Laurelwood Brewing Co. - Portland International Airport
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
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 +2.6%
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 -5.5%
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 +20.6%
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 +1.6%
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
Laurelwood Brewing Co. - Portland International Airport in Portland, OR
88 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.