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
BEER AVG
3.93/5
Based on:
47 Beers
10,807 Ratings
Place Score: 96
Ratings: 199
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.34
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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Ratings: 199 | Reviews: 63
Photo of DrMindbender
1.28/5  rDev -70.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 1

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!!!

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
2/5  rDev -53.9%

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.

Photo of Forrest222
3.34/5  rDev -23%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

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.

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Service was average and not exceptionally friendly. Food (granted I only visited once) was poor. But the beer. Oh, the beer. One of my favorite breweries.

Photo of BREWS4LA
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

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.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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!

Photo of rikatine
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of nmann08
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

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).

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Kind of a small, utilitarian taproom space with a bit of outside seating, where you can sip a world class old ale and enjoy the atmosphere of the shitty, industrial neighborhood the brewery calls home. When we visited, they were slammed, with only two servers and one bartender. The service was friendly, but real slow. Still, they should have been better prepared with more staff and I have to assume this wasn't a one time thing. The beer speaks for itself, the dark ales are awesome, the hoppy beers are... not my favorite, but I knew that going in. Selection is good, not awesome, but definitely some stuff you would otherwise be hard pressed to find. The food was the big surprise, I didn't expect all that much but it was quite good, pork toast was awesome and the house pickles were too. It seems like it's hard to buy a bad meal in Portland, and hair of the dog is no exception.

Photo of Jodi215
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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

Photo of dragonWhale
3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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..

Photo of Mothergoose03
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

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.

Photo of Harvest06
3.95/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

Vibe is great, food is average for Portland, beer selection in house is great but you can rarely get any good ale to go.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I came for the Doggie Claws, I stayed for the Mac & Cheese.

Visiting Portland last weekend, the Hair of the Dog was my first stop. I am currently on a Barleywine kick and I have been excited about trying Doggie Claws.

Someone in the past here mentioned that the taproom looked like an old warehouse in an industrial part of town. It does look like an old warehouse for sure, but the interior and the surrounding neighborhood feel more like an area of town that is being revitalized. It is quite a comfortable, open and bright space with a view of downtown Portland out of the giant window on the western wall.

The quality of the beer overall was excellent. In addition to my big tulip glass for of Doggie Claws I also had the "Walk the Dog" flight of Adam, Fred, Blue Dot and Little Dog. It was $7 for 3oz. pours of each.

The bartender was fairly busy while she worked, but was still able to take the time to discuss each beer in the flight when she dropped it off. After a brief conversation with her, she was also kind enough to add a 3oz. pour of the Adam from the Wood. I also had time to chat with one of the managers there who was very informative and hospitable.

The selection was a bit underwhelming, only eight beers on tap. There was a small bottle list as well, which included '05 and '07 Doggie Claws for only $15 a bottle. Some other aged selections were there as well and they all seemed reasonably priced. The problem, however, was that I had a busy weekend planned and I could not manage to get back to the taproom before 8:00 on Thursday and 10:00 on the Friday or Saturday. The very early close was a bit of a disappointment.

Anyhow, on to the food - which was a pleasant surprise. I went for the mac & cheese with pancetta. At $10 it seemed a bit pricey, but my portion was enormous, filling and very tasty. The pancetta was a small let down, not as flavorful as I thought, but the rest of the cheesy, breadcrumbed bowl of pasta was worth the $10.

If you're in Portland, make a stop.

Photo of jera1350
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

HOD's taproom is attached to the brewery just over the river from downtown. Easy to get to with plenty of space. Some outdoor picnic tables as well as indoor seating of course. The walls are adorned with HOD clothing for sale. Much of which was sold out or only in limited sizing. I did grab a tulip however which are also for sale.

About eight different beers on tap with one "from the wood" offering. The beers ranged from IPA to strong ale and anywhere in between. They have an amazing bottle list also with some vintages going back several years. These were a bit pricey, but well worth the experience. Service was good both times we were there.

We had the bread and butter and pickled veggie plate and both were amazing if they are your thing. Simple and delicious food that paired great with the beers. Wound up leaving with a case of Fred and three bottles of the Bourbon Fred as both were outstanding beers not available in MN. This is a must stop place when in Portland.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited Sunday afternoon 7/22/12 with my wife.

A: Cool place, modern looking upgrades combined with that a-typical refurbished warehouse beer place look. Warmer, breezy afternoon so the garage door was rolled up. Plenty of tables available plus some seating at a cozy bar.

Q: Beer and food seemed like good quality to me.

Service: Good service, but nothing out of this world. Our server was prompt and courteous but did make a comment about me being 'one of those' out-of-towners. Whatever. I'm sure they do get a lot of beer snobs swooping in to grab all of the FTW series stuff.

Selection: There is a good selection here, with all of their regulars on tap, as well as a FTW offering, plus a bottle list that includes an original Adam from the '90's. All of the bottles are spendy and must be consumed on site, but its really cool to have the option.

