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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting RoomHair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
BEER AVG
3.94/5
Based on:
49 Beers
11,278 Hads
Place Score: 95
Reviews: 71
Visits: 236
Avg: 4.31
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: 15
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

61 SE Yamhill St
Portland, Oregon, 97214
United States
phone: (503) 232-6585 | map
www.hairofthedog.com

Notes:
Place added by: BeerAdvocate

HOURS:
11:30am - 8:00pm Tuesday - Thursday & Sunday
11:30am - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday
CLOSED MONDAY

Brewery and Tasting Room (new location) - opened August 2010.

Former address (this location closed in early 2010, moved in spring):
4509 SE 23rd Ave Portland, OR 97202
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Reviews: 71 | Visits: 236
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

It's definitely an older building but I dig that kind of vibe. Not the biggest place but plenty of seating. Cool PNW-centric art. Lots of vintages available including a $1500 bottle of Dave from 94'. Enjoyed a 3 year vert of Adam from the wood for a much more reasonable price instead ;) Service rating gets a bit of a downgrade cuz I was curiously asking questions about the brewing process and the bartender seemed almost annoyed that I was asking. Sorry? Did not try the food but it smelled great.

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Photo of DanJan
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Before I lived in Portland, this was a must visit. Now that I live in Portland, this is a must visit. Always enjoyable, especially with their beer not really being distributed. Pretty simple exterior and interior, with a few touches of local artwork and exposed wood beams bringing home the PNW feel. The beer and food are always on point. They have a rotation of their staples along with a few offerings "From the Wood" or on an additional handle. You can come here every couple weeks and have something new! On top of that, they offer a wide variety of their vintage bottles for consumption in the tap room. Not many places offer their beers from 3, 4, 5 years ago and beyond! And it's especially cool to try them next to their more modern brethren. Food is great and locally sourced from what I can tell. Pretty diverse menu for the size and definitely something for everyone. Just go here. Stop considering it and just do it.

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Photo of DanoBear
3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2.5

Great spot. We visited in Sept and they had the garage doors open to make a larger room. Open room with the kitchen half exposed. We sat st the bar mid afternoon and had great personal service. Personable bartender. Only downside was they only had a handful of draft beers to pick from. I could see how parking could be an issue in the evening.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.57/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Loved Hair of the Dog. Very wide, open space with seats at the bar or surrounding it like you would see in a restaraunt. The service was very friendly and the beers were all excellent. I can't comment on the food as I did not eat there, but the food I saw other patrons order looked amazing.

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Photo of MizzDizz
4.05/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4.75

The food is always on point. Love the Brussel Sprout dish.

Wish the beer selection were better. Frequently have empty taps, run out of items and the beer list is incredibly short compared to most places nowadays.

Love the building and the quiet yet accessibility. Feels like drinking in an old warehouse brewing district.

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Photo of flexabull
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

1st stop on day two of a recent PDX trip, stopped here for lunch.

Vibe is pretty cool, open and industrial looking. Fairly busy, but plenty of seating and space to spread out.

Quality is outstanding. As most people know, HOD makes some of the finest beers in Portland, if not the entire state of Oregon. While the selection was good, I found myself wanting a few odd ball one off beers but I don't recall any.

Service was quite good, the lady that served us was friendly, talkative and prompt.

Food was quite a bit above average. I enjoyed my lunch, as did others at our table.

Overall, one of the better beer spots in the city. Definitely put it on your must visit list.

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Photo of JamLand
4.87/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I visited Hair of the Dog recently on a vacation through the Pacific Northwest.

V: Another great spot in Portland. There was plenty of bar seating, with several indoor tables and a few outdoor tables.

Ser: I had great service during my visit. I was primarily interested in several of the vintage bottles for consumption and my server happily went through each selection with me offering her opinion and preferences for each. She didn't simply recommend the most expensive bottle every time and she was spot on with her analysis regarding the bottles I purchased.

Sel: There was a large selection of both their standard line up and a few limited releases on tap along with a good size vintage bottle list for onsite consumption.

Overall, a great spot in Portland that I think is starting to be taken for granted in the beer community. If you like old ales, you have to stop in at Hair of The Dog during any Portland visit.

