Rogue Ales Public House
Taps: 35 / Bottles:
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A bit of a dive, but I love it. Don't expect any kind of impressive decor or ambience - this is a working-class pub, and they're not trying to present it as anything other than that. The place to sit here is at the bar - the locals are great if you can withstand the incessant barrage of cigarette smoke. The pub is pretty spacious, and I've never had a problem finding a place to sit and get comfortable. The bar generally has around 20 Rogue offerings on tap in addition to several quality guest beers. Prices are average, quite reasonable even if you have a Rogue Nation card. Food is good, especially the seafood which is delivered fresh each day (what else would you expect from a place that's 20 feet away from the ocean?). Mussels are exceptionally good, as are the fish 'n' chips. In all this is simply one of my favorite drinking spots. It's nothing fancy, but the beer speaks for itself and the people are great.
02-03-2008 22:06:28 | More by largadeer
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited the Public House in December on vacation to Oregon, knew about the rooms for rent so was able to reserve one for the night. Which waas a great call, the rooms are awesom and a super good value, I highly recommend checking it out.
Dinner was good food (gourmet pizz was awesome) at a decent price, and a great tap selection of Rogue ales on draft that I couldn't get in Ohio loved the beer selection.
Only problem was sevice was very slow at the meal, and even at the bar. Staff all seemed irritable and distracted maybe it was just one of those days.
But otherwise was a great experience and will go be in a Hearbest. Highly recommed to others. Make sure while there to visit the brewery/distillery across the bay, fun visit and the tours of both are awesome.
01-09-2008 16:02:50 | More by lush1
2.6/5 rDev -31.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Went and stayed at the Rogue Bed and Beer over the weekend. The apartment was very nice, not like staying in a motel at all, we stayed for 2 nights and felt very much at home. The public house however sucked...pretty much didn't have one good thing to say about the public house. Waitresses were very rude, beer was served warm. I know the school of thought that a cold temp to the beer will hinder taste, however this beer was warm, there was no chill to it at all and it made the beer taste like crap. When I asked for a bottle of Rogue Brutal Bitter the waitress looked at me like I had lost my mind, stating that from the draft it is way better. I told her that I don't like warm beer, but I was told that they didn't have any bottled brutal bitter which seemed a bit wierd because it looked to me like they had tons of bottles in their cooler. Food was overpriced and not that great really. 2 times we went there we were told that we couldn't be served because of my temporary MT drivers liscence (I lost my real one before my Oregon trip) wasn't laminated and they couldn't see my picture that well. I drank beer at probably 25 other bars in Oregon and it was never questioned once. The attitude that I got was that Rogue is big now and they could really care less if they got my business or not. I had planned on buying a case of beer and/or souveniers from Rogue but I will never buy any Rogue beer again after the way we were treated there. On a good note they had a good selection of warm beer and below average food, and the atmoshere on the bayfront is pretty cool.
09-08-2007 20:08:18 | More by loren01
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Had the pleasure of stopping (and staying) at this rather unassuming pub on the touristy bay front strip of Newport on my recent vacation. The brewery is across the bridge on the other side of the bay.
First of all, i loved the check in process. Grab a beer and your room keys (they have three rooms upstairs) from the bartender. Usually I have to give the bartender my keys and not the other way around!
The atmosphere was average pub with a little seaside, fishing community vibe. There appears to be a number of locals who regularly occupy the small bar area. These folks appear to know a great deal about the beers that have made their local brewery famous.
The obvious focal point here is the beer. They had at least 15 rogue beers on tap, some of these were left-overs brewed especially for recent brew fests (cherry-chocolate stout sound good?). There were also about a dozen guest taps. Of these, I tried an Anderson Valley IPA to compare to the Rogue TreeTown. Rogue won hands down in both aroma and flavor. I also had the Rasputin Imperial Stout.
The beers were expensive (at least $4.00) for this little town and especially for being right across the small bay from the freakin brewery. Thankfully, the bartenders always ready to oblige our desire to taste before we bought. in fact, we tasted so much that it was easy for us to skip the brewery tour the following day. My highlight was the fest-brewed imperial porter. There was also a tap called "john's locker" which was the random, locally-served-only, small-batch release from the brewery. All these unusual selections made me forget quickly about the prices! In order to cram in as many delicious brews as possible, i recommend ordering by the glass and not the pint (an option that i loved when honeymooning in Ireland).
