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Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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4.07/5
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68 Beers
1,691 Ratings
Place Score: 95
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

300 SW Jefferson Ave
Corvallis, Oregon, 97333
United States
phone: (541) 758-2077

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @block15brewing

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Place added by: SurlyDuff on 03-17-2008

Hours:
Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.
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Photo of Scott_Anderson_
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Block 15 is a fantastic brew pub. I lived in Oregon before moving to Tennessee and ate/drank here regularly. They always have new and exciting brews and the food is some of the best I've had anywhere; Aboriginale and Figgy Pudding are a couple of my favorite beers.. They make a phenomenal Oregon pesto pasta and offer a wide variety of burgers to choose from (Southwest burger with jalapeños is exceptional). Their fries are first class and they make all of their own dressings. Their prices did increase a bit and the service started to lack somewhat, but I would go back in a heartbeat. Wish there was something like this in TN.

Photo of dipso123
4/5  rDev -7%

Have been three times in the past six weeks.
Nice atmosphere and rather busy every time I've gone, but always a few seats at the bar which is a plus. Food was better than average pub fare and the beers are well worth the trip. Each time there were 2-3 one-off or seasonal beers. The quality is very high and of the eleven beers I've tried all were v. good with a couple outstanding and just one that I didn't like. HOWEVER, it should be noted that it was a one hop with Orbit and I don't think I like Orbit (stone fruit characteristics leaning toward the candy/soda pop version of those fruits - more peach Jolly Rancher than peach).

Only downside is that although there is a lot of staff the service is not good. Friendly, but amateur and inattentive (my empty glass on the bar for 5+ minutes without a "what's next?" or "would you like another?". You'll need to grab their attention each and every time for another beer or the bill.

Photo of HOTVbeerTrader
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

The best beer selection In town by far. there are over 28 beers on tap at all times and a rotating tap of at least 10 beers. they focus on barrel aging and almost always have a sour and a barrel aged strong of some sort on tap. there food is good for pub food. Im normally not a fan of pub style food but they keep a diverse menu and change there specials monthly. if you are a fan of great beer this is a must!

Photo of VanKieft
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Block 15 is one of the gems of the mid-valley supplying an ever-changing selection of Belgian styles brewed on site. Their basic beers are really good but the Belgians are by far the best. The food selection is varied and the bar staff is always helpful in selecting the brews you should try first.

Photo of fuhkyou
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Any good things you've heard about this place are NOT bs. Excellent brewpub doing the kind of job with food and beer I'd like to see in my town.
Female server was very efficient, conscious, and knowledgeable. The beer selections were very good to excellent.
Their Belgian styles I had (forget the names, one was a framboise) were excellent. Class act.

Photo of yuriruley
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

The atmosphere is relaxed, and inviting. I really enjoy the upstairs area.

Block 15 seems to have high quality for all of the stuff they make, from their beer to their food. I have yet to get a bad meal, or beer at the pub.

Service is excellent most days, I have only been in once when it was slow, and it was super packed that day.

They always have a good array of their beers on tap.

The food is awesome. They make one of the best reubens I have had, and everything else I have had there is fantastic.

Price is awesome, especially their cask ale.

I love this place, I wish it was closer to home. I visit several times a year even though I have to drive over the mountain.

Photo of JD4003
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've been to Block 15 for dinner a few times now and have never had a bad experience. The restaurant is located in downtown Corvallis, very close to the Oregon State University campus. It is routinely packed with college students and if you go on a Friday or Saturday night expect to wait anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

I have had a few of the beers available at Block 15, including most of the year-round ones and a few seasonal ones. They have all been quite good in my opinion. With their Ridgeback Red being most to my taste.

The food is some of the best in Corvallis, great burgers and fries as well as soups, salads, and other dishes.

As previous reviews have stated, there is a range of seating options, including outdoors, upstairs, the bar, and a game room in the back.

Overall, I would highly recommend Block 15 to anyone in Corvallis, or anyone driving down I-5 as it's not far from the freeway.

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here at ~1730 on 31 Aug 2012 for a light dinner. Second non airport Oregon stop on this tour.

