Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Active Beers: 35
Beer Ratings: 8,481
Beer Avg: 4.1
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 45 | Show All Ratings:
5/5 rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
This place is what I thought it would be...I've heard great things about the new taproom and I was not dissapointed in the least. On my recent trip to PDX this is the one place I knew I didn't want to gome home without visiting. I've had many Hair of the Dog beers in the past and thought they were all the bees-knees. So we visited hair of the dog after a heavy night of pub crawling in PDX....cause you have to be hung over to visit a place called Hair of the Dog. This place is the ultimate beer snob brewery...they serve nothing that is even mediocre...everything here is top notch. I had an Adam beer which was excellent then a couple Blue Dot's the second was from a newly tapped keg and there was tons of hops floating around in the beer....was the best IPA i think I have ever had...I want to move to PDX because of this place!!
10-24-2010 02:37:24 | More by loren01
4.95/5 rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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.
01-05-2011 04:32:48 | More by MuttKDC
4.9/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
They stole my idea for a NW BA Gathering but I am not going to hate..just never visit again.
A: Wife and I strolled in on a Sunday after FredFest, grabbed 2 seats at the bar and immediately felt very welcomed. Guy at the bar was very knowledgable and had been at FredFest the night before. Staff was in the know when it came to beer. Found out one of the worked at Lucky Baldwins and the other lived down from me in Santa Barabra. The mainserver knew her HotD for sure. Great atmosphere!
Q: It is HoTD. To me nothing in the NW touches it. All beers I ahd were phenom!
S: Like I said, GRAND. Never waited for a beer and they were always on top of it with a great attitude. They loved what they do!
S: Holy shart man. All of the HoTD staples and a bottle list for drink on premises only that would make any beer nerd have a wet dream. I had a 09 Matt, 09 Cherry Adam and 07 Fred from Wood. Took home growler of Blue Dot.
Best of the best!
05-16-2011 23:49:46 | More by barleywinefiend
4.78/5 rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
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.
05-07-2011 01:04:56 | More by Beerenauslese
4.74/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Hair of the Dog just recently opened its tasting room at its new Yamhill location and the response has been great! I went there last night with my wife for the first time and will be repeat customers in the future.
It was a nice day yesterday so the front roll up door to the tasting room was open to allow a nice breeze in. The location itself is near a train crossing and in the span of a few hours we had to hold our conversation for half a minute while the train went by. The train and industrial feel to the place lent to a certain counter-culture feel that will receive a ton of support from beer geeks and HotD fans. There was a central bar and several tables around the perimeter. The restrooms were easy to spot and accessible unlike a couple tasting rooms I've visited.
Our waitress was extremely attentive and quick to bring us our drinks. Alan Sprints was there in the kitchen but seemed approachable for any beer related banter. It was a family affair for him as well because a couple young boys the spitting image of him were walking around the room as well.
The beer! For $12 Misty and I shared a half dozen 3 ounce taster glasses of the HotD beers available on tap. Greg, Blue Dot, Fred, Adam, and 2007 Doggie Claws were all great but the 1 beer that we both needed our very own 12 ounce tulip of was Fred from the Wood. For $6.50 a piece I got to try for the first time I beer I called "my new favorite beer" in my review. While that is a little spendy for beer in Portland, I think it was absolutely worth it. Apparently last week Cherry Adam was on tap in its place so expect that sixth tap to be an ever changing one.
Go to Hair of the Dog, get a beer, and enjoy one of Portland's finest. To that extent, if its one of Portland's finest, its in the elite list for the planet!
09-02-2010 18:54:52 | More by hopsbreath
4.74/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
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!!
07-31-2011 17:29:02 | More by SalukiAlum
4.72/5 rDev +8.3%
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 ;)
09-06-2010 23:35:17 | More by jdense
4.6/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
09-08-2010 07:05:14 | More by Arbitrator
4.6/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
A must stop in Portland, especially if you're out of their distribution network. Bought a sampler on a Saturday afternoon and place had a special vibe to it... maybe industrial yet still was definitely a pub. Beers were very good, but intense which greatly slowed down my itinerary for the day. I'm unsure if they have food and the service was good, although I'm guessing if even it was not informative enough, you could turn and talk to the person next to you as people who know beer know Hair of the Dog. Tried vintages of Doggy Claws and they did have other vintages of things if you wanted to pay the stiff price for them... sorry I didn't see any Dave. I would probably stop again, which is saying something when I didn't get to a quarter of the breweries in Portland. Yet?
11-13-2011 08:06:24 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.6/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room in Portland, OR
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