The only food we had was the steamers, which were excellent. (We ate dinner at a cheaper chowder house down the road.)
We drank only at the bar where we could always chat with the bartenders. The women who worked the afternoon was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. The guy who worked later frequently screwed up order even though it was slow. However, he was knowledgeable and willing to correct any mistakes.
Having a few rooms to rent upstairs (we reserved ours way in advance) allowed my wife to go to bed when she wanted while i continued to tour the taps til' closing. The rooms are spacious and would make a decent one-bedroom apartment here in Boston. While they are clean, they are not the quality of the Ritz. They do have fully equipped kitchens that come with two pint glasses and two bombers. It would be well worth it to stay a couple of nights, buy some fish off a boat across the street and fix your favorite seafood recipes to pair with the great beers made around the corner.
The poker/blackjack room was also pretty neat and gave the place a little wild west feeling.
Overall, this was a great stop on our trip down the coast. If you are committed to tasting the full line of beers at this cool little place, you better book one of those upstairs rooms or be prepared to sleep with the seals on the docks down the street.
09-06-2007 23:17:46 | More by mtnbiknma
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went to Rogues Public House the first night my girlfriend and I went to Newport. I was excited to go here but where I really wanted to go was to the actually brewery (did the next day).
Since we went on a Saturday Night of Labor Day, it was pretty busy. We stood in line about 25 minutes before we finally were seated. The place is really cool. There is a big main room that has the bar in it with about 20 or so beers on tap along with a few other guest taps. Off to the side is another dining area and in the very back are a couple pool tables and a bunch of board games. Once we were at our table we ordered a few brews and since our waitress was busy it took about 10 minutes. The food was pretty darn good. My girlfriend got the crab cakes which were excellent and I got a bowl of Clam Chowder and some oysters. (I didnt realize it at the time but the Clam Chowder that I had in the Public House was much better than the Clam Chowder I had at the brewpub. Not sure why, I think it was a little fresher.) After throwing back the food we sat and drank and played an extremely fun trivia game with Trivia Bob. Not sure how often they do this but it was a good time and they gave away gift certificates and Rogue goodies. I progressively got stupider as sucked down Imperial Porter after Imperial Porter (so good). We finished off the night by drinking in the back and playing some Yahtzee. Either my girlfriend is an expert Yahtzee player, or I seriously suck because she laid down a ass woopn! Good times! Very fun place with a nice friendly atmosphere.
09-04-2007 20:23:37 | More by younger35
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$$
Stopped by here for dinner and a few beers. We were excited to visit this place since we both like Rogue beers; although it seems like they get alot more respect on the east coast and out here they're just another brewery.
Beer selection was good, maybe 20 Rogue beers and about 5 guest taps (including BMC; man I sure wouldn't have that stuff at my brewery). Juniper PA and the I2PA were good and fresh, the Imperial Stout was too fresh and tasted as bitter as a pill. I felt that the beers were a bit pricey for it being wholesale; in fact, it costs more to order beers here than it does at any beer bar I've been to.
Food isn't all that good, and again it's overpriced for what it is. My halibut was dry and fishy, the risoto was steamed with the fish steam, and my veggies were cooked in a nasty sugary sauce. All that, and it costs $16; luckily the server was understanding and didn't charge me for it.
This is a good place to go with kids, as they have a nice kids menu with a free frisbee, plus the atmosphere is kid-friendly. Expect a busy restaurant with a slight wait for a table. Oregon really needs to ban smoking, too; the dining area is no smoking, but smoke still drifts in from the bar and the pool room.
Bottled beers to go are also a bit pricey, slightly more than the average beer store.
09-13-2006 15:25:55 | More by rayjay
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Two friends from Ohio flew out to Oregon to help me drive my car back across the country, but before we embarked on our trip, which also included at stop at the Three Floyds's brewpub, we stopped for a night at the coast at the Rogue Ales Public House.
Brewer's on the Bay, from the times I've visited it before, seems to be getting a large amount of attention because it is the home of the current Rogue Brewery, but the Publlic House is home of the Bed and Beer, three apartments Rogue converted into Bed and Breakfast rooms. For $80 we received a room with a bedroom, full bath, nice sized kitchen (for a hotel or b&b room), washer and dryer, sleeper sofa, and tv and vcr. The room was in very nice condition and very clean minus the obvious stains on the floor from what I would expect to be people who have puked or spilled beer. We were surprised with the room.
