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4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
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.)
08-28-2003 02:00:00 | More by Shaw
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
03-27-2005 21:13:55 | More by beercollector
4.3/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
09-25-2005 07:10:38 | More by edmundfitzoil
Rogue Ales in Newport, OR
93 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.