Taps: 50 / Bottles: 200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 30 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by rikatine:
3.23/5 rDev -24.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
We went to Apex as a part of our walking tour of beer venues in the SE. We were there on a Tuesday, shortly after noon. It is on a interestingly busy little corner, with Beermongers, Los Gorditos, and Double Dragon. Lots of outdoor seating with large umbrellas. Heading inside with the "open to the outside" seating was cool.
That tap list was stacked after their anniversary event over the weekend. We had the Boneyard Nefarious, 6oz for $5 and the Boneyard Armoured Fist CDA Both big beers. Sippers. Awesome chance to try there two beers.
Atmosphere and service here did not impress us at all. Although we were greeted when we came in, of course we needed a minute to study the tap list. After that we were left hanging a little longer than we would have liked. The bartender was busy doing chores. We chose to sit out at the picnic tables 'cause we just weren't feeling the heavy metal music indoors. We decided to move on after one beer since there are so many places, too little time.
06-09-2013 15:39:16 | More by rikatine
More User Reviews:
4.52/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
If you don't like this place, you hate beer and life. Summer time - doors rolled up, hard rock & "metal" (ahem, not REAL metal, but anyways), huge patio area out front on Division Street, beer selection. Cash only, I do believe, but they have an ATM for your "convenience". While you're there, ya gotta make time for the Beer Mongers across the street - bottle shop that reeks of awesome, & ya might even catch a li'l badass young jazz trio freestylin' some jams. Miss Apex and you miss out. When in PDX, this is at the top of your list (if you love beer like you think you do). Portland = BEER, and Apex is the apex of beer in Portland, jus' sayin'. God I miss PDX in the worst way :(
03-08-2014 23:19:48 | More by brewtalthrone
4.88/5 rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
First time in Portland. First bar we went to. Came highly recommended by friends. Amazing draft selection. Heavily focused on IPAs it seemed, just what I needed for my first time in Portland.
Digital draft menu was cool.
Clean bathrooms with funny graffitti on the walls
Bar tender, i forgot her name, was really great and knew what she was talking about.
Open late. Was not crowded. Not much of an opportunity to mingle with other patrons.
03-01-2014 23:28:30 | More by AnIslandOfGeese
4.31/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | $$
We all dined at this fancy restaurant called Roe and as we were driving down Division, it turns out that Apex is about a mile away! So let's check it out...
Apex reminds me of some of the best beer joints in Austin, with that big patio and chairs outside and the low-lying shack-like building behind it. Breweriana inside, music not too loud and not crowded on a Saturday night. It's all good, particularly after reading so many bad reviews about this place and the employees. The place is small, though, and there are one or two employees only, so I can see how it could get crowded and slow (in fact, as the night progressed, music got louder and service slower).
Their beer selection is outstanding indeed. So many rare, strong and barrel-aged beers! On tap, I tried Banished Double Cross ($4, 6-oz), Against the Grain Attila Hen ($1 taste), Mikkeller Frederiksen ($5, 6-oz). And beyond, they had Black Albert, Pliny, Evil Twin Ashtray, John Barleycorn'10, Midnight Sun Moscow, Beer Geek Mus, Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti, De Garde Spears Gin Barrel Wild Ale... you get the picture. This is my kind of tap list.
I love the different servings and small portions, and how the bartender warned me about the flatness of Bourbon Fred.
Don't miss the bottle list. One of the best I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot). I had a Hair of the Dog Bourbon Fred'11 for eighteen bucks, and they have Fifty Fifty Eclipse, Firestone PNC ($50), Cherry Adam'08 (sixty bucks).... browse and be amazed.
I would say the only negatives here are the silly cash-only policy (although they do give you a one-dollar discount if you show your ATM receipt) and the fact that is is a smallish place with not much atmosphere. But the beer more than makes up for that!
02-18-2014 23:42:06 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.24/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | $$
The staff just doesn't make an effort to explain the beers to customers. The board with the beer list doesn't give enough information to justify the bartenders not offering constant help. The selection is absolutely amazing, but with most of the foreign beers they are not in English so there is no way to even tell the beer style.
02-18-2014 01:42:57 | More by bryc9194
Apex in Portland, OR
95 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.