Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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BEER AVG
3.93/5
Based on:
47 Beers
10,796 Ratings
Place Score: 96
Ratings: 197
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.34
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

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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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Ratings: 197 | Reviews: 62
Photo of Pwnzilla
4.47/5  rDev +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!!!

Photo of colonelforbin
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of matylight
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of PlinyTheKid
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Photo of SalukiAlum
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
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!!

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of ottovon
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of MuttKDC
4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of dragonWhale
3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
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..

Photo of gkunkle
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of loren01
5/5  rDev +15.2%
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!!

Photo of portlandjeff
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of boMD
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

All the Adam I can get on tap? Are you kidding me!

Alan has created a world class brewpub. A truly DIY establishment that offers six taps of HotD. Vintages, one offs, seasonals oh my. Beautiful view of the downtown Portland, vibrant colors, and just outstanding beer. If the money in your pocket is burning a hole, an incredible vintage list of bottles is on the menu. Including a batch 1 Adam for $75. Or maybe you'd like to get your lips on that infamously hyped Matt -- also available.

The bummer is that there's no more dock sales. The trade off is much worth it though just to have a Hair of the Dog environment that's regularly open. Huge props to Alan's sister, Wendy, who has done a terrific job managing the bar in the short time it's been open.

This is a must visit for anyone interested in Beer that's travel to Portland. If you live in Portland, this is a must regular visits.

Photo of djbreezy
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Took my first trip here the other day. The exterior looks great with consistent branding and signage. I've always been a fan of the design work on the logo and bottle labeling.

The interior has tons of natural light. It is nice. The bar is smaller but there are plenty of tables. I was able to grab a seat at the bar.

The bartender was pouring tons of tasters...probably 20-25 glasses when I came in. However, there were 2 bartenders. Neither greeted me or gave me a menu. I sat there for about 5-10 minutes and eventually got a menu from someone next to us. Busy yes but say hi to me. That was bullshit.

The selection is good. There are a nice variety of brews on tap. Lots to choose from on the menu. Really appreciate that you can get rare bottles and try them at the brewing. Glad that you can't take them home because craft brew fans tends to be hoarders. Glad the owner took a stance on this.

Tried a bottle of Matt while I was in there. Whoa, pretty amazing stuff. As for the price...$25? Yikes, but it's cool. Once in a while kind of a thing.

The tasters are very reasonable at around $2 and the glasses are among the best I've ever seen.

We had a bread and butter plate so I won't review the food. However, the bread was top notch and artisan. Very nice.

A welcome addition to Portland and a unique spread of beers. Highly recommended to visit. An opportunity to taste unique and rare beers.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.6/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I had the pleasure of visiting the old location last May; ramnuts took me around the city and Alan was gracious enough to open the "tasting room" for us.

I was lucky enough to visit the new location twice (again, thanks to ramnuts) on a recent Portland trip. It is located in the industrial East Side, a few blocks from Lucky Lab and other Portland joints. A man with a bike could drink really well within a few blocks.

The tap lineup is exactly what you'd come to Hair of the Dog for: an assortment of Adam, Fred, Greg, Blue Dot, and two rotating / vintage taps (last Wednesday, Fred from the Wood '10 and Doggie Claws '07). I'd love to drink those beers on tap on a regular basis, though I have yet to meet the man that can enjoy a pint of Adam and walk straight. I think it's $2 to $3 for a 3oz taster glass and $6 for a pint of most beers. Now, for someone from the Bay Area, that's reasonable, but for Portland that is a little pricey, so I've marked it accordingly.

The bottle selection is superb and is fairly priced; or at least it is fair to me since I can't find any of that stuff elsewhere. Only the regular beers are available to go; the vintage beers and even magnums are for on-premise consumption only, which seems hilarious and irresponsible, but I'm told people have consumed full magnums in large groups. Go figure.

The food selection is ramping up. I saw a screenshot of the original menu when the taproom opened a few weeks ago; it was sparse, to say the least. Alan has now spruced it up with a cheese plate, a meat plate, a meat and cheese plate, bread & butter, and apparently a rotating entree in the range of $20. Given his background as a chef, I think one of those entrees would be fantastic and would pair well with his amazing beers. I did not actually try the food there, though I will next time.

