Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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4.3/5 rDev -1.8%
Not the same place we saw 5 years back, that functional brewery on the back side of an industrial complex, taxied to by a wild driver, if I recall correctly, and I always do. No, this is a corner brewpub, although I haven’t yet seen the brewery. Is it here, attached and hiding, I wonder? We’ll see, I’m in no rush to walkabout without a beer in hand…
Vestibule entrance on the far corner on SE Yamhill, but we came in through the large open garage door entrance alongside. Industrial space, with upright pieced wood beam pillars, angled supports, & crossbeams. Interior walls painted bright turquoise & lime, offset by a gray exterior wall painted over brick face lowers, and some large panel windows grouped. Concrete floorings, and a light gray ceiling slightly arched to a high point with a small center skylight & ductwork. Drop 7-sided colored panel glass lamps around the bar and crown lamps dangling in rows on the ends.
‘U’ shaped bar messin’ with ma’ mind. Wood plank topped somewhat warped & distorted giving the appearance of off it being uneven, but the whole deal laminated over level. Wood plank base, wrap around piping foot rail, and seating for 18 on high teal leather chairs. Bar counter space for a half dozen+ on the wall behind me, and a single hightop in the corner. 10 fat wood block tables forward the bar and out across the room to the far wall, and another hightop, plus a few picnic tables curbside.
A symmetrical hexagon shaped stained glass piece mounted from a beam off the bar, with a colored pebbled exterior, and cool circles & lines wrapping and inlayed. Shirts & hoodies on the near wall displayed, a sprawling plant in an old wood barrel in the corner, some brewery prints, and a framed Michael Jackson ad piece.
A pair of handgrip looking stainless steel towers holding 4 taps each on our side of the bar with wood block logo handles. 8 beers on tap; 6 of them house offerings (Lila, 6%, Maibock, great maltiness, a bit spicy, excellent; Blue Dot, 7%, Double IPA, nice hoppy profile, not overly bitter, a real great IPA; Will, 8%, Scottish Ale done Willamette, a malty bomb, and a bit phenolic bandaidy; Fred, 10%, Golden Strong Ale, big big, Belgian candi sugar; Adam, 10%, Old Ale, chocolate, leather & smoke as described; Peach Fred, 10%, on bourbon with fresh peaches), and 2 guest taps (Sierra Nevada Summerfest & De Struise Tsjeeses), in the absence of the kicked Little Dog (English Mild) and Greg (beer with no hops using Kambocha squash instead). Did the sampler of what 6 house beers they did have on (served in cool little taster glasses that would never survive the flight back), and deemed the Lila, Blue Dot, & Fred to be the best of ‘em, although, really, Blue Dot is king.
House bottled beers and glassware lining the sill to the rear off the kitchen, and specialty bottles for sale, too. Things from the wood, bourboned, and/or cherried, various vintages, and things of collaboration & commemoration, but for consumption here only.
Kitchen to the rear somewhat concealed, with turquoise tilings behind it with a red & yellow trim. I would have liked the ‘Chuck Norris Duck Wings’, but it was not to be. And off in the rear corner, views of the brew room and goings on. Wow, a 4 barrel brew house doing just 600+ barrels a year. Expected much more somehow.
Janet & Ed showed up, and then the Geek & Tom. Seems a bunch of people we know opted to start their day of play here. Just the natural progression of OBF weekend, I suppose. It was dead when we got here but is now hopping & happening. Good house, mind you, I would have liked to have caught 8 house taps up. Well, next time around, I suppose. Sampled up, now it’s time to move on. Much to see before tomorrow’s out.
11-25-2012 05:19:39 | More by slander
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!
03-02-2014 04:59:58 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.4/5 rDev +0.5%
Stopped by here today after a quick BA event visit over at Beermongers.
