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
3.99/5
Based on:
48 Beers
4,444 Reviews
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 62
Visits: 207
rAvg: 4.23
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

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: 62 | Visits: 207
Reviews by portlandjeff:
Photo of portlandjeff
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

When they were calling it the hair of the dog "tasting room", I had envisioned a little cramped corner of the new brewery with a couple seats and a few beers to try, but that turned out to be very wrong. The bar area is pretty large, with a long horseshoe shaped bar that accommodates about 20, along with a lot of table seating, and more bar type seating along the west wall. The place is an old converted industrial/warehouse type building about as close to the river as you can get on the east side. Located conveniently across from a bridge off-ramp, it has the advantage of no tall buildings across the street to block the view of the downtown skyline, which is a big plus; especially at night when you can see all the lights. While the bar is nicely done, and leaving a converted industrial place pretty intact often tends to work for some restaurants and bars, the rest of the interior seems a little unfinished. I hope that they'll spend a little time and money down the road to polish it up a bit. Still, it's a very comfortable place to hang out, and you're drinking HotD beers... what more do you need?

The quality is about as good as it gets. When you're in a bar where Adam and Fred on tap sound a little boring because of the other offerings, you know you're in a top notch place. The special stuff on tap I've tried since they've opened includes cherry adam, a few vintages of fred from the wood and doggie claws, 2009 jim, and little dog. Wow! The draft beers are definitely where the deals are. Even the best and rarest stuff is only $6.50 for a 12 ounce pour - about half the cost of buying it fresh in the bottle at a dock sale after waiting in line since 5 am... On top of the draft selection though, is the AMAZING collection of vintage bottles to try. 5 year verticals of doggie claws? Matt? 2005 rose cassis? michael? etc... yep!

Then there's the service. As far as I can tell, there only two employees working at Hair of the Dog besides Alan, and they're great. Wendy in particular is super friendly and helpful, and goes out of her way to make sure you're enjoying your visit. I'd give the place a 5+ on service if I was just rating their individual performance, but the truth is, when the place is full, two just isn't enough. I have to dock a point for not having enough staff for busy times. Even so, I've never really had terrible wait times or anything, it's just nice getting a little more attentiveness, which is especially lacking sometimes if there wasn't room for you at the bar.

The selection is great. Like I mentioned when I was talking about quality, there is a wide range of beers (and vintages of those beers) to try that just aren't available anywhere else.

The menu is always changing, but I'm liking the direction that it's been moving since its debut. I've only ever tried the adam braised smoked brisket, and I thought it was a great snack to pair with the bold hair of the dog beers, and a good value too at $6. When they first began serving food, a lot of the menu items were priced a bit higher than I would have liked for the venue (although they may have still been a great value for what you got), and I'm glad to see most everything now priced at under $10; with a good variety to boot. Besides, it leaves more drinking money, and that's the point, isn't it?

Value here is subjective. On tap, I feel like everything is a great deal, ESPECIALLY the rarer stuff. Like I said, I've waited in line for 5 hours to buy 12 oz bottles of some of this stuff at TWICE the price they're offering it on tap, and I guess that's the way it should be. The availability of some of the stuff they have only in bottles is fantastic, but here's where the value starts to seem questionable. On the same day, they let you choose between 12 ounces of cherry adam on tap for $6.50, or 12 ounces of the same vintage in a bottle for $12. Or how about $6.50 for 2007 doggie claws on tap, but $15 for a bottle? Then there's Matt, a FANTASTIC beer no doubt, but $25 for 12 ounces? There's how much you need to sell a beer for to make all the time and effort to make it worth while, and then there's how much you think you might be able to get someone to pay once in a while. I think a fair price is somewhere between the two, and some of these seem to be priced closer to the latter.

Atmosphere and some of the bottle prices aside; this is a great place, and it would certainly be in my top 5 recommendations for anyone coming to Portland for beer. Visitors from other big cities might even find the prices really appealing. I've lived and traveled all over and know what things cost other places, and HotD isn't out of line when you take that into account. It's just a little high for Portland. Still, these aren't just any beers, this isn't some big corporation, and you don't get to really experience this kind of pride, hands-on attitude, and impeccable quality just anywhere, and that's worth a lot. (4,936 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of LEDIII
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place rocks. Beer is amazing and food portion is large. Reasonable prices too. (83 characters)

Photo of BelgianBeerMe
4.06/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of KellyFromPortland
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
4.61/5  rDev +9%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Rizzy17
4.23/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of suckaj
4.23/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of flagmantho
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of tommyguz
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Stevedore
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of beerserk
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Bradley_BizKutZ
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Geoffq
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of ccnorthwest
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Awesome atmosphere and beer. There food is pretty good too. (59 characters)

Photo of CTJman
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of YamagamiTravis
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of stumac
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of markgugs
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Seattle_Suds
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of barflybastard
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room in Portland, OR
94 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.