Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Active Beers: 36
Beer Ratings: 8,765
Beer Avg: 4.1
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 47 | Show All Ratings:
3.34/5 rDev -23.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
We stopped in here while on our via sit to Portland. It's a bit of a way from the downtown area, but easily walkable. The place itself is a nice little taproom with food and beer. The food looked good but we didn't try any. The beers on offer covered a reasonable selection (about 7 available) but unfortunately they aren't entirely to our taste. If you like hair of the dog it's worth visiting here, but otherwise there's nothing special to warrant a particular visit. Personally, I'm not so keen.
12-27-2012 00:28:47 | More by Forrest222
3.76/5 rDev -14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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!
03-02-2014 04:59:58 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.8/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Fourth stop on our walking tour of the SE. Picnic tables outdoors, nice big bar with a/c indoors. Took a couple of seats at the bar and were served ice water before we could even say Hello. Nice.
We decided to order a taster flight which included Lila, Ruth Fred and Adam. We enjoyed all of these beers. If you are researching for a trip here, include this stop. We are huge IPA fans and didn't know if Hotd beers would be for us, but the answer is YES. Followed up with a pint of the Blue Dot IPA. Different, but really good. A nice respite from all of the beer we had had so far on our visit. The service was attentive and friendly.
We bought two bombers of the Blue Dot to share back home, and a nice tulip glass.
06-09-2013 16:11:01 | More by rikatine
3.83/5 rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
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.
12-30-2011 04:51:16 | More by Rifugium
3.84/5 rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
I really liked this brewpub. It's big and has a huge garage door that opens to the outside seating. Tables are huge planks of wood and chairs are comfortable. Large bar and there are big salmon flags hanging from the ceiling. They have a large variety of vegan dishes and that always makes me happy. The beer selection was quite good and the food menu provided a wide variety of interesting choices. I had the briskit and it was very tender and tasty. Value was very reasonable.
06-27-2013 21:49:52 | More by Jodi215
3.86/5 rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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..
11-25-2010 20:03:01 | More by dragonWhale
3.86/5 rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A must stop in Portland, although walking there is a bit of a stretch..but do-able.
On the corner, some tables out front. Nice sized place, while not big. Tight horseshoe bar, small kitchen. Not sure what they served, I was there for the beer.
Pretty solid list and while it's not a lengthy one, you'll find what you're looking for here. Bottles can be purchased, but some you have to drink there...like the barrel aged stuff.
Above average service, but it was a Friday and they looked tired. No worries.
Only gripe is the stickers...you have to pay for them. I understand paying for shirts, but stickers are advertisements. Hurrumphf
07-26-2012 06:41:43 | More by Mebuzzard
4.03/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
11-03-2011 01:55:33 | More by StoneTSR
4.1/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
HOD's taproom is attached to the brewery just over the river from downtown. Easy to get to with plenty of space. Some outdoor picnic tables as well as indoor seating of course. The walls are adorned with HOD clothing for sale. Much of which was sold out or only in limited sizing. I did grab a tulip however which are also for sale.
About eight different beers on tap with one "from the wood" offering. The beers ranged from IPA to strong ale and anywhere in between. They have an amazing bottle list also with some vintages going back several years. These were a bit pricey, but well worth the experience. Service was good both times we were there.
We had the bread and butter and pickled veggie plate and both were amazing if they are your thing. Simple and delicious food that paired great with the beers. Wound up leaving with a case of Fred and three bottles of the Bourbon Fred as both were outstanding beers not available in MN. This is a must stop place when in Portland.
06-22-2013 02:56:09 | More by jera1350
4.13/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
07-26-2012 18:20:36 | More by Scotchboy
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