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BEER AVG
3.81/5
Based on:
52 Beers
1,349 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 72
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

8 4th Street
Hood River, Oregon, 97031
United States
phone: (541) 387-0042

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @doublemountain

Notes:
Open Seven Days a Week at 11:30 am
Family Friendly 'til 8 pm

(Place added by: msubulldog25 on 06-10-2007)
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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of GJ40
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A: I walked in on a very busy Saturday afternoon. Parking was non-existent and the crowd was a force to be reckoned with. An ample amount of outdoor seating along the entrance/sidewalk but when you walked in ...WOW..cramped, busy. There was a small bar area to the left as I walked in with some seating and another bar and seating area off to the right behind the hostess. One seat at the bar and I snagged it. Busy, sordove chaotic. Severs were very busy but the atmosphere was energetic. I struck up some beer talk with guys at the bar.

Q: My two beers were great. Devils Kriek is always good but my Poseur was amazingly good! No issues with quality here.

S: Despite how busy my server was he stayed on top of the bar and kept the beer flowing.

S: Standards available. A few rotating handles and specialty stuff which I greatly appreciated.

F: I did not try any food but I heard the pizza was legit.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped here after a recommendation from locals and the folks at Full Sail. Did a flight and thought it was a little on the pricey side, but their beers were at least solid, with their Kriek standing out about others (at least to me). Placed that afternoon was packed, and it seemed to really have the right vibe for a brew pub. I didn't try any food, and the service was ok although it was very busy and could maybe normally be better when it wasn't. They did have a decent line up of beers for a brewery I didn't know anything about and I would probably visit there again if in Hood River to hike more of the trails to the 77 waterfalls in the gorge.

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Nice vibe to this little place. A little bit on the hipster/hippie side, but it wasn't overly done...more on the contemporary side. A small bar seats about 8-10 people, with a few tables and chairs to accommodate a small but decently sized crowd, maybe 50-75 max. Servers were all nice, even if a bit slow and/or inattentive: my wife ordered her food, and the bartender whisked away before I even got to open my mouth to order. And she gave me the wrong size beer, but oh well. They have a good selection of house brews on tap, including a nitro stout, and 2 krieks, the Devil's Kriek being the definite highlight of the beer I sampled. Some of the "higher end" beers were a little on the pricey side, but nothing out of control, and the prices were otherwise reasonable. Food was very good, with some good selections including housemade pizza. Unfortunately, said pizza only comes in a 16" size. I would have liked to try one, but as I was the only one interested, and there are no personal size pies, I had to abstain. Anyway, very nice little place, small and relaxed, and seemingly doing well despite being within easy walking distance of Full Sail. Recommended.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Double Mountain is an absolute gem. I met the brewers in Portland at Belmont Station on a fine Thursday and was impressed with their support for the greater beer community. The staff there recommended the place too. After falling head-over-heels in love with their IPA at CAH’s fest I had to visit.

XX Mountain is located in a small building in downtown Hood River a block or so away from Full Sail’s Monster brewery (Seriously, Full Sail would be the largest brewpub building in Chicago, LA, or New York and yet there it lies in tiny Hood River…bizarre.) The atmosphere is very small town tavern and quite Wisconsin.

By this I mean that I have noticed that Oregon hates children. Everywhere I go in Oregon there are signs that say, “No Minors!!!” or “Minors will be PROSECUTED!” Maybe this is because I mostly go to brew pubs and bars but seriously, I’m beginning to get the idea that Oregonians just simply hate kids. It’s very, very sad.

In Wisconsin we love children, and not in a weird “I’m a priest” sort of way. Simply in a way that we not only allow them to converse, play games, and hang out with us in bars but in a way that we encourage it. Well… XX Mountain is that sort of place. No, there were not a bunch of little brats there, although there was at least one family with an infant… I’m guessing OR’s Johnny Law is currently hunting these bastards down with the full intention of giving them the death penalty for distracting the state’s gambling pool with crying newborns (Side Note for folks who have not visited OR: OR has a lottery racket that includes slot machines in nearly every bar. Seriously, this thing must make the Gambini family blulsh). At any rate, Double Mountain is a comfortable, community sort of place complete with couches and comfy chairs and what not.

Beerwise we are looking at about seven or eight beers with room to grow. XX Mountain employees say that their goal is to make common brews in uncommon ways. This shows. Styles available on the day I visisted included a really hoppy red ale, a Belgianish IPA, a BPA, a Kolsch, and a few darker brews. Most of these beers had some interesting tweaks on their traditional characteristics. I really loved the IPA, hop lava, I believe it was called. The RIPA was also quite good. The Devil’s Kitchen BPA was ok and the other beers were all quite good.

The food was great, mostly consisting of pizza, although a few sandwiches were offered as well. The pizza is New York style, very thin and with great toppings.

Staff cannot be beaten. Our bartender/manager was a veteran of the craft brew industry having served some time at Full Sail. He gave us great camping, beer, and restaurant tips. I really enjoyed our conversation with him and our chats with the other staff. The owners/brewers are great too.

I highly recommend Double Mountain. A brewery that can do simple styles well, consistently and with some flare is something to be cherished. Portland Bas should visit often and visitors to Portland should make the day trip out there (If you’re with a girl friend, just tell her you’re going to the falls and then side trip it to Double Mountain for lunch).

Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I visited this place on 3/23/2010.

As others have mentioned, this place is right around the corner from Full Sail. Its a smallish place but the atmosphere is great. Cool copper covered bar with an older style bar back complete with big mirror. There was a sort of hipster crowd in there on my visit, with ages ranging from 20's to late 40's. Great music coming through the speakers...loud enough to rock but not loud enough to prohibit conversation.