Happy hour specials till 1800. No Glo or Kolsch on tap, fresh out. High ceilings, a lot of wood. MDS is a barrel sliced in twain. A TV with the Boise St- Mich St game was on. Most of the staff seems to be comprised of OSU students. Outside and upstairs seating available. Booths are made from 2x6s, slightly uncomfortable as the backs are near vertical. Mom really liked the ambiance. Beer is available to go, got a bottle each of the Provision and Wandelpad.

Definitely the best stop on this trip.

Photo of DrKnife
4.9/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is my local brewery. I love it. The staff is friendly and the bartenders have a strong knowledge of their beer and other beers in general.

The food is typical for a northwest brewpub. The have food specials that rotate monthly.

In the game room there is shuffleboard and darts.

Plenty of televisions to watch sports, but the sound is always turned all the way down, even for the local college football games. (This is a huge plus for me.)

My favorite part of Block 15 is the fact that they have 6 taps that are their standard (year round production) beers and 6 taps that rotate with seasonal or limited production beers. So as a local I can go in and expect to try a beer I have never had before. In my opinion this is why Block 15 appeals to locals as well as visitors.

Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located in a fairly busy part of town, relatively speaking, Block 15 is not too hard to find right off the state highway. Just be wary that most of the streets in the area are one way, and keep an eye out for unsuspecting out-of-towners who completely disregard the signs and turn into three lanes of oncoming traffic. Not that I did it, but I heard a story from a friend of a friend... (shifty eyes)

Anyway, a decent vibe to the place, with no real theme going on in particular. A bit of a sterile environment. Medium-sized bar, with plenty of tables to sit at; family friendly for the most part. Service was fine and the staff was generally knowledgeable. There was a good selection of house brews on tap, with a wide range of styles to keep just about anyone happy. A good menu boasted plenty of easy-eatin' options with salads, burgers, and seafood dishes. Prices were decent. As a glassware collector, I had to grimace at the $10 charge for signature glassware here, but the pieces are so nice that I had to get one. The weiss glass was beautiful, with a glass base so thick that if a timberwolf attacked you, you could probably use the glass to bludgeon it to death.

But yeah, definitely a good spot, and well worth the trip. No bottles on sale when I visited, but their beer is definitely worth bottling, and taking home. Not getting a growler was hard to do.

Photo of bbb099
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here during lunch on October 2011. Atmosphere was pretty good and the service was above average. This was during a weekday however and it seems like space is quite limited considering it says the place only seats ~50 people. Beer selection was impressive considering I was only expecting the regular lager, amber and IPA. They carry about 10-15 different beer types including belgian ones. Food was not bad at all and was fairly priced. They offer beer-battered, garlic and sweet potato fries, which is always a plus. Definitely would come back again next time I'm in Corvallis.

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have been to Block 15 several times now since moving to Oregon, and I must say it has some of the best beer I have had in Oregon. Every time I go in there are always really tasty beers on tap and a great atmosphere. The food is also really amazing; their burgers are probably the best I have had in a long time, especially when you add some blue cheese and bacon. The service has been really good each time and the staff always seems friendly. I really enjoy Block 15's beer selection the most; they constantly rotate in new beers along with still keeping the mainstays. The price of the food is pretty reasonable, considering that most of the ingredients seem to come from local farms. Another great thing is that, you can walk in and just find a seat at the bar because it is right in front of the door. The atmosphere is also pretty subdued to where you can actually have a conversation with the person next to you and not have to shout over the background noise. Block 15 is now my go to place when I go to Corvallis or the Oregon area in general.

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

I had been meaning to check out the Block 15 brewery for quite some time after having several of their tasty beers show up on tap here and there around Portland. I finally made the trip, and was glad that I did.

The atmosphere is pretty standard for a brewpub, nothing stood out as new or different, but the place felt comfortable, clean, and inviting; which is all I need.

The quality of everything I had was really good. I tried a few different styles of beer, and felt they did an equally good job with each. Block 15 isn't a one trick pony.

I came for lunch and the place wasn't very busy, so that may have added to my experience, but the bartender was really friendly and attentive, and glad to share her knowledge of their beers and menu; so I was happy with the service on my visit.

