Riverport Brewing Company
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Reviews by RedDiamond:
3.34/5 rDev -15%
I was wondering what happened to Karlsson Brewing in Sandy, Ore. Turns out that after they folded, the folks at Riverport purchased their 7-bbl brew system in its entirety and are now brewing ales on the banks of the Snake River in Clarkston. (I keep thinking, "Take the last train to Clarkston..." I gotta stop thinking that.)
Riverport opened in late 2008 as a brewery with a tasting room. The ambiance is really one of a working brewpub though Riverport has no kitchen and only offers popcorn to snack on. Guests are encouraged to bring their own food, and Riverport provides to-go menus from local eateries if you want food delivered.
The pub is housed in a former Fritos factory in an industrial park near the river. Its layout is of one large room partitioned into bar, brew house, and seating area. Six taps serve house ales; five are likely to be regulars in the low to mid-session range with a more potent seasonal. No guest taps or bottled beers are served and there's no cask or nitro tap at this time. One of the first details you'll notice (after the mounted antelope trophy with its "Welcome to Our Brewery" sign) is the array of custom-built barstools. They're "blue" pine ponderosa, stained by invasive fungi while the tree is still growing. Classy. And sturdy.
The owners of Riverport are conscious of the fact that they brew craft beer in a non-craft community and therefore tailor a number of their offerings to the crossover crowd. Ironically, crossover beers are a hard sell to those of us who crossed over many years ago and have no intention of crossing back. Of their five regular ales, none had strong appeal to me though the stout was at least modestly encouraging.
During warm weather, several of the garage bay doors may open to add light and air, and a rear patio was actively in the works as of April '09. Look for a beer garden in the months ahead.
05-03-2009 00:27:28 | More by RedDiamond
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3.86/5 rDev -1.8%
Visited while on business in area 2.19.11.
Located in a warehouse district close to the river by Walmart and Costco, Riverport is a bit hard to find, but given the relative paucity of quality beer offerings in the area, is a must visit for the traveling BA. The brewer, formerly employed in a brewpub in nearby Lewiston, really knows his stuff. All of his offerings were first rate, spanning the usual PNW palate. A couple of different beers were the highlights of the 9-10 beer menu, including Old Harold, an English Barleywine, and a Dampbier, a historical oddity produced in this case by accident but very close to style. Of the regular offerings the pale ale and IPA were standouts, all beers are unfiltered. $3 pints only increased the appeal, with growler fills for less than 10 bucks a hot item. The interior featured a 10 seat bar, about the same number of tables, and a rear covered patio for the climate adventurous. No food to speak of, just endless popcorn, though I understand a number of local restaurants will deliver. The brewer was a quite amiable chap, willing to answer numerous questions about his beer, and his wife was quite helpful during crunch time. The bartender, whom I suspect was a relative (daughter?) got a bit frazzled once it got busy, in large part due to her decision to socialize, check text messages, etc., instead of work. A pretty friendly clientele, I was fairly impressed, will certainly go back and visit again.
02-28-2011 14:57:39 | More by jdense
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
Riverport brewing is Located in an old warehouse across the way from a Wal-Mart and next to a winery. The space is open and full with some old beer memorabilia. There is a nice bar and a bunch of tables. Some of the tanks are in the seating area which adds to the environment of the place.
They have nine of their beers on tap when I went three were seasonals.
They offer a pretty good sampler with all the beers for seven dollars. Their pints are only three bucks and growler fills are only eight dollars. All the beers I had were solid some were great while others were just ok but none were bad.
The owners/ brewers were very nice and were walking around the place themselves drinking beer and were willing to answer any questions. One of the owners/ brewers wife was tending bar and was really helpful and told me the background to how they came up with the name of all there beers.
No food is served here besides free popcorn but they allow you to bring your own food.
Overall a very nice little place that is certainly worth going to if you are in the area.
08-22-2010 17:10:37 | More by chumba526
4.14/5 rDev +5.3%
So, I stumbled across Riverport on my recent trip to the Lewiston/Clarkston area for business. Both cities are not exactly beacons for all things beer, but Riverport really shines in my eyes.
Riverport Brewing Company is a smallish 7-bbl microbrewery with a tasting room. Its located in a older warehouse, but has a nice open and roomy feel to it when you enter. There are numerous tables and a handfull of seats at the bar, in addition to some more tables out back. Food does not exist, and is limited to popcorn. My co-worker, a client and myself were there recently and they had seven beers on tap (Bock, Blonde, Pale Ale, IPA, Oatmeal Stout, Red and Octoberfest), all of which could be purchase as a sampler, pint or growler fill. Prices were more than decent with samplers at $1/4oz, pints at $3/pint, and grower re-fills at $8. I had the sampler, and every beer was clean, crisp, and well done. Personal favorites for me were the Bock and Oatmeal Stout. Rounding out the Riverport experience (and easily the best aspect of the tasting room) is the top-notch service we got. The husband and wife owners worked the bar/tasting room and were friendly, attentive, and really showed they put everything they could into thier beers. We chatted with the owner for over an hour as he worked the bar, and even poured some samples for us with fresh-picked wild hops in them so we could taste the difference between the regular offering and a fresh-hopped version. We also got some samples pulled from a highly hopped Amber they had conditioning in the back.
All in all, we got good, solid brews combined with some of the best service I've ever had. It's refreshing to rub elbows with the actual owners and see how much they put into their product and care about it. If you are in the Lewison or Clarkston areas then Riverport Brewing Company is a must hit.
10-01-2009 02:22:55 | More by mrandypandy
Riverport Brewing Company in Clarkston, WA
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.