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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
3.94/5
Based on:
49 Beers
11,286 Hads
Place Score: 95
Reviews: 71
Visits: 236
Avg: 4.31
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 | map
www.hairofthedog.com

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: 71 | Visits: 236
Photo of AxesandAnchors
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The atmosphere isn't great, your basically sitting in a warehouse. That said, who cares their beer is amazing! Hair Of The Dog is easily one of the best breweries in the Nation, so if you wanna taste a member of the holy grail of beers then you sit in a warehouse dammit. Probably the greatest part of going to the tasting room is the opportunity to drink vintages of Adam & Fred (as well as variations, like "from the wood" and "cherry"). They also fill growlers for only $15.

Go and do a vertical, it will change your life!

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited Sunday afternoon 7/22/12 with my wife.

A: Cool place, modern looking upgrades combined with that a-typical refurbished warehouse beer place look. Warmer, breezy afternoon so the garage door was rolled up. Plenty of tables available plus some seating at a cozy bar.

Q: Beer and food seemed like good quality to me.

Service: Good service, but nothing out of this world. Our server was prompt and courteous but did make a comment about me being 'one of those' out-of-towners. Whatever. I'm sure they do get a lot of beer snobs swooping in to grab all of the FTW series stuff.

Selection: There is a good selection here, with all of their regulars on tap, as well as a FTW offering, plus a bottle list that includes an original Adam from the '90's. All of the bottles are spendy and must be consumed on site, but its really cool to have the option.

F: Semi-limited menu with good quality foods; salads, pasta, soup, cheese & meat plates, brisket and short ribs. We paired finger foods with the Maple Bourbon Fred FTW and everything tasted good. Love their bread.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A must stop in Portland, although walking there is a bit of a stretch..but do-able.

On the corner, some tables out front. Nice sized place, while not big. Tight horseshoe bar, small kitchen. Not sure what they served, I was there for the beer.

Pretty solid list and while it's not a lengthy one, you'll find what you're looking for here. Bottles can be purchased, but some you have to drink there...like the barrel aged stuff.

Above average service, but it was a Friday and they looked tired. No worries.

Only gripe is the stickers...you have to pay for them. I understand paying for shirts, but stickers are advertisements. Hurrumphf

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Photo of KDawg
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I really did dig it here. It's in an industrial area with not much else immediately around, but it has just the vibe that I like. The bar area is well spaced out with a good amount of seats that wrap around. There are also a good amount of tables to sit at and I'd have a hard time imagining this place getting extremely packed.

It's a really nice brew list that they have. They have a good amount of their brews on tap along with having aged bottles of theirs as well.

The food was also pretty good as well. I got a grilled cheese sandwich and really enjoyed it. The bartender was nice and it was never a problem getting a beer.

This shot right up onto my revisit list.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Another stop on my mini-brewery tour while in Portland, this one was definitely on the "must try" list.

A - Atmosphere was inviting, in an old, industrial downtown area kinda way. Inside is clean, but cozy. On the smaller side for a brewpub as well.

Q - Hair of the Dog beers are one of the many Portland breweries on the world class level IMO, and getting to drink them from the keg just makes it better. Tried barrel-aged Jim, which was a great, complex ale in line w/their other stronger offerings.

Aside from draft offerings you won't easily find outside their distribution network (or away from the tasting room, period), there are also vintage bottles offered as well. Any true beer enthusiast would not be doing themselves a favor by skipping this place.

S - Service was friendly, although a bit slow due to getting there around lunch rush time. That is forgivable though. The bartender was happy to explain and describe their special beer offerings.

S - Selection beer-wise is a 5, as I'm pretty confident that the tasting room is the only place you actually have all the HotD offerings in one setting. There is also a small, but varied for it's size food menu. I didn't have anything though, so I can't comment much further than that.