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Photo of jlindros
4.44/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

First stop on my Portland pub crawl. It's a great place. 12 taps; 2 ciders and 10 of their own beers. The usual suspects and a few new rotating ones. Bottles are basically various vintages of their awesome HotD beers, including the infamous Dave for an incredible $$$$$.

Nice place, basically a warehouse with garage doors, big old wooden pillars for support like an old factory, but bar and table tops are bright shiny new oak. Light beer decor on the walls, big open feel. It's a little out of the main area of Portland, industrial area but not hard to find.

Food was great, the Ruben was amazing. Food prices expected for Portland, beer prices average as well. Bartender was friendly and helpful, pretty knowledgeable. One of the few places I can remember that actually gives you a water without having to ask, and the food was very quick.

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Photo of JR007
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

My wife and I tried a sample of all of their beer on tap. I feel that all of their beer is well balanced and not one flavor overwhelmed the beer. Overall I would say this is a place worth visiting.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This place was everything I hoped it would be. Cool atmosphere, good service and great beer. My only minor complaint would be that a couple more options on tap would have been good, but HOTD isn't known for having a huge lineup of beer. Was very happy to find a barrel aged Adam variant. A MUST visit in PDX.

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Photo of KellyFromPortland
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Good vibe, seems like any typical Portland microbrewery. Hipster crowd, old crowd, Rough crowd and everybody else. I tried Adam and White Peach Adam. Adam is a fantastic beer, I won't go into detail. White Peach Adam is on a whole different level of awesome! It's rediculous, the two bar tenders didn't seem very friendly. They should be aittle more engaging and crack a smile every now and then. I didn't try the food, but everyone around me swore by it. I'll be back.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.61/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

We were in town for the Oregon Brewer's Festival, this was a must-stop on our list of breweries to hit - and they certainly didn't disappoint. My first time having Fred, Adam, Adam of the Wood - etc. A massive selection of brews to pick from including rarities of varying vintages. The food kicks ass too. The bartender was quick and helpful. Absolute blast. Wish this NC boy lived closer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I visited Hair of the Dog yesterday while in town for the waterfront blues festival. I like the neat wood-meets-factory space and the thick central bar. Their selection is interesting, with only 7 taps plus a guest but an excellent selection of bottles, mostly cellared versions of their own big beers. Someday I would like to return when I'm with a group so that we can split and sample some of these (they are pricy -- hard for me to justify drinking a $30 rare beer by myself).

I had the maibock, which was quite refreshing on this very hot weekend. I also had the mac 'n' cheese, which was a bit over-salted but in general very good.

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Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Kind of a small, utilitarian taproom space with a bit of outside seating, where you can sip a world class old ale and enjoy the atmosphere of the shitty, industrial neighborhood the brewery calls home. When we visited, they were slammed, with only two servers and one bartender. The service was friendly, but real slow. Still, they should have been better prepared with more staff and I have to assume this wasn't a one time thing. The beer speaks for itself, the dark ales are awesome, the hoppy beers are... not my favorite, but I knew that going in. Selection is good, not awesome, but definitely some stuff you would otherwise be hard pressed to find. The food was the big surprise, I didn't expect all that much but it was quite good, pork toast was awesome and the house pickles were too. It seems like it's hard to buy a bad meal in Portland, and hair of the dog is no exception.

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Photo of BenHesk12
4.18/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Brewery/taphouse in southeast portland Oregon. Wacky paint and tables outside if you don't mind inclement weather. I went on a busy weekend afternoon and had to fight for seating and the bartenders attention which was a turnoff, however the beer completely made up for it! They serve pints and flights at very reasonable prices. I also had a meat and cheese plate which was excellent.

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Photo of DCgolfpro
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Service was average and not exceptionally friendly. Food (granted I only visited once) was poor. But the beer. Oh, the beer. One of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of anteater
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

I go here regularly because there are few other places where the quality of the beer, food and service are all world class. Atmosphere is very cool and unique.

Beer: The regular taps are great, always 1 barrel aged beer available for a $9 glass. Adam, Fred are always available and they're always putting new experimental stuff on tap as well. The vintage menu is where it's really at! 2013 Matt is the best $18 you can spend in Portland on beer. 2002 Fred is amazing as well. If you're feeling very adventurous you can drop $50 on a 1994 Adam.

