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Rogue Ales Distillery & Public House

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Rogue Ales Distillery & Public HouseRogue Ales Distillery & Public House
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

124 Ratings
Ratings: 124
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: n/a
Taps: 38
Bottles: 30
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1339 NW Flanders St
Portland, Oregon, 97209-2619
United States
phone: (503) 222-5910

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @rogueales

Notes:
Place added by: Todd

Hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am

Distillery Tours: Monday-Friday @ 2:00pm or by Special Request
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Ratings: 124 | Reviews: 75
Photo of mabermud
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Good food, good beer, good location.

Photo of BREWS4LA
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Dropped by on a visit to Portland and grabbed a quick bite but ended up staying longer and sampling several beers. The bartender was beyond friendly and mixed some coffee into a hazelnut beer to convince my wife to try which she did and enjoyed. Just stay away from that crazy bacon maple donut beer. Just walk over to voodoo donuts and get the real deal..

Photo of rao2100
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Pretty good place downtown Portland.
Highly recommended, make sure you get the sampler to try the large selection of beers on tap :)
The bar tender was very friendly and helpful.
Going back you can grab some merchandise including t-shirts, glassware and limited edition bottles.

Photo of andy_c
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This was the first brewery stop on a week-long tour of the northwest. The atmosphere was pretty cool. Yes there is a lot of Rogue stuff inside, but I'm not sure what else I would expect? The waiter was pretty friendly and was stoked on the Odell IPA shirt one of us was wearing. There were some pretty interesting items in the menu. I got a philly cheesesteak type sandwich. It was pretty good, but not the best I've ever had. The price was a little high, but not too unreasonable. Quite a few beers to choose from as well, but not much explanation on the style or content.

Photo of Fluffheady
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Rogue has a lot of haters. I say there’s a lot of jealousy. You know what! At least Rogue didn’t sell out to InBev or the like. They, instead, decided to create their own supply chain. From farm to your glass. It’s a cool space. The bartenders are a bit cheeky, but get over it. They have a strict no cell phone use at the bar policy. It is a nice policy....but there are signs EVERYWHERE that get a little obtrusive. It’s a good place to visit, but don’t plan on spending all day there.

Photo of csiewert
2.95/5  rDev -28%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I've been there 3 times now on various occasion... Once on my own, once with a group and once with my wife. The first thing you notice when you come in is that the place is kind of confused and not updated at all. For instance, the bathrooms have no label on the door to tell you whether it's for women or men (except for 'barely' and 'hops', which makes no sense). So unless you are with someone who's been there before or happen to see someone come out of one, you would have no idea which one to use.

Also, the wait staff is very disorganized and slightly rude. My first time there, it took 11 minutes for us to even be acknowledged and then another 5 or so until we put in our drink order. Once the food and drink was delivered, we never saw our waiter again until it was time for the bill. The second time I came in I was by myself at the bar and they have a 'strict' no cellphone policy there apparently (which I didn't know). So after sending a few texts, the bartender chewed me out for using my phone. Couple minutes later, his buddy comes in and sits at the bar doing the same thing and not a word from the bartender the entire night. The third time I came in with my wife after a timbers game and sat at the bar. At one point the restaurant manager got a phone call from someone who had forgotten to close their tab and left their card there, asking if it would be ok to come in, pay and get it the next morning. Following the phone call the manager said audibly to one of the bartenders "some asshole walked out on his tab and wants to pay it tomorrow"... Poor you, someone actually cared enough to make sure that you're getting paid, have a little respect.

Other than that, the beer selection is pretty good... You can get every rogue beer under the sun and they also have a few guest taps... and the food is pretty above average, so if you can look past all of that, go for it.

