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Hopworks Urban Brewery

Not Rated.
Hopworks Urban BreweryHopworks Urban Brewery
Based on:
73 Beers
2,763 Hads
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 52
Visits: 121
Avg: 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

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: 121
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

What is the deal with this Powell street, I've never seen so many strip clubs? Anyways, yeah, that's a little bit about the atmosphere. Definitely fits the "urban" part about the brewery.

Dining to the right, bar to the left. Lots of wood, copper and, aluminum or steel (silver colored metal). Lots of bike and renewable hippy stuff, but you know, it was done in a cool way, the service wasn't condescending or pushy ethos wise. Thank you. Awesome beers. I mean, awesome. The best cask stuff I've ever had, both the ipa and the stout. The beer mug thing was a little weird, but so what, too much is made of serving glasses it seems.

Prices were right, service was nice and cute, to go bottles, merchandise.

Hey, this is my favorite brewery in all of Oregon. And I'm a meat and potatoes rural gun guy who likes beer and hates bikes. This is how you do it. Props to HUB, easily one of the top 10 breweries in the US, maybe even the world. Good job guys, can't wait to see you again.

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Photo of OregonHopmonster
4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Let me start by revealing that I stop here for pizza and beer probably about once a week, and may stop for a beer more than that at times. Obviously I like the place, and the fact that it is one of the few quality craft beer spots in SE Portland south of Division doesn't hurt.

The atmosphere varies depending on when you go. This is a very kid-friendly spot, mostly nights and weekends. If you can stop by during the day on a weekday you will find a fairly quiet place. Evenings and weekends you will almost certainly wait for a table. You can of course always avoid the kid-friendly scene by sticking to the 21-and-over bar side; this will not keep you from the crowds though.

The food is primarily pizza driven, and the pizza is excellent. Do not expect New York style thin crust though. This is pizza with a decidely NW slant. I recommed the Cascade Mountain with blue cheese and apples. The nacho-fied fries are excellent too. The downside of the food menu is that is pricey. Again, stick to the bar side and you can get pizza by the slice.

The beer selection is good- a nice selection of standards, seasonals and one-offs, few of which are bottled. No guest taps here. Tonight they had Muscles from Brussels Strong Belgian, Rise Up Red, Galactic Imperial Red and Ace of Spades IIPA as the seasonals. They also always have two casks.

Overall, while I realy enjoy HUB, if I was visiting from out of town I would stick to closer-in SE Portland spots like Cascade Barrel House, Hair of the Dog, Belmont Station, Apex, Horse Brass, etc. If you are here for a longer visit or like to tick breweries, definitely add HUB to the must-do list.

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Photo of velosuds
4.2/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited the brewery pub tonight after attending a seminar in downtown Portland. Shared a pizza and a couple beers with my son. Sat in the restaurant side hoping to have quieter conversation, but the place was bustling for a Tuesday night. Pizza was excellent and the stout and IPA on tap were both very good. Service was a bit slow at times as we had to wait a bit long to get our second beers. Parking lot is small so I am glad we got there before 5:30 pm. After tasting their Abominable winter ale, I decided to bring home a bomber as I have not seen this in the stores. Tried a sampler of their DIPA which seemed okay, but not enticing enough to order a pint. Great to see their commitment to organics and sustainability.

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Photo of AugiePrimrose
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Love Hopworks. My wife and I would stop here any chance we had since it's right on HW26, which was our road back to Bend. It's an eco-industrial place with nice wood beams, plenty of booths, decent sized bar, a deck out back, and a very Portlandery vibe.

The whole operation is quality. From the brews, to the stylings, to the pub food. It's really a great, well thought out place. If it were anywhere east of Colorado, Hopworks would be the biggest deal ever.

The place isn't perfect though, and we definitely had a few less than stellar service experiences. Nothing that would make us not return, but enough to make their rating average.

A fairly wide ranging lineup of a dozen or so taps offering organic takes on alot of the PNW's favorite styles. The beer is always so great on tap here.

High quality takes on somewhat usual pub fare. Even the hummus plate is just that much better and fresher the normal. I usually had a slice/salad/pint combo, and the wife always enjoyed the vegetarian options.

Prices were always in line with the other Oregon breweries. The beer and food are of high quality and they must have a nice growler deal, because there were always people getting them filled here. I wish Cedar Rapids had a Hopworks.

