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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

Not Rated.
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting RoomHair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
BA SCORE
97
world-class

150 Ratings
Ratings: 150
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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Photo of DrMindbender
1.28/5  rDev -70.8%

This place has SO much hype behind it but didn't deliver anywhere close to what anyone had said. After touring 20+ craft breweries in the Portland area over the last month, the only thing this one stuck out as was for being the absolute worst spot, hands down and without a doubt!!! I wouldn't recommend their beers to any of my friends and wouldn't wish this place on even my worst enemy! A group of 4 of us tried all of their beers on tap and couldn't finish a single one. The service was horrendous, but at least it was better than their brews...didn't try the food, so I can't speak one way or another about its quality. I'm not one to write a bad review, but I have never in my 20 years of drinking craft brews have ever experienced such repulsive and completely unpalatable beer! I wish them the best, but if they don't get their act together, more people will realize the hype and they will quickly be out of business!!!

DrMindbender, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of BrewtalHonesty
2/5  rDev -54.3%

With three excpetions, beers throughout the flight were less than desirable; four of the eight beers (all offered taps) were near or absolutely sickeningly sweet. Easily the most disappointing flight I've had from a brewery, both flavor-wise and expense-wise ($2.25 to $4.00 for each 3 oz sample). Service was good, though low beer quality trumped that. No food sampled this visit. Left the brewery with my mouth feeling overtly of sweetness as if I had just indulged in a candy store.

BrewtalHonesty, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Forrest222
3.34/5  rDev -23.7%

We stopped in here while on our via sit to Portland. It's a bit of a way from the downtown area, but easily walkable. The place itself is a nice little taproom with food and beer. The food looked good but we didn't try any. The beers on offer covered a reasonable selection (about 7 available) but unfortunately they aren't entirely to our taste. If you like hair of the dog it's worth visiting here, but otherwise there's nothing special to warrant a particular visit. Personally, I'm not so keen.

Forrest222, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Bearman13
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Bearman13, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of BREWS4LA
3.76/5  rDev -14.2%

Stopped at this place few years ago before I was really knowledgeable about beers. Asked few questions about different ones I wanted to try and the staff seemed somewhat annoyed. I guess they rather deal with locals or beer geeks. Hey no hard feelings now I'm a total beer snob.

Anyway I just ordered different ones and I must say I was blown away by the FRED. To this day I seek it out and keep some in the fridge. The have excellent beers.

BREWS4LA, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
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
Photo of rikatine
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%

Fourth stop on our walking tour of the SE. Picnic tables outdoors, nice big bar with a/c indoors. Took a couple of seats at the bar and were served ice water before we could even say Hello. Nice.

We decided to order a taster flight which included Lila, Ruth Fred and Adam. We enjoyed all of these beers. If you are researching for a trip here, include this stop. We are huge IPA fans and didn't know if Hotd beers would be for us, but the answer is YES. Followed up with a pint of the Blue Dot IPA. Different, but really good. A nice respite from all of the beer we had had so far on our visit. The service was attentive and friendly.

We bought two bombers of the Blue Dot to share back home, and a nice tulip glass.

rikatine, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%

This was a must-stop for me while we traveled the Pacific NW. It's in an industrial area of Portland, but the building is literally a can't-miss-it after you exit the freeway.

The room is actually quite large, mostly full of tables, with a small bar area and a kitchen area you can see. It is open air in the front with tables outsides as well.

They serve full glass pours and sample pours. Most of their standards were on tap, but they also had a rotating barrel beer. In this case, it was Single Malt Adam. They have two sets of bottle lists (about 10 bottles listed per each). One is reasonably priced (I bought a $15 Otto) with more common beers. The other is the rare vintages, which were very expensive. Everything is for consumption on premises.