Photo of soupermirl
4.43/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Fantastic place. Great staff. Awesome Beer. I was already a big fan of Rogue, but after visiting Flanders Pub (Rogue Distillery & Public House) I enjoy it much more. There is something to be said in visiting a place and then being welcomed in a place. Flanders Pub welcomed me and my wife with free samples of their beer. Portland has a gem with this place. If you are in the area and you don't visit Rogue you are losing out. We even attend the Fred Eckhardt chesse and beer tasting and were very pleased with the event. Love Rogue.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.85/5  rDev -30.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Stop #2 on my tour of Portland. Coming from Deschutes, this is a drop off.

First thing you notice is the self promotion. There are bottles, boxes, shirts of Rogue all OVER the place here. It's an eye sore; doesn't help the scenery. Combine that with the bright pink, Pepto Voodoo Doughnut bottles all around and the eyes start blurring before drinking any beer.
The bar portion is cramped and small, opening up to a larger section with the distilled spirits bar.

Beer menu is long, but nothing 'unique', and badly organized. Newcomers will find it confusing to read and know what's on tap. They do offer smaller menus at the tables, but "menu" is a stretch. It's a list; names of beers--no style, no abv, no nothing. Trashy.

The restaurant place looked better, but still confused. Even the restrooms (barley and hops) make you wonder what the hell they're doing.

I found myself ordering 4 samples and getting out of there asap. Too bad.

Photo of KDawg
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This was pretty packed on a saturday night. Granted, that's to be expected in the pearl district, but it was definitely a busy night.

The quality is what one would expect. It's all of the Rogue brews that can be had currently. Which in some way is my disappointment as there is nothing that I can get here that I can't get back home. I was kinda hoping for at least some stuff that is brewed just for the public houses.

I did think the service was really good. The server for my friend and I had to run a bunch of stations as someone called out that night. Though there would be a slight delay, he was trying his hardest at every minute to keep up with everything.

It's in the pearl district, so it's an easy return for me in the future. The ease of going here certainly helps, that and me generally liking rogue brews as well.

Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Busy place, kind of hipster / casual dining atmosphere. It was mid-day but still quite busy when we visited. There's a surprisingly small bar--seats maybe 10 people--but there's also a large "community table" bar-adjacent, and plenty of tables to accommodate a large crowd. The bar was full when we got there, but the rest of the room had several vacancies, so we sat at the end of the community table. And waited. And waited. *tap tap tap* And waited. And flagged. And waited. I was about to walk up to the bar to get an order in, but fortunately for us, a couple bar spots did open, and after that, the service was not too bad. Very good beer selection, consisting of mostly Rogue products, including an Issaquah and some Buckman Village choices (both subsidiaries of Rogue), and I believe I remember seeing Guinness and Lindemanns on tap too. Food was decent, though maybe a bit overpriced for the portion that was given. Other than that, prices were reasonable. Bottled beer is available for take-out in large amounts.

I'm glad we had the chance to stop in Rogue, although if time is an issue, I'd recommend the nearby Deschutes brewpub to Rogue, as the atmosphere, service, and, well pretty much everything is better there. Except maybe the actually quantity of beer on tap (but not necessarily the quality).

Photo of GreenCard
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

The layout of this place is a bit odd. It's kind of divided into three spaces: a dining area, a cramped bar, and a smaller back-bar area with a TV and really low cielings (I got the feeling that area could possibly be reserved for groups/meetings/etc.).

I didn't try the food. I was just there for a pint or two while I was killing some time downtown. People are ranting about the service here, but I guess I'm somewhat indifferent on that score based on my experience. I just walked up to the bar, ordered a beer, and sat down in the "smaller back-bar area". There only seemed to be three or four servers (one of them was the barteneder) and it was kind of busy, so it's not really surprising if the level of service suffers. Not that this is an excuse for being a shitty waiter/waitress. Just saying. All the same, I got my pint within the standard turnaround time at a bar, so whatever.

Bottom line: go here if you are a fan of Rogue Ales and you want access to a large cross-section of their beers. If you're just looking for a nice afternoon/evening at a good Portland brewpub, there are better places to go (like New Old Lompoc or Deschutes).

