filled with gigantic fermentors and brew tanks. Next we headed up some old stairs until we finally found ourselves in a packed and boisterous tasting room. We sat on some antiquated wooden benches at beat up old wooden table and waited about 10 minutes to order and another 10 minutes to get our beers. It wasn’t that the staff were bad (they were great), or too few…there were a ton of people working (at least 3 bartenders and several waitress and this was at 3:30 pm on a week day). When things got really busy all the staff started pouring beers to speed up the process. Still wait times were pretty bad. After some great food, a chalice of Glen and a taster of several big beers I was ready for an Imperial Porter. I waited patiently for about 15 minutes without any beverage and then finally got up to chase down a bartender or waitress. After placing my order I waited another 10 minutes and watched as everyone around me was served beers ordered after I had ordered mine. By this time, I knew that we had better hit the road so I asked for the check, paid after another lengthy wait and took off. The service was friendly and very knowledgeable but they were just simply overwhelmed. Rogue is just too popular for their own good. As for beers, tons were available as well as the Rogue spirits although those were not for sale to go. The quality of Rogue beers speaks for itself. A wonderful place and a great experience despite the long waits for brews. (2,099 characters)

Photo of oldsailor
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Rogue was pretty cool, but definitely not the best beer place i've been to. It actually fit the personality I thought it would based on the beers they put out; not the best but not the worst. I still enjoyed myself, so it got a 4 from me. (239 characters)

Photo of Hollenbeck2
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

great spot

good selection of beer glasses and rogue does have great graphics and to go with great beer names.

a good spot for the pint glass collector.

good location right on the end of the newport row, you can eat and walk or walk and eat see the sea lions, go to ripleys, skip Mo's and head to rogue for ok food but next to perfcet beer.

we had the family, kids and all and were treated great good family dining with the beer to go along with the screams.

weather is seasonal, must go during the spring or summer, winter is cold and rainy. (547 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.98/5  rDev -2%
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. (2,489 characters)

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

we arrived near the tail end of our journey to the center of the earth and wandered into the brewery. all rogue ale's on tap, of course, but about 20+ of them. got to try some of the new stuff, first growth series, john john, all that jazz. met with john the head distiller, who's an evergreen alum, and he was anxiously anticipating the awesomeness that would be the wine and seafood festival. we also got to run around the brewhouse briefly with mr. maier..pretty impressive place. bartenders were both very informative and friendly. i've had food here before but not this time and i remember it being delightful if not outstanding. (634 characters)

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

To get to the tasting room/restaurant you walk through the brewery, which as a homebrewer i thought was cool. They have a pretty thorough list of rogue beer on tap, and they give you a free taster for showing up.

I've been there on a slow night and that was great. Talked to the bartender, who seemed very excited to be there. Also been there when it's packed. The wait isn't so bad but it get a little cozy. The staff was friendly and pretty quick even when it is packed.

The price is somewhat typical of rogue: unreasonably high, but not quite as bad as the bottles. The food was good (higher end than typical brewery food) but also somewhat expensive. Worth a visit. Ii wouldn't make it a regular stop due to the price and how much i like rogue beer, but they do some good stuff and i'd rather pay $5 for a glass that $10 for a bomber. (842 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I couldn't justify not visiting Rogue Ales while in Newport for work.

Atmosphere - Entering the restaurant requires a short walk through the brewery. Some may find this inconvenient, but I like it. I thought walking under the tanks and past stacked barrels added to the atmosphere of the place. After the brewery comes the gift shop (where lots of brews are on sale by bottle) and the restaurant entrance is in the gift shop.
The tables are decorated with Dead Guy Ale six-pack boxes, which contain condiments (ketchup, mustard, salt and pepper in beer-bottle shakers, etc.) Empty growlers also decorate the tables, but serve no practical purpose. All the lighting fixtures in the room are made of kegs. Several presumably-operational wooden garage doors are also present above tables (with tracks and everything). The room itself is not the nicest place you could enjoy a beer, but it's not bad.
Out the windows to the north, the bridge over the inlet of water between the ocean and Yaquina Bay is visible. The northern windows also overlook many docked boats. It's a nice view--characteristic of the locale. These windows are also decorated with a few glasses and many bottles.
The southern windows provide a view of the brewery area through which guests walk to get in.
In short, the room is average and the view is pretty good.

Quality - The quality of both food and beer is very good. I had the pulled pork sliders with a mocha porter, a chocolate stout, and a chipotle ale. No complaints.

Service - The waitress was helpful. She seemed to know enough about the beer selection at least to provide an accurate description of everything on tap. She also checked fairly frequently to ask if we needed anything and to take our dishes/glasses.

Selection - Over 30 beers are available on tap. The food menu also seemed pretty complete for this type of establishment.

Food - Not bad, but nothing extraordinary.

Value - The beer is very good, but a bit pricey on tap. The beers I ordered were $5.50 and $5.75 per pint. That's pretty close to what they charge for some 750-ml bottles. Pricey for tap.

Worth a visit. My main complaint is the prices: beer doesn't get much better than this, but prices don't go much higher, either. If you happen to be in Newport anyway, you probably want to visit Rogue. (2,305 characters)

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Rogue Ales in Newport, OR
91 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.