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Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Hopworks Urban BreweryHopworks Urban Brewery
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

97 Ratings
Ratings: 97
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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5/5  rDev +18.8%

g_jenkins, Dec 03, 2013
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4.9/5  rDev +16.4%

Abad, Sep 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

bszern, Aug 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Andrew24, Apr 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Hobbit, Mar 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

kneel22, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of MURF0320
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

MURF0320, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

djbreezy, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of fredandboboflo
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%

First stop after 11/08 HOTD Dock Sale.

From the outside, the place was a bit worrisome. Next to a vacated storefront with seemingly abandoned cars next to it in a part of town that seemed like it was slowly being forgotten, it looked at first like a very odd place for a brewpub. No worries at all the moment you step inside though. Very spacious, absurdly clean (though not sterile), every feature getting its due attention. I opened the place, and even without anybody else there it was clearly a world class operation. Just one of those things you can tell. Sorry I can't be more specific, but just trust me on this one. Shortly thereafter, and seemingly out of nowhere, the place was packed with beer lovers of all varieties.

The beer was beyond my expectations. Their Czech Pilsner (they called it their lager) was excellent, in an admittedly limited sample size the best I've had of the style. Had a pint of their regular stout and a taste of their seasonal stout, very similar (main difference was the regular had espresso beans added), and both excellent. Stole some of their seasonal imperial red from my friend, also stellar. Finally, had their IPA on cask (as did seemingly everybody else in the place), which was DIVINE. So hard to say definitively, but possibly the best IPA I've had.

Service was also noteworthy, extremely knowledgeable, and beyond knowledgeable, very into the beer they were serving. Certainly flawless in promptness and everybody was extremely pleasant to talk with.

I believe there were 6 regulars (plus the IPA and Pale were on both tap and cask) and 3 seasonals. Perhaps in an IDEAL world, if this was my regular brewpub I'd like just a few more options, but it was certainly a great selection for a one-time visit.

My only semi-complaint was that the pizza (which seemed to be supposedly somewhat of their specialty?) did not live up to the pizza of New York that I'm familiar with. I enjoyed it well enough, so hard to say it was bad, and I fell in love with the place so much otherwise I feel bad even saying this.

Prices were reasonable and on par for the area.

Definitely a must stop if you're in Portland, even amongst the sea of choices there are.

fredandboboflo, Nov 18, 2008
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 dfitch81
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%

Went here for the first time about a month ago, just reviewing now. Atmosphere is nothing special: typical modern urban interior decor - minimilastic, functional, but a bit cold. Interestingly they have a fridge near the hosts'/hostess' desk containing several special-premium micro and imported brews. If the atmosphere is nothing extraoridnary that's just fine, because the beer is truly excellent. Make sure that you get a sampler tray so that you can try each of their offerings; I didn't find any disappointments (quite far from it). Personal favorites are the Survival Seven Grain Stout (dark, stouty goodness with some interesting flavors), the IPA (spicy, hoppy goodness with an excellent malt backbone), the HUB Lager (refreshing, authentically styled goodness and great with just about anything), and the DOA (that's Deluxe Organic Ale, not Dead On Arrival - which this American strong ale most certainly is not). Service was friendly and prompt, and I really appreciated that our waitress was knowledgeable about the different beers on tap. Hot, too ;). Selection is good: all the expected beer styles are present, and the food selections - though not vast in number - are well-chosen. The food itself is excellent all around. Portions were far more generous than expected, and everything was top-notch and tasty. One must-have is the pint-o'-pretzels: salty, bready goodness. Mmmmh. The wings are also worth it. Pizzas looked awesome too, though I've yet to try any of their pies. Last but not least, the price: very reasonable, especially given the high-quality fare.

This place has instantly catapulted itself to the top of my destination list. Have been there three times now and will be visiting many more. You will NOT be disappointed.

Update June 2009: Time has only cemented and enhanced my initial impressions. I cannot recommend Hopworks highly enough - if you love the beer 'round here you must go.

dfitch81, Oct 30, 2008
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4.52/5  rDev +7.4%

botanu, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of HarmonMW
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%

Came in late after I had just landed in Portland. Had a pizza that was great. Also tried a flight which was enormous - 10 beers total. Lots of variety in their offerings. My flight contained Abdominable Winter Ale, Cultivator Doppelbock, Deluxe Organic Ale, Don the Younger, Double Dry Hop IPX Mosaic, Hopworks IPA, HUB Lager, Noggin Floggin, Survival 7-grain Stout, and Velvet ESB. Service was excellent as well. Highly recommended.

HarmonMW, May 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Definitely a great addition to the Portland brewpub scene. This place really is great. Lots and lots of care and attention was put into building and designing the facility. Two levels with ample room for everyone. We sat at one of the tables upstairs and ordered some excellent vegan pizza and great beers. It was great to see multiple vegan options on the menu, though not exactly surprising considering we were in Portland, vegan capitol of the USA (in my humble opinion).

Beer selection was impressive. Wish I had the chance to sit at the bar and get a sample platter but I was pretty happy with the pints I had. The Kentucky Christmas was fantastic and their IPA was top notch as well. I definitely look forward to trying more beers from HUB.

Serive was good, they were very busy (I imagine they often are) and everything went smoothly.

Great space they have going for themselves here, can't say enough about the aesthetics and design of this place. They are big into bicycling and bicycle culture, and this figures into the design and atmosphere as well. I look forward to visiting HUB again and spending some time at the bar.

Definitely put this on your list of places to visit when you are in Portland. Fantastic atmosphere, beer and food.

colonelforbin, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

tjcamm, Nov 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

tylerstravis, Jun 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Dcbelkot, Jun 24, 2014
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Gatordaddy, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of jdense
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Does Beervana need another Brewpub? Some would think not, but HUB fits nicely into the Rose City beer scene. The all-organic beer selection proffered by former Laurelwood brewmaster Christian Ettinger, complimented by a number of organic food offerings, is a nice addition to any pub crawl. The food offerings, while not vast, are all of high quality and very tasty. Of course, the centerpiece is the beers, and the IPA has already won a number of awards. While the Big Beer category offerings are a bit light (The DOA at 6.9% was the most potent during my visit), all the beers are very solid offerings.

As for critiques of the decor re 'industrial chic', with a few exceptions this is the standard brewpub atmosphere for PDX, not really that much different on the inside from Deschutes in the Pearl. The location is a bit off the beaten path, and parking is a bit tight during prime hours (though the lot itself was quite a (eco-friendly) engineering feat). Contrary to cover page, beer is available to go in growlers. Breweries like HUB and Roots should be complimented for leading the way in the organic beer movement. Definitely worth a visit during your next tour of PDX's beer underbelly.

EDIT- Expanded Belgian-style beer offerings, the Rowdy Roddy Piper-inspired Dubbel Suplex and an Abbey Ale, both very tasty.

jdense, Nov 10, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

rybobales, Jun 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

jackmax, Jul 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

RedDon, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of redman683
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

Went during Zwiklemania. To be expected, it was very busy. Had a pint of their IPA and a Velvet ESB. Both were great. Food was great also. Because of the organic theme running throughout their menu, there is a wide variety. Also, picked up one of their insulated growlers (full of IPA of course). Portland has a lot of breweries/brew pubs but this is the one I always make sure to go to when I'm there.

redman683, Feb 26, 2013
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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
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Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, OR
93 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.