Photo of sespourteille
4.47/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The only way to complete ones Rogue consumption experience is to take a trip to this place. Mesmerizing decorations ranging from vintage Rogue merchandise to a custom Rogue kayak, there is plenty to talk about and look at while you eat and enjoy one of the many beers on tap and in stock. With basically every type available, be prepared to know the brand better than you ever have before after your visit. Nice location, plenty of parking, good service with pleasant people and good prices, if your ever in the area try to make it in.

Photo of dtivp
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in after having dinner at a much nicer , probably should have went to Rogue first.
Atmosphere was a little industrial, slightly grungy, cases of beer stacked every where giving you a warehouse feeling. The lay out was different with two separate seating / dining areas. We sat in the smaller area closer to the bar. The bartender came to the table immediately after we sat down. She was very friendly, efficient and knew the Rogue beer menu well. The beer selection was a nice variety of Rogue Beer which is always good, no guest taps. Did not sample any of the food, however, there was a nice variety on the meu.
Overallwe had a good time and it is worth the stop if your in Portland.

Photo of tjensen3618
3.14/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Went to this place right after Deschutes, it's just a block or 2 down the street.

It's kind of a weird layout, there's 2 dining rooms on either side of the bar, both of which were empty, and then there is the bar in the middle which had a decent amount of people inside drinking beer.

Sat down at our table, the place seemed a little grimey and dated, the decor definitely could use either a good scrubbing or a remodel.

The bartender came right over to our table, he was nice and seemed to know about the 30 or so beers they had on tap, all of which brewed by Rogue, they had no guest taps.

Had a few tasty beers and took a look at the merchandise before we left. The shirts and glasses were quite overpriced, I'm talking in the $25-$30 t-shirt range.

It was an ok experience and one that I would skip over next time im in Portland.

Photo of cbarrett4
2.4/5  rDev -41.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4

I used to be a huge fan of Rogue ales before I moved to Portland (and started trying other stellar local brews). I tried this brewpub three times and I have to say that these are the worst and most hateful bartenders and servers I have ever encountered.

The first time I popped in I did wait for quite awhile (despite it not being terribly busy) and was eventually served. The beers were good, as I remembered, but the snooty bartender soured my taste buds.

Second time I came with a friend on a slow afternoon and were carded promptly. We looked over the beer list, prepared our order and tried to get up to the bar. We were passed over several times. We tried to get a seat at a bar table, but they were full. We asked the bar area server for an order which we would pay cash and were told we had to have a seat or order from the bar.

The final time I brought a friend who moved from Kansas who had loved their beers. We were carded within 2 minutes and as we tried to get an order out the server walked away. We waited at least 10 minutes, then went to the bar where several 'regulars' elbowed us out of the way and were served first.

Now you might say "hey, they were probably busy" but I have NEVER had bad service at Deschutes (the only comparable brewpub in the area), despite their bar area being at least twice as full as Rogue. I have waded up to the bar three deep at Deschutes and still received my beer in a timely fashion.

So I guess I am a little bit spoiled with the stellar service at Deschutes!

Photo of LazyL
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

From looking at the reviews, you either love this place or hate it. I am on the love it side of the line.
This is a quirky place, with weird decorations everywhere, its poorly laid out and cramped inside. Who cares! Have you seen their labels? This is like being a kid and secretly shown into your best friends brothers room which used to be the garage. All sorts of crap and beer stuck in every available space. But its comfortable with no pretension. The staff are all very friendly and we were given a free sample within 30 seconds of sitting down. They don't have everything on tap but considering how extensive their beer list is I'm not surprised. They were also helpful with making drink choices and describing the different attributes of each beer. I had a sampling of 4 from the daily board, a chalice of XS Stout, a tour and sampling from the distillery side than finished off with a nice chalice of Gnarly Barley Wine. I could barely make it back to the free train. And as for atmosphere, we had a great conversation with some Bears fans from Chicago who were in town to buy a camero. Some playoff hockey talk from another couple from Philly and random conversation from two young guys up from California. This is an Ale house and its definitely all about the beer. If you do indeed like good quality and interesting beers that stray from the normal and are not too wrapped up in first appearances, then this is a must visit.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Rogue hasn't changed much since I was there nearly ten years ago. They still have cases upon cases of their beer in the dining area and bar area at room temperature. You'd think they would have solved the beer storage issue by now? No?

