The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub
Taps: 62 / Bottles: 40
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 30 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by slander:
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Seems we were here for a beer, was it yesterday? Yes, yesterday, yes. One and out with the elusive Ryan, brother of Jon, as the former was tight on time, and the latter proclaimed, “I don’t want to hang in a Quonset hut”. So, revisited, as long as we’re in the ‘hood. Catty from the center of the sour universe...
Oh, false doors. How the fuck do you get in? Wait, no, not here either. Wandered far enough down the block to find the way in through the vestibule entrance. Industrial space with concrete floorings, a garage door on a forward cinder block wall, and elsewhere, yellow crème walls over black lowers, and pillars & trims. Vaulted ceilings with rafters & planks, a rear skylight, ductwork, drop candy corn lamps, & spinnys. An Anchor OSA banner hanging (reminder of past pain), a large Paulaner flagging from ceiling to near floor, a few logo pieces, some brewery signage riddled about, and a dangling wood swing with a mannequin.
To one side, something of a backwards ‘J’ shaped concrete topped bar with a slat wood base and seating for 18 on hightop stools. Barback is a rounded corner piece with a wrapping row of 20 taps below a row of tap handles that may or may not correlate with each other (No, they do not). Groups of 5, mostly, wait, that’s 18, oh, 2 hand pumps further along the bar makes 20, okay. On the end of the bar, there’s a near full size cow piece extended in through a window from the next room. I think he’s wearing a ‘Silence of the Lambs’ mask, it’s kind of scary. Board behind the bar lists the tap selections on a pulley slide down board for updating ease, and shelved booze down below.
And to the rear of the room, a smaller straight wood bar with a few stools, but I think it’s more serve & leave. 30 taps on a long row on the barback wall, with a 4 x 6 board above listing tap selections. Off to the right of there, 5 house taps (Buckman Brewing) on the wall, and another board listing those selections.
Out across the room, 4 picnics in a row running towards the rear, 2 more vertical to the wall, 4 shortys to the bar behind me, & 2 more picnics in the far corner along windows on the brew room. Shirt & growler shelving rack in the rear corner, and a cooler in the front corner with bottles; Rogueings & more.
Through to the side room and guess what? The back end of that cow on a bar spur seating a handful. The kitchenings at large, some 3 sided bar counter space to the rear, and 10 tables mostly down a bit of a dead end hallway. And out the other side to an outside space holding 2 dozen+ mix & match tables shoved together as is needed. Strung lighting, trees, some tables umbrella’d, and light bar space with a smattering of taps. A small tin shed with (video) gaming upfront includes ‘Golden Tee’ Live (paging Mr. Richman, Mr. Richman to the white courtesy phone).
So, 5 house Buckman Brewery beers (Black Saison, Parnold Almer Ale, Jasmine Green Tea Mead, Chamomellow, Ginger), and 50 guest taps (20 beers up front and 30 to the rear). 40 of the 50 guest taps are American craft, with a heavy slant towards the west coast; 22 from Oregon (Klamath Basin, HUB, Southern Oregon, Terminal Gravity, Beer Valley, Flat Tail, Rogue, Lucky Lab, Fort George, Upright, Silver Moon, Gilgamesh, The Commons, Vertigo, Goodlife, Phat Matt’s, Caldera, Laurelwood, Oakshire), 7 from WA (Mt Tabor, Walking Man, Hale’s, Elysian, Fish, Everybody’s), 6 from CA (Russian River, Bear Republic, Lagunitas, Schooner’s, Anchor), and 5 others from regional elsewhere out and about. The other 10 of them are mostly imports, with a single each cider & root beer.
Phil started with Pliny the Elder (‘cause he could), and I did a repeat of yesterday’s Fort George Midnight Ryeder Rye CDA (that’s a black IPA to the rest of the civilized world). Mine was excellent. And a second beer; Phil, the Schooners Black IPA (which garnered a ‘meh’ on tasting), while I opted for the Oakshire Watershed IPA. It was a nice IPA. “It’s no Flower Power”, noted Phil, but really little is.
And Phil’s phood phinally phuckin’ showed up. The baked Cajun mac & cheese (a lil’ bit of heat, very nice), and the Belgian style fries; authentic, clearly, as they were served in a cone. Sorry, Phil, but if you’re going to insist on smoking, I have no choice but to woof on your fries (I’m the victim here). Was toying with foodings of my own, something called a ½ lb bacon Kobe cheeseburger (I would have made her my own), but alas, it was not to be.
Seems a younger crowd, so not really my scene, but I always dig an excellent tap selection. Need more time with this one. Makes for a good catty one-two.
11-28-2012 02:18:51 | More by slander
More User Reviews:
4.07/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
A-The Green Dragon is located east of downtown Portland in a mixed-use area near the Cascade Barrel House. It feels as if its located in old green house or something because of the arched tin roof and concrete floors. Not very many windows, however. The place is pretty big and open and it was relatively busy when I stopped in at around 9 on a random, rainy Tuesday night.
Q-The beers on the large tap list were above-average quality, but not mind-blowing or super rare. The better-known Northwest breweries were well-represented, along with a mattering of pretty good stuff from other, more remote destinations, like Colorado and California.
Ser-The servers were hustling when I visited, which was a bit of a contrast to the quieter atmospheres at Cascade and Hair of the Dog earlier in the evening. That meant that I sat for a minute before I could place my beer order, but once I ordered I quickly received my beer and I never felt like I was ignored. The beer was also poured with care in the appropriate glass.
Sel-The tap list consists of fifty beers, which isn't huge by today's standards, but still provides plenty to select from. As noted above, there is a great variety of smaller local and sort-of local breweries, as well as some more unique offerings from bigger names in craft like New Belgium. Didn't notice any bottles, but there may have been some on offer.
V-My beer was reasonably priced...not too cheap, not too spendy.
O-This makes a good stop if you are in the neighborhood. It may not be a place to hunt for, but when you visit Cascade, it is definitely worth walking across the street to try out some of the up and coming brews they have on tap here.
01-10-2014 05:41:28 | More by spoony
The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub in Portland, OR
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