Active Beers: 56
Beer Ratings: 383
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 15 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by johnmichaelsen:
3.88/5 rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by yesterday afternoon for a late lunch.
The brewpub is fairly good size and is triangular shaped, with some raised seating to your left as you walk in. They also have a sizeable outdoor patio area in the front (which was packed on this particular gorgeous day in July), and then there is a modest size bar area as you walk in from the front area. There is lots of exposed wood inside otherwise, and the restuarant has a very relaxed vibe to it.
In terms of beer, there were 8 house beer selections the day I was here, as well as 3 guest beers (and one cider). Quality was pretty good I thought, and I really liked the wit, IPA and the smoked porter here. The Woody and Aztec were both interesting, but just not to my taste. The IPA was really, really good; a standout I thought, even in IPA rich Portland.
In terms of service, it was pretty good. The young lady who was serving me was fairly new and didn't know a whole lot, but she indicated that the other bartender was more knowledgeable and could answer any questions I had (which was true; he was very knowledgeable).
Food was OK. I was here during happy hour and ordered the HH nachos and wings. The wings were OK (this is just not a good town for wings, IMHO), and the nachos were pretty good.
This is a nice enough place, but I guess I wasn't as enamored with it as others. However, one thing I need to comment on about this place...
One thing about Portland that really stands out (above any place else I can think of) is the knowledge of the service staff, pretty much every place you go. The young woman working here reminded me of countless other service staff I've encountered over the years... she was young, pleasant and friendly, but knew next to nothing about the beer here. However, it's apparent that's not acceptable to the manager or owner here, as he had her sampling the house beers behind the bar, and was encouraging her to voice her opinion about the beers. My guess is that in another week or two, it will no longer be accurate for me (or anyone else) to say that she doesn't know a lot about the beers here.
07-25-2012 18:46:27 | More by johnmichaelsen
More User Reviews:
4.12/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Quite a bit north of the city-centre and east side establishments, but a good place to stop on the way back to Seattle. We stopped in here at Noon on a Sunday after a fabulous brunch at BEAST.
Fairly large split-level space, a bit 'sanitary' for my tastes, but we grabbed a few seats at the bar and watched some of the Seahawks game, so no worries.
Nice selection of beers - unfortunately they had run out of the bbl aztex the night before. still, was able to try the coconut pumpkin stout, grapefruit chamomile sour and sour newton. All pretty solid beers - wanted to try some more, but not on this day. I'll be back.
They have limited bottles to go as well - i wanted a Wanderlust, but they were also out of that. I did grab an Alan FtW though.
11-16-2013 21:23:04 | More by dirtylou
3.83/5 rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
finally made it inside; first two times i came here they weren't open. sad. atmosphere is ho-hum, there's a bar, some bar tables, and looks like seating up on the upper level. i don't know.
beers are great. this place knows what it's doing. i've had their beers on tap elsewhere and they are always A+.
food was really good too. everyone i was with loved the food, and the beers. and the waitress was cool too.
glad to visit the motherland, but if i can find their beer on tap elsewhere i'm just as fine with that.
10-26-2013 02:06:59 | More by elcrawl
Breakside Brewery in Portland, OR
94 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.