Good range of Rogue beers were available, and prices were reasonable as well. Service was a bit slow but not terribly bad. Would have liked some more interesting glassware for their beers too. The A/C seems to only cool the upper dining area and not so much the lower bar area - it was muggy/humid down there.

Please, please label the restroom doors.

Photo of Offa
3.2/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

This place is a bit disappointing, even though I already knew I had mixed and feelings about Rogue beers anyway, finding most I've had not to be very interesting and rather unbalanced.

As it is, the atmosphere is decent, but not great. The layout inside is rather odd, cramped, and uncomfortable and it is either really quiet if no-one is there or extremely loud if it's even slightly busy. It has one oddly open area that is too exposed feeling while most seating is crammed together in an odd layout. It has some outside seating, at least, but not much.

The food in our experience is good, but not amongst the best we've had at similar locations. It is also not particularly plentiful for the price.

The beer quality is good but not great, being basically Rogue beers. As mentioned, I find many Rogue beers to be some combination of unbalanced or, very standard, bland, and uninteresting, and in the case of Dead Guy, all of these. However, many of their beers are at least pretty good. On top of that, their beers are rather pricey.

Service is overall very sub-par and one thing that really brings this place down. We had one waitress who was pretty good, being very helpful, friendly and enthusiastic, but a bit scattered and inefficient. Another waitress was reasonably efficient, got the orders down, but was rude, taciturn, unhelpful, and very condescending. When we asked about the beer selection, she brusquely said that the list displayed was not updated very often and that some beers were out, but then when we asked which were no longer available, she just said "several" and that she didn't feel like bothering to name them. We got the same response when we asked if she could at least tell us which were still available. We proceeded to order three different beers in succession only to have her tell us each time that they were out and give no other help. She also practically sneered at us for some of our choices. The bar tender was similarly unhelpful.

Finally, as indicated above, the beer selection is not good and apparently impossible to determine from the list of beers presented. They were out of about half the beers listed on the chalk board, to say nothing of the printed beer menu and we were told that they don't bother changing it very often. On top of that, they had no cask beer even though the menu said they did. I find this inexcusable, especially since it was not particularly busy and they have a chalkboard, easy to change. I have so far been to only one other place that has a similar problem with updating beers - Hopmonk in Sebastopol, Calif., and anyone can read up on what I think of that place.

This is one place which I shall avoid when in Portland, which has a lot of much better places from which to choose.

Photo of DigitalEye
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

If I lived in Portland I'd probably spend an unhealthy amount of time at this place. There's not a lot of pretense here, its a pretty straightforward place that knows what it is and wants to be (an Alehouse) I loved the huge selection of on-tap beers and our server gladly let us have a few tasters before we ordered up the pints. I've given high ratings to Rogue because its offers everything I personally like an alehouse or pub to have, a large and varied selection of good quality beers, decent service and a comfortable atmosphere. Rogue hits on all points here.

Photo of shivtim
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

We stopped in here after dinner at Deschutes.
It's kind of a cool space. College bar meets sailor's bar. Pretty unique. The small crowd was a bit odd, and included two obvious locals who knew the bartender on a first name basis, a group of 21 year olds ordering pear ciders, and a couple of very drunk men from the coast guard who were talking to us about suburban Atlanta office buildings. The bathrooms are labeled "barley" and "hops" instead of F and M.
The bartender was friendly.
Tap selection was 16 from Rogue, plus a few random others. We didn't try any food.
This place is pretty interesting, and worth a stop if you're in the area.

