Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Hopworks Urban BreweryHopworks Urban Brewery
BEER AVG
3.83/5
Based on:
75 Beers
914 Reviews
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 52
Visits: 117
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: 20
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2944 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, Oregon, 97202
United States
phone: (503) 232-4677

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hopworksbeer

Notes:
Place added by: John_M on 10-15-2007

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

Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 5:30pm daily
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Reviews: 52 | Visits: 117
Reviews by benito:
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

There is something stand-offish about many of the commercial property along Powell Blvd. Maybe it's that the strip malls come in series, and the street feels like a necessary evil and very un-Portland. It is the last place I would have expected to find a good brewpub, much less a great one.

Hopworks is not only able to overcome its undesirable location; it actually improves the area. Somehow, the blocks between SE 25th and 33rd seem better off than the rest of Powell. In fact, Hopworks is one of Portland's finest brewpubs--maybe the one with the consistently best beer.

The brewery is in a large stand-alone building with an empty storefront adjacent to it--it is unclear if HUB is going to do something with this in the future, and there is still a rental sign in one of the windows.

Hopworks does have a certain 'urban' feel inside. The large bar area in the front half of the restaurant is decorated with bike frames, a fireplace, and there is even an old 'bank vault' style VIP room. The back half is the restaurant proper, and there is a play area for kids. In addiiton, there's upstairs and outside (two deck) seating. This place gets packed during happy hour and dinner time and seems to draw a lot of young familes and folks in their 30s and 40s. I wish the interior were better divided, as it tends to feel cavernous and impersonal. But that's a minor detraction.

Christian Ettinger, the owner and brewer, keeps six regular beers on tap (lager, IPA, pale ale, esb, stout, and the "deluxe organic ale," a sort of strong ale) as well as two or three seasonals as a time. The beers consistently range from good to excellent, and many are outstanding: I'm particularly a fan of the lager (pils), IPA, ESB, and stout; it's nice to see a brewery cover its bases so well and offer great beer for any drinking mood. Their seasonals tend to run to fairly conventional styles, but they are always strong. Their fresh-hopped festbier and scotch-aged barleywine were highlights of this past fall's offerings. The high quality of brews across the board makes HUB a great option for introducing newbies to craft beer, since they won't be put off by stylistic imperfections or bad examples of craft beer.

The food is pizza-focused, and like most Portland pizza, it tends to run pretty pricey. There's a good happy hour option (every day, including late night) with a good variety of choices at under $4.

X-factors? Check out the 'head rest' bike seats in the men's room, an impressive selection of Belgian bottles, and bright colored logo wear.

For out of towners, this should be near the top of your brewpub list for Portland: it is a must-visit gem that showcases some of Portland's finest brews. (2,709 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of SFCraft
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of aobrehm
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of Bp123
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of AJNIDEK
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (137 characters)

Photo of brewtalthrone
4.89/5  rDev +16.4%
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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of ZachT
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of nickfl
3.99/5  rDev -5%
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. (1,043 characters)

Photo of dasEbb
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of shelt11
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (141 characters)

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4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.32/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

crazy big selection of beers at the brewery on powell, most of them pretty delicious (I'm glad BA has spell check, bc I spell like a 3rd grader). (145 characters)

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.2/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, OR
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