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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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BEER AVG
4.03/5
Based on:
48 Beers
4,463 Reviews
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 63
Visits: 215
rAvg: 4.25
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

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: 63 | Visits: 215
Photo of loren01
5/5  rDev +17.6%
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!! (836 characters)

Photo of MuttKDC
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (1,714 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
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! (951 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of anteater
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

I go here regularly because there are few other places where the quality of the beer, food and service are all world class. Atmosphere is very cool and unique.

Beer: The regular taps are great, always 1 barrel aged beer available for a $9 glass. Adam, Fred are always available and they're always putting new experimental stuff on tap as well. The vintage menu is where it's really at! 2013 Matt is the best $18 you can spend in Portland on beer. 2002 Fred is amazing as well. If you're feeling very adventurous you can drop $50 on a 1994 Adam.

Food: Beef brisket. It's unreal and it will go great with a dark beer like Adam. The pastrami sandwich is another favorite.

Service: I've heard complaints from others on the service here but I tend to get the same couple servers who recognize my face and are incredibly friendly. (837 characters)

Photo of stouts4me
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Been here only twice and wish I lived close. The beer speaks for itself in the consistently high ratings. The food is on par with a lot of options, and very good quality. Then you have the vintage beer menu, come on, you're killing me! I want all of them! Not unless you want to be carried out, you must choose only a couple, there will be more, again. Great merch, quality service, nice atmosphere.A must visit.update: last visit was able to buy a case of Cherry Adam from the Wood, and 2 giant bottles of Otto; have shared with many friends back in Illinois, and they can't get enough, awesome beer! (601 characters)

Photo of Phobicsquirrel
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Hair of the Dog does make some really good beer. Many people that are on BA know about their hard to find stuff and those of us who are able to hit the place up know how good we have it especially with special events and or great releases from the wood. The place itself is a typical large bar/brewery.

A really great thing about Hair of the Dog is that you can order from their "vintage" selection. That list contains beer they have had aging for years and even the recent releases that have sold out. I've ordered a lot of beers on that list over the years, however if you do order from it you have to drink it there. They do let you keep the bottle if you like though!

Of course the best thing about Hair of the Dog is the beer. They usually have Fred, Adam, Ruth, Lila, and a "special" beer such as Doggie Claws, Will, or other beers that are made in smaller batches than say the regular beers. On top of that they offer barrel aged beers which is their from the wood series. Usually it's just one at a time but most of them are top notch. Beers like Matt, Otto, Adam from the Wood, Bourbon Fred, Maple Fred, the list goes on. These beers are more expensive but usually well worth it.

On top of the draft selection and the rotating "from the wood" selection and the "rare" bottles you can also pick up bottles to go. Usually it's their regular stuff however they do release limited stuff for the current year. Also you can pick up swag as well. Now if you are hungry they do have a decent selection of food to order. I've had their mac and cheese and I was impressed. It wasn't the best I've had but it was pretty good. Their deserts are really good as well. I've enjoyed a lot of the bread puddings I have ordered that's for sure.

So in closing if I was to tell someone hitting Portland for the first time I'd tell them Hair of the Dog would be my top 4 places to hit up. I love the beer at this place and if your lucky you'll be able to get something really special on the rotating "from the wood". (2,010 characters)

Photo of SalukiAlum
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
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!! (1,150 characters)

Photo of hopsbreath
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
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! (1,803 characters)

Photo of jdense
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
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 ;) (3,492 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

We were in town for the Oregon Brewer's Festival, this was a must-stop on our list of breweries to hit - and they certainly didn't disappoint. My first time having Fred, Adam, Adam of the Wood - etc. A massive selection of brews to pick from including rarities of varying vintages. The food kicks ass too. The bartender was quick and helpful. Absolute blast. Wish this NC boy lived closer. (389 characters)

Photo of vkv822
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (2,345 characters)

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
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? (778 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.59/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This place was everything I hoped it would be. Cool atmosphere, good service and great beer. My only minor complaint would be that a couple more options on tap would have been good, but HOTD isn't known for having a huge lineup of beer. Was very happy to find a barrel aged Adam variant. A MUST visit in PDX. (314 characters)

Photo of PlinyTheKid
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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! (549 characters)

Photo of Fluffheady
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

We had the taster of 7 different beers. It was ridiculously good. I mean. Just insanity. I don’t know what else to say. Go here. Because it’s f***ing delicious.

It was fun that we actually had met the bartender on a previous trip to Portland at Apex. He remembered us from just sitting next to us. Great service. (317 characters)

Photo of boMD
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (894 characters)

Photo of AxesandAnchors
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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! (526 characters)

Photo of QuakeAttack
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I love this place. Some of the best beer on the planet. Great service and friendly atmosphere. Had one of the best pastrami sandwiches ever. Walked out with a shirt and a Growler of Adam. Fred. Will. Adam. Try them all. I had Cherry of Adam of the Wood. Incredible. (265 characters)

Photo of Dajtai007
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great place with great food and great beer. Beers reasonably priced for their extensive brewing process, barrel aging, or vintage status. Food compliments everything very well. Some of he vintage beers are a little pricey, but where else can you get them? Must visit place in the NW. (283 characters)

Photo of drrone
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

One of the stops on my road trip up the West Coast. HOTD has a decent location downtown, with a cool garage door that was open to enjoy the beautiful weather outside. It has lot of open space and nice vibe. Their beer is excellent. I had not drank much of their beer before I went there, but I was very impressed by the range and quality of their offerings. I am now a fan. They had a great selection of current beers and several BA goods (that were pricey, but that's the way it goes). I didn't eat, but the food looked great. The service was very good with knowledgeable waiters.

Great brewery that really surprised me. I look forward to going again some year. (664 characters)

Photo of Pwnzilla
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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!!! (610 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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. (262 characters)

Photo of BigJYoungblood
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I got a flight sampler and a bottled Fred batch 89 to go. No food just good service and a great atmosphere. Went in around 12noon. Sat at the bar and service was amazing, they not only answered all of my questions but did so with ~15 other people, very happy with ,y overall experience and will review the beers individual (322 characters)

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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room in Portland, OR
94 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.