Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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Active Beers: 57
Beer Ratings: 898
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 34 | Show All Ratings:
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
After a hike up to Wahclella Falls a few miles west, our hungry/thirsty crew of four made the trek further east to Hood River for a much-needed Double Mountain respite. The Friday afternoon blue skies were picture-perfect so we picked a shady table on the (sloping) sidewalk, but only after procuring pints (well, goblets in a couple cases...) and picking a pizza.
Were the weather not so lovely, we could have stayed indoors and lounged on a comfortable leather sofa in a cozy space that feels less 'brewpub' and more 'living room'. On a visit a few months back, I noted this to be the case: the town truly embraces the place with neighbors meeting over ale glasses and children skirting between tables; it's all very homey, yet perfectly embodies what a pub *should* be - a welcome gathering place for all. Sun permeates from two sides of the room; the eastward facing one offers decent views of home-dotted hills across the nearby Columbia River. A bay adjacent to the bar houses the brewery and has a more austere arrangement of tables, distressed couches and a single dartboard; it's all good, since this is also the loading dock, connecting the brewery to the street.
Taplist is good/ varied and the quality/creativity of Double Mountain's brews has impressed me since my first taste some 2 years ago. On the day we visited, seven taps were active: Kolsch, Alpenbrew, Pale Ale, IRA, Hop Lava and two stunners, the big bad Belgian-inspired 'Inglemunster' and it's even badder oak barrel-aged sibling 'Inglemonster' (the latter two, both in the 11% range, served in goblets). Prices are quite fair: $4.50 imperial pints and $3.50 12 oz. glasses. Growlers can be filled, though DM does not bottle.
Food menu is limited to several sandwiches, salads/apps and brick-oven pizzas; add in cookies for dessert and a couple options for the kids and there's something pleasing to everyone. We choose the Margherita pizza, a crisp-crusted basic pie with tasty cheese and rich tomato sauce and a liberal sprinkling of shredded basil. It split well between the four of us and went well with the beers (amongst the group, I believe we had every one of the offerings except the Pale Ale).
Good food, terrific beers, comfortable vibe: all combine to make Double Mountain a 'must visit' when in Hood River. (Hint: an easy 1+/- hour drive from Portland)
05-18-2009 04:05:47 | More by msubulldog25
4.39/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is awesome. I was under the impression they opened at 4 so I thought I'd miss checking it out but low and behold it was open at 2 when I happened to walk by.
The place is pretty small but the beer is incredible. They had their regular stuff on tap as well as a strong Belgian ale called the Ardennes as well as an barrel aged offering.
You can get samples, pints and food at this place. What more can you ask for. The decor is really cool with an amazing bar and wooden cabinetry.
This is definitely your beer destination in Hood River. Awesome little place.
02-21-2009 22:28:05 | More by indiapaleale
4.72/5 rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is definitely my local hangout. Great brews, good food, and good friends can't be beat. They're young and still playing with their brews, which is fun because there's always a surprise in store. They've got your typical hop-heavy Northwest brews, plus a bunch of Belgian style stuff and lately have been releasing some crazy Brett stuff. You have to go at least weekly, or you'll be missing out on something!
The food is good, but pretty basic. Pizza being my favorite fare. Note that they do cater to veggie/vegan palettes too. They've also go bands regularly and are located off the 'strip' and away from the maddness of downtown Hood River.
If you're visiting from out of town, skip Full Sail and come here!! Some early, though, because it fills up fast :)
02-08-2009 07:49:56 | More by chwilliams
3.68/5 rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I've had two chances to visit Double Mountain. Once, late on a Tuesday night after driving over 1,000 miles while moving from Colorado to Oregon. I was less than seventy miles from my new home in Portland, but I wanted to drive the Columbia River Gorge in daylight, so I stopped at Double Mountain before heading down the road to a state park to camp for the night. The second time, some months later, was with a group of friends. Both times, Double Mountain impressed me with its cozy, social atmosphere, beautifully shaped imperial pints, and quality beer. The pizza is also quite tasty, if slightly expensive. (What is it with Oregon brewpubs and their pricey pizza? That's right HUB, Laurelwood, Double Mountain...I'm looking right at you.)
The brewpub itself is small and intimate. It's also extremely popular, which means that it's hard to get a table. In other spaces, I might have felt that this was suffocating--really, there are only a handful of tables, a few seats at the bar, some outdoor seating, and a couch zone. But there's something about the setup here that works. It feels social and inviting, and I'm happy to see a new(ish) brewpub be so popular.
Charlie and the folks at Double Mountain keep six or seven house beers on tap. Their regulars include two standouts: the IRA and Hop Lava (IPA). Both see pretty regular rotation through many of Portland's restaurants and beer bars, and both are delicious. The IRA is on par with Green Flash and Bear Republic as far as "West coast" ambers go (Double Mtn's 'winter IPA' Fa La La La La might also be put into that category and doesn't disappoint, either) in setting a high standard for this emergent style. They also keep a very good pale ale on full time, as well as a fairly straightforward kolsch.
Overall, Double Mountain is a great, small stop between Portland and eastern Oregon, an up-and-coming local bar, and a growing, impressive brewery. Give them some of your time.
12-22-2008 02:01:12 | More by benito
3.86/5 rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Just around the corner from Full Sail Brewery in Hood River, Oregon sits a small micro-brewery by the name of Double Mountain. A popular watering hole judging by the number of patrons on any day of the week. Summertime the crowd spills out onto the sidewalk at some small tables and chairs. Most of the folks attending are young people mostly 21 to 35 years old and a good cross section of working class to wind surfers. Indoors the place is collegiate casual with a couch over against one wall and an assortment of tables. The bar is fairly small with the brewpubs product on tap. Usually six to eight of their good brews available. Overall this is a small establishment. The people I met on two different visits were friendly and ready to converse on most any subject. The bartending was very competent and attentive with a good knowledge of their offerings. I did not try the food as this was growler fill time for me and I was on my way home. What I saw and smelled of the food made me want to stay awhile though. I will return when I can spend some time enjoying all this place has to offer.
