Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Active Beers: 35
Beer Ratings: 8,452
Beer Avg: 4.1
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 45 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by colonelforbin:
4.36/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The new location of the taproom looks new with lots of metal/steel throughout. I like the layout, very uncluttered and inviting, in a strange way. Wraparound bar and a few tables in the rest of the space. The bar is nice, as it is very long but wraps completely around in a long "U" shape and uses the space well.
Beer is great, as is to be expected. Had some special taproom only beers that haven't been bottled, including fruited versions of Fred. Prices were very reasonable and tasters of anything are available, which was nice. Selection was impressive the time I was there. We were on our way to other brewpubs, otherwise, I'd have stayed here all afternoon.
Service was attentive and helpful. I tried the pickled vegetables and they were tasty. Apparently Alan Sprints is a big fan of pickling things, which I can not argue with. A nice little bar snack.
Definitely try to come here if you are in Portland. Located in an industrial area near the waterfront, it is well worth visiting.
They also had a small vintage bottle list that allows you to try things that have been long sold out, including Matt, Cherry Adam from the Wood, and Michael. On premise consumption. A nice treat.
11-09-2011 06:48:29 | More by colonelforbin
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3.76/5 rDev -14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room in Portland, OR
96 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.