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3.85/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
10-14-2006 15:51:04 | More by slander
4.43/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
03-12-2010 21:29:47 | More by Dogbrick
4.34/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
06-27-2008 17:01:14 | More by John_M
4.03/5 rDev -4%
Rogue Brewers 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. Pauls 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 wasnt 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.
08-07-2007 18:06:01 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.9/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
11-12-2006 19:09:22 | More by FightingEntropy
3.98/5 rDev -5.2%
Rogue brews some of the finest beers in the world and its 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 Brewers 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. Youll first come to the retail store where virtually every Rogue beer recently in production is available in bombers or cases -- some at warehouse prices. Theres 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 youll 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 Brewers 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, Brewers On The Bay has at least one elemental flaw theres too many beers sitting around growing stale. Sure, Newport is a tourist town and the brewpub draws visitors from around the world. But its also a small town, the pub is a tiny one-room venue, and they close at 9PM. In my opinion, they just dont 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. Its 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 Im no longer in Portland.
07-31-2004 02:06:42 | More by RedDiamond
3.59/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
05-09-2013 11:18:08 | More by williamjbauer
Rogue Ales in Newport, OR
93 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.