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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
4.03/5
Based on:
48 Beers
4,461 Reviews
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 62
Visits: 211
rAvg: 4.25
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: 211
Reviews by slander:
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Not the same place we saw 5 years back, that functional brewery on the back side of an industrial complex, taxied to by a wild driver, if I recall correctly, and I always do. No, this is a corner brewpub, although I haven’t yet seen the brewery. Is it here, attached and hiding, I wonder? We’ll see, I’m in no rush to walkabout without a beer in hand…

Vestibule entrance on the far corner on SE Yamhill, but we came in through the large open garage door entrance alongside. Industrial space, with upright pieced wood beam pillars, angled supports, & crossbeams. Interior walls painted bright turquoise & lime, offset by a gray exterior wall painted over brick face lowers, and some large panel windows grouped. Concrete floorings, and a light gray ceiling slightly arched to a high point with a small center skylight & ductwork. Drop 7-sided colored panel glass lamps around the bar and crown lamps dangling in rows on the ends.

‘U’ shaped bar messin’ with ma’ mind. Wood plank topped somewhat warped & distorted giving the appearance of off it being uneven, but the whole deal laminated over level. Wood plank base, wrap around piping foot rail, and seating for 18 on high teal leather chairs. Bar counter space for a half dozen+ on the wall behind me, and a single hightop in the corner. 10 fat wood block tables forward the bar and out across the room to the far wall, and another hightop, plus a few picnic tables curbside.

A symmetrical hexagon shaped stained glass piece mounted from a beam off the bar, with a colored pebbled exterior, and cool circles & lines wrapping and inlayed. Shirts & hoodies on the near wall displayed, a sprawling plant in an old wood barrel in the corner, some brewery prints, and a framed Michael Jackson ad piece.

A pair of handgrip looking stainless steel towers holding 4 taps each on our side of the bar with wood block logo handles. 8 beers on tap; 6 of them house offerings (Lila, 6%, Maibock, great maltiness, a bit spicy, excellent; Blue Dot, 7%, Double IPA, nice hoppy profile, not overly bitter, a real great IPA; Will, 8%, Scottish Ale done Willamette, a malty bomb, and a bit phenolic bandaidy; Fred, 10%, Golden Strong Ale, big big, Belgian candi sugar; Adam, 10%, Old Ale, chocolate, leather & smoke as described; Peach Fred, 10%, on bourbon with fresh peaches), and 2 guest taps (Sierra Nevada Summerfest & De Struise Tsjeeses), in the absence of the kicked Little Dog (English Mild) and Greg (beer with no hops using Kambocha squash instead). Did the sampler of what 6 house beers they did have on (served in cool little taster glasses that would never survive the flight back), and deemed the Lila, Blue Dot, & Fred to be the best of ‘em, although, really, Blue Dot is king.

House bottled beers and glassware lining the sill to the rear off the kitchen, and specialty bottles for sale, too. Things from the wood, bourboned, and/or cherried, various vintages, and things of collaboration & commemoration, but for consumption here only.

Kitchen to the rear somewhat concealed, with turquoise tilings behind it with a red & yellow trim. I would have liked the ‘Chuck Norris Duck Wings’, but it was not to be. And off in the rear corner, views of the brew room and goings on. Wow, a 4 barrel brew house doing just 600+ barrels a year. Expected much more somehow.

Janet & Ed showed up, and then the Geek & Tom. Seems a bunch of people we know opted to start their day of play here. Just the natural progression of OBF weekend, I suppose. It was dead when we got here but is now hopping & happening. Good house, mind you, I would have liked to have caught 8 house taps up. Well, next time around, I suppose. Sampled up, now it’s time to move on. Much to see before tomorrow’s out. (3,759 characters)

More User Reviews:
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4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of schroeder1200
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of witts2000
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of dwagner003
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ESCO138
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.59/5  rDev +8%
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 +5.4%
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 -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of KellyFromPortland
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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 +8.5%
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 +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Rizzy17
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of flagmantho
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
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)

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4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of beerserk
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Bradley_BizKutZ
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Geoffq
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of ccnorthwest
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of YamagamiTravis
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room in Portland, OR
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