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Photo of arizcards
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped here on August 12th after a day out and about in Portland.
Overall vibe was good. We chose to sit outside on the patio, which was a bit warm with temps well into the 80's that day. Inside was cool, the bicycle central to the decor. Organic is the theme of the beer and food.
Quality of food and brew was very good. We sampled some of the beer at the Bite of Oregon festival the previous Sunday and both Da Boss and i were very impressed enough to find this place. The Stout and IPA were good. Da Boss liked the Pale quite well.
Service was OK, the server did not have a lot of enthusiasm for his job nor was he overly friendly but he covered his job fairly well.
Selection of beer was good, all the basic styles were covered. Not sure how many taps were available but there was about eight beers on the menu.
Food was very good, the organic cheeseburgers were cooked perfectly and were as good as we have had.
Overall value was good. We had the first round before happy hour (4.25) and round two was during happy hour ($3.50). Overall we got out of there for $41 including a 20% tip.

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

Amazing how many beers they offer, and how many are quite good. I appreciated the numerous hoppy options compared to other places. The menu had a few non-traditional items as well, which is nice for a change. Also I liked the convenient location from the bus stop just a bit down the hill.

Service was prompt and friendly, even for a busy day. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden was there when I visited, and I was a bit disappointed to see how few people seemed to even look that direction or have any clue who he was. Oh well.

The bicycle theme maybe went a bit too far with this place, especially in the restrooms. Also it felt like a Colorado building or something, yet this was Portland.

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Photo of ralree
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Wonderful atmosphere - nice woody scene with pinball upstairs and lots of seating. It took a while to get seated, but it was rather busy. There were about 12 beers on tap from Hopworks, and I ordered the Rise Up Red. It was good. We ordered some pizza and others at the table got salads and other food. We all thought the food was pretty good, especially for a brewpub. Others seemed to like their beer as well. The service was pretty good. Overall, not a bad place to stop and have a brew in Portland!

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Photo of shivtim
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Took the #9 bus to Hopworks from downtown. Relatively easy to get to.
The place has a large wood ceiling, kind of barn-like. A ton of old beer cans line ledges along the base of the ceiling. There's an upstairs area, but I didn't venture up there. Kind of an open, industrial feel.
The bar is big and copper, with a series of old bike frames above it.
Ok, one big gripe: the beer is all served in mugs, regardless of what type of beer it is.
Selection is great. Ten of theirs on tap, plus two on cask. A pretty wide variety. Service at the bar was friendly and easy going. High quality. Great happy hour prices.
I like hopworks, but it's not my favorite in Portland.

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Photo of squaremile
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Hopworks is a regular destination for me but it sure isn't a perfect place. First, the beers are incredible. I have Crosstown Pale as a 5.0 beer on here, and the IPA is also world class. Everything else are good beers for their styles, but being more of an extreme drinker, the selection bores me a bit. The food quality is great but every single time I have ordered dinner, something has come out wrong (and I am anything but a picky food guy). I also had a problem with their policy of bringing in any size bottle you want and they will fill it. Well OK so I brought in a few flip top 32oz bottles and the person complained the entire time about filling them and then did not know how to charge me for them. This happened with another bartender as well. Basically the beers are so good I keep going back.

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Photo of MURF0320
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I love this place for many reason. I'll start with the basics. The beer selection and variety are great, especially for a newer brewery. They cover just about every style, have some barrel and oak aged brews, and some great seasonals. All these beers more than hold there own in one of the greatest beer cities. All of their beers are brewed with organic ingredients!
The food is also very good and made with organic ingredients and sustainable. Pizza, natural beef burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads.
The atmosphere is great. The place is very modern, well designed, bright, and clean. There's a large bar with bike frames suspended from the tall ceilings over the entire length. Just a really cool vibe there.
My favorite part is that this breweries green initiatives are amazing. Besides the beers and food being organic and sustainable they've deployed some very innovative ideas and technology. A couple examples:
Biodiesel fired brew kettle using HUB fryer oil, waste pizza oven heat captured to heat brewing water,waste recycling programs that strive for zero waste,recycling food waste for animal feed & composting, and just about every green technology you can think of was used in the building, funishings, and decor.
Check out all the efforts here http://www.hopworksbeer.com/going_green.php

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Had not been here since it first opened...

HUB is an interesting looking brewpub, with a very modernistic vibe and atmosphere. There is plenty of wood and metal, with an attractive copper bar on the main floor. The place is pretty good size, with a fairly large dining area upstairs and on the main floor. There is also a modest size bar area, which is where I perched on this particular day.

On this particular day there were some 11 beers on tap, with a number of bottled offerings available as well. The quality of HUB beers is very high; I've yet to try anything that was anything short of excellent. The IPA's in particular are outstanding here, with the cask IPA extraordinairy.

