Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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Active Beers: 57
Beer Ratings: 896
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 | 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
4/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A: I walked in on a very busy Saturday afternoon. Parking was non-existent and the crowd was a force to be reckoned with. An ample amount of outdoor seating along the entrance/sidewalk but when you walked in ...WOW..cramped, busy. There was a small bar area to the left as I walked in with some seating and another bar and seating area off to the right behind the hostess. One seat at the bar and I snagged it. Busy, sordove chaotic. Severs were very busy but the atmosphere was energetic. I struck up some beer talk with guys at the bar.
Q: My two beers were great. Devils Kriek is always good but my Poseur was amazingly good! No issues with quality here.
S: Despite how busy my server was he stayed on top of the bar and kept the beer flowing.
S: Standards available. A few rotating handles and specialty stuff which I greatly appreciated.
F: I did not try any food but I heard the pizza was legit.
07-15-2013 16:10:34 | More by barleywinefiend
4.53/5 rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
4.47/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We made the trek out to Hood River for a short kayak trip while visiting Portland for the Oregon Brewer's Festival. We all loved Hood River. The views were stunning and there were lots of great shops, wineries and restaurants. But my favorite part of he town is Double Mountain.
The Double Mountain tap room is a small and simple but very impressive operation. They had several of their beers on tap but being the hophead that I am, I stuck to the Molten Lava (an Imperial IPA) and Hop Lava (an IPA). The Molton Lava was certainly the more complete product but the Hop Lava had a nice way of letting the hops run wild. Both were outstanding and very memorable.
The service was very good as well. One of the guys behind the bar was one of several operator / owners. As I understand it, they broke away from Full Sail and started the place. He was very helpful and clearly had a passion for beer and the business behind it.
We had a couple of appetizers as well. One was a greek sampler plate with hummus, feta, pita bread, peppers, olives and some grape leaf wrapped something or other. It was fantastic. I highly recommend it. The other was chips and salsa. The chips were only OK but the salsa was pretty good.
Double Mountain is as good as it gets for craft beer / hop lovers. Check it out.
07-26-2008 11:45:46 | More by GJ40
3.75/5 rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
12-30-2011 16:17:25 | More by Rifugium
3.93/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped here after a recommendation from locals and the folks at Full Sail. Did a flight and thought it was a little on the pricey side, but their beers were at least solid, with their Kriek standing out about others (at least to me). Placed that afternoon was packed, and it seemed to really have the right vibe for a brew pub. I didn't try any food, and the service was ok although it was very busy and could maybe normally be better when it wasn't. They did have a decent line up of beers for a brewery I didn't know anything about and I would probably visit there again if in Hood River to hike more of the trails to the 77 waterfalls in the gorge.
11-13-2011 07:45:03 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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 CAHs fest I had to visit.
XX Mountain is located in a small building in downtown Hood River a block or so away from Full Sails 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, Im beginning to get the idea that Oregonians just simply hate kids. Its very, very sad.
In Wisconsin we love children, and not in a weird Im 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 Im guessing ORs Johnny Law is currently hunting these bastards down with the full intention of giving them the death penalty for distracting the states 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 Devils 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 youre with a girl friend, just tell her youre going to the falls and then side trip it to Double Mountain for lunch).
07-25-2007 06:36:11 | More by DaPeculierDane
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
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
10-08-2007 04:21:00 | More by RedDiamond
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
06-16-2010 20:08:06 | More by jdense
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom in Hood River, OR
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