Hopworks Urban Brewery
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4/5 rDev -5%
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.
11-24-2012 17:01:56 | More by slander
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
04-06-2010 04:22:47 | More by John_M
4.05/5 rDev -3.8%
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
04-23-2012 01:19:52 | More by dirtylou
3.5/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
12-30-2011 04:39:21 | More by Rifugium
3.86/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
11-13-2011 08:14:54 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.25/5 rDev +1%
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
06-02-2009 04:53:37 | More by Floydster
4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
What is the deal with this Powell street, I've never seen so many strip clubs? Anyways, yeah, that's a little bit about the atmosphere. Definitely fits the "urban" part about the brewery.
Dining to the right, bar to the left. Lots of wood, copper and, aluminum or steel (silver colored metal). Lots of bike and renewable hippy stuff, but you know, it was done in a cool way, the service wasn't condescending or pushy ethos wise. Thank you. Awesome beers. I mean, awesome. The best cask stuff I've ever had, both the ipa and the stout. The beer mug thing was a little weird, but so what, too much is made of serving glasses it seems.
Prices were right, service was nice and cute, to go bottles, merchandise.
Hey, this is my favorite brewery in all of Oregon. And I'm a meat and potatoes rural gun guy who likes beer and hates bikes. This is how you do it. Props to HUB, easily one of the top 10 breweries in the US, maybe even the world. Good job guys, can't wait to see you again.
07-08-2011 23:39:37 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
07-03-2010 13:35:35 | More by shivtim
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
Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, OR
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