The restaurant has essentially the same menu as Brewer's on the Bay plus pizza. They have the same very good beer and cheese soup and also the exceptionally sinful hazelnut brown nectar bread with melted cheese. I ate a spicey pizza and a few oyster shooters.
The beer selection is impressive by way of everything but two tap handles are rogue ales products, either from the main brewery or from the Eugene brewery. Chocolate stout, old crusty, i2pa, brutal bitter, russian imperial stout, and a ton of other standbys were there. The two guest handles were semi-throw away coors Light and Rainier. Rogue also served up their own rum, and will - according to the bartender - be adding gin and vodka to their personally crafted liqour selections.
The servers were exceptionally nice and helpful with choosing beers and offering advice, and the closing bartender even gave us some chips and salsa at the end of a long day of sampling beers for free, which was greatly appreciated.
Overall, the beer was good and well varied. The mocha porter is and was one of my favorite robust style American porters, and some other surprises like the wheat ale brewed in the Eugene brewery (the exact name escapes me at the moment) and was pretty pleased with the food iteself, I simply wish the ales were served in imperial glasses.
06-04-2006 16:10:49 | More by edmundfitzoil
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Nice place in the older area of Newport. We stayed the night in one of their rooms and it was a lot of fun.
We enjoyed plenty of fresh Rogue at the pub and enjoyed some good food as well. The service was fairly good and the crowd was friendly. Comfortable layout to the bar. Although the actual bar itself was somewhat small and located in the back by the kitchen.
It was really nice being able to stumble up stairs after drinking so much good beer. It was a rainy evening and day after. But it was cool to wake up and hang out on the bay hearing the fog horn. Love that sound.
If you are driving along the coast, there is no reason why you wouldn't stop here. We stayed in one of the two bedroom units and it had a washer and dryer. Very nice when on a road trip.
05-10-2006 18:04:16 | More by TheLoneGunman
3.38/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$
I got to take a trip to the Oregon Coast in mid-March. No trip to Oregon would be complete with out enjoying Rogue Ales. I'll still believe Rogue Ales are among my favorites, but Rogue's Newport public house is forever off my list of places to go. We booked reservations for two nights in the B&B. We stayed there in the past and enjoyed it. A kitchen for cooking your own food, washer and dryer ,etc.; good stuff for a traveler. Not this time! The place has turned into a dump. The carpet has absorbed so much beer and puke that I gag just thinking of it. I had to take linens out of the dryer, and put their wet linen from the washer into the dryer before I could start my own loads. The dishwasher had dirty dishes in it, The blinds were missing or broken in the windows. The TV remote didn't work.
The tavern itself had a small gathering of local patrons who were both friendlyand not afraid to qualf down a few beers and talk to strangers. Unfortunately, the ventilation system could not keep up with the smoke. I smoked all the butts that I could in years gone by and can no longer allow myself to inhale something as unrewarding as tobacco. It costs more to drink a pint ($4.50) of Rogue in their tavern, than at other taverns ($3.75) that carry their beer.
But, the topper for me was when I ordered a pint of St. Rogue Red, and was given a Santa Claus red. I had a Santa at the Eugene house the day before, so my palette was ready for a malty less hopped up flavor that the St. Rogue offers. Ive been able to buy the St. Rogue in a little store in Idaho, twenty mile from my home. Plus, the last time we ventured to San Francisco we stopped into the new Rogue house there and thats where I enjoyed my first St. Rogue. I love that Beer, I can drink one on Tuesday and still catch myself smiling and thinking about it a week later. I guess she thought I wouldn't know the difference. I would have liked to do a sample tray, but my faith was gone. I thought about having dinner their and wondered if I ordered the Kobe Beef what would I end up with? The service otherwise was fine and friendly. We got growlers of Shakespeare Stout for the rest of our time there and stayed out of the bar.
Their beer is great and the two other Rogue Houses we stopped at told me that the St. Rouge was gone for the season and offered me the Santa. You can get around the higher prices by getting a growler.
My advice is drink Rogue beer and stay somewhere where you can see the Ocean, instead of a mural of it.And don't forget your growler. Luckily, one can go to Newport and avoid the Public House by going across the bay to the Brewery.
