Laurelwood Brewing Co. - Portland International Airport
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 9 | Show All Ratings:
3.65/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
A-This place is in an airport, so in an absolute sense, the atmosphere is pretty terrible, but for an airport bar, it is alright. It is a small space with a stretch of seating that spills out of the actual restaurant into the concourse and adjacent area. Pretty typical airport bar setup.
Q-The beer I ordered, a pale, was decent enough, and very decent for an airport. The pour was proper in a 16 oz nonic glass with a healthy head of foam. Again, this place may not go toe-to-toe with Cascade or other Portland landmarks for quality of beer, but it easily fills the role of airport bar.
Ser-My server was prompt and courteous even though the place was busy, which is a nice touch (especially in an airport). He also knew a bit about the beers he was serving, e.g., he knew enough to tell me that the rotating pale I had was hoppier and more aggressive than the standard pale, which was confirmed by a check on BA.
Sel-The place had about six draft selections, all bearing the Laurelwood name. I did not notice if there was a bottle list. The draft list spanned the style spectrum from light to moderately dark, but I didn't see anything unusual or interesting. Again though, for an airport bar, the list was serviceable.
F-I had some hummus and warm pita triangles. The hummus was a bit heavy on the garlic, but tasty nonetheless, and accompanied by some feta, tzatziki, and relatively fresh cucumber slices. Above-average airport fare.
V-Prices were high, but for an airport, they were right in line with what you might expect.
O-I have certainly had worse airport bar experiences than this one. A worthy stop if you are hanging in PDX for some reason.
01-12-2014 03:09:08 | More by spoony
3.94/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Dropped in here 28 Aug 2012. Terminal A location (Horizon/Alaskan). My second airport beer stop on this layover.
Small location, room for maybe 20 people at the bar. Spills out to another 5 tables nearly in the terminal. Crowded, just after lunch. Eight beers on tap. Small typical pub menu for food (I didn't have anything to eat). Both beer and food to go. Quick friendly service. Prices are not bad for an airport bar ($3.50 for a half pint of the stout).
This and the Rogue pub in PDX are two of the best beer places I've been to in an airport, both from a price (inexpensive for an airport bar) and selection standpoint.
09-17-2012 15:35:21 | More by htomsirveaux
3.63/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
As if I didn't imbibe enough on my Portland beercation, I thought it necessary to make one last pit stop before flying home. This review is for the Terminal E location.
Atmosphere is about all you can expect from an airport bar...nothing else really to say. A small bar, and lots of tables, including several outside the actual establishment. The server was friendly enough, and on the ball enough to manage everyone's tables. Beer selection was fine, all Laurelwood beers of course, with the basic year-round selections found at the Public House, as well as a seasonal selection. Menu was about the same too, basic comfort foods, at a quality you really can't beat for a place in the airport. Prices were equally on par. Good venue for a last minute (or first minute depending on your viewpoint) drink and bite to eat.
01-04-2012 03:17:59 | More by Rifugium
4.63/5 rDev +21.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
Honestly, if I graded this place based on what I've come to expect from Airports, it would be all 5s, no questions. Because it was, hands down, the absolute coolest Airport dining experience I've had.
Had some time to kill in PDX, enough time, actually, that I was able to leave the airport and head downtown to hit some pubs. Cool enough trip, but turns out I barely had to. Because there was a party going on at my gate.
Seriously, it may as well have been a pub. Tons of strangers talking to each other, super nice kid behind the bar, and pints of great craft beer for $4.50! Eff me.
I had the IPA and really tasty hamburger with bacon on it. Really, a solid burger for like $8 or something. At my stop in Dallas Fort Worth, I had a crappy bowl of gumbo and Dos Equis and spent like $20.
Hell, coming back I flew through at 8:30 am but couldn't resist. Scene was a bit more subdued and my breakfast burrito, while good, was not as delicious as my burger. But the IPA was still delicious.
I realize they're required by law to not price gouge, but I don't really care why I can get a great beer for less than $5 at the airport, I'm just happy I can.
06-05-2011 03:33:21 | More by detlefchef
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Finally had a chance to check out one of the two Laurelwood PDX pubs...a lunchtime stop before a southbound trip to Louisiana and dear ol' dad's birthday celebration. Will catch the Concourse E location another day; today was all about A.
Nearing 2pm and almost every table looks full. Grabbed a high-top table across the hall from the pub (designated Laurelwood seating isn't just in their pub, but crosses the hall and wraps around the corner). Good crowd at the L-shaped bar, busy tap handles. Vibe is more than a tad sterile when it comes to decor, brightness, and comfort, but -hey- it's an airport bar.
