Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 53 | Display Reviews Only:
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?
01-10-2014 05:23:21 | More by spoony
British Columbia (Canada)
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.
01-02-2014 01:23:52 | More by JasonLovesBeer
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room in Portland, OR
97 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.