The place is packed pretty quickly within 30 minutes of opening. It's well lit, has a nice crowd, and as mentioned above, it is within a short distance of other beer places, so it radiates Portland Beer Culture.

Wendy, the bartender, is quite friendly. She is very attentive re: drinks and was quick to fill our waters / take away empty glasses. Alan seems willing to talk if you catch him, though it's obvious he is not a people person.

A must-see place in Portland. Don't leave town without going here.

Photo of jdense
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited 9.4.2010 with my better half late afternoon for a pre-dinner beer.

After considerable (and I understand costly, no fault of owner) delay, the Hair of the Dog Brewery and Tasting Room opened in mid August, after a couple of one day events (Fredfest and OBF Open House). Located in the Eastside Industrial District within eyeshot of downtown after years in the Brooklyn railroad yard district of SE Portland, the new facility sits hard at the base of an I-5 northbound off ramp, a real boon for travelers who found themselves bewildered by the old brewery location. The Tasting Room is quite spacious, an old converted warehouse, nice custom hardwood bar with about 20 seats and ten butcher block picnic tables. On a nice day the old garage door can be opened for air circulation, though on a hot day (OBF) with a good size crowd this place, as The Old Professor, Casey Stengel, once said, "sure holds the heat well".

The open kitchen, capably manned by former chef and current Top Dog, Alan Sprints, is located in the rear of the tasting room. At this early juncture, the food menu is fairly limited, with cheese and meat plates features top flight products from Cowgirl Creamy, Cypress Grove, and I understand the meats come from neighbor and PDX sensation Olympic Provisions. There are also a couple of salads and a Brisket plate (cooked in Adam) available. Looking forward to Alan having the opportunity to let his considerable culinary skills shine, a friend of mine enjoyed small plates of duck breast and the like on a earlier visit. Moreover, there are some artisan chocolate available, which certainly pairs well with several of Alan's world class beers.

While the Tasting Room is minimally staffed, the bartender (Alan's sister) and I believe a niece manning the floor was quick, friendly and helpful. While the newbies unfamiliar with Alan's beers need a bit of education, my beer was quickly poured with a smile.

The beers, of course, speak for themselves. The OBF open house featured Cherry Adam from the Wood (killer), and the current tap list features, Greg, Blue Dot, Fred, Adam, a 2007 Doggie Claws and Fred from the Wood, along with one guest tap (Caldera Pilsener). The 'regular' beers are $4.50 with FFTW and DC $6.50 for a 12 oz. pour, a bargain for beer of this quality. The extensive vintage bottle list, features three different vintages of FFTW, a 2005 Rose Casais, 5 vintages of Doggie Claws, Michael, Matt (!), and for the festive occasion, magnums of Cherry Adam and Doggie Claws. The beers are a bit on the expensive side for PDX, but once again please remember these are world class beers, if you could find them in San Francisco, etc. I'd expect to pay nearly twice as much.

All in all, this is (along with the soon to open Cascade Barrel House) the center of an emerging craft beer district on Portland's Eastside, within walking distance across the Morrison bridge of downtown. For the traveling BA, this is an absolute must when visiting Beervana, and for locals, a soon to be regular on the beer rota.

When the history of beer tourism is written, this will be on the short list of beer places you must visit. Thanks, Alan, for calling Portland home.

EDIT - Bumped up service score. Wendy does a *great* job at the bar, and having Bourbon Fred from the Wood? Alan's Cherry Adam Bread Pudding or braised short ribs? Sharing a bottle of Adam #1 with The Usual Suspects? Are you kidding me?

RE-EDIT - Maxed out service score, Wendy is the best ;)

Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped by here today after a quick BA event visit over at Beermongers.

