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Reviews by slander:
4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
Way up north from where we were, in a residential neighborhood that’s changing (evident by Phil sitting across from me). ‘Are you sure we’re in the…’ and there it was on the corner. Careful not to park in front of that guy’s driveway. Friday afternoon, Portland play...
Corner place of a bricky orange facade, with a yellow inlay and wood trim. Penned out front, 5 long slat wood tables with benched accompaniment on, well, the things look Jengaish, with pieces absent here or there. Off to the side above bicycle parking, there’s piping to a raised barrel platform, piping drop run to another barrel; a total water reclamation show. All this running from the rooftop garden, and feeding the plantings above the awning of rain barrels.
2 paneled garage doors up to the inside space, seemingly triangular, and a front side entrance on the corner. Concrete floors, and 2-tone grayish walls & ceiling, or seemingly so. Wood barrels with vertical boards listing house regulars, seasonals, & guest taps. Slight bar counter space off the 2 upright pillars, and 5 stooled barrel tables across the floor. To the rear, a straight bar laminate topped over something concretelike, with a panel base, and iron pieced foot rails. Seating for about a dozen on hightop chairs, plus a shorty end of seating another 3 on lows. The barback unit is a stretch of alternating vertical 4 x 8 blackboards listing tap selections & swag, narrower mirror panels, and shorty wide boxed shelving for growlers & shirts. Drop copper cone lamps over the bar, and spots from the ceiling. TV’s in the corners showing the kick off of the Olympics. It’s involved. Framed mappings from an atlas in the hallway to the bathrooms off the bar, one of which is east coast hero New Jersey, and others about. Up a ½ flight of stairs to a perch where the kitchen lives, and a seating space with a dozen tables & booths, and a large party table on center. Good views over all that is below.
2 towers of 6 each along the bar, a dozen in all. 4 house regulars (Wit, 4.4%, coriander, a bit of chamomile; Dry Stout, 4.2%, roasty, chocolatey, dry, pleasant; Aztec, 9.4%, Strong Ale with cayenne, habarnero, & serrano, light heat, Win!; IPA, 6.9%, citrus, pine, and some good bitterness, a nice IPA), 3 seasonals (Yakima Valley Sour Ale, 3.2%, meh, okay, not so meh, just lightly sour; Old Woody, 9.2%, Old Ale, molasses, it’s real fuckin’ good for 9%+; Smoked Porter, 5.8%, decent body, light smokiness), and 5 regional guest taps; 4 beers (Double Mountain Kolsch, Terminal Gravity IPA, Everybody’s Local Logger, The Commons Urban Farmhouse Ale), and a cider (Two Towns Cider). Played the sampler game; comes with 4 regulars and you choice of 2 more, served on a 6-slat paddle. The Dry Stout, Aztec, IPA, & Old Woody were the best of ‘em.
And food. Jon ordered the nachos with pulled pork (they were really goddamn good), Phil, the Chipotle tomato soup, and I stupidly ventured unto the fire roasted jalapeno poppers stuffed with a blend of cheeses, chorizo, and whatever turns wayward children around. It was a bad pepper scene, almost as bad as the St Anselm Shishito incident of past pain. What I didn’t (read: couldn’t) eat of them were boxed to go so that Annie could sample and tell people she defeated them.
Jennifer Connelly served and was pleasant, lovely, funny, and all that. She likes the sour, but was liking, too, on the IPA. And a bar manager type guy came around, asking what we liked, too. Nice folks, although some guy then showed up and started fiddling tunes. I don’t know if it was sanctioned or what, but nobody batted an eye. Good neighborhood feel, and the drink was on.
11-26-2012 14:09:04 | More by slander
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3.73/5 rDev -12.2%
This was stop #16 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here on a Friday evening just to try their beers. The place was packed elbow-to-elbow, and very noisy, which must be an indication of the overall quality of the beers and their food. We would have liked to wait the 40 minutes that the hostess said it would take, but after ordering a beer at the bar, fighting the crowd and the noise level we decided to leave. So this review is based on some assumptions of what we observed and experienced. Our only beer was the Breakside IPA, and it was very tasty. We didn’t get to look at the food menu, but the look and aromas of the food at nearby tables makes one think that this place is well balanced with great beer and great food.
If we are ever in town again we’ll go back here at a less busy time so that we can experience what that large crown was enjoying the night that we were there.
06-27-2014 14:26:43 | More by Mothergoose03
Breakside Brewery in Portland, OR
94 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.