Service this day was pretty good, with the staff quick and pretty knowledgable about the beers on offer. Food was pretty decent, though it was hardly anything extraordinairy (the happy hour wings and pizza were both fine). Prices were likewise decent; an order of happy hour wings, a slice of pizza, and two beers came to $15.

Any place else and this would likely be a go to spot for me. However, in beer rich Portland, this is just another good place to grab a good glass of IPA and a slice.

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Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I visited Hopworks on 3/26/2010 while on a week long trip to the Seattle / Portland area.

This place is pretty large with a surprisingly small parking lot for the amount of seating they have. We lucked out and happened onto a spot someone was vacating just as we arrived.

When you enter, there is a hostess stand...to the right of that is a dining room and to the left is the bar room, which also has dining tables and some couches around a fireplace.

The vibe of this place is, well, urban. Very sleek and modern feel, brightly lit, with super high ceilings and lots of glass and metal.

The beers were just amazingly good. I was told that all of their beers are organic and I think that is great. I am used to seeing breweries that have a solid lineup in place before they decide to add a special (i.e. lame) organic beer. Hopworks made the decision to use organic ingredients to craft all their beers, so the recipes are great and its obvious from the taste that somebody cares.

The food was sort of a non-issue for us. We only had a soft pretzel and it was ok.

Service was good, but our waitress was slammed (Friday night crowd) and she forgot to put our pretzel order in. When we reminded her she put it in and then didn't charge us for it because of her mistake. I think that is quality.

Overall, a great place with fantastic, tasty beers. I will definitely visit this place everytime I get to Portland.

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Photo of speakorspasm
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Visited during a recent trip to Portland. We visited during Happy Hours and had a few beers and appetizers before going on a tour / extended chat with their excellent tour manager, Amelia.

The appetizers were madly cheap. I hesitate from giving a single $ only becuase we didn't pay much attention to the non-happy hour menu. They were delivered promptly and pleasantly. The food was average, but again we didn't inspect the main menu.

Both the beers and the facility itself display a confidence that seem beyond their two years of operation. The beers we sampled all displayed character, depth and some stylistic rigidity where appropriate... where bigger, bolder steps were needed, they were taken - we found the Ace of Spades and Galatic Red to be outstanding.

Solid food, good-great beer and a fun, bike-lovin atmosphere? I'd be a regular if it weren't 3000k from my house.

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Photo of portlandjeff
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was really excited when I heard this place was going to open up in SE Portland, and so far, it's really lived up to my expectations. The eco-sustainable design, construction, and business practices were probably the first things that caught my attention when I heard they were opening, and I think they did a great job seeing that these priorities were implemented in the finished product. The beers are great, especially if you're into plenty of NW hops in your ales and lagers. The space is large, and very attractively designed, utilizing a lot of reclaimed wood and recycled/re-purposed bike parts. The food is definitely above average for pub grub. The service is always friendly, but not always knowledgeable when it comes to the beers, which bothers me a bit when I'm at a brewpub. Still, anyone who knows a thing or two about beer, shouldn't need any help from their server to navigate the taplist, as Hopworks usually sticks to pretty straightforward traditional styles.

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is ride my bike to Hopworks during some of the great outdoor events that they host. I've attended the 2008 fresh hop festival, and the 2009 bike-to-beer-fest here, and it's always a really great time. The brewery really bends over backwards to make sure that the events live up to even the highest of expectations, and large appreciative crowds flood the property as a result.

Great beer, great atmosphere, great events, and a unique experience, even in a city overflowing with brew pubs.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I always enjoy a visit to Hopworks. The interior is immaculate. Lots of attention to detail here from the bike frame rack that surrounds the bar to the in wall safe that has been converted to a table/seating area.

There is a pool table in the bar and TVs for sporting events. The restaurant area has nice sit down spots.

There is ample parking out back and on the side of the Brewery.

The brewery is around the back and on the bottom floor. The tanks are bright and shiny, and there is a nice bar with taps for tasting. The crew was generous with samples for the recent Zwickelmania.

Overall, one of my go-to places. Great selection of top notch beer, and nothing like getting it fresh off the taps.

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Photo of wolffman17
4.2/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

First off, I love the acronym for Hopworks Urban Brewery, HUB. A hub is a "center of activity" or "focal point", very appropriate for a brewpub. And of course, the hub of a wheel is vital for bikes, the not-so-subtle theme for this place. So right off they seem smart and creative.

