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Hopworks Urban Brewery

Not Rated.
Hopworks Urban BreweryHopworks Urban Brewery
Based on:
73 Beers
2,763 Hads
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 52
Visits: 121
Avg: 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

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 slander
4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Now back in and around Portland proper; our absurd travelings about behind us, at last. Ambitious afternoon beyond the OBF, probably not, but I pretty well behaved just the same. So you can imagine my surprise at suddenly finding myself in the parking lot at HUB. I may have been, um, resting my eyes between there and here, hard to say, not seeing things too clearly. Groggy, but I think I’ve got at least one and done in me...

So, up the ramp (a handful of picnic tables there, the patio lined with cut keg planters below triangular awnings), and in. It’s a somewhat rounded hangerish looking building long & narrow with fat angled rafters & ceiling with drop martini glass lampage. Read somewhere that it’s supposed to resemble an upside down boat, and that it kind of do. Cement floors, large panel windows on the front side, and burgundy painted walls otherwise with ‘Portland Timber’ soccer flagging, flats, & pennants.

Through and to a half a hex shaped bar down to the right; stained copper topped, with a honeycomb base, & phat piping phoot rail. Seating for 18 on hightop chairs 3 sides around. The barback does a corner wraparound with a center shelving piece 2 tiered with a TV in the middle of it, and mugs, steins, glasses, trophies, & baby cups. A giant clock sits atop HUB bombers, and there are GABF & World Beer Cup medals. Horizontal boards sit to both sides off the corner listing tap selections, OG, IBU, ABV, & descriptions. Vintage brewerania cans line above, and beer trays atop. Sampler trays and glassware of all sizes & shapes counterside below the boards, and cupboardy space tucked underneath. A row of bike frame uprights runs over the bar with track baby spots within.

On one end, 6 booths along the outside wall, 3 adjacent across the way, and then upwards of a dozen tables running back to an open kitchen, with a kids zone. Toys! I fuckin’ love toys! On the bar side, a dozen and a half booths, hightops, & lowboys running the perimeter along the bar. And there’s some sort of shorty room, maybe 5 x 8, with a single table, chairs, and what Washburn is calling a snake plant. It’s a punishment room if ever I’ve seen one. Staircase front off center to some seating space up above (Never got up there, though. Did I not just mention ‘stairs’?) And a dozen and a half tables on a narrow deck running the length to the rear.

Towers of 10 on each end of the bar, and a pair of handpumps on the corner in between. 10 beers on tap, got to try ½ of them (IPX Cascade single hop, 6.5%, pine, citrus, did not suck; Velvet ESB, tasty, malty, lovely; I am deserving of a large glass of this but it is not tot be; Hopworks IPA, 6.6%, Phil got it, and I moved in on it, a citrus, nice IPA; Evelyn’s Imperial Sunshine, 7.2%, an Impy IPA, grapefruit & piney, not cloying; Ace of Spades, 9.2%, double IPA, big & bitter), and not the other ½ of them (HUB Lager, Survival 7 Grain Stout, Deluxe Organic Ale, Belgian Style Pale Ale, & Kentucky Christmas, which is their abominable Winter Ale bourbon barrel aged), or the cask offering (Deluxe Organic Ale). The IPX Cascade single hop, Velvet ESB, & Hopworks IPA were the best of what I had. You realize of course that of the 10 beers up, 4 of them are IPA’s, right? Yeah, good eye. IPA, IPA, Double IPA, Imperial IPA; Phil was right about breweries having to id beers stylewise for the consumers, we. Brewers just want to make beer, they need to call them something for the likes of us.

We opted for some light foodings; Washburn, the nachofied organic French fries (he ate all of them, not), Phil, the cheese steak, he claimed it was quite good (I saw it, I wanted it, I hated on him), with house made chips of excellent, and I had the wings with some chipotle sauce sold to me as not being so hot. They were nicely smoked and true, there wasn’t too much heat. The serving was only 5 wings (whereas, I would have liked 27), but it showed up over a pile of fries & served with celery.

Nice clean spacious open place. Um, banana bicycle seat ‘head rests’ over the urinals, I don’t know how I feel about that. Good food, and a couple of very nice beers here; would like to get back and take it all in clear & coherently, but that’s another day, another trip.

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A decent place to visit. Atmosphere was pretty generic / sportsbarish, with an obvious bicycling theme going on. I don't know who's idea it was to combine beer and bike, but to me, those are two things that just don't belong together by any means. "Don't drink and drive," the sign says. Yeah, well, you can still get a DUI for riding a bike drunk, FYI.