F - Didn't try the food, but it smelled/looked good :)

V - Great beers and pretty inexpensive eats. What's not to love? Well worth the visit if you're in the Portland area.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

visited HOtD twice on a recent weekend trip to PDX

attractive new building, with lots of sunlight and open air for nice days. There's plenty of room at the bar with tables sprawling though the generously sized room.

Walls are full of gear for purchase and bright paint.

The tap selection was all the standards (fred, adam, ruth, doggie claws, blue dot) and a rotating barrel aged beer (bourbon fred from the wood on our visit). All of the taps are served in branded tulips, pints, or tasters as appropriate.

The bottle list was pricey but impressive : A number of from-the-wood vintages, doggie claws vintages, batch #1 beers, Matt, Michael, etc. Prices ranged from $10 to $20 with batch 1 beers being an outlier at $75.

We never ate anything, but the food coming out of the kitchen looked good - giant loaves of bread, meet and cheese plates, and other assorted moderately priced items.

Service was attentive and the experience was enjoyable both trips - i'll be back.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
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?

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Photo of Pwnzilla
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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!!!

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Photo of colonelforbin
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of matylight
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of PlinyTheKid
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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Photo of SalukiAlum
4.74/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

My wife and I were in town for the OBF. Limted hours of 2-8, we arrived at 2 on a Friday. We ended up googling Hair of the Dog and ended up at a dog wash on the other side of the town so that was frustrating and odd! Had some trouble finding a parking spot and locating this place, but was worth the work!

I sampled Little Dog, Blue Dot, Fred, Adam, Doggie Claws, and '09' Cherry Adam from the Wood. The taster glasses were really cool, and we ended up buying one. All the beers were great and unique. My favorite was the Blue Dot Imperial IPA! Also enjoyed the Adam and the Cherry Adam. Little dog was an experimental beer that was easy to drink. The Fred was a little sweet for me and the Doggie Claws was a good barleywine. The prices are were a little high, but paying for quality. My wife loved the Ruth.

The service, although a little short handed was very good. It was in a neat warehouse that I guess is relatively new. The bottles to go were cheaper here than most of the liquor stores in town, so we ran up a pretty good bill. Didn't eat, but the food looked and sounded excellent.

Would highly recommend this place, worth all the hype!!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

They stole my idea for a NW BA Gathering but I am not going to hate..just never visit again.

A: Wife and I strolled in on a Sunday after FredFest, grabbed 2 seats at the bar and immediately felt very welcomed. Guy at the bar was very knowledgable and had been at FredFest the night before. Staff was in the know when it came to beer. Found out one of the worked at Lucky Baldwins and the other lived down from me in Santa Barabra. The mainserver knew her HotD for sure. Great atmosphere!

Q: It is HoTD. To me nothing in the NW touches it. All beers I ahd were phenom!

S: Like I said, GRAND. Never waited for a beer and they were always on top of it with a great attitude. They loved what they do!

S: Holy shart man. All of the HoTD staples and a bottle list for drink on premises only that would make any beer nerd have a wet dream. I had a 09 Matt, 09 Cherry Adam and 07 Fred from Wood. Took home growler of Blue Dot.

F: Good!

Best of the best!

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Visited this place twice when I was in town for a few days. I am a big fan of HotD beers, so to enjoy them fresh from the tap and the verticals of the rare barrel aged versions available in bottles was a treat. The food is very good, approaching decent restaurant quality. They have a small kitchen with a chef preparing food to order. The beers are super. I was waited on by Wendy both times, who is very friendly and helpful. I had a great duck confit with greens and the next day a beet salad with greens and goat cheese. The only limitation is that they just serve HotD beers, but that was not a problem for me. Enjoyed an '08 and a '11 cherry Adam from the wood. The vintage bottles can get quite pricy.

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Photo of ottovon
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

this was a nice tasting room. had a good amount of seating at the bar and tables/chairs.

the quality was excellent. got to drink bourbon fred and it was amazing, as well as two of their little dog beers.

the service was a little slow at first, but then picked up. wendy was my server at the bar and she was very nice. i really have no complaints on the service.

the selection was good since it was a brewery's tasting room. only ~6 beers i think, but all HotD and one guest. bourbon fred was well worth the trip. i would definitely go back.

the food was awesome. i got the braised short ribs and bread and butter. i only left the random chunk of parsley on my plate. i could eat the short rib all night.

the beer and food were priced really good.

overall this is a great place to visit for some food and if you like HotD beers.