The tasting room is pretty spacious, and appears to be a converted warehouse space. Not a whole lot to it otherwise.... walls are painted green and blue, with a good size wrap around bar in the middle holding around 20 patrons. There are also a few tables and chairs strewn around, with the dining area probably holding close to 70 or 80 patrons. Selection this day consisted of 6 different HOTD beers on tap and then 15 HOTD vintage, bottled selections. There was also a pils from Caldera on tap. As for quality, what else can I say? Everything here is great, and it was a treat to see fresh FFTW and 2007 doggie claws on tap. Likewise, the vintage bottled selection is incredible (albeit rather spendy as well). There are few brewers in America making beer any better than what Alan Sprints is kicking out of his brewery in Portland, and in that regard this place clearly deserves top marks. As for service, it was friendly and not too distracted... at least for me. I was sitting at the bar, where service was pretty decent. However, the friendly bartender was otherwise expected to handle the entire tasting room, and the Sunday afternoon I was there that meant some 40 patrons waiting for beer and food. Alan was working in the kitchen (I don't even want to speculate why he was working at the tasting room at all, but there he was.... with an apron wrapped around his waist... serving up food and replacing dirty glasses), which helped somewhat, but not much. As for food, I got the brisket sampler. It was OK, but was hardly anything to get excited about. Pricing was OK, but someone needs to explain to me why three small pieces of sliced meat cost $6 (especially when one slice was nearly a third fat). Otherwise, FFTW and DC cost $6.50 for a 12 ounce pour, with everything else going for $4.50 a 12 ounce pour. Normally I'd call that a bit high as well, but not for these beers. They're worth every penny.

If you're a HOTD groupie (and I guess that probably includes me), then this is a place you have to visit whenever you're in PDX. Otherwise, it's just another solid spot to hit whenever one visits beer rich PDX.

Edit from 5/2/11 and 5/29/11. Stopped by several times over the past weekend, but really have nothing new to say about this place. Beer is excellent as always, and this time I sampled some of the vintage bottled stuff (fabulous 2011 Cherry Adam and 2005 Doggie Claws). However, I feel as if I need to up my service score a point, after Wendy gratiously allowed me take a bottle of Cherry Adam home as a carry out. Service here just seems to get better and better every time I go (they're employing more staff now, which helps). Regarding the food here... I still can't give it more than the original 3.5 score. I recently had the brewer's salad and the meat & cheese plate. They were fine for what they were, but were hardly anything remarkable. In any event, regardless of my feelings about the food, there's no denying that this place is just excellent....

Last edit from 9/11. Call me completely converted... I'm with Jeff (Jdense) regarding Wendy. She's as good as it gets when it comes to service. I have adjusted my service score accordingly.

I now stop by here whenever I'm back in town. You should too. Cheers!

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4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Hair of the Dog just recently opened its tasting room at its new Yamhill location and the response has been great! I went there last night with my wife for the first time and will be repeat customers in the future.

It was a nice day yesterday so the front roll up door to the tasting room was open to allow a nice breeze in. The location itself is near a train crossing and in the span of a few hours we had to hold our conversation for half a minute while the train went by. The train and industrial feel to the place lent to a certain counter-culture feel that will receive a ton of support from beer geeks and HotD fans. There was a central bar and several tables around the perimeter. The restrooms were easy to spot and accessible unlike a couple tasting rooms I've visited.

Our waitress was extremely attentive and quick to bring us our drinks. Alan Sprints was there in the kitchen but seemed approachable for any beer related banter. It was a family affair for him as well because a couple young boys the spitting image of him were walking around the room as well.

The beer! For $12 Misty and I shared a half dozen 3 ounce taster glasses of the HotD beers available on tap. Greg, Blue Dot, Fred, Adam, and 2007 Doggie Claws were all great but the 1 beer that we both needed our very own 12 ounce tulip of was Fred from the Wood. For $6.50 a piece I got to try for the first time I beer I called "my new favorite beer" in my review. While that is a little spendy for beer in Portland, I think it was absolutely worth it. Apparently last week Cherry Adam was on tap in its place so expect that sixth tap to be an ever changing one.

Go to Hair of the Dog, get a beer, and enjoy one of Portland's finest. To that extent, if its one of Portland's finest, its in the elite list for the planet!

Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room in Portland, OR
96 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.