Not really in a location that makes it easy to walk to other beer spots ("hey, ride your bike" I'm sure they would say), but the building itself is unique. The layout is very different compared to most with a long, curved bar and a few tables outlining. The curved, wooden ceiling and numerous bicycle frames above the bar add character. Good vibe here...young and active but not loud or overly boisterous.

Solid service. The several bartenders stay on top of things well and are eager to answer any questions.

The beer here is excellent. The sampler is big, like 10 beers big, which is nice getting to try so many things at once. Survival 7 Grain, Diablito, and Ace of Spades all stand out as top notch. Little did I know while drinking a pint of Ace of Spades that it would go on to win gold at GABF for DIPA. It doesn't surprise me one bit, though.

The pizza is outstanding.

There are so many "must stops" in Portland, but HUB is one that truly can't be missed. Great place.

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Photo of josiahschlender
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

When I heard that Hopworks would be opening a brewpub a couple years back, then saw their beers starting to rotate in at a few bars, I thought "how many more brewpubs can open and survive here in Portland?"

HUB is the only reason I want to go to its area of town. Not sure if the rent is lower there, or something, but they did a great job of making a hospitable pub in a not terribly exciting neighborhood. It's very airy, well lit, full of bicycle adornments.

The best thing about HUB is the beer. Really excellent beers that stand out in a crowded Portland field. Their IPA is one of the best in town, possibly second after HOTD's Blue Dot. Their Survival Stout is the best I've had from Portland. As well as their superb lager. In fact, I've never had a beer I didn't like from them. The thing that's hard for me is to turn down old favorites to try something new. Plus, they have around a dozen beers of their own on tap most of the time. More than usual, especially for the high quality and use of organic ingredients.

Speaking of organic, much of the food is organic and locally grown. I love the idea, but personally I don't like the price of admission that usually comes with those labels. Fortunately, HUB has managed to price their very tasty food at comparable rates to other pubs around town.

I can't remember ever having a bad service experience at HUB. A couple of the waitstaff have had good beer knowledge, and generally are attentive.

If I had to recommend one brewpub to visit in Portland, this would be the one. Keep up the great work!

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Photo of Docer
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Loved the atmosphere.. great unique touch and style to the place.. very roomy.. too bad the location is far from where I live... like most places.. all so deep in SE and NE Portland.. if not all the way downtown!

The food and beer is top-notch... I mean the best of the best.

Slection is limited, but it was great that they had a rather large pizza menu as well as the other usual stuff.. would have expected more beer choices... seasonals.. doubles.. etc... but the IPA and Secret Alt was damn fine enough!

I did however buy 2 mugs... and about 3 beers... and 2 lunches.. and spent $50... so it can be a bit pricey.. but the best thing... is that they serve FULL pints at $4.25... $4 even would have been better! ;-)

Overall a must go-to place when ever in Portland!

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Photo of Floydster
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was the last stop of our first day in Portland, we walked over here about a mile after a fantastic time at Hair of the Dog with Alan, had the sampler set here with ten of their brews including lagers, pale ale, reds, IPAs, porters, etc., and then a pint, can honestly say that all of their beers were above average if not really good, walk in and see a small fridge with their newly bottled brews, walk along the very long bar that is lined with colorful bike frames, really liked the look in here, sat down near the big windows and had a nice view of what was going on outside, all around cool atmosphere, place was immaculate and my buddy could not stop talking about how clean it really was, our waitress was very nice and took time to talk to us a few different times to check in on how we liked our beers, saw me writing copious reviews which is probably what made her curious, my favorites of theirs other than the barrel aged barleywine I had at Belmont Station from them a few days later were their cask conditioned IPA, altbier, and the Deluxe Organic Ale, we happened to be there during happy hour and food was very cheap, good as well, we got pizza sticks and chicken wings, our whole bill was under twenty dollars and it felt like we splurged, cannot complain about that, this would definitely warrant another visit by me in the future, recommended

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Photo of LittleA
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A nice addition to the Portland beer scene. Today I went with my wife and two kids, ages 8 and 5, and it was nice to sit out on the back deck in 72 degree sunshine, with a nice view of Pill Hill (OHSU) as I polished off an IPA (excellent) and a seasonal German alt (also excellent). 2 good sized kids meals, a cheese burger and fries, a nice big salad and few beers and other drinks came to under $40 - not bad.

Reminds me somewhat of Laurelwood with its kids play area and, well, lots of kids running around. The bar area appears to be off limits to kids however and is on the other side of the establishment. A very family friendly place in a family friendly town! "We shall return" (and my wife is Filipino too!)