Food: Beef brisket. It's unreal and it will go great with a dark beer like Adam. The pastrami sandwich is another favorite.

Service: I've heard complaints from others on the service here but I tend to get the same couple servers who recognize my face and are incredibly friendly.

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Photo of BrewtalHonesty
2/5  rDev -53.6%

With three excpetions, beers throughout the flight were less than desirable; four of the eight beers (all offered taps) were near or absolutely sickeningly sweet. Easily the most disappointing flight I've had from a brewery, both flavor-wise and expense-wise ($2.25 to $4.00 for each 3 oz sample). Service was good, though low beer quality trumped that. No food sampled this visit. Left the brewery with my mouth feeling overtly of sweetness as if I had just indulged in a candy store.

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Photo of stouts4me
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Been here only twice and wish I lived close. The beer speaks for itself in the consistently high ratings. The food is on par with a lot of options, and very good quality. Then you have the vintage beer menu, come on, you're killing me! I want all of them! Not unless you want to be carried out, you must choose only a couple, there will be more, again. Great merch, quality service, nice atmosphere.A must visit.update: last visit was able to buy a case of Cherry Adam from the Wood, and 2 giant bottles of Otto; have shared with many friends back in Illinois, and they can't get enough, awesome beer!

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Photo of nmann08
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

This was a must-stop for me while we traveled the Pacific NW. It's in an industrial area of Portland, but the building is literally a can't-miss-it after you exit the freeway.

The room is actually quite large, mostly full of tables, with a small bar area and a kitchen area you can see. It is open air in the front with tables outsides as well.

They serve full glass pours and sample pours. Most of their standards were on tap, but they also had a rotating barrel beer. In this case, it was Single Malt Adam. They have two sets of bottle lists (about 10 bottles listed per each). One is reasonably priced (I bought a $15 Otto) with more common beers. The other is the rare vintages, which were very expensive. Everything is for consumption on premises.

We ordered the pickled vegetables, they were good, but not great. We were there for lunch and it seemed alot of people were there to eat. However, in lieu of Pub food, we walked one block to the sandwhich shop (Bunk Bar).

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Photo of DrMindbender
2.68/5  rDev -37.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.5

With all of the incredible breweries in Portland, and so many options for amazing beer in whatever style you choose, I always feel extremely disappointed leaving Hair of the Dog.

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Photo of Mothergoose03
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

This was stop #21 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here on a Sunday morning to enjoy their beers, but ended up having a snack too. The brewery is located in an older building in an industrial area, and the place was not yet busy for the day.

The taproom is partitioned off into a large open area from the brewery, and the feel is more industrial that it is a taproom. But the beers made up for that. We ordered samples of 4 beers to start, and then liked them so much we ordered two more samples to go along with a snack plate of meat, cheese and bread/butter. The beers were all very well done to style, and we felt that the Brandy Cherry Fred was exceptional. Since we did not have anything other than a snack plate (the kitchen was putting out some great-smelling foods) we did not include a food rating in this review. However, the plate that we had was very good, especially the bread and butter (of all things, simple stuff is sometimes the best).

The bartender was very affable to chat with, and the others at the bar provided some lively conversation. We really enjoyed ourselves here, and will definitely do back if we’re ever in Portland again.

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Photo of BREWS4LA
3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Stopped at this place few years ago before I was really knowledgeable about beers. Asked few questions about different ones I wanted to try and the staff seemed somewhat annoyed. I guess they rather deal with locals or beer geeks. Hey no hard feelings now I'm a total beer snob.

Anyway I just ordered different ones and I must say I was blown away by the FRED. To this day I seek it out and keep some in the fridge. The have excellent beers.

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Photo of QuakeAttack
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I love this place. Some of the best beer on the planet. Great service and friendly atmosphere. Had one of the best pastrami sandwiches ever. Walked out with a shirt and a Growler of Adam. Fred. Will. Adam. Try them all. I had Cherry of Adam of the Wood. Incredible.

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Photo of jellikit
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great Beer. All of their beers are BIG. Barleywine, Imperials, etc. the good was fresh and local. Limited food menu but yummy. The beer is the showcase. Make sure you are not driving, as the beer is so tasty and high octane.
I am definitely planning on a return.

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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room in Portland, OR
95 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.