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Based on:
96 Beers
53,821 Hads
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 51
Visits: 162
Avg: 4.09
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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Brewer's on the Bay

Hours of Operation:
11 AM - 8 PM, Sunday-Thursday
11 AM - 9 PM, Fri-Sat
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Reviews: 51 | Visits: 162
Photo of WertMaker
1.64/5  rDev -59.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1.25 | service: 2 | selection: 2.25 | food: 1

Not overly thrilled. I live here, and Rogue has always been the Icon for breweries on the coast. Well they have sure fallen under the "It's good enough for the Coast" philosophy.

Although the beer is genuinely unique and interesting, the food fare and restaurant ambiance leaves much to be desired. My family and I were seated downstairs in what I would describe as overflow seating for lunch as we had two small children with us. Tables from some picnic area, red and white checkered tablecloths cut and pieced together, no view of the brewery operations although given enough thought, it could be. The view of the harbor was great but the seagull excrement on the windows not only made you not want to look out but ruined the eating experience. The areas under the tables were collection areas for dropped food and the scraps wiped from the tabletops and seating areas. The kids lived their grilled cheese sandwich and naked cheeseburger (kind of hard to screw those up) and the free frisbee, but my buttermilk oysters were obviously frozen pre-breaded concoctions thrown into a deep fryer and cooked beyond done. They were little more than deep fried batter with oyster flavor. To their credit, they comp-ed the meal. The grilled ruben sandwich was reportedly mediocre.

My Irish Lager was a little too DMS, canned corn for my tastes although it would have probably been better had it been below 55 degrees when served. The Mead was excellent, however.

Low scores are not for the beer, but for the experience and poor food. It is the Pacific Northwest for crying out loud!

Go for the Beer, but in my opinion; find another place for lunch.

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Photo of RogueDave
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This was the brewery that got me interested in beer as a complex and flavorful beverage rather than simply the drink of choice among buzz seeking frat boys. I have since expanded my horizons to other breweries in other states, but I still find myself coming back to Rogue.

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Photo of oldsailor
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

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Photo of Moonshae_D
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Our first brewery experience, and it was awesome. Stopped by during our road trip out to Oregon. Sat upstairs overlooking Newport Bay, eating buffalo meatballs and drinking Chipotle Ale and Shakespeare's Oatmeal Stout. My son loved Rogue's Rootbeer and got a free Frisbee. We had a great experience and look forward to going back.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of deeznuts420
3/5  rDev -26.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

the ales are way overpriced. they don't have as many high alcohol beers that cost as much as green flash and stones Dipas that are around 9.5% abv. rogue sells 5% abv beers for the same price as the other west coast brewers. plus they never put alcohol percentages on their bottles, that has caused me to buy bottles then come home to find i spent 10 dollars for a 6% abv bomber that doesn't even taste that great.

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Photo of ablackard
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of hopsoflove
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
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!

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Photo of drrone
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of WheelsRule
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 1.25

I currently live in California, love Oregon, and miss it dearly. I used to live there and had many a Shakespeare Stout (and other Rogue 22's) purchased from the QFC near my house. I now live in California and I went on a Northern California-Oregon Coast road trip and visited the Rogue Brewery in Newport.

Our 2-day experience at the Newport Rogue (headquarters) was horrible. The beer is very expensive and they seem to cater to tourists and people who don't respect beer. I was right at the brewery and beers were $6.00 each. Yikes. As advertised on the board, I ordered a Shakespeare Stout on Nitro and it was delicious. One of the best beers I've ever had. The flavor, consistency, and lacing down the glass was incredible. Wow! I wanted another. So what did they do? They gave me a non-nitro Shakespeare, thinking I would have no idea. It was so obvious, but I ordered a taster tray with Mocha Porter and Shakespeare Stout on Nitro to compare. They gave me the Nitro on the taster tray - you could see the lacing down the glass and the taste was so smooth and delicious. When I ordered another Shakespeare on Nitro they gave me the coarse non-Nitro one again. Finally, I decided to go to the bar and I ordered one and he gave me the Nitro version of it. He refused to fill my growler with the Shakespeare Stout nitro and said that nitro's don't work in growlers (I don't know if that's true or not - but I would like to know).

Either way, sell what you say you're selling. Don't lie to people. I had a better experience at Russian River Brewery and Eel River Brewery. Good service, good food, good beer.

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Photo of rogueleonardi
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stayed at the bed and beer for me and my wive's one year anniversary. Since i'm also a rogue citizen it only cost us about $80 bucks a night, plus all my pints where half off. What made me want to go in the first place was Rogue's Brew master, personally shipped me a bottle of Chatoe Rogue pumpkin patch ale. (It was only available on the West Coast this year) The staff was extremely friendly at the bed and beer, ale houses, and the brewery. For anyone who is a fan of rogue you must take a chance to visit the brewery. Coming from Ohio, the selection probably seemed much better to me, but it definitely had the Ohio breweries beat on selection.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

First of all, I love rogue beers in general. My girlfriend and I made a special trip while in Portland to go to Newport just to go here. It was worth it! Atmosphere was very good. We got to take a look at the brewery. Quality of beers were great( as to be expected). Almost all the beers we tried were very good and they had special beers as well that were not readily available. The food was good and it was the only part that was not exceptional. Prices of beer were very reasonable. Food was a little overpriced.

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Photo of bbb099
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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).

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Photo of lwillitz
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of sqquuee
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

After traveling around portland it was time to hit the coast on my beercation.

I have been to brewers on the bay serveral times. But i though i would give a review this time around.

This is a working brewery, you do have to snake through the brewery before hitting the pub.

The beer selection is top notch if your a rogue fan. They also have serveral beers from the smallery breweries they own.

The food is really good. I would say they some some of the best clam chowder on the coast and thats saying alot because i eat the chowder all over.

The snake river kobe blue balls on the meat ball sub are great.

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Photo of isualum12
1.9/5  rDev -53.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5

Stopped by with lots of excitement. As a rogue nation member I was excited to visit our capital. Unfortantly it just didn't live up to my dreams. There was nothing there that I can't buy back at the coop in Boise beerwise. Staff acted as if we were in their way. They were excited about the new glow in the dark growlers and not interested anyone else. One member almost took my son out with his hand truck, he stared at my son until my son said sorry for being in the way....this was all in the middle of the gift shop. We left an unwelcoming place fast. My wife said in the car..."wow that sucked". Yes yes indeed it did.

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Photo of Beerasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of hobojon
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Had dinner and a beer on a slow night. The bartender chatted with us and was very nice. They give a free sample when you come in, and we got the Chatoe Dirtoir Black Lager. I had an Old Crustacean on tap and it was delicious. I then got a sandwich which had raw red onions so my beer palate was shot. I am going again soon and I look forward to it. I bought about 8 bottles in the giftshop. I highly recommend it if you are in Newport.

I didn't get to go on a tour but you can clearly see barrels aging John John when you walk in. The giftshop has great prices with no tax. I bought John John for 6.25 and it is 9.29 at my local store.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

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Photo of PDXHops
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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).

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