Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Active Beers: 35
Beer Ratings: 8,467
Beer Avg: 4.1
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 45 | Show All Ratings:
3.76/5 rDev -14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The wife and I stopped at Hair of the Dog on a bright, sunny Sunday morning in January. Winters in Portland sure are nicer than in New York City! A beautifully renovated industrial space, sort of like a massive loft. Airy and sun-filled, and pretty empty to boot. I like the atmosphere and would hang out here often if I lived in Portland.
Outrageous beers on tap, including Doggie Claws '09 and '13, Adam, Little Dog, Greg, Fred and a special "Brandy Barrel Fred with Strawberry". The selection of bottles is to die for: Fred from the Wood, Bourbon Fred, Michael, Otto, Collage, Matt, Cherry Adam, Adam from the Wood 2011 (this one cost me twenty bucks but was rather delicious). Some bottles to go: Otto, Adam, Fred.
Basic food, we just had a simple plate of bread and butter. Service was rather sad. So bad that my wife and I had to laugh. The bartender was either annoyed or rude or hangover or all of the above, but he sure was not nice. His face made it clear that he was not happy to serve me, and he bitched my wife out for using the little tasting glasses as cups for her non-toxic painting water. It was ludicrous.
Shit is pricey here, but so worth. The beers are truly unique and incredible, and the space is so nice and comfy. I'll forget the bad service and can't wait to go back!
03-02-2014 04:59:58 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.23/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $
A-Hair is located just across the bridge from downtown in a slightly industrial (but hip-ish) area of Portland. The tasting room has the light-industrial feel common to many breweries with tall ceilings, lots of windows, a decent sized bar with seating for close to 20, a dozen big tables, and an exposed kitchen. It is a bit sparten, and it was very quiet around 6:45 pm on a Tuesday night, but it fits with the neighborhood and its comfortable.
Q-This was my first experience with Hair beers and I was mostly impressed. I tried their flagship beers, as well as one of their lesser-known beers and all were tasty. Fred, in particular, earns the reputation is has for a delicious big-ass beer.
Ser-My server was friendly, prompt, knowledgable about the beers she was pouring, and took care to pour the beer correctly. She even gave me a paper towel to wipe the rain off (only an idiot walks around Portland without an umbrella....).
Sel-The tap selection is pretty small (seven beers when I visited) and limited to Hair beers. They had growler fills and a few bottle selections to take away, again all Hair beers. A few more special/one-off beers on tap would have been nice. The vintage bottle list was pretty good sized.
F-The food is cheap and isn't trying to pretend that this place is for fine dining. I had a turkey sandwich with smoked mozzarella, and although the turkey was good, the rest of the dish was a little plain. While I sort of enjoyed the simplicity of my chips and sandwich, it was pretty damn simple.
V-This place has a neighborhood feel and prices to match. Good value for beer and food. Some of the vintage bottles could get pricy but the taps were cheap.
O-A nice, laid-back vibe with great beer and simple food. What is not to like?
01-10-2014 05:23:21 | More by spoony
British Columbia (Canada)
4.29/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.25 | $$
Hair of the Dog's beers are a hot topic of discussion among beer lovers because they are some of the best beers in the world some of the time, but variation in carbonation and the odd infection are more common than I'm used to seeing from a brewery. Personally, I've always had good luck with their stuff but I have a couple friends who have sworn off HOTD due to bad experiences.
That said, this is a beer nerd's paradise. Such interesting and amazing beers. I love them all, and I love the structure of the beer lineup with a few core recipes, and then variations of each. Above all though, I love the emphasis on aging and the fact that you can drink a 13 year old Fred, a 18 year old Adam, or 8 year old Doggie Claws right off the menu. The pricing on the old bottles is certainly steeper than buying fresh beer but I think they are very reasonably priced for what they are. I paid $14 for a 13 year old bottle of Fred.
The service was efficient but not overly friendly - I wanted a lot of things (t-shirt, growler, poster, beer) and it was a challenge to get them all, both times I went there (different servers). They wanted to just give me my bill and that's that. The service wasn't slow by any means, I'll give them that!
We had sandwiches which were alright but not made with culinary enthusiasm. Perhaps the snack dishes designed to compliment the beer would have been better, in fact I'm pretty sure that is the way to go here. I think the menu could be improved upon, but the name of the game here is the beer and in a city full of amazing brewpubs, this is my favourite.
01-02-2014 01:23:52 | More by JasonLovesBeer
4.5/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Great place with great food and great beer. Beers reasonably priced for their extensive brewing process, barrel aging, or vintage status. Food compliments everything very well. Some of he vintage beers are a little pricey, but where else can you get them? Must visit place in the NW.