The selection here was good, but it looked like I really miss-planned my trip. A lot of the more special beers from their brewers reserve and cellaring projects that I would have liked to try wouldn't be available until a few weeks later. To their credit, I knew this BEFORE I drove down, as their website is well maintained and up-to-date. I still gave high points for selection however. Although some of the bigger more complex beers weren't available, there was a wide range of styles to choose from, ranging from a fantastic 10% imperial IPA, delicious stout, imperial wit, and many others. There's plenty to choose from and something for everyone. They even had a delicious and somewhat hard to find guest tap that I had to try; a cask esb from brewers union local 180.

I liked the food here. It was mostly standard pub-type fare, but there were some higher end options and everything that I saw come out of the kitchen looked tasty and the portions were all generous. I ordered the "brewer's challenge burger". If you finish the burger and the sides that come with it, your first beer is free! I have a pretty big appetite, and easily beat the meal, but it wasn't that huge, and I think most hungry customers could do it. If you want to get filled up, and have a beer on the house, it's a good option.

The value here is about what I would have expected. I didn't think anything was cheap, but it certainly wasn't expensive either. While I'd never mind paying less, block 15's prices seemed just about right.

If it weren't such a drive from Portland, I'd go more often. I'll wait until there's something really special being released before I plan my next trip.

Photo of nosbocaj
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Block 15's atmosphere is much like any other brewpub; loud and crowded on nights and weekends, and quiet in the afternoons. It's often quite hard to get seating anytime after 5pm, as its not the biggest restaurant. The service has always been top notch. The waiters and the bar tenders are friendly and knowledgeable. They're always quick to place your orders and refill drinks. Block 15 has a great selection of beers, all of which are great. There's usually something for everybody. I can go in there and order a stout, while my friend can order and IPA and my girlfriend can get a strawberry wheat. The food is also pretty good. I've ordered a few different items and have always been satisfied. The beer battered fries are exquisite.

Overall, Block 15 is one of my favorite restaurants in Corvallis. Good food, great beer, and great service.

Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Based on the beers I've had previously from Block 15 (Fat Monk and the hefeweizen), I was pretty excited about stopping by tonight. Maybe I was just here on an off night, but I really wasn't thrilled with my experience. Not that there was anything terrible about the place, but there was nothing really great about it either.

Block 15, located in downtown Corvalis, has something of a corporate vibe about it. I almost felt as if I was stopping by at a Ruby Tuesday's, except one that just happened to make and serve their own beer. The place is fairly good size, with a decent size upstairs dining area to compliment the lower area dining space and decent size bar. The place still has a "shiny and new" look about it, and the night I was here, there was a youngish crowd feel to the place (fair number of college students I would say). I guess what got things off to something of a bad start for me, is that they had just run out of trubbled monk, a beer I'd wanted to try after getting to try the Fat Monk at the Bailey's Taproom anniversary event. Add to that my bad luck in sitting right next to two of the more arrogant and condescending college professors I've ever been around ("I'm not saying all the students here are bad" was one of the nicer, more gracious comments I was treated to). It just kind of got things off to a bad start.

As for the beer selection, it was OK. However, what kind of annoyed me was the beer board over the bar area, listing all the "extended cellar" and "brewer's reserve" selections not currently available. Most sounded terrific, but unfortunately none of the cellar selections were currently available, and the wait staff could tell me nothing about the reserve line-up (one server mentioned that she thought the barrel aged bock had been on tap a few months back).

With regard to the service here, the staff was very friendly and everything came to my table very quickly. However, it was apparent that they all knew next to nothing about the beer line-up. When I inquired about some of the cellar selections, I could see my server trying to recite from memory what I assume the owner or brewer had told her: "the brewer is trying to make beers that aren't made from typical recipes, and so those are special beers that aren't your everyday beers." Uhuh. I see. Then please explain the current line-up, which today consisted of a very unexciting IPA and pale ale, one of the least impressive scottish ales I've ever tried (I didn't have the heart to review it), and an extremely underwhelming "orginal ale." (whatever that means - it was called the aboringinale). Stuff I didn't try included an irish stout, a golden ale and a wheat ale. The one beer I did really like was the 300, which was a delicious, low alcohol, sessionable hoppy amber. In any event, suffice it to say that I was not overwhelmed by the originality of any of the beers I sampled today (other then the 300).

As for food, I tried a bowl of the swiss cheese, sage and mushroom soup. While not outstanding, along with the 300, it was one of the few hilights of my visit.

