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Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.83/5
Based on:
76 Beers
923 Reviews
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 52
Visits: 119
rAvg: 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

Notes:
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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Photo of brewtalthrone
4.89/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Holy Moly ! This place is as Portland as it gets ! Sustainability ? Carbon neutral / zero carbon footprint ? Strip club next door ? Check, check, & check. The main downstairs area, which is always packed, will be one of the best beer-drinking atmospheres you will ever experience. You'll notice the bicycles hanging from the ceiling, because Portland LOVES its bicycles. There's an upstairs area for introverts, but you DON'T wanna be an introvert in PDX. Great beer selection listed on the classic chalkboard that all of us beer geeks know & love. The best time to visit, in my opinion, is at night. Grab a seat on the sizeable outdoor patio area and take in a very decent view of the downtown / Western Hills area. The first brewpub / beer place that I visited when I moved to Portland on a July 4. I froze my balls off. Seriously. There's also a nice wine shop across the street. So...don't be a beer idiot when you beercation in PDX. Put HUB towards the top of your list ! AND...the best & cleanest urinals in Portland. (1,023 characters)

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 (1,304 characters)

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. (704 characters)

Photo of fredandboboflo
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

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. (2,197 characters)

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. (684 characters)

Photo of dfitch81
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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. (1,922 characters)

Photo of HarmonMW
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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. (433 characters)

Photo of colonelforbin
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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. (1,254 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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. (652 characters)

Photo of jdense
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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. (1,322 characters)

Photo of redman683
4.45/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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. (402 characters)

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. (985 characters)

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! (1,560 characters)

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. (1,242 characters)

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. (2,181 characters)

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

Hopworks' opened to much fanfare and endured an intial popularity crisis that produced large crowds. This has since tapered to a more collegial neighborhood brewpub vibe, but it can still be challenging to get a table here during peak hours. And for good reason: the beer, food, and atmosphere are superb.

Beer offerings are kept to a streamlined taplist of six regulars, two seasonals, two casks, and no guests. Thus far, the lineup has consisted mostly of customary models brewed to high standards of drinkability, though the 7-Grain Survival Stout showcases exotic grains such as kamut and quinoa. All beers are brewed with organic ingredients. Quality ranges from very good to exceptional.

Food items largely conform to brewpub standards such as hot wings, sandwiches, and pizza. But quality exceeds typical bar fare by a wide margin and ingredients tend to be free-range, organic, or otherwise blissful. Menu items include grilled portabella mushrooms, vegetarian calzone, apple crisp a la mode, and homemade potato chips. Prices are quite reasonable, but I've learned to show up after 9PM when happy hour menus feature bowls of minestrone or Caesar salads for as little as $1.75.

The expansive floorplan accommodates dining, gaming, and imbibing in a variety of formats. There are two outdoors seating areas, an upper gaming loft, booths, a plush sofa beside a gas fireplace cut from a fermentation tank, and a large, winding bar festooned with a bicycle frame sculpture that somehow resembles the skeleton of a prehistoric snake. There's even a private booth inside an actual vault invoking Bob Dylan's edict, "I would not judge nor put fault / on anyone who dines in a vault." (Not an exact quote I know, but it works well enough after your second beer.)

And as if the things you eat, drink, and see weren't enough, Hopworks also went the extra mile for ecological sustainability in the form of homemade biodeisel, native vegetation, and a host of energy efficiencies that make the HUB among the greenest of brewpubs anywhere. My only complaints are that the traffic on Powell Boulevard can be a bit unnerving if you're sitting near the street (so don't sit near the street) and the urinals are in plain view of the hallway when the men's room door opens. (C'mon guys, no one likes an audience.)

Hopworks has quickly established itself as a destination brewpub and sets a high standard for excellence in beercraft, sustainability, and informal dining. Strongly recommended. (2,491 characters)

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. (1,518 characters)

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

Decided to stop here on a visit to Portland, as I've been pretty thrilled w/all of the HUB beers I've tried beforehand. And how did it fare?

A - Overall atmosphere was pretty relaxed and clean, like a decent restaurant or more upscale sports pub. There's an obvious bike theme going on as well, which overall seemed like a quirky, charming Portland kinda thing that just works for some reason. Also some vintage beer cans and other cool decor to be found.

Q - Quality of everything was fantastic. The beers and the food are all top notch. Unfortunately, there was only so much I could try in one visit.

S - Service was overall good. Was able to sample some beers, the staff was friendly, and everything came out in a timely manner. All while it was fairly busy. No qualms here.

S - Selection is good overall. Saw something in the range of 10-15 house brewed beers on tap. Most of the food menu is your standard fare pub grub (w/unique variations of as well), but also a good pizza selection, and vegetarian/vegan stuff available as well.

F - I don't want to give a 5 just yet w/out trying other things out in the future here, but the food I did have was fantastic, especially for the money. Had an Asian-style battered chicken sandwich w/the cask IPA. Very good stuff indeed.

V - The value of what you get here is top notch. Organic beer and food at a price point that's competitive w/non-organic options (same cost, really) is pretty tough to beat.

Overall, this is a great brewpub, and I will definitely be back whenever I'm in Portland or passing by through I-5. Well worth checking out! (1,597 characters)

Photo of aobrehm
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

An all around solid brewpub.
The space is a converted tractor showroom. These guys made every effort to promote sustainability and organic products in the design of their brewery and restaurant.
They currently have 14 standard, 1 nitro, and 2 casks on tap. Many beers are organic, others are certified salmon safe (I'm honestly not even sure what that means, but it sounds nice). You can get a 10 beer flight for $9 or a 15 beer flight for $12.
Food menu is large and high quality. Service is very good. (503 characters)

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! (771 characters)

Photo of MightyCow9
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was a truly unique experience for me and my family visiting from Texas. Given our family's desire to eat organic and drink that way too, this bar was an intriguing place to visit. I had high hopes and was not disappointed. It was a very cool family beer bar. I was a bit bummed that they weren't too keen on letting me see the brewery, but that is fine. The food was solid, and the gluten free bread option made me actually interested in eating a pizza. The beers were down the line solid. Nothing was bad a several were very tasty. I very much enjoyed the sampler platter, which contained all of their beers and was 30 ounces of beer for less than that 10 bucks. Their was a small kids corner that my 1.5 yr old and many other kids occupied the entire time at. That was such a simple addition, but it made the experience markedly better. My wife and I would frequent a place like this if it one would ever open in Texas! (926 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

HUB is a great place to grab a pint filled with tasty beer. I tried a few different pints and they were all delicious. The selection was great..about 10-12 taps. Service is friendly. Atmosphere is cool with pine-log construction and mountain bike parts for decor. I liked it. (275 characters)

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. (1,415 characters)

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! (502 characters)

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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!) (716 characters)

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Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, OR
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