10-19-2013 04:47:06 | More by Dajtai007
4.23/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$$
Hair of the Dog does make some really good beer. Many people that are on BA know about their hard to find stuff and those of us who are able to hit the place up know how good we have it especially with special events and or great releases from the wood. The place itself is a typical large bar. I find the "tasting" room aspect in the name a bit misleading.
There is no tasting room, at least in the traditional since. I would really like to be able to try almost all of their beers a ounce or two at a time like at wine tasting rooms. However, other than getting something on tap the only way to "taste" anything else is to order off of their "vintage" bottle pages. That list contains beer they have had aging I suppose for years up to a year (the previous years release). I've ordered a few beers on that list over the days however if you do order from it you have to drink it there. They do let you keep the bottle if you like though!
On top of the draft selection and the rotating "from the wood" selection and the "rare" bottles you can also pick up bottles to go. Usually it's their regular stuff however they do release limited stuff for the current year. Also you can pick up swap as well. Now if you are hungry they do have a decent selection of food to order. I've had their mac and cheese and I was impressed. It wasn't the best I've had but it was pretty good. Their deserts are really good to even great. I've enjoyed a lot of the bread puddings I have ordered that's for sure.
If I had any issues with Hair of the Dog it would be the parking and the service. The parking is horrible though I can't fault HotD for that I suppose. Portland has a lot of parking but a lot of no parking signs all along the curb so where you could park.... you can't. I hate it and it has gotten worse over the years.
The service though, I do feel could use some work. Now I'm not a fan of being pampered or anything but compared to many of the other places I frequent if it wasn't for the great "on the wood" stuff and a few of their other beers I think I wouldn't be making it one of the places on my weekly to bi weekly stops. They make sure you have your beers filled and are quick to reload you but where I feel the issue is, is with attitude. Condescending is probably the best way I could describe it. Though not everyone is like that, however it seems like more often than not that's the atmosphere.
So in closing if I was to tell someone hitting Portland for the first time I'd tell them Hair of the Dog would be my top 4 places to hit up. I love the beer at this place and if your lucky you'll be able to get something really special on the rotating "from the wood".
10-04-2013 13:52:13 | More by Phobicsquirrel
4.19/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
Some of the best beer in PDX and really not that expensive at all. You can stop by and get a hefty 10 % for $4.50. I wish they were open later on weekdays for the after work crowd that likes to linger for a little bit longer. In a cool industrial location near the Portland bridges. I highly recommend this to anyone giving a visit to the area.
08-28-2013 05:35:32 | More by Lakemonster
4.41/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I got a flight sampler and a bottled Fred batch 89 to go. No food just good service and a great atmosphere. Went in around 12noon. Sat at the bar and service was amazing, they not only answered all of my questions but did so with ~15 other people, very happy with ,y overall experience and will review the beers individual
08-23-2013 01:41:49 | More by BigJYoungblood
4.57/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
We had the taster of 7 different beers. It was ridiculously good. I mean. Just insanity. I don’t know what else to say. Go here. Because it’s f***ing delicious.
It was fun that we actually had met the bartender on a previous trip to Portland at Apex. He remembered us from just sitting next to us. Great service.
08-05-2013 02:07:12 | More by Fluffheady
3.84/5 rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
I really liked this brewpub. It's big and has a huge garage door that opens to the outside seating. Tables are huge planks of wood and chairs are comfortable. Large bar and there are big salmon flags hanging from the ceiling. They have a large variety of vegan dishes and that always makes me happy. The beer selection was quite good and the food menu provided a wide variety of interesting choices. I had the briskit and it was very tender and tasty. Value was very reasonable.
06-27-2013 21:49:52 | More by Jodi215
4.1/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
HOD's taproom is attached to the brewery just over the river from downtown. Easy to get to with plenty of space. Some outdoor picnic tables as well as indoor seating of course. The walls are adorned with HOD clothing for sale. Much of which was sold out or only in limited sizing. I did grab a tulip however which are also for sale.
About eight different beers on tap with one "from the wood" offering. The beers ranged from IPA to strong ale and anywhere in between. They have an amazing bottle list also with some vintages going back several years. These were a bit pricey, but well worth the experience. Service was good both times we were there.
We had the bread and butter and pickled veggie plate and both were amazing if they are your thing. Simple and delicious food that paired great with the beers. Wound up leaving with a case of Fred and three bottles of the Bourbon Fred as both were outstanding beers not available in MN. This is a must stop place when in Portland.
06-22-2013 02:56:09 | More by jera1350
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room in Portland, OR
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