Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Hopworks Urban BreweryHopworks Urban Brewery
BEER AVG
3.78/5
Based on:
63 Beers
2,325 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 106
Reviews: 50
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:
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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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of seanchai
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

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.

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.

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

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.

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

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.

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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, OR
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