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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
3.96/5
Based on:
45 Beers
10,612 Ratings
Place Score: 96
Ratings: 178
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.36
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hairofthedog

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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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Ratings: 178 | Reviews: 61
Reviews by StoneTSR:
Photo of StoneTSR
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I came for the Doggie Claws, I stayed for the Mac & Cheese.

Visiting Portland last weekend, the Hair of the Dog was my first stop. I am currently on a Barleywine kick and I have been excited about trying Doggie Claws.

Someone in the past here mentioned that the taproom looked like an old warehouse in an industrial part of town. It does look like an old warehouse for sure, but the interior and the surrounding neighborhood feel more like an area of town that is being revitalized. It is quite a comfortable, open and bright space with a view of downtown Portland out of the giant window on the western wall.

The quality of the beer overall was excellent. In addition to my big tulip glass for of Doggie Claws I also had the "Walk the Dog" flight of Adam, Fred, Blue Dot and Little Dog. It was $7 for 3oz. pours of each.

The bartender was fairly busy while she worked, but was still able to take the time to discuss each beer in the flight when she dropped it off. After a brief conversation with her, she was also kind enough to add a 3oz. pour of the Adam from the Wood. I also had time to chat with one of the managers there who was very informative and hospitable.

The selection was a bit underwhelming, only eight beers on tap. There was a small bottle list as well, which included '05 and '07 Doggie Claws for only $15 a bottle. Some other aged selections were there as well and they all seemed reasonably priced. The problem, however, was that I had a busy weekend planned and I could not manage to get back to the taproom before 8:00 on Thursday and 10:00 on the Friday or Saturday. The very early close was a bit of a disappointment.

Anyhow, on to the food - which was a pleasant surprise. I went for the mac & cheese with pancetta. At $10 it seemed a bit pricey, but my portion was enormous, filling and very tasty. The pancetta was a small let down, not as flavorful as I thought, but the rest of the cheesy, breadcrumbed bowl of pasta was worth the $10.

If you're in Portland, make a stop.

More User Reviews:
Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of BenHesk12
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of Fauvay
4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

The service is awesome! Some of the best beer and food that you can get in Portland.

Photo of Harvest06
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

Vibe is great, food is average for Portland, beer selection in house is great but you can rarely get any good ale to go.

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.75/5  rDev -14%

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.

Photo of anteater
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
2/5  rDev -54.1%

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.

Photo of stouts4me
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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!

Photo of mabermud
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Great place and great beer.

Photo of nmann08
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
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).

Photo of DrMindbender
1.28/5  rDev -70.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 1

This place has SO much hype behind it but didn't deliver anywhere close to what anyone had said. After touring 20+ craft breweries in the Portland area over the last month, the only thing this one stuck out as was for being the absolute worst spot, hands down and without a doubt!!! I wouldn't recommend their beers to any of my friends and wouldn't wish this place on even my worst enemy! A group of 4 of us tried all of their beers on tap and couldn't finish a single one. The service was horrendous, but at least it was better than their brews...didn't try the food, so I can't speak one way or another about its quality. I'm not one to write a bad review, but I have never in my 20 years of drinking craft brews have ever experienced such repulsive and completely unpalatable beer! I wish them the best, but if they don't get their act together, more people will realize the hype and they will quickly be out of business!!!

Photo of Mothergoose03
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of BREWS4LA
3.76/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of QuakeAttack
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of jellikit
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of paul_db
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

The selection of vintage bottles was awesome, very tough to figure out which one we were going to try out, considering how pricey each of these were it was gonna be limited.

The server was fantastic with his knowledge of each brew and was quick on whatever we needed.

The food was not all that good from the feedback i got from my friends, however the chili was fantastic.

The only thing i wish was different is if they had a better selection of being able to take home vintage bottles… the selections were all for in-room consumption only… and the bottles to go available weren't exactly appealing. I get it though, the vintage tasting is part of the experience of stopping by there.

Overall fantastic brew and experience.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.76/5  rDev -13.8%
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!

Photo of spoony
4.23/5  rDev -3%
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?

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Dajtai007
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of Phobicsquirrel
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
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/brewery.

A really great thing about Hair of the Dog is that you can order from their "vintage" selection. That list contains beer they have had aging for years and even the recent releases that have sold out. I've ordered a lot of beers on that list over the years, however if you do order from it you have to drink it there. They do let you keep the bottle if you like though!

Of course the best thing about Hair of the Dog is the beer. They usually have Fred, Adam, Ruth, Lila, and a "special" beer such as Doggie Claws, Will, or other beers that are made in smaller batches than say the regular beers. On top of that they offer barrel aged beers which is their from the wood series. Usually it's just one at a time but most of them are top notch. Beers like Matt, Otto, Adam from the Wood, Bourbon Fred, Maple Fred, the list goes on. These beers are more expensive but usually well worth it.

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 swag 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 as well. I've enjoyed a lot of the bread puddings I have ordered that's for sure.

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".

Photo of Lakemonster
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of BigJYoungblood
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Photo of Fluffheady
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room in Portland, OR
96 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.