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Photo of MuttKDC
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Decided to make a stop by Hair of the Dog during my winter vacation to Oregon and it was awesome!

Atmosphere: located in the industrial area of Portland, the neighborhood does not have much eye candy to offer. Yet, looks can be deceiving since this area has some amazing breweries hidding. Unlike the downtown area, parking is easy and the brewery is easy to spot. The inside is a basic warehouse with a bar and tables. Nothing over the top by def enjoyable.

Brews: Hair of the Dog offers awesome drinks. Most have a hoppy taste minus the trademark hoppy bitterness. If you like the malty sweetness, you will be very surprised by these brews. We ordered tasters of all brews available: Fred, Ruth, Adam, Blue Dot, and Doggie Claws.

Food: the food was awesome. We ordered a plate of pickled vegetables (we were told that they had been pickled by a local deli). I have never enjoyed myself so much over pickled anything before. We also order a delicious Brisquet. Probably one of the best Brisquets I have tried. To wrapped things up, we finished our meal with the Bread Pudding (the sauce was based with Doggie Claws beer). If you like Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws, you are going to love this Bread Pudding.

Service: the service was amazing. The bartender was witty, which a great knowledge over the beers. She was patient and talkative. What makes things better, we ended paying $24 for all the food and drinks we consumed. Nothing says great brewery more than a place that truly caters to the consumer.

If I have anything to be critical about this place, it would their operation hours. It is opened between 3pm to 8pm. If you can over look this minor oddity, then you have a great stop waiting for you.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Aight, check it. My first soujourn back to the pleasure palace since the ridiculocrity of FredFest. So it goes.
The place really looks nice. Small little kitchen with Alan kicking it back there. The menu is sparse but looks outstanding. Do you really need 40 choices at a brewpub?
Nice selection of vintage bottles, not unreasonably priced. Service was decent, pleasant. We were entertaining ourselves and didn't need any encouragement. Guarantee the beers on tap will be constantly shifting, which is pretty exciting. They had Little Dog, Fred, Adam, Doggie Claws 10, Blue Dot, Peach Fred, and Apricot Fred on tap with Doggie Claws 09 cask getting ready to pour.
I will be back..

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Photo of gkunkle
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped by today to get a couple of beers that Hair Of The Dog released today. At the time I was there it wasn't very crowded but there were about 12-15 people hanging around trying beers and enjoying the weekend. The customers were just as friendly as the staff. Maybe this was just a freak accident but as I walked in people looked up and smiled or waved. (I don't know these people) that alone merits another visit just to hang out and sip some beers. The quality of the beer is of course amazing. The owner really knows his food and his beer. There were about 5 or 6 taps. I should have written this down but I believe the had Adam, Fred, Ruth and a couple of their more rare aged beers on tap. The staff was all very friendly and knowledgeable. Generally, a great place to try Hair of the Dog's incredible beers.

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Photo of loren01
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is what I thought it would be...I've heard great things about the new taproom and I was not dissapointed in the least. On my recent trip to PDX this is the one place I knew I didn't want to gome home without visiting. I've had many Hair of the Dog beers in the past and thought they were all the bees-knees. So we visited hair of the dog after a heavy night of pub crawling in PDX....cause you have to be hung over to visit a place called Hair of the Dog. This place is the ultimate beer snob brewery...they serve nothing that is even mediocre...everything here is top notch. I had an Adam beer which was excellent then a couple Blue Dot's the second was from a newly tapped keg and there was tons of hops floating around in the beer....was the best IPA i think I have ever had...I want to move to PDX because of this place!!

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Photo of portlandjeff
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room in Portland, OR
95 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.