Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Active Beers: 145
Beer Ratings: 9,001
Beer Avg: 3.91
Taps: 16 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
3.34/5 rDev -22.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3 | $$
This was stop #15 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here on a Friday for dinner and to try their beers. The place was busy but we were seated right away, and there were several empty tables around us. (Maybe the Friday rush was ending.) The entrance to this place was at the lower level of the building and steps up to the main floor were right inside the entrance. The interior seems more like a restaurant that a pub, but the use of wooden tables and chairs along with a good amount of wood trim helped the vibe.
We ordered a sampler of 7 of the 12 beers that were available to along with dinner. (We didn’t order any of the sours because we knew that we’d be going to the Barrel House during our trip.) The beers were all brewed to style, but none were very exciting so that all of them received a grade between a C+ and the only one that received a B. (The Oblique B&W Stout was our favorite.) Kind of disappointing was the Scarlet Fever Imperial IPA, which we didn’t feel was very hoppy, although it was a very tasty beer.
The food menu was okay as far as the number and quality of selections, etc, but we felt that there was nothing about our selections that made them anything out of the ordinary. This is an okay place to go for good beer and food, and we’d come back again when in the area, but we think that there are other, more exciting places in town that we’d go first before making this a destination visit.
06-27-2014 14:24:53 | More by Mothergoose03
3.4/5 rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3
The Raccoon Lodge is not a lodge as such, for there is no actual lodging. The original plan called for guest suites but apparently local zoning regulations nixed the idea. The "Lodge" itself consists of a restaurant / lounge upstairs and a full service sportsbar downstairs. There's also a balcony overlooking the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, and a secluded back patio and beer tent.
The upstairs restaurant has lodge-like decor with a casual ambiance that is tasteful if you dont mind lots of dead animals mounted on the walls. Also displayed are photos of boys sports teams that the lodge sponsors. The Raccoon either doesn't sponsor girls teams or prefers not to exhibit their photos.
It would appear that the owner of the place is a gun enthusiast. That would explain the animal heads and the Smith and Wesson memorabilia. Some people will find the mounted brass placard of the second amendment of questionable taste.
Downstairs is a full wet bar with two pool tables, video gaming machines and a large screen television. An enormous plate-glass wall allows viewing of the adjacent brewery. Theres one real dartboard, one real piano, no neon, and several dysfunctional air filters that fail to clear the air of cigarette smoke. I have it from a reliable source that the owner wont replace the filters and prefers to pressure wash them at infrequent intervals.
I happened to have met a patron of the Raccoon who does occasional work for them. He gave me a complete tour of the brewing facility and spoke very highly of the brewer, a man named Ron Gansberg. To hear my cohort tell it, Mr. Gansberg is quite a renaissance man. He not only brews beer but designs and engineers brewing apparatus. He also does all the on-site welding for which I can attest he possesses considerable skill. I'm also told that Gansberg used to make wine, speaks three or four different languages, and plays a toe-tapping mandolin.
So, how is the beer? Most of the beer at the Raccoon Lodge is passable but not exciting. Mr. Gansberg has a passion for occasional excursions into the territory of strong, well-aged, and barrel-conditioned beers of bold dimensions and ambitious character. These efforts are not always successful, but I cant help but admire their intrepid determinations. Its like a quarterback whos not afraid to throw deep: greater risk, greater drama, and occasional payoff. I had a fine cask conditioned imperial IPA on one occasion, but most other beers failed to stir my imagination. The beer lines at Raccoon must stretch at least eighty feet from the cold storage room to the tap. Eighty feet can make a strong beer tired. The drinkers best bet is one of the rotating seasonals. As for food, the wings I had were greasy but Im sure the restaurant has more appetizing offerings.
06-16-2004 03:00:51 | More by RedDiamond
3.8/5 rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Overall Raccoon Lodge is a decent place to grab a bite and beer. It's rather large and tends to cater to a broad range of clientele, not just the beer lovers. You'll bump into a lot of kids upstairs.
I prefer the downstairs bar. Good selection of beer. Good food with some vegetarian options as well.
Service downstairs was nice. The staff is friendly and appears knowledgeable.
Of note: The cascade barrel house is a far superior location with a greater variety of beer, better service, and much more knowledgeable staff.
08-28-2011 21:44:07 | More by cbarrett4
3.88/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Another good Portland brewpub, this one is on Hwy 10 just before you hit Beaverton. A large restaurant area upstairs gives the "lodge" its name, with high beamed ceilings, fireplace, etc. Beers are all good although none jumped out as truly excellent. They veer toward the light and drinkable end of the spectrum, rather than weighty, high-flavor high-octane superbeers. 5 regular beers on tap and 1 seasonal. Not a bad beer among the selection. There is a "den" downstairs, more of a regular bar with video gambling etc., with windows looking down on the rather spacious brewing facilities. Service is good and friendly. Food ranges from regular pub grub to more adventurous upscale food, all tasty. The real novelty on the menu is the fries: 5 kinds with 7 different dipping sauces. Part of the Raleigh Hills beer trifecta: you can hit this spot on a crawl that also makes stops at Dublin Pub and Raleigh Hills McMenamins.
11-12-2003 03:09:48 | More by Thrasher
3.93/5 rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This place is nice. Its got some really good beer like their Celtic Copper. The atmosphere is nice, I think its non-smoking or at least I haven't noticed anyone smoking there in the bar/eating area. Its not too loud and has a great atmosphere with a lodge type feel. Although there are animal heads on the walls, so if you are squimish about that sort of thing I wouldn't suggest going. There is also some pool tables and they often have live music outside along with a BBQ in the summer.
Bottom line: Good brews and good eats
02-25-2003 20:59:32 | More by Elemental
3.95/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5
Great fries and great beer. Hard to ask for much more. The upstairs resturaunt is quite nice and really give the "lodge" feeling they were going for. Downstairs is a small room with pool, a TV, bar, and a wall of glass overlooking the brewing equipment. This has been a great place to go with non-drinkers as well.
02-17-2003 18:35:16 | More by freed
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub in Portland, OR
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