Anyway, there was quite an array of house beers to choose from, although really only two or three stood out as particularly good to me, the best clearly being the vintage barrel-aged barleywine. Comfort foods on the menu for the most part, but all good. Service was decent and prices were pretty friendly all over. A nice place, but I'd be fine skipping it on my next visit to the fine city of Portland.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

a bit out of the way as far as Portland is concerned - adjacent to many fast food options along Powell

cool interior - lots of bikes, some tv's, an attractive bar and ample seating.

selection was solid - maybe 10-12 taps with all of the staples and a few draft-only options, including a barrel aged offering that was pretty tasty.

happy hour food menu was solid - "pint O pretzels" delievered and the roasted peanuts could have fed a family of 4

I dig Hopworks - will check out the Bike Bar on my next venture to Portland

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

First of all I will give the disclaimer that before I came here I ate too much at the food cars on 12th. After finding a parking spot way in the back I stepped in to a very cool looking place full of woodwork with even a Hopworks vehicle outside. Place had a good vibe and also showed me how popular pro soccer is there. Bought a sampler and their beers were solid, although IPAs probably were the winner here... I seemed to detect hops in all their beers, even the stouts and porters. Wished that there were a few exclusive or barrel aged beers there, maybe I was there on the wrong day. As with other places in the city, I might visit again if there weren't so many other places to visit in the city and it weren't so far away. I definitely would recommend a first visit, just don't eat too much food at the food carts before you go.

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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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.99/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

This is an odd place, something about it feels like it isn't actually a brewery, more like a chain sports bar or something? The only thing that seemed appropriately "Portland" about the place was the fixture above the bar made out of old bike frames, though that was more trying too hard than neat.

The beer was just on the happy side of average for a Portland brewery. Most were good, nothing was really memorable. The selection was a bit better than most and they branched out in terms of style more than some similar breweries I visited on my trip to PDX. They get bonus points for offering a full on "everything on tap" sampler tray as an option rather than screwing around with six glass samplers when they have nearly twenty beers on tap.

Our food experience was limited to a soft pretzel and beer cheese dip, but it was good. The service was good as well.

Overall it's worth a visit, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get there when there are a few excellent breweries in the city, and oh so many that might as well be this one.

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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.

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Photo of Floydster
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was the last stop of our first day in Portland, we walked over here about a mile after a fantastic time at Hair of the Dog with Alan, had the sampler set here with ten of their brews including lagers, pale ale, reds, IPAs, porters, etc., and then a pint, can honestly say that all of their beers were above average if not really good, walk in and see a small fridge with their newly bottled brews, walk along the very long bar that is lined with colorful bike frames, really liked the look in here, sat down near the big windows and had a nice view of what was going on outside, all around cool atmosphere, place was immaculate and my buddy could not stop talking about how clean it really was, our waitress was very nice and took time to talk to us a few different times to check in on how we liked our beers, saw me writing copious reviews which is probably what made her curious, my favorites of theirs other than the barrel aged barleywine I had at Belmont Station from them a few days later were their cask conditioned IPA, altbier, and the Deluxe Organic Ale, we happened to be there during happy hour and food was very cheap, good as well, we got pizza sticks and chicken wings, our whole bill was under twenty dollars and it felt like we splurged, cannot complain about that, this would definitely warrant another visit by me in the future, recommended

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Photo of Mothergoose03
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

This was stop #17 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here early on a Saturday morning to try their beers as a kick-off to our Saturday version of our pub-crawl. The pub is situated in a storefront of a multi-story, modern building that looks like it has apartments above the brewery. The interior has a bicycling theme, and there is a long bar with some bar tables and stools that are separated from the larger dining area.

We ordered a flight of 10 beers out of the 15 that were available (there were also 3 Radlers or Ciders). All of the beers were brewed very well to their respective style, and all but two were well above average so that the 10 beers averaged out to a 3.8 out of a grading system with a 5.0 max score. (Any individual beer score above 4 is difficult to come by in our scoring, so this is a great score.) It was too early to eat, and only one person was at the time, but we didn’t even look at the menu, thus no food score is included in this review.

This was a great place to start our day, and definitely a place that we’d return to when we come back to Portland. This is a Must-Stop place.

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Photo of shivtim
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Very large place with a cool biked theme decor. Great looking colors and logo.

Large variety of beers (12 I believe) with a varying range of styles. Tend to lean towards more of the hoppy styles. We did the sampler and all of the beers were all solid with my favorite being the 7 grain porter/stout with coffee. Service was very good and helpful.