I don't know. Maybe I was just here on an off night, so I'll definitely try to stop by again. However, based on what I encountered this evening, it's hard to call Block 15 much of a beer destination.

Edit from 9/13. Now that I live in Eugene, I've stopped by here a number of times, and will now chalk up my experience back in 4/10 to something of an aberration. For one thing, they now typically have close to 20 different beers on tap, and the diversity and options available have improved considerably. This past weekend saw the new sticky hands DIPA (the Charlie), as well as the tasty voyager (a coconut porter aged in rum barrels). I also got to try this years breakfast brunch beer, which was likewise outstanding. Service seems to have improved as well, though it can be hit or miss regarding the knowledge of your server. Food is still something of a weak link here I think (basic pub grub that is decidedly overpriced for what you're getting), though it's improved from my 4/10 experience. On the other hand, prices seem a bit on the high side, at least for Oregon. $8.50 for a basket of sweet potatoe fries? Really? (regular fries are $7.50, and a small portion of mediocre artichoke spinach dip was $8.50) Likewise, beer prices can be a bit high as well, especially for the higher gravity selections. Regardless, this place is increasingly turning out some very interesting and impressive selections, and is definitely worth a visit for anyone visiting Corvallis. I'll definitely be back.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.64/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Block 15 is located in the campus are of Oregon State University on Jefferson, not too far off 20/34. Street parking is available on the surrounding blocks.

The brewpub is on the corner and is a brick building with lots of windows looking in. The interior is a mustard yellow color and the bar is along the left side, with a narrow walkway between it and booth seating on the right. The second level allows more seating. The crowd definitely skews younger than we are but we didn't feel out of place.

There are 10 or so beers available at Block 15, including a Blonde, IPA, Porter, Belgian Cherry Quad, and Imperial Stout. They also have a cask beer. All of the beers were average to above average, with nothing really standing out as exceptional or terrible. They offer a sampler as well.

Service on a weekend late afternoon was decent. We sat at the bar right in front of the bartender and she did a good job with the sampler and with checking on us. She also pointed us to another brewpub in town (which we weren't able to visit).

We did not try any food on this visit.

Overall there is no reason not to visit this place when in Corvallis. Not really a destination in itself but worthwhile.

Photo of Genghis22
4.3/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Went to Block 15 last Saturday night and have to say that I was quite impressed.

I went there with a group of friends to hang out and have some drinks and snacks. We had a party of 7, and the place was packed, so we were told it would be a 45 minute wait. Luckily, there were picnic tables outside, and we could drink at them. We ordered a pitcher of their pale ale, porter and red ale. I also ordered a snifter of their Pappy Dark. It was a dark ale aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrels. While I must say that all their beers were tasty, the Pappy was out of this world.

We got our table and ordered some more beers and some appetizers to snack on. The food was average. Pre-fab frozen items, cooked their. Standard pub food. Nothing offensive, nothing to write home about. Nobody ordered any entrees though, so they may fall into a different category.

The atmosphere was fine, and the service was prompt. The beers were great. The prices were extremely reasonable, probably due to the fact that it is a college town. I will absolutely go back next time I am up that way.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped here on the way over to the coast, just kind of happened upon it but will definitely revisit the next time i'm in the area. The atmosphere is a great pub feel, very unassuming from the outside, but the inside is lots of wood beams, very warm cozy feeling and the bar is great. Glasses hanging over it with wood stool seating and casks lining the back wall. About 12 taps visible, two of which were cask. The restaurant is a lot bigger than it looks, two stories all open with some rooms in the back where we ended up that kind of wind and twist. Pretty cool. Quality of the beer was pretty good, nothing dynamite standout but very good. The service was good as well, attentive and knowledgeable about the brews. As I said 12 taps, two cask, so the selection was good, and lots of food to choose from, mostly the usual pub fare but a few standouts as we were closer to the coastal side of the state. Food was pretty great, I had the brewers burger which meant if you eat it all you get a free pint...of course they charge an extra three bucks for the meal but who cares right! I got a massive burger, fries, a side salad, and a free beer! Overall I was very pleased with the whole experience and will be back as soon as I am in town.