F: Semi-limited menu with good quality foods; salads, pasta, soup, cheese & meat plates, brisket and short ribs. We paired finger foods with the Maple Bourbon Fred FTW and everything tasted good. Love their bread.

Photo of flagmantho
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I visited Hair of the Dog yesterday while in town for the waterfront blues festival. I like the neat wood-meets-factory space and the thick central bar. Their selection is interesting, with only 7 taps plus a guest but an excellent selection of bottles, mostly cellared versions of their own big beers. Someday I would like to return when I'm with a group so that we can split and sample some of these (they are pricy -- hard for me to justify drinking a $30 rare beer by myself).

I had the maibock, which was quite refreshing on this very hot weekend. I also had the mac 'n' cheese, which was a bit over-salted but in general very good.

Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was my second stop on my trip to Portland last weekend. I got excited when I spotted the giant Bulldog Head logo from the car and even more excited when I walked into the large commercial garage space. The bar seemed to seat around 20+ people and ample tables were available on the side. About 8 tap offerings plus some vintage HOTD bottles were available for purchase. I was lucky enough to visit at a time when Adam From The Wood was available (although not listed on the menu) and Wendy our server smiled warmly and nodded when I asked if it was still available. Food menu seemed good but we were less than impressed by the presentation of the plates and overall taste of them. All in all this was a great place to hang out and talk to friendly locals while sipping on killer brews. One of the top 5 bars in the city in my humble opinion.

Photo of BenHesk12
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Brewery/taphouse in southeast portland Oregon. Wacky paint and tables outside if you don't mind inclement weather. I went on a busy weekend afternoon and had to fight for seating and the bartenders attention which was a turnoff, however the beer completely made up for it! They serve pints and flights at very reasonable prices. I also had a meat and cheese plate which was excellent.

Photo of Flightoficarus
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Another stop on my mini-brewery tour while in Portland, this one was definitely on the "must try" list.

A - Atmosphere was inviting, in an old, industrial downtown area kinda way. Inside is clean, but cozy. On the smaller side for a brewpub as well.

Q - Hair of the Dog beers are one of the many Portland breweries on the world class level IMO, and getting to drink them from the keg just makes it better. Tried barrel-aged Jim, which was a great, complex ale in line w/their other stronger offerings.

Aside from draft offerings you won't easily find outside their distribution network (or away from the tasting room, period), there are also vintage bottles offered as well. Any true beer enthusiast would not be doing themselves a favor by skipping this place.

S - Service was friendly, although a bit slow due to getting there around lunch rush time. That is forgivable though. The bartender was happy to explain and describe their special beer offerings.

S - Selection beer-wise is a 5, as I'm pretty confident that the tasting room is the only place you actually have all the HotD offerings in one setting. There is also a small, but varied for it's size food menu. I didn't have anything though, so I can't comment much further than that.

F - Didn't try the food, but it smelled/looked good :)

V - Great beers and pretty inexpensive eats. What's not to love? Well worth the visit if you're in the Portland area.

Photo of gkunkle
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped by today to get a couple of beers that Hair Of The Dog released today. At the time I was there it wasn't very crowded but there were about 12-15 people hanging around trying beers and enjoying the weekend. The customers were just as friendly as the staff. Maybe this was just a freak accident but as I walked in people looked up and smiled or waved. (I don't know these people) that alone merits another visit just to hang out and sip some beers. The quality of the beer is of course amazing. The owner really knows his food and his beer. There were about 5 or 6 taps. I should have written this down but I believe the had Adam, Fred, Ruth and a couple of their more rare aged beers on tap. The staff was all very friendly and knowledgeable. Generally, a great place to try Hair of the Dog's incredible beers.

Photo of Lakemonster
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Some of the best beer in PDX and really not that expensive at all. You can stop by and get a hefty 10 % for $4.50. I wish they were open later on weekdays for the after work crowd that likes to linger for a little bit longer. In a cool industrial location near the Portland bridges. I highly recommend this to anyone giving a visit to the area.

Photo of ottovon
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

this was a nice tasting room. had a good amount of seating at the bar and tables/chairs.

the quality was excellent. got to drink bourbon fred and it was amazing, as well as two of their little dog beers.

the service was a little slow at first, but then picked up. wendy was my server at the bar and she was very nice. i really have no complaints on the service.

the selection was good since it was a brewery's tasting room. only ~6 beers i think, but all HotD and one guest. bourbon fred was well worth the trip. i would definitely go back.

the food was awesome. i got the braised short ribs and bread and butter. i only left the random chunk of parsley on my plate. i could eat the short rib all night.

the beer and food were priced really good.

overall this is a great place to visit for some food and if you like HotD beers.

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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room in Portland, OR
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