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Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Hopworks Urban BreweryHopworks Urban Brewery
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

94 Ratings
Ratings: 94
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.08%
Active Beers: 64
Beer Ratings: 2,290
Beer Avg: 3.85
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:
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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Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

Hopworks Urban Brewery is nestled in a fairly divey section of town full of graffiti and signs in the parking lot warning about the risk of valuables getting stolen from vehicles. Fortunately the inside of the pub is a completely different story as it's beautifully styled and decorated. I loved the steel racks and vintage beer can collection plus the table that is inside of a vault like room. Plenty of table seating spread out over 2 floors with a really nice outdoor patio area to boot. The brewery is in the downstairs back area with wide open garage doors that give you a chance to peek in on the action. Another bar and bottle shop is available downstairs in the brewery section as well. The upstairs bar has seating for about 15 people. Beer offerings seemed limited to about 10 and food options were both tasty and desirable. Our bartender was very friendly and offered us several free samples which was a plus. Beer was pretty darn good but not quite great. I'd give it a 4.2 if I could so I'm rounding down a bit.

koopa, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Atmosphere: Tile floor, wood, and many windows in what seems to be a converted garage. Music was not too loud, and the loudest aspect of the place was people engrossed in conversation.

Quality: Top notch beers, and the food was great as well. Excellent.

Service: The service was excellent and the staff was very attentive.

Selection: They had ten beers on tap, and two of them were casked as well. They sold bottles and growlers, and the menu was average sized.

Food: The food was very fresh.

Value: Unbelievable value, we came during happy hour and food dishes were between $2.50 and $4.00 depending on the dish. Pints were also very inexpensive.

DaftCaskBC, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of OregonHopmonster
4/5  rDev -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.

OregonHopmonster, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of velosuds
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

velosuds, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of AugiePrimrose
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

AugiePrimrose, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of arizcards
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

arizcards, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

yemenmocha, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of ralree
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

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!

ralree, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of shivtim
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

shivtim, Jul 03, 2010
Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, OR
93 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.