The tasting room is pretty spacious, and appears to be a converted warehouse space. Not a whole lot to it otherwise.... walls are painted green and blue, with a good size wrap around bar in the middle holding around 20 patrons. There are also a few tables and chairs strewn around, with the dining area probably holding close to 70 or 80 patrons. Selection this day consisted of 6 different HOTD beers on tap and then 15 HOTD vintage, bottled selections. There was also a pils from Caldera on tap. As for quality, what else can I say? Everything here is great, and it was a treat to see fresh FFTW and 2007 doggie claws on tap. Likewise, the vintage bottled selection is incredible (albeit rather spendy as well). There are few brewers in America making beer any better than what Alan Sprints is kicking out of his brewery in Portland, and in that regard this place clearly deserves top marks. As for service, it was friendly and not too distracted... at least for me. I was sitting at the bar, where service was pretty decent. However, the friendly bartender was otherwise expected to handle the entire tasting room, and the Sunday afternoon I was there that meant some 40 patrons waiting for beer and food. Alan was working in the kitchen (I don't even want to speculate why he was working at the tasting room at all, but there he was.... with an apron wrapped around his waist... serving up food and replacing dirty glasses), which helped somewhat, but not much. As for food, I got the brisket sampler. It was OK, but was hardly anything to get excited about. Pricing was OK, but someone needs to explain to me why three small pieces of sliced meat cost $6 (especially when one slice was nearly a third fat). Otherwise, FFTW and DC cost $6.50 for a 12 ounce pour, with everything else going for $4.50 a 12 ounce pour. Normally I'd call that a bit high as well, but not for these beers. They're worth every penny.
If you're a HOTD groupie (and I guess that probably includes me), then this is a place you have to visit whenever you're in PDX. Otherwise, it's just another solid spot to hit whenever one visits beer rich PDX.
Edit from 5/2/11 and 5/29/11. Stopped by several times over the past weekend, but really have nothing new to say about this place. Beer is excellent as always, and this time I sampled some of the vintage bottled stuff (fabulous 2011 Cherry Adam and 2005 Doggie Claws). However, I feel as if I need to up my service score a point, after Wendy gratiously allowed me take a bottle of Cherry Adam home as a carry out. Service here just seems to get better and better every time I go (they're employing more staff now, which helps). Regarding the food here... I still can't give it more than the original 3.5 score. I recently had the brewer's salad and the meat & cheese plate. They were fine for what they were, but were hardly anything remarkable. In any event, regardless of my feelings about the food, there's no denying that this place is just excellent....
Last edit from 9/11. Call me completely converted... I'm with Jeff (Jdense) regarding Wendy. She's as good as it gets when it comes to service. I have adjusted my service score accordingly.
I now stop by here whenever I'm back in town. You should too. Cheers!
09-06-2010 00:33:09 | More by John_M
4.9/5 rDev +11.9%
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
4.36/5 rDev -0.5%
visited HOtD twice on a recent weekend trip to PDX
attractive new building, with lots of sunlight and open air for nice days. There's plenty of room at the bar with tables sprawling though the generously sized room.
Walls are full of gear for purchase and bright paint.
The tap selection was all the standards (fred, adam, ruth, doggie claws, blue dot) and a rotating barrel aged beer (bourbon fred from the wood on our visit). All of the taps are served in branded tulips, pints, or tasters as appropriate.
The bottle list was pricey but impressive : A number of from-the-wood vintages, doggie claws vintages, batch #1 beers, Matt, Michael, etc. Prices ranged from $10 to $20 with batch 1 beers being an outlier at $75.
We never ate anything, but the food coming out of the kitchen looked good - giant loaves of bread, meet and cheese plates, and other assorted moderately priced items.
Service was attentive and the experience was enjoyable both trips - i'll be back.
03-26-2012 21:52:46 | More by dirtylou
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.
12-30-2011 04:51:16 | More by Rifugium
4.6/5 rDev +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
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
07-26-2012 06:41:43 | More by Mebuzzard
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room in Portland, OR
97 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.