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BEER AVG
3.8/5
Based on:
95 Beers
23,655 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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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 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)

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Rogue on the bay is in an old book dock converted to brewery, bar, and restaurant. Kinda fun walking through the brewery up to the bar. View from the restuarant into the harbor is good, and we saw some sea lion butt going under out the window. Fun place with lots on tap. Tables on the "patio" are outside in the brewery, which would be a lot of fun on working day. Tables and lights were kegs cut in half and put together for fixtures, consistent with the Rogue attitude discussed below.

Stopped for dinner, and held out for it after driving up the Oregon coast for the day. Mistake for us. Starved, and nothing was vegetarian (even the cheese soup) except standard pub grub, so we ended up eating cheese bread and onion rings, but adequate but nothing special. Service was pretty good, helpful, but spotty.

The tour was a lot of fun and worth the effort of stopping. Rogue is very much about getting the beer done right regardless of how it looks, so the mish mash brewery was interesting to see. Free beer on the tour, and lots of info and they were working hard to make sure we had a good time.

Beer is what you'd expect from Rogue--good and lots of it. Mocha Porter, Honey Orange Wheat, Russian Imperial, and OC on my tasting list for the stop. Good day. Bit pricey compared to normally on site pints are a bit cheaper.

We spent the afternoon in Newport and had a great time with the sea lions on the dock and hanging out. Ended up with dinner at the Rogue Public House after an absolutely spectacular sunset. Public house had spent grain pizza which was much better than the food on the bay. (1,613 characters)

Photo of younger35
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My girlfriend and I went on an impromptu Labor Day weekend road trip that involved Bend, Oregon and a final stop in Newport, Oregon. This was what I was most excited about though. I’ve wanted to check out Rogue for quite a while now and all-in-all it was a pretty cool experience.
When you enter the building you walk through the big red Rogue silo and down into the main brewing room. It’s crazy how huge those stainless steal brew tanks were! From there you go into a souvenir shop that has bombers of different beers along with a random selection of shirts and other bling. From there we went up to the restaurant/brewpub and were basically the first one’s there. Thank god too because within the hour it was busy as hell! They had a nice selection of beers, maybe about 20 on tap. The bartender was fairly knowledgeable although he was busy and trying to do 6 things at once. The wait staff was also good but it’s hard to tell because they were so busy. It would take about 10 minutes to get a beer after you ordered it but you could tell there were running like crazy and trying as hard as possible to be quick. The food is also pretty tasty and there is quite a bit to choose from. I got some buffalo wings that they make with Franks Hot Sauce and there Smoke Ale and some Clam Chowder. The wings were pretty good and the clam chowder was just ok. The bread that they make with the Hazelnut beer is damn good though. That was the best part of the chowder. Overall it was pretty cool to see where they make all that terrific beer and well worth the trip. (1,563 characters)

Photo of slander
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (3,579 characters)

Photo of drrone
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25

I decided to drop by Rogue on the way down the coast. The location is pretty gorgeous and the exterior of the facility looks very cool. Once you head inside it seemed a little disjointed, but you get to walk through part of the brewery and head up the gift shop and bar. The gift shop was pretty cool, great selection of beer/clothes/misc goodies. The bar is pretty plain. It was small and nothing special. I decided to go for a flight, which was decent, it didn't blow me away though. I was going to buy a bottle of their blackberry big barrel release, but after sampling it I decided against it. They had a really cool book/binder that contained a run down of the history, beers and brewers. It was nice to flip through while I drank. I bought some swag and they had a great selection. The service was mediocre, at best. I waited a long time for it being such a small place. I didn't try any of the food, but it looked good.

I would recommend checking this place out and I would go again, but I wasn't blown away by it. Their beer has always been a little hit or miss for me, so that doesn't help either. (1,108 characters)

Photo of ablackard
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Went to the event "Rogue Memorial Ale" 2013 and had a blast! The cost was a $10.00 event, but the additional beers, which you had to do, were a little pricier than I would have liked. Nonetheless, I truly enjoyed all the beer selections as well as the Dog Olympics.

The outside was filled with beer tents, kegs, people and dogs...good times. Inside the warehouse was filled with the same but to include live bands, very cool.

It's a quick turn off Hwy 101 and I highly suggest going. (485 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (1,509 characters)

Photo of hopsoflove
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I loved visiting the brewery. It was really interesting taking a tour of the actual facility then following it up with something to eat in the quirky yet quaint retail outlet and tavern. I tried a few beers like the chocolate dunkle which was really good and of course you cant forget the dead guy ale. One of my favorite shirts I own by the way...the glow in the dark dead guy on the back. I would go here back when I was in college and drinking their beer brings back fond memories of a time long past! Love it! (513 characters)

Photo of kdoc8
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 1

Rogue...some places are breweries and some places are brew pubs. Rogue is a BREWERY. I must keep that in mind while I write this, because I really enjoy their beers and they had an amazing selection. Of course, the selection was of beers in bottles, not on tap. That was very disappointing. So, their brew pub is located in the Distillery (where they make award-winning rum!) and they have 20 or more Rogue beers in bottles available there. There is maybe a table or two and then a bunch of bar seats, and it's not much of an atmosphere, because you're in the middle of the distillery. And the bartenders know more about the rum than the beer. But you could make whatever mixed-packs you wanted of Rogue products for a good price. The beer.

The food, was a different story. Served on plastic plates and with plastic cutlery, I found everything about my meal inedible. They also had a very limited menu. Stick to the beer (or the rum) there - eat someplace else. They're not known for their food anyway.

I went on the weekend of a crab and wine festival, so the area was really crowded. And Rogue was having a garage sale! Apparently this happens every holiday weekend, and you can get lots of Rogue-ware (ie. pint glasses, t-shirts, sweatshirts, stickers, taps) as well as 24-packs or more of many of their beers for very cheap prices. If you're stocking up for a party or a bar, or all your glassware broke in your move from Indiana to Oregon (me), this is the time to hit Rogue.

I will certainly go back there and try some of their harder to find beers at some point...but maybe eat somewhere else first or else bring a lunch. (1,640 characters)

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3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Wife and I stopped here on our way to Portland and it was a nice treat. The selection of beers was quite impressive which included many of their production line brews and several experimental beers and a few seasonals. We had 3 samples and a few appetizers but I don't remember the food so I won't comment. The service was pretty bad, it was 630pm on a weekday with maybe 12 other people in the joint and we waited 30-45min before the waitress even took our order, and then 20-30 to refill water and bring next sampler. Sadly this is what stood out to me the most that night despite the amazing beer. (600 characters)

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3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I've been here a few times over the last 11 years. It went from a really great experience in 2003 to a big disappointment a few years later to a little better this last time a couple days ago. The beers have always been great. The service this last time was just really slow considering how many people were not in the bar and restaurant. The clam chowder came out luke-warm. I don't understand how difficult it could be to serve chowder hot. Besides that the food is better than average but not good enough to justify the price premium. (537 characters)

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Rogue Ales in Newport, OR
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