Hopworks Urban Brewery
Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 49 | Display Reviews Only:
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
4.7/5 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.
02-19-2010 02:58:32 | More by djbreezy
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.
11-18-2008 03:25:08 | More by fredandboboflo
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
4.55/5 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.
10-30-2008 03:03:51 | More by dfitch81
Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, OR
93 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.