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Photo of Sharpie30
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Ok, so the bike seats above the mens urinal are just plain genius! Seriously, after a few pints leaining your head while releaving is awesome. I cant comment on table service, but the bartender was great. Very knowelable and attentive. Also, he did not hesitate to pour us a few samples. Their beer is good to great, though I was taken back by the highly filtered, polished look. Selection is good, they have 6-8 on tap plus a cask, I do like when brewpubs have more around a dozen options, but Hopworks is found around town and I imagine they are restricted to keep up with outside accounts. I had a slice of pizza with my brew and it was damn good, just perfect crust with enough toppings. I like that they are eco friendly, though I think they take their marketing a bit far as the "first" eco friendly brewpub, many breweries and brewpubs in the Portland area have been eco freindly for some time now. All in all another great Portland watering hole.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Okay, this place just rocks. The beer is clean and well done, with great standards and interesting seasonals, the food is excellent, the staff is friendly and on the ball. Full disclosure: I've been here several times, but always during the slow 1pm-5pm range, so I can't speak to the busier periods.

Atmosphere: big and neo-industrial. Parking available in a lot just outside, maybe 12 spots. Was oddly full at 1:30pm today, though the dining room wasn't, suggesting they share the lot. Exposed wood beam ceiling, and exposed cinderblock walls. Neat green/sustainable building history is available on the website.

Quality: the beer rocks. I have had everything they offer on sampler trays, and most of them in glasses or pints. Oddly, the only standard I'm not crazy about is the Organic Hopworks IPA, which has a slightly salty taste to me, almost hinting at playdough. That makes it sound far worse than it is: it' sjust not my favorite. The HUB lager, a Czech pilsner, is my single favorite example of the style ever. (Admittedly, I don't much care for the style.) The seasonals tend to be outstanding. I'm drinking a 150, made with 150 pounds of hops (in an unknown brewing size) and it's amazing: bright, spicy, hoppy, but with excellent malt to back it up. Reminds me of Hopsickle, but even better.

Service: has always been friendly, and is almost always super efficient. Free wifi is a bonus in the slow hours, so I can pretend to be doing work.

Selection: six standards, and three to four seasonals usually available. The sampler tray is wicked: $7.50 for "8 x 3" meaning eight 3oz samplers, and they seem to throw in the other two for the same price. Wicked.

Food: I'm vegetarian, and as happy with this place as most other strictly vegetarian places in Portland. Selection and taste, and us vegetarians aren't left out in the cold. Outstanding.

Value: slightly spendy food (sandwiches in the $8-$10 range) but well worth it, especially to support a righteous, confident, quality brewpub with an explicitly sustainable business model.

Overall: I love it, and even with the plethora of great brewpubs in PDX, keep coming back. Try it out: you won't be sorry.

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Photo of gixxerman
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I am glad I picked HUB to visit on my limited Portland schedule. The first thing I noticed was the bike frames above the bar. A very original and effective touch.

They have a late HH and the food prices at the bar are rock bottom. I had a Beer sausage sandwich with chips for $3.75. Everything else on the HH menu was priced right. I also had the Seven Grain Oatmeal Stout, which was very good.

Something that made my experience there unforgetable was an impromptu jam session. About 7 or 8 band mates walked in, found a clearing and just went at it. They were good, really good! The bartenders and all the patrons were completely surprised. After they stopped, that passed out a few cards, and had a few beers. I think they were just going around trying to get their name out there. It was very cool.

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Photo of benito
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.

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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This brewpub looks sleek and a bit swanky from the outside, plenty of stainless steal and loud colors, dominated by yellow and red. It feels a little cold on the inside, devoid of so much of the wood and brass normally found at a brewpub. However. the bike frames hanging above the main bar anchor the modern geometric decor. Several faux bank vaults are located in the bar area, one which houses a table that can accommodate up to around six people a la the snugs found in Irish pubs. My friend Dave especially enjoyed the extension of the bike theme (the brewmaster/owner is a cycling enthusiast) found in the restroom: bicycle seats mounted to the wall above the urinal, on which one could rest their head while micturating. We thought this genius, while our wives found it unsanitary. They've never used a urinal before obviously.

The quality of the organic brews was solid. I especially enjoyed the Czech lager and the Flog N Noggin Barley wine. The Winter lager was solid as well.

The service was a bit slow initially, but they were getting slammed all at once. Once the server arrived, she was very attentive and knowledgeable.

I did not check out the guest brews, but the house brews were varied to appeal to all tastes.

We did not eat much food, but the hummus was good and the spinach salad was solid as well. All the product is from local, sustainable producers.

I would certainly frequent this place if I lived in the SE quadrant of Portland.

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Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, OR
93 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.