Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 77
Beer Ratings: 1,526
Beer Avg: 3.99
Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by RedDiamond:
3.8/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
07-28-2008 02:22:18 | More by RedDiamond
More User Reviews:
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
07-08-2014 01:24:10 | More by Scott_Anderson_
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant in Corvallis, OR
94 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.