12-11-2008 06:30:17 | More by Spikester
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Dulcie and Aylwin's big beer adventure day four ended in Hood River; and with a surfeit of recommendations we landed on Double Mountain: completely unknown to us previously, but we are glad to have made its acquaintance.
In general our experience matches that of previous reviewers. Outside seating much to be preferred in the delightful warmth of the evening with the hills of the Columbia Gorge etched against the sky (also the intrusive blaring of music is reduced).
Beer tends towards the full-bodied, masculine style (Dulcie prefers a big beer). I noted they were all hazy - not necessarily a bad thing.
Decor very modern: copper beaten bar, subdued grays, greens and reds, interesting furniture.
Service pretty laid back: all you need to start a tab is your name (try that in Chicago!).
Food is your basic bar selection, but the pizza we got was one of the best in that genre.
Prices very reasonable all things considered.
08-07-2008 05:40:19 | More by AylwinForbes
4.47/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We made the trek out to Hood River for a short kayak trip while visiting Portland for the Oregon Brewer's Festival. We all loved Hood River. The views were stunning and there were lots of great shops, wineries and restaurants. But my favorite part of he town is Double Mountain.
The Double Mountain tap room is a small and simple but very impressive operation. They had several of their beers on tap but being the hophead that I am, I stuck to the Molten Lava (an Imperial IPA) and Hop Lava (an IPA). The Molton Lava was certainly the more complete product but the Hop Lava had a nice way of letting the hops run wild. Both were outstanding and very memorable.
The service was very good as well. One of the guys behind the bar was one of several operator / owners. As I understand it, they broke away from Full Sail and started the place. He was very helpful and clearly had a passion for beer and the business behind it.
We had a couple of appetizers as well. One was a greek sampler plate with hummus, feta, pita bread, peppers, olives and some grape leaf wrapped something or other. It was fantastic. I highly recommend it. The other was chips and salsa. The chips were only OK but the salsa was pretty good.
Double Mountain is as good as it gets for craft beer / hop lovers. Check it out.
07-26-2008 11:45:46 | More by GJ40
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $
This is a taproom that serves beer, not a restaurant, so I kept that in mind with my scoring, and overall impession of this place. Very cool laid back mnt. town apres ski atmosphere, plenty of locals hanging out on the sofa's give's it a cool living room vibe.
Quality of the beers is fantastic, I've had at least 6 or 7 from these guys and they're all really good.
Service was fine, it was pretty busy they only had one server + bartender, but it was casual enough that it was all one tab and you could either wait to be servered or order at the bar.
Selection is great, beer wise. I went there the day after their 1 year anniversery party, and they had a whooping 13 of their own brews going, everything from DIPA to flanders kriek. I particularly enjoyed their dark rye this time.
Food was fine, basic menu, the hummus platter was fantastic, particulary the sweet red peppers. The left over went great on our NY style pizza, but that's basically the only entree available.
Pints were cheap for the size, food was average. Great beer and atmosphere makes this joint a great value.
03-21-2008 00:54:25 | More by ccrida
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Another one of those "unique to the NW" places.... Yet another reason why I love this part of the country.
Located on the quiet end of 4th street, Double Mountain is a hole in the wall brewpub. As one walks in you see the bar area up front, with maybe 8 or 9 seats. There are a few tables and chairs in the dining area, as well as some comfy looking couches strewn around the pub. Frankly, it doesn't get much more comfy, low key and relaxed then what you're likely to see at Double Mountain.
The day I was there, I think there were probably 12 to 15 folks, mostly a younger crowd that were anything other then yuppies. The service was friendly and informal, and I instantly felt very, very relaxed in this place. There were roughly 10 different beers on tap, and the one's I tried were solid across the board. They have a limited menu, and I didn't have a chance to try anything, but the mezze plate looked good enough.
I'm not the most outgoing person myself, but I found it easy to strike up a conversation with the relaxed, laid back crowd at Double Mountain. This place is an absolute gem, the kind of place you are unlikely to find in the city. Prices are so good it's stupid ($4 for imperial pints; $3 for "small" glasses). I'll definitely be back. This place is wayyyy cool...
Note from 6/13. Had not been back in some time, and while the place is as good as ever, it has also expanded considerably since I last stopped in. In addtion to the old taproom area to the left as you walk in, there's also a back area bar on the right, holding around 10 seats. There was also a good size dining area as well, and I'd say the capacity has more than doubled since my original visit. That turned out to be a a very good thing, as even at 1:30 on a Monday afternoon, the taproom was fairly full. Still a welcome stop any time one happens to be in town in Hood River.
03-04-2008 04:40:23 | More by johnmichaelsen
4.53/5 rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
My wife and I did a three-day, 16 brewpub tour of northeastern Oregon. Double Mountain came out as one of the top three on the tour (Laurelwood and Roots being the others). We did all three of the beer brewing joints in Hood River. Don't waste your time at Full Sail - the beers were so bad we left with our sampler 60% full. Double Mountain is right around the corner. It's a small, cozy joint occupied mostly by locals. We had their sampler which I think was 5 beers. They give a generous pour so you can do a nice evaluation of their beers. The stout was phenominal. I can't say I like Kolsch, but theirs was good enough to make a convert of me. The bartended told me they would be bottling in the near future.
10-29-2007 21:18:57 | More by Yetiman420
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom in Hood River, OR
92 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.