Beer is available to go with some shirts and glasses available also. We did not try the food.

Good experience overall, but I don't feel like this place is a must visit in Portland. Not a bad choice though.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of benito
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

There is something stand-offish about many of the commercial property along Powell Blvd. Maybe it's that the strip malls come in series, and the street feels like a necessary evil and very un-Portland. It is the last place I would have expected to find a good brewpub, much less a great one.

Hopworks is not only able to overcome its undesirable location; it actually improves the area. Somehow, the blocks between SE 25th and 33rd seem better off than the rest of Powell. In fact, Hopworks is one of Portland's finest brewpubs--maybe the one with the consistently best beer.

The brewery is in a large stand-alone building with an empty storefront adjacent to it--it is unclear if HUB is going to do something with this in the future, and there is still a rental sign in one of the windows.

Hopworks does have a certain 'urban' feel inside. The large bar area in the front half of the restaurant is decorated with bike frames, a fireplace, and there is even an old 'bank vault' style VIP room. The back half is the restaurant proper, and there is a play area for kids. In addiiton, there's upstairs and outside (two deck) seating. This place gets packed during happy hour and dinner time and seems to draw a lot of young familes and folks in their 30s and 40s. I wish the interior were better divided, as it tends to feel cavernous and impersonal. But that's a minor detraction.

Christian Ettinger, the owner and brewer, keeps six regular beers on tap (lager, IPA, pale ale, esb, stout, and the "deluxe organic ale," a sort of strong ale) as well as two or three seasonals as a time. The beers consistently range from good to excellent, and many are outstanding: I'm particularly a fan of the lager (pils), IPA, ESB, and stout; it's nice to see a brewery cover its bases so well and offer great beer for any drinking mood. Their seasonals tend to run to fairly conventional styles, but they are always strong. Their fresh-hopped festbier and scotch-aged barleywine were highlights of this past fall's offerings. The high quality of brews across the board makes HUB a great option for introducing newbies to craft beer, since they won't be put off by stylistic imperfections or bad examples of craft beer.

The food is pizza-focused, and like most Portland pizza, it tends to run pretty pricey. There's a good happy hour option (every day, including late night) with a good variety of choices at under $4.

X-factors? Check out the 'head rest' bike seats in the men's room, an impressive selection of Belgian bottles, and bright colored logo wear.

For out of towners, this should be near the top of your brewpub list for Portland: it is a must-visit gem that showcases some of Portland's finest brews.

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Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of gixxerman
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I am glad I picked HUB to visit on my limited Portland schedule. The first thing I noticed was the bike frames above the bar. A very original and effective touch.

They have a late HH and the food prices at the bar are rock bottom. I had a Beer sausage sandwich with chips for $3.75. Everything else on the HH menu was priced right. I also had the Seven Grain Oatmeal Stout, which was very good.

Something that made my experience there unforgetable was an impromptu jam session. About 7 or 8 band mates walked in, found a clearing and just went at it. They were good, really good! The bartenders and all the patrons were completely surprised. After they stopped, that passed out a few cards, and had a few beers. I think they were just going around trying to get their name out there. It was very cool.

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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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

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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.

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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.

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3.61/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Last time we were here which was about three years ago they were making their own soy cheese for their vegan pizzas. It was the best soy cheese I'd ever had so I was really looking forward to having it again. They no longer make their own cheese, they use daiya now so I had soup and salad. Very disappointing. The soup was good but just didn't make up for the great pizza I thought I was going to have. Atmosphere here is nice, bicycle themed with lots of wood and copper top tables. A little worn looking but comfortable. Very family friendly and not real noisy so that was a plus. Quality was okay. Service was a little slow and not outwardly friendly. Could be better. Beer selection was very good. They do have quite a few vegan selections which I always look for.

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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

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3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

We made a visit here based on a number of hot and cold recommendations on a Sunday afternoon.

The decor is is sorta Centipede/80s video arcade machine with recycling plant modern chic. Recycled kegs are split in half and made into planters. About a hundred bicycle midsections are lined up above the sleek long bar. One table is situated inside a room sized safe. A fire pit is also present. I like the decor overall. No complaints about service.

I had the sampler. The HUB lager was surprisingly good and hoppy. They were unconsconably out of the 7Grain Survival Stout -- no dark beers. I'd say the quality was a little better than average.

We had the cajun fries, which were pretty good.

Overall: I'd definitely come back to try the stout.

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Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, OR
93 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.