Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Active Beers: 35
Beer Ratings: 8,451
Beer Avg: 4.1
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 45 | Show All Ratings:
3.83/5 rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Ah, the prestigious Hair of the Dog, who makes beer that's so rare and desired (esp. on the East Coast), but that's nearly impossible to obtain. I visited during my Portland vaca with my wife, and I'm definitely glad I did. Atmosphere-wise, the tasting room is in a large area, industrial-type feel and decor, with a rather large bar and picnic tables. Big, bright, and not too intimate. Lots of good beer to choose from on tap, including many of the standard desirables: Fred, Adam, Doggie Claws, etc. Also was able to sample some neat parti-gyle versions of the more popular beers. Also available in bottles are some of the rarer HotD brews, such as Matt, and the "From the Wood" series. The catch is, you can ONLY drink them at the bar. No take out. The place obviously has a distribution license. There's no reason to bogart these bottles that are standing right in front of me, when I have cash in my hands. Sure, it's their brewery and they can do what they want, but this is an obvious case of gouging beer prices and keeping them "rare" just so that they acquire a reputation as "rare beers." Fortunately, I was able to catch a tip and find said beers elsewhere, and after getting serious attitude from the bartender, I was happy to take my business elsewhere. I take service points off not because I couldn't buy the beer--I understand if they want to keep it to themselves--it's the bartender's attitude that I have an issue with.
All that said, the beer here is great. lol Prices aren't too too bad, but if you're looking for the "rarer" stuff, you might just find yourself taking out a second mortgage to pay for it. Good luck.
12-30-2011 04:51:16 | More by Rifugium
4.6/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Probably my favorite tasting room in Portland.
A pleasant atmosphere, picnic table style seating away from the bar and a large garage door that opens to the sidewalk/outdoor seating when weather allows.
Very high quality beer, as most should know.
I have found the food to be very enjoyable with interesting specials as well. The short ribs and brisket are both awesome.
The price for on-tap beers and the food is a steal in my opinion, and the vintage bottle prices, while a bit pricey for some are still worth it overall.
Definitely a most-stop for anyone visiting from out of town, and a place to frequently visit for any locals in my opinion.
11-29-2011 01:44:52 | More by vkv822
4.6/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
A must stop in Portland, especially if you're out of their distribution network. Bought a sampler on a Saturday afternoon and place had a special vibe to it... maybe industrial yet still was definitely a pub. Beers were very good, but intense which greatly slowed down my itinerary for the day. I'm unsure if they have food and the service was good, although I'm guessing if even it was not informative enough, you could turn and talk to the person next to you as people who know beer know Hair of the Dog. Tried vintages of Doggy Claws and they did have other vintages of things if you wanted to pay the stiff price for them... sorry I didn't see any Dave. I would probably stop again, which is saying something when I didn't get to a quarter of the breweries in Portland. Yet?
11-13-2011 08:06:24 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.47/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Came for the Burbon Fred and Adam from the wood release. After all the morning chaos died off I decided to return for lunch hoping they would have Adam from the wood (they didn't) and to try some food. I have to admit the menu was a bit intimidating, was very fancy for a brew pub. I was almost not going to order food when the server said they had a special for lunch (open faced turkey sandwich) so I gave it a try which I was extremely thankful for. Great food, great atmosphere and great beer. They have vintage beers in bottles for on site consumption and a vintage draft selections. I will return soon!!!
11-13-2011 01:49:19 | More by Pwnzilla
4.36/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The new location of the taproom looks new with lots of metal/steel throughout. I like the layout, very uncluttered and inviting, in a strange way. Wraparound bar and a few tables in the rest of the space. The bar is nice, as it is very long but wraps completely around in a long "U" shape and uses the space well.
Beer is great, as is to be expected. Had some special taproom only beers that haven't been bottled, including fruited versions of Fred. Prices were very reasonable and tasters of anything are available, which was nice. Selection was impressive the time I was there. We were on our way to other brewpubs, otherwise, I'd have stayed here all afternoon.
Service was attentive and helpful. I tried the pickled vegetables and they were tasty. Apparently Alan Sprints is a big fan of pickling things, which I can not argue with. A nice little bar snack.
Definitely try to come here if you are in Portland. Located in an industrial area near the waterfront, it is well worth visiting.
They also had a small vintage bottle list that allows you to try things that have been long sold out, including Matt, Cherry Adam from the Wood, and Michael. On premise consumption. A nice treat.
11-09-2011 06:48:29 | More by colonelforbin
4.03/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
11-03-2011 01:55:33 | More by StoneTSR
4.3/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here with the wife on a sleepy Wednesday afternoon.
Similar to a number of other breweries in Portland the tasting room section is relatively spartan looking with concrete floors and picnic tables outfitting the scene. Not the most original looking place but certainly nice.
If you've never tried HotD beers before then do a little research prior to going. These beers are not for the faint of heart and it's unfortunate to read piss poor reviews of the place given by people judging them by more typical brew-standards. That being said, if you have an open mind, HotD brews adventurous beer that is absolutely fantastic. These are big-dog beers with only 2 out of the seven beers we sampled weighing in under 7% abv (4 out of 7 were 10% +).
We walked up to the bar and asked the bartender for a sample of everything, which included a taste of Fred on the Wood (barrel aged Fred). There wasn't a less than spectacular brew served leading to an intense debate between the wife and I over which was the top of the heap.
Service was wonderful, cheerful, and snappy. Didn't have a chance to try the food, though I've heard nothing but wonderful things, even from HotD beer naysayers.
Overall, we really dug this place. Friendly service and great beers made for a happy time. Definitely a "don't miss" Portland spot.
09-15-2011 17:45:03 | More by matylight
4.15/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This was my second stop on my trip to Portland last weekend. I got excited when I spotted the giant Bulldog Head logo from the car and even more excited when I walked into the large commercial garage space. The bar seemed to seat around 20+ people and ample tables were available on the side. About 8 tap offerings plus some vintage HOTD bottles were available for purchase. I was lucky enough to visit at a time when Adam From The Wood was available (although not listed on the menu) and Wendy our server smiled warmly and nodded when I asked if it was still available. Food menu seemed good but we were less than impressed by the presentation of the plates and overall taste of them. All in all this was a great place to hang out and talk to friendly locals while sipping on killer brews. One of the top 5 bars in the city in my humble opinion.
09-07-2011 03:25:21 | More by koopa
4.36/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
In a small building in an industrial area of Portland they are serving some of the best beers out there. I was lucky enough to try a Fred from the Wood and Fred, and both were amazing. The atmosphere was amazing, you could sit and enjoy a beer with having to scream over the loudness of others like at other bars. The service was also great, I felt free to ask at any time for another beer. One of the best things was that the beer was really inexpensive at $4.50 for a 13 ounce beer that sits at 10% or higher. Overall, this place was pretty amazing; definitely a great place to hangout.
09-04-2011 07:32:00 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
4.58/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Yeah, this place was te highlight of my trip. Had the opportunity to have Cherry Fred from the Wood. Cool vibe there! I was there around the daytime, having multiple bottles off their vintage list. I love the fact that hey serve verticals of most of their beers! Matt, Michael, Doggie Claws, Fred from the Wood, Cherry Adam, etc.. The bartender was beyond friendly. She gave us a bottle of the Rose Cassis '05. They acknowledge people who love their beer. They gave us insights on upcoming beers/batches. Can't wait to go back. This place is a must!
08-08-2011 00:17:28 | More by PlinyTheKid
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room in Portland, OR
96 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.