Photo of squaremile
3/5  rDev -26.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Man what the heck is going on in this place? This might be the most awkwardly arranged building to dine in that I have ever been in. Weird beer and sports stuff and other bizarre stuff for decorations. They have an outrageously large taplist, pretty much every Rogue beer, but I give a 3.0 because the only two I actually wanted were out. The food was the definition of average. Basically this place is average in every way. I think it appeals to either a tourist crowd who wants a cheaper option than Deschutes, or groups of suburban folks wanting an "authentic" Portland experience. If you are from out of town definitely skip it.

Photo of portlandjeff
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

When I'm in bottle shop, looking for tasty treats to bring home, rogue beers rarely make it into my basket. In general, I just think there are better beers out their for the price.

Having said that, I really like visiting the Rogue Public House in NW Portland. The atmosphere is exactly what I like in a pub: dark, lots of stained wood, comfortable, casual, and without pretension.

The taplist is extensive, and always has a few beers that you can't find in bottles. I also appreciate the option to try beers by the glass instead of buying the expensive 750ml ceramic bottles of the the XS series beers (although the switch to 7oz nips recently will have me grabbing a few more bottles now too).

The staff at this bar is always top notch. Compared to some of the other brew pubs in town, they tend to be some of the most knowledgeable about what they're pouring, and they're usually happy to talk to you and answer any questions you have about what's in your glass.

The food is average. There's good stuff on the menu, but nothing inspired or particularly memorable. If I need to eat, I usually get that out of the way at Deschutes, a short walk away, before making my way to rogue to relax in a comfortable pub with a glass or a pint.

The prices for the beer are a bit higher than other bars charge when serving rogue stuff, but I understand the businesses decision not to under-cut their biggest customers - the other bars around town.

To get around paying extra, join the rogue nation, which is free, and entitles you to a discount on every beer you order.

Photo of djbreezy
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I really like the atmosphere in the bar and the bartenders and staff have always been incredibly friendly and attentive. There are tons of bottles available for purchase, as well as some of their spirits.

I enjoy the Shakespeare and Chocolate Stouts, as well as the Morimoto Soba Ale quite a bit. Rogue has a huge selection of taps.

I'm always glad to have another brewery in Portland and if you like what Rogue has to offer then this is a great place to check out. The menu is great and the food is delicious.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The first of 3 Rogue locations we visited during our Portland/Oregon Coast trip. The Public House is located on NW Flanders between 13th and 14th. Street parking is available all around.

The interior opens to a gift shop and bottle display which actually ends up bleeding into the entire bar area. There is table seating on the left side, with the bar on the right. Lots of Rogue breweriana is displayed including a surfboard. The available beers are listed on a chalkboard, and there are 4-beer samplers available of any beers using a photocopied order form. The seating in the bar is long community benches.

The beers at Rogue are consistently good. Many Rogue standards are available including beers from Elliot Bay, Eugene City and Issaquah. All the beers were good, with the John John and Chatoe Dirtoir being standouts.

Our bartender who was covering the bar area was very knowledgeable about the beers and was on top of things the whole time.

We did not try any food on this visit.

Overall the Rogue Public House is a must visit on any visit to Portland.

Photo of Clembo1957
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Slightly hard to find but thanks to Google Maps we got there in the end! The bar was fairly quiet on a Monday night so we went straight to the bar and got served straight away. I was Impressed by the range of beers, full Rogue Selection plus guests. Bar man chatted to us and finding we were British tourists he made a few recommendations and i had a pint of Tracktown 200 Meter IPA and wasn't disappointed. Good bar, friendly staff and a good beer selection. We didn't eat so i can't comment on the food.

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Rogue Ales Distillery & Public House in Portland, OR
92 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.