This location showcases 6 'regular' taps: Mother Lode, Tree Hugger, Space Stout, Hooligan, Hop Monkey and Free Range Red, plus the delicious seasonal Vinter Varmer. I got the White Mountain burger (Swiss+'Shrooms) and a side salad, tasty and well-prepared and under $10. My pints - the wonderful Hooligan English brown first, followed by a (rushed/almost-missed-my-flight) Vinter Varmer - were served in nonics at the perfect temperature AND at the bargain price of $4.25. Seriously, that can't be beat. Sure the 'real' LW pubs boast more taps, but I'll definitely take these seven at the airport...
Friendly service, if not terribly knowledgeable about the beers. Erica was attentive and said she appreciated talking to someone who knew about Laurelwood's beers and didn't 'just ask for a Bud Light'. I'll bet that gets old...
Worth a visit if you're at the airport; you won't be disappointed.
Two cool sidenotes: 1) Sat at a table right next to Portland Trailblazer Patty Mills...didn't say anything because he was both with his family and because he was catching a flight back to Boise to rejoin the D-League team... 2) I'm posting this review mid-flight, from somewhere over the Rocky Mountains. 'Splurged' for the $8 wi-fi and it. is. awesome.
01-14-2010 00:41:56 | More by msubulldog25
3.43/5 rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This was technically our first beer stop in Portland but unofficial in a way as it was not planned, nice surprise though and was not complaining about having a beer after we got off the plane, two ladies working and they were both nice, typical airport atmosphere but this place was nice and it looked like one of the better meals you could get in this terminal at least, this review is based on the Concourse A location near Horizon, place was clean and seem to be a nice tap setup for an airport, had a pint of Hop Monkey while here, they also had Holligan, Free Range Red, and Space Stout, I think and identical lineup of the Northwest location off of Kearney, would definitely stop here, talk about convenience, cannot believe they use to be able to sell bottles to go in here too, that is really cool, you do not see anything like that in LAX, along with New Belgium's hub in the Denver Airport, this has to be the coolest thing in an airport I have seen as far as beer goes, worth checking out
06-05-2009 04:22:26 | More by Floydster
3.89/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped by on a flight into Portland for the Oregon Brewer's Festival. This place (the one in concourse E) has the general elements of a traditional pub in its wood and red walls but it's done in more of a modern way. The appearance is very clean and simple. The decor includes signs for their various brews and they have a few TVs to help pass the time to your flight. It's nothing particularly special but it's fine for an airport location.
They have a nice selection of beers with about 10 of their own on tap. They were out of the IPA but one of the guys recommended the seasonal which they called SPF 30. It's a double hopped pale ale with boatloads of hop flavor. I loved it. It came in a nice English style pint glass with a low carbonation that really let the flavors come out.
The staff seemed mixed. There were a couple of women that seemed more focused on the work they had to do than in making you feel welcome. The guy behind the bar was a little more helpful. But the kid they were sending around to do all of the various errands made the experience with his SPF 30 recommendation. He should be running the show.
If flying through PDX, this (along with Rogue PDX) is well worth a visit.
07-25-2008 12:43:54 | More by GJ40
4.04/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Had some time to kill the other day, so decided to stop by this latest addition to the Laurelwood realm.
The Laurelwood annex is a smallish bar area built into the A concourse walkway. There's nothing particularly special about it, with the annex area consisting of 6 small tables and an L shaped bar with roughly 10 seats. There are a couple of flat screen TV's over the bar area, generally tuned to ESPN and the like.
Service was fine the day I was there, helped by the fact I was the only one sitting at the bar. The bar tender was friendly, if not particularly knowledgable, and I learned while sitting there that she was new. Selection this day consisted of 7 house beer offerings and the current seasonal. I settled in with a pint of Boss IPA and was happy.
As for the price, my jaw nearly hit the floor when I paid for my pint. It was $3.95 for the IPA. I'm pretty sure it's been at least one decade, and probably more like two, since I last paid that little for a beer at an airport.
What can I say? This is a very solid place.
06-29-2008 17:08:50 | More by johnmichaelsen
4.2/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
This is one of the latest brewpub additions to the wonderful Portland International Airport. You will find this pub tucked away down on Concourse A in the area that serves the Horizon Airline flights.
While the atmoshphere is decent (for an airport), the beer is first class Laurelwood quality. The food is above average pub grub. A nice thing about this little pub is that they have extended their seating out of their smallish space and into the walkway and adjacent holdroom. A great place to enjoy a great micro while you wait for your flight.
05-01-2008 03:02:56 | More by LittleA
Laurelwood Brewing Co. - Portland International Airport in Portland, OR
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