The ratings I entered are for the tavern, not the B&B. There are not low enough numbers for that!
04-07-2006 21:18:14 | More by GrahamHunter
2.55/5 rDev -33.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
I live in Bremerton, and commute to my job in Seattle every day by ferry. One thing I've noticed over the years that I've been doing this is that there are certain people who simply annoy the shit out of me. No matter what I do, no matter how I change my embarkation/disembarkation procedure, ride a different boat, whatever, I invariably find myself near them. Rogue has become like those people to me.
Honestly, I want to like Rogue. I really do. I bet John Maier is a swell guy, and I know they do a ton in Oregon to help out other Oregon brewers. But goddammit, their brewpubs/pubs suck. The food is marginal, the service is typically lousy, and the prices are outrageous. I'm also not super fond of their beers, other than the Shakespeare. Now, please, do not interpret this as me saying they brew bad beer. I'm not saying that at all. I'm just saying it rarely appeals to me.
Atmosphere: This pub is located on the Historic Bayfront of Newport which is easy enough to find off of 101, seeing as how there are signs pointing you towards the Historic Bayfront approximately every quarter mile or so. Its on the end of the drag closest to the Newport Bridge, right next to a huge parking lot. Actually, I was quite impressed with the parking lot, as its the only place Ive ever seen 2 hour, 4 hour and 12 hour parking. Go inside and the first thing you notice is just how freaking small the place is. Assloads of tables, with very little room between them. If you could turn the weirdly constructed parts of the Winchester Mystery House into a pub, this might be it. Bad angles, narrow aisles, and only two toilets. You need to squeeze in the front door between the beer cooler, stacks of beer, and the ubiquitous trinket kiosk. The entry can really only handle about five or six people, and then you are backed up onto the sidewalk outside.
Quality: Im sorry, but Im never impressed with Rogues pub quality and this establishment did absolutely nothing to improve that. Im still trying to quantify the idea of quality, but for this review, I think Ill define it as an aggregate impression of all the categories (service, food, atmosphere and selection).
Service: The guy was new, and he wasnt very good. Newport was pretty busy that day, and the pub got hopping right around lunch time. I think there may have been three or four servers for the entire pub, and this was a pub that had multiple tables of four or more people. He took our drink order and then forgot to bring them. He took our food order and forgot to put it in. His lone saving grace came when the kitchen completely fucked up our pizza, and he got them to take 50% off the bill (which was still rather ridiculously priced).
Selection: Their menu was more varied than any other Rogue location Ive ever been to (this space had pizzas), including their kids menu which actually had six items instead of the usual three.
(Editorial aside: Their kids menu is such a joke, I wonder why they even bother. I mean, come on, $5 for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Give me a break.)
The problem is that compared to most other brewpubs, this is still a very sparse menu.
The beer selection on this day was also bizarre. This is a Rogue pub, located about two or three miles from the actual Rogue brewery, and they were out of a ton of beers. There were maybe 10 beers on the board. I wanted a YSB, but ended up with a Shakespeare as they were out of that one and they forgot to take it off the board. Adding to the magic of that moment was the previously mentioned fact that the guy had completely forgotten about the beers until I reminded him.
Food: Its just not good. Its not bad, but its not good. Its mediocre pub food for outrageous prices. The only standout is their clam chowder, and even that pales in comparison to others. The pizza we ordered wasnt anything earth shattering or even complicated (sausage, pepperoni, onions and peppers), yet the kitchen still managed to forget to put the sausage on. Guys, this is one of YOUR pizzas (the Hot Stuff, if memory serves), and you fucked it up.
Price: Everything at any Rogue pub costs at least two dollars more than I think it should, with the sole exception of their beer. I do think, however, for the $4-$4.75 that they charge for the pints, you should get an imperial pint and not a shaker.
Ive got one more Rogue location to review, and then Im done with Rogue. I wont be eating at any of their establishments until they get off their asses and completely overhaul their operation. There are many better dining options in Newport, and Ill be availing myself of those the next time Im there. Hell, Id bet I could even get a Terminal Gravity or a Siletz beer somewhere
12-02-2005 16:50:55 | More by Knuckles
Rogue Ales Public House in Newport, OR
87 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.