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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
BA SCORE
97
world-class

151 Ratings
Ratings: 151
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.27%
Active Beers: 47
Beer Ratings: 10,045
Beer Avg: 4.05
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:
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: 151 | Reviews: 56 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

DbbC, Apr 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Stigs, Apr 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

charlesjwinkler, Apr 14, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +1.6%

Great Beer. All of their beers are BIG. Barleywine, Imperials, etc. the good was fresh and local. Limited food menu but yummy. The beer is the showcase. Make sure you are not driving, as the beer is so tasty and high octane.
I am definitely planning on a return.

jellikit, Apr 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Adamnimmo, Apr 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Erik-P, Mar 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Gig2828, Mar 25, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev -2.1%

The selection of vintage bottles was awesome, very tough to figure out which one we were going to try out, considering how pricey each of these were it was gonna be limited.

The server was fantastic with his knowledge of each brew and was quick on whatever we needed.

The food was not all that good from the feedback i got from my friends, however the chili was fantastic.

The only thing i wish was different is if they had a better selection of being able to take home vintage bottles… the selections were all for in-room consumption only… and the bottles to go available weren't exactly appealing. I get it though, the vintage tasting is part of the experience of stopping by there.

Overall fantastic brew and experience.

paul_db, Mar 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

kamikazeokami, Mar 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Bearman13, Mar 11, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -14.2%

The wife and I stopped at Hair of the Dog on a bright, sunny Sunday morning in January. Winters in Portland sure are nicer than in New York City! A beautifully renovated industrial space, sort of like a massive loft. Airy and sun-filled, and pretty empty to boot. I like the atmosphere and would hang out here often if I lived in Portland.

Outrageous beers on tap, including Doggie Claws '09 and '13, Adam, Little Dog, Greg, Fred and a special "Brandy Barrel Fred with Strawberry". The selection of bottles is to die for: Fred from the Wood, Bourbon Fred, Michael, Otto, Collage, Matt, Cherry Adam, Adam from the Wood 2011 (this one cost me twenty bucks but was rather delicious). Some bottles to go: Otto, Adam, Fred.

Basic food, we just had a simple plate of bread and butter. Service was rather sad. So bad that my wife and I had to laugh. The bartender was either annoyed or rude or hangover or all of the above, but he sure was not nice. His face made it clear that he was not happy to serve me, and he bitched my wife out for using the little tasting glasses as cups for her non-toxic painting water. It was ludicrous.

Shit is pricey here, but so worth. The beers are truly unique and incredible, and the space is so nice and comfy. I'll forget the bad service and can't wait to go back!

DoubleSimcoe, Mar 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Shaimless, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

cjw333, Feb 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

TaborTime, Feb 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

22Blue, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Gobzilla, Feb 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Caleb, Feb 02, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev -3.4%

A-Hair is located just across the bridge from downtown in a slightly industrial (but hip-ish) area of Portland. The tasting room has the light-industrial feel common to many breweries with tall ceilings, lots of windows, a decent sized bar with seating for close to 20, a dozen big tables, and an exposed kitchen. It is a bit sparten, and it was very quiet around 6:45 pm on a Tuesday night, but it fits with the neighborhood and its comfortable.

Q-This was my first experience with Hair beers and I was mostly impressed. I tried their flagship beers, as well as one of their lesser-known beers and all were tasty. Fred, in particular, earns the reputation is has for a delicious big-ass beer.

Ser-My server was friendly, prompt, knowledgable about the beers she was pouring, and took care to pour the beer correctly. She even gave me a paper towel to wipe the rain off (only an idiot walks around Portland without an umbrella....).

Sel-The tap selection is pretty small (seven beers when I visited) and limited to Hair beers. They had growler fills and a few bottle selections to take away, again all Hair beers. A few more special/one-off beers on tap would have been nice. The vintage bottle list was pretty good sized.

F-The food is cheap and isn't trying to pretend that this place is for fine dining. I had a turkey sandwich with smoked mozzarella, and although the turkey was good, the rest of the dish was a little plain. While I sort of enjoyed the simplicity of my chips and sandwich, it was pretty damn simple.

V-This place has a neighborhood feel and prices to match. Good value for beer and food. Some of the vintage bottles could get pricy but the taps were cheap.

O-A nice, laid-back vibe with great beer and simple food. What is not to like?

spoony, Jan 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

TimoP, Jan 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

johnhkelm, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

HuskyinPDX, Jan 04, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev -2.1%

Hair of the Dog's beers are a hot topic of discussion among beer lovers because they are some of the best beers in the world some of the time, but variation in carbonation and the odd infection are more common than I'm used to seeing from a brewery. Personally, I've always had good luck with their stuff but I have a couple friends who have sworn off HOTD due to bad experiences.

That said, this is a beer nerd's paradise. Such interesting and amazing beers. I love them all, and I love the structure of the beer lineup with a few core recipes, and then variations of each. Above all though, I love the emphasis on aging and the fact that you can drink a 13 year old Fred, a 18 year old Adam, or 8 year old Doggie Claws right off the menu. The pricing on the old bottles is certainly steeper than buying fresh beer but I think they are very reasonably priced for what they are. I paid $14 for a 13 year old bottle of Fred.

The service was efficient but not overly friendly - I wanted a lot of things (t-shirt, growler, poster, beer) and it was a challenge to get them all, both times I went there (different servers). They wanted to just give me my bill and that's that. The service wasn't slow by any means, I'll give them that!

We had sandwiches which were alright but not made with culinary enthusiasm. Perhaps the snack dishes designed to compliment the beer would have been better, in fact I'm pretty sure that is the way to go here. I think the menu could be improved upon, but the name of the game here is the beer and in a city full of amazing brewpubs, this is my favourite.

JasonLovesBeer, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

seanchai, Dec 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Kurmaraja, Dec 20, 2013
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room in Portland, OR
97 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.