The beers were really well made and ranged from good to exceptional. We had the english IPA (good), the kolsch (better), and the Belgian kriek (exceptional). Would have had more beers but they close at 10:00pm on weekdays!

The bartender was friendly and knowledgable and the beers were modestly priced. I bought a growler to go and the bottle was $4 and the beer in it was $11.

All in all a great little pub that makes very good beer. Highly recommended!

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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)

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of RedDiamond
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

It's a healthy sign of the sustained emergence of craft beer in our region that a town as small as Hood River can support three brewpubs. It's an even better sign that all three are worthy of such support. The newest arrival is Double Mountain. It's fitting somehow that DM is just two blocks from Full Sail where craft brewing in the Hood began in 1987 and where DM's two brewers learned their craft.

Double Mountain made the daring move of starting with a 20 bbl brewing system. That's a Herculean rig for a neighborhood brewpub and affords them excess brewing capacity suitable for growth and expansion. No doubt it's expensive. But it's perhaps better to tailor recipes for a system you plan to grow with, rather than growing into a new system and risk tinkering with those established favorites. It's not difficult to quickly name a dozen or more breweries in our region that have endured the disruptive pleasure of expansion. Why not start big and skip the growing pains?

The pub itself is much smaller than the big tanks might imply. The one-room bar is tastefully decorated with stained glass art, breweriana and potted plants. Seats are wood and leather, and the bar is polished copper. An adjunct lounge with a sofa and coffee table extends into the adjoining garage bay where an open space serves as storage or a potential spot for live music. The brewery can be seen at the rear. And if you stand on a chair, you can just about see the Columbia River from one of the outdoor tables.

Both the food and beer menus are streamlined to core essentials. Take your pick among salads, sandwiches, pizzas and a dessert or two. Though the choices are limited, the quality is commendable. Beer listings are also scaled down to a half dozen house beers with no cask, nitro, or guests. Most beers are amply, if not brazenly hopped and are individualistic and modern in their composure. In particular, the non-traditional kölsch is well accented with concise bittering. But avoid the Devil's Kitchen. Organic malts and northwest hops feature prominently.

The scene as a whole is Dude-centric.

Photo of claspada
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Small bar, with some tables surrounding, I believe there was a dining area adjacent but I did not venture as I was constrained time wise.

Bartender was very friendly and helpful, allowed for samples prior to purchasing which is nice when you have literally never tried one of their beers.

Of the few I sampled some were average a few were quite above average. They have a bunch of their regulars on draft as well as a few which I was told were test batches/taproom only.

They also offer half or full pours which is helpful if you want to explore (and remember your journey in Hood River).

Photo of jdense
4.2/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited 6.10.2010 on way to Beervana.

Located on a side street off the main downtown Hood River drag, a block or so from Full Sail, Double Mountain has moved past 'the new kid on the next block' label to becoming a force in the Oregon brewing scene.

The taproom features a small 8 seat bar, about 8 tables and 3 outdoor tables, and a comfy couch in the corner. The staff was attentive and cheery without being pushy. When I visited they had 8 beers on tap, their regular products (Kolsch, Hop Lava IPA, IRA, Molten Lava DIPA, Vaporizer( and several rotating taps. They were selling quite a bit of food, burgers, sandwiches, and the pizza looked especially good and popular. Fairly cool vibe, mostly locals, classic rock Stones, Pink Floyd playing.

While the beer prices were certainly on the high side, all the beer is off exceptional high quality. Worth a stop when traveling though the area, and certainly needs to be included with Walking Man as must stops on a Gorge beer tour.

EDIT- Some of the best pizza outside the PDX market. I have a number of friends who travel from Portland for pizza and a beer.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of benito
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of DrMindbender
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

After a wonderful hike, Double Mountain was the first stop for four thirsty wanderers (including msubulldog25). It couldn't have made a better lunch destination. We sat outside, and the view of Washington state across the river was as majestic as you might imagine.

The smell of wort/hop pellets wafted through the place, which was incredibly inviting and helped whet our appetites for their beer. I got their "strong Belgian-style" ale, Inglemunster, which I could award "beer of the vacation" (and I had a solid week of truly great beer). Also sampled the oak-aged version and their Kolsch. Each tasted fantastic, convincing that these people totally know what they're doing. It'll probably be awhile, but I can't wait to taste their brews again someday.

Their Margherita pizza is excellent. Their method of cooking it at nearly 700 degrees for a very short time assures a fresh taste while giving the crust a little char, which only added to the depth of the flavor. If there were a PizzaAdvocate.com, I would easily give it a 4.5.

Service was just fine, and the overall vibe of the place was one of warmth, friendliness and natural beauty. It was at the beginning of a long day of wonderful beer, great food and excellent company, and remains the standout of what turned out to be a legendarily memorable day. Thanks to my hosts Brian, Sharon and Bryce for an incredible time.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of djbreezy
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

After enjoying a brewery tour at Full Sail, we headed over to Double Mountain to finish up the afternoon. We had a sampling of the Devil's and Rainier Kriek's in addition to the Hop Lava. The Kriek's were fantastic! (2009 vintage) Especially the Rainier.

There were plenty of other beers on tap and I wish I had it in me to try more but we had just finished a session at the Full Sail tap room and drinking more was not in the cards.

Pretty cool vibe and story behind the place. Super low key, nice outdoor seating, an overall friendly place. Love the logo...cool merchandise. Weather was great! Good memories and I can't wait to go back.

Photo of Fluffheady
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

When I walked in here, I was mad that I spent the last couple of hours at Full Sail. They serve awesome pizza, and their beer is quite good. They had two casks. They were busy, but we stuck it out for about 15 mins to get a seat at the bar. Very glad we did. This is a bar that really feels "lived in" and grimy, but in a charming way.

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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