Photo of Sharpie30
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

a- Great historic downtown location. Several differnt seating options including an upstairs level, nice brick,art throughout, and shuffle board/darts by the brewrery in back.

q- Great brews! Some are good, others are great, a couple are exceptional. Considering this place is only a year old, I am extremely impressed.

selection: wow, they had 13 brews on tap, including two differnt Beligan Inspired beers, and an Imperial Red that is crazy good.

Summing up, Block 15 already feels like a classic brewpub. They are not afraid to push the envelope in the brewery, which takes guts, but rewards with some outstanding brews.

Photo of heapofaoatmeal
2.63/5  rDev -38.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

My wife finally broke down, 30 minutes after i finnished my pint, 6 passes by the waitress(including her giving me my food) she asked the server if we might be able to procure another beer.

the english/american style beers are to style. they arent good, they just fill out the style guidlines. the nebula is ok, the ipa is good on cask. the specialty beers tend to have less then stellar charicter. the weizen is ok to good, the belgians all taste thin and boozy. i can taste what they are going for but no. its very much like a really big home brewery, the beer ranges from uninspiring to good, but no great beers. there is nothing i can hang my hat on as a beer i want.

having been there 5 times ive been ignored by servers twice (the other three times i was at or near the bar). This place tends to be a magnet for corvallis hipsters and the subaru crowd, not much in the way of atmosphere at all. i routinely drive up to calapooia to avoid the B15.

Photo of GreenWBush
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I recently read a random Corvallis resident/blogger's pejorative pooh-pooh of Block 15, and instead of posting some "you're retarded" comment to her blog I decided I'd give the place some positive karma to outweigh the negative vibe.

I think in some ways we've entered a post-homer phase of craft brewery appreciation. In other words, just because your town has a brewpub doesn't mean the residents appreciate it. I think I took a little anti-homer response to this place when it first showed up. Granted, some of the atmospheric touches at B15 could use some work, like the graphic design and interior mural decorations, but there are also nice little knooks-and-crannies to read a book on a rainy day. Also, you can't review the place as if it were in Portland. The aforementioned pissed-off-blogger also gave McMen's a raving review. Which pretty much throws her beer-credentials to the dogs. But I left today feeling that this is not already just a very good place, it has the potential to be a great place.

The service that I experienced was exceptional. I had met the owners before, but it was sort of bustling and they didn't recognize me. That I got fantastic service as an outsider, and left the place feeling like a regular, attests to the genuine and spot-on way they provide imbibing services.

The beer ranged from passable to very, very good. I thought their RIS was very impressive, and reminded me of pre-crock-bottle Rogue. The Aboriginale, which I had had previously and thought needed a little tweaking, was exceptionally tasty. Even the Dopplebock and Belgian-style, generally not ones I swoon for, were spot-on and no off-flavors were detected (other than the later killing me with sweetness which is pretty much to style).

The 2:30 barfly crowd sitting near me didn't help the ambiance, particularly when the scarlet-blister face guy wearing the Beavs sweater asked me if I was drinking the beers or writing a painting (?) about them. Also, I got called out for being "that guy" who brings a container of coffee-grounds with me to brew-pubs to shake and sniff between beer tasting. Didn't make me uncomfortable as I'm a loudmouth extrovert, but I could certainly see how this would make many people uncomfortable. Again, blame this on OSU doucheness, not B15.

I specifically wanted to hit up the local brewpub since I didn't make it to Salem today to protest the proposed beer-tax, but I got to shoot the shit with a very eager-to-please Nick, the owner. He's just all about good beer, talking about it, brewing it, drinking it, advocating it. And the thing that really grinds my gears about the negative publicity B15 has been getting lately is that *he just wants you to have a good experience at his place*. Instead of going angsty-13-year-old and writing about a bad experience on the internet, bring it to the owner. If he's cool about it, you'll be both better for the experience. If you blab about a place negatively on the internet, well, you've done nothing but potentially hurt the establishment.

Like I said, going to a place at 3pm, you're pretty much going to see the A-game. Servers are relaxed, shoot the shit with you. One of the servers knew my name before I left. Another made sure I was happy with my sampler tray, if I wanted more samples, etc. I paid less than $6 for six samples. I had an altogether good experience.

With the ownership's amazingly humble and inspirational view of beer in general, this place could make waves. It already has.

