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Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Hopworks Urban BreweryHopworks Urban Brewery

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 56
Beer Ratings: 2,157
Beer Avg: 3.88

Taps: 10 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

86 Ratings
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.08%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am – 12:00am

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

(Place added by: John_M on 10-15-2007)
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ralree

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

07-26-2010 06:19:13 | More by ralree
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shivtim

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

07-03-2010 13:35:35 | More by shivtim
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squaremile

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -9%
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.

05-18-2010 15:34:27 | More by squaremile
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MURF0320

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
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

04-25-2010 21:18:53 | More by MURF0320
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John_M

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

04-06-2010 04:22:47 | More by John_M
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spointon

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

03-29-2010 06:43:30 | More by spointon
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speakorspasm

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

03-16-2010 00:57:29 | More by speakorspasm
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portlandjeff

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

03-14-2010 02:02:57 | More by portlandjeff
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djbreezy

Washington

4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

02-19-2010 02:58:32 | More by djbreezy
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wolffman17

Texas

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

09-30-2009 15:22:31 | More by wolffman17
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