Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.84/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
73
Reviews:
964
Ratings:
2,864
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
93
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
131
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
5.25%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
20
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
Hopworks Urban BreweryHopworks Urban Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2944 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, Oregon, 97202
United States

(503) 232-4677 | map
hopworksbeer.com

Notes:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am – 12:00am

Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 5:30pm daily

Added by John_M on 10-15-2007

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 131
Reviews by RedDiamond:
Photo of RedDiamond
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Hopworks' opened to much fanfare and endured an intial popularity crisis that produced large crowds. This has since tapered to a more collegial neighborhood brewpub vibe, but it can still be challenging to get a table here during peak hours. And for good reason: the beer, food, and atmosphere are superb.

Beer offerings are kept to a streamlined taplist of six regulars, two seasonals, two casks, and no guests. Thus far, the lineup has consisted mostly of customary models brewed to high standards of drinkability, though the 7-Grain Survival Stout showcases exotic grains such as kamut and quinoa. All beers are brewed with organic ingredients. Quality ranges from very good to exceptional.

Food items largely conform to brewpub standards such as hot wings, sandwiches, and pizza. But quality exceeds typical bar fare by a wide margin and ingredients tend to be free-range, organic, or otherwise blissful. Menu items include grilled portabella mushrooms, vegetarian calzone, apple crisp a la mode, and homemade potato chips. Prices are quite reasonable, but I've learned to show up after 9PM when happy hour menus feature bowls of minestrone or Caesar salads for as little as $1.75.

The expansive floorplan accommodates dining, gaming, and imbibing in a variety of formats. There are two outdoors seating areas, an upper gaming loft, booths, a plush sofa beside a gas fireplace cut from a fermentation tank, and a large, winding bar festooned with a bicycle frame sculpture that somehow resembles the skeleton of a prehistoric snake. There's even a private booth inside an actual vault invoking Bob Dylan's edict, "I would not judge nor put fault / on anyone who dines in a vault." (Not an exact quote I know, but it works well enough after your second beer.)

And as if the things you eat, drink, and see weren't enough, Hopworks also went the extra mile for ecological sustainability in the form of homemade biodeisel, native vegetation, and a host of energy efficiencies that make the HUB among the greenest of brewpubs anywhere. My only complaints are that the traffic on Powell Boulevard can be a bit unnerving if you're sitting near the street (so don't sit near the street) and the urinals are in plain view of the hallway when the men's room door opens. (C'mon guys, no one likes an audience.)

Hopworks has quickly established itself as a destination brewpub and sets a high standard for excellence in beercraft, sustainability, and informal dining. Strongly recommended.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Lingenbrau
4.76/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Awesome food, beer, and perfect for kids (even have their own play area!). Cheers!

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Photo of tim007007
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Chris-1911
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of B_B
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jrsaffert
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of grnmtnman
4.15/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of DanJan
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Wanted to try a new place out with the girlfriend and decided on HUB. I had previously only had one of their beers and man was I totally blown away by this place! I was really digging the whole bike motif, something that they include on many of their decorations. They even have a bike bar downstairs in the brewery! The restaurant/bar area is above the brewing equipment, which just looks cool. HUB has definitely incorporated its urban aesthetic inside with all manner of industrial touches. From the beer side, I was very very impressed. We split a sampler of 15 3oz pours for only $12! Got to try nearly everything on the menu and we split a 2010 vintage of their Noggin Floggin barleywine. Everything was very tasty, food included! I'll be making this a priority to return to. An underrated Portland brewery IMHO.

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Photo of lpothier
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of DanoBear
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went here for dinner. Wide selection...I think we had the 18 beer taster. All varieties were offered. For those that we lean towards they were solid. The pizza was very good. Vibe was cool with the bike parts and old beer cans lining the wall.

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Photo of BeerMeDrD
3.05/5  rDev -27.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of mklisz
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Photo of NJB145
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of schroeder1200
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of South2NW
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of SFCraft
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of aobrehm
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

An all around solid brewpub.
The space is a converted tractor showroom. These guys made every effort to promote sustainability and organic products in the design of their brewery and restaurant.
They currently have 14 standard, 1 nitro, and 2 casks on tap. Many beers are organic, others are certified salmon safe (I'm honestly not even sure what that means, but it sounds nice). You can get a 10 beer flight for $9 or a 15 beer flight for $12.
Food menu is large and high quality. Service is very good.

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Photo of Bp123
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of AJNIDEK
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great surprise just a bit outside of downtown. Beautiful bikes all over. Very good red on tap. Food smelled good but I did not eat.

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Photo of brewtalthrone
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Holy Moly ! This place is as Portland as it gets ! Sustainability ? Carbon neutral / zero carbon footprint ? Strip club next door ? Check, check, & check. The main downstairs area, which is always packed, will be one of the best beer-drinking atmospheres you will ever experience. You'll notice the bicycles hanging from the ceiling, because Portland LOVES its bicycles. There's an upstairs area for introverts, but you DON'T wanna be an introvert in PDX. Great beer selection listed on the classic chalkboard that all of us beer geeks know & love. The best time to visit, in my opinion, is at night. Grab a seat on the sizeable outdoor patio area and take in a very decent view of the downtown / Western Hills area. The first brewpub / beer place that I visited when I moved to Portland on a July 4. I froze my balls off. Seriously. There's also a nice wine shop across the street. So...don't be a beer idiot when you beercation in PDX. Put HUB towards the top of your list ! AND...the best & cleanest urinals in Portland.

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Photo of ZachT
4.4/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of nickfl
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

This is an odd place, something about it feels like it isn't actually a brewery, more like a chain sports bar or something? The only thing that seemed appropriately "Portland" about the place was the fixture above the bar made out of old bike frames, though that was more trying too hard than neat.

The beer was just on the happy side of average for a Portland brewery. Most were good, nothing was really memorable. The selection was a bit better than most and they branched out in terms of style more than some similar breweries I visited on my trip to PDX. They get bonus points for offering a full on "everything on tap" sampler tray as an option rather than screwing around with six glass samplers when they have nearly twenty beers on tap.

Our food experience was limited to a soft pretzel and beer cheese dip, but it was good. The service was good as well.

Overall it's worth a visit, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get there when there are a few excellent breweries in the city, and oh so many that might as well be this one.

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Photo of dasEbb
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of shelt11
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I live in Ohio, brother in Oregon. This is by far my favorite brewery to visit during the summer trips I make. Great atmosphere, solid brews.

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Photo of orbstein
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, OR
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