We ordered the pickled vegetables, they were good, but not great. We were there for lunch and it seemed alot of people were there to eat. However, in lieu of Pub food, we walked one block to the sandwhich shop (Bunk Bar).

nmann08, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%

Ah, the prestigious Hair of the Dog, who makes beer that's so rare and desired (esp. on the East Coast), but that's nearly impossible to obtain. I visited during my Portland vaca with my wife, and I'm definitely glad I did. Atmosphere-wise, the tasting room is in a large area, industrial-type feel and decor, with a rather large bar and picnic tables. Big, bright, and not too intimate. Lots of good beer to choose from on tap, including many of the standard desirables: Fred, Adam, Doggie Claws, etc. Also was able to sample some neat parti-gyle versions of the more popular beers. Also available in bottles are some of the rarer HotD brews, such as Matt, and the "From the Wood" series. The catch is, you can ONLY drink them at the bar. No take out. The place obviously has a distribution license. There's no reason to bogart these bottles that are standing right in front of me, when I have cash in my hands. Sure, it's their brewery and they can do what they want, but this is an obvious case of gouging beer prices and keeping them "rare" just so that they acquire a reputation as "rare beers." Fortunately, I was able to catch a tip and find said beers elsewhere, and after getting serious attitude from the bartender, I was happy to take my business elsewhere. I take service points off not because I couldn't buy the beer--I understand if they want to keep it to themselves--it's the bartender's attitude that I have an issue with.

All that said, the beer here is great. lol Prices aren't too too bad, but if you're looking for the "rarer" stuff, you might just find yourself taking out a second mortgage to pay for it. Good luck.

Rifugium, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Jodi215
3.84/5  rDev -12.3%

I really liked this brewpub. It's big and has a huge garage door that opens to the outside seating. Tables are huge planks of wood and chairs are comfortable. Large bar and there are big salmon flags hanging from the ceiling. They have a large variety of vegan dishes and that always makes me happy. The beer selection was quite good and the food menu provided a wide variety of interesting choices. I had the briskit and it was very tender and tasty. Value was very reasonable.

Jodi215, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.86/5  rDev -11.9%

A must stop in Portland, although walking there is a bit of a stretch..but do-able.

On the corner, some tables out front. Nice sized place, while not big. Tight horseshoe bar, small kitchen. Not sure what they served, I was there for the beer.

Pretty solid list and while it's not a lengthy one, you'll find what you're looking for here. Bottles can be purchased, but some you have to drink there...like the barrel aged stuff.

Above average service, but it was a Friday and they looked tired. No worries.

Only gripe is the stickers...you have to pay for them. I understand paying for shirts, but stickers are advertisements. Hurrumphf

Mebuzzard, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of dragonWhale
3.86/5  rDev -11.9%

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..

dragonWhale, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Mothergoose03
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%

This was stop #21 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here on a Sunday morning to enjoy their beers, but ended up having a snack too. The brewery is located in an older building in an industrial area, and the place was not yet busy for the day.

The taproom is partitioned off into a large open area from the brewery, and the feel is more industrial that it is a taproom. But the beers made up for that. We ordered samples of 4 beers to start, and then liked them so much we ordered two more samples to go along with a snack plate of meat, cheese and bread/butter. The beers were all very well done to style, and we felt that the Brandy Cherry Fred was exceptional. Since we did not have anything other than a snack plate (the kitchen was putting out some great-smelling foods) we did not include a food rating in this review. However, the plate that we had was very good, especially the bread and butter (of all things, simple stuff is sometimes the best).

The bartender was very affable to chat with, and the others at the bar provided some lively conversation. We really enjoyed ourselves here, and will definitely do back if we’re ever in Portland again.

Mothergoose03, Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

charlesjwinkler, Apr 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Weaselbob74, Jul 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

berlinabb, Dec 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Cynic-ale, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

DbbC, Apr 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Alpar, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

cjw333, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

KevMo84, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

david18, Jun 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

jbaker67, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

PlinyBeMiney, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Craftbrewjunkie, Jun 20, 2014
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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room in Portland, OR
97 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.