Hopworks Urban Brewery
Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 49 | Display Reviews Only:
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.
06-30-2011 06:08:23 | More by OregonHopmonster
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.
11-10-2010 04:53:42 | More by velosuds
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.
11-04-2010 01:59:02 | More by AugiePrimrose
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.
08-20-2010 21:37:59 | More by arizcards
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.
08-06-2010 03:40:21 | More by yemenmocha
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!
07-26-2010 06:19:13 | More by ralree
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.
07-03-2010 13:35:35 | More by shivtim
3.83/5 rDev -9%
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
4.7/5 rDev +11.6%
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
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
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
Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, OR
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