Photo of Spikester
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Tuesday night in Corvallis at 7:00pm there was at least 10 people waiting for a table and the bar was full. By about 7:30 it had thinned out and was about 80% full the rest of the night. I had a sampler of beers and was most impressed by the Red. I didn't try the high end brews due to the higher abv's and I had to drive home a few hours later. Nice place overall although quite noisy when filled to capacity. I had a delicious pulled pork sandwich which was just right amount of smokiness and not too greasy. After 10:00pm the same sandwich and many other offerings drop to $5 per serving which is an excellent bargain.
Parking was not a problem although on Friday night or weekends you might have to walk a ways to find parking. (it is free!)
If you know the town at all it is just across the street from the Dairy Queen on Third street and Jefferson. Overall a fine drinking and dining experience.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Technically, Block 15 is the only independent brewpub in Corvallis. This is due to the twin facts of the local McMenamin's outpost not being independent and Oregon Trail not operating a pub (though the New World Deli very nearly serves this purpose). The name derives from when Corvallis was originally platted. At that time the spot now hosting Corvallis's only independent brewpub was simply designated as Block 15. The town was called Marysville back then, but later took the name Corvallis to signify its post at the "heart of the valley."

Block 15 has an ideal location in the heart of the heart of the valley. It draws brisk business from students and professors at OSU - a sign of both good crossover appeal and the collegial vibe of the town. They offer darts and shuffleboard, frequent, free live music, and decent bistro food (pastas, burgers, salads) at reasonable prices and in good portions. They also uphold a number of sustainable practices such as water conservation, carbon offsets, and the frequent use of "natural" meats and local organic ingredients.

Block 15 emerged following a major renovation of their 82-year-old building, which originally housed a newspaper press and more recently was a pizza parlor. Huge timbers, skylights, and leaded glass contribute to a relaxed atmosphere amid greenery and artwork. Though you don't notice it at first, the floorplan is actually circular and you can walk either way around to the rear gaming room. Just bear in mind that the alcove near the far staircase is a service shadow - I got no service there at all for a full twenty minutes while I used the WiFi. (Perhaps I should have emailed for service.)

Beer quality is mid-range, but a few standouts are worth mentioning: Aboriginale, Alpha IPA, Trubbled Monk. Since they've only opened recently, it's too soon to call any trends. On the plus side, it's easy to feel at home here. Upstairs diners enjoy good table service and the overall vibe is comfortable and inviting. I didn't care for the highway diner-like serving ware or the plastic ketchup squeeze bottles. And the varnished 2x6 booths looked and felt like something I built in my garage. But the service at the bar was excellent and the popularity of the place is well deserved.

Photo of JavaJoe
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This tasty new brew-pub is an excellent addition to the Corvallis beer scene. It is worth stopping in for their evening happy hour and staying for a hearty dinner.

The location at 300 SW Jefferson has a large open plan, a long bar, comfortable booths, and an open-sided upper seating area which is not for folks who are afraid of heights (or who are wearing skirts).

The beer is excellent. The eight or so house taps are complemented by several guest taps, providing a solid range of ale styles, ranging from a delightfully light wheat (Gateway Wheat), through excellently nuanced pale ales and IPAs (Earth Pale Ale and Alpha IPA), to a novel brown-ale/porter hybrid (Brown Porter). The house favorite, Aboriginale, is not to my liking, due to it's muddled blending of seven malts and three hops--your palette may vary.

Food offerings include salads, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, and a range of desserts. The "BMT" (bacon, mozzarella, and tomato sandwich with hazelnut pesto) and a "hand-spanked" turkey burger were both tasty--and came with a generous portion of the pub's famous, beer-battered, twice-fried french fries. Next time I'm looking forward to the Brewer's Challenge Burger (a double-patty sandwich with 2 sides--clean your plate and a pint's on the house). If nothing else, have an order of their french fry platter appetizer--they're that good.

Finishing the meal, a good experience for the belly was also a good experience for the wallet. Supper for two, including a pair of tasting flights, came to $25--a rare value in the sustainable-local-gourmet gastro-pub sector.

In summary, Block 15 is a spot to be watched. If they can continue to provide great fare with excellent value, they could become a Corvallis institution.

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Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant in Corvallis, OR
95 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.