Burnside Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 21
Beer Ratings: 292
Beer Avg: 3.64
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 9 | Show All Ratings:
3.02/5 rDev -23.5%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | $$$
Went here the other day for beers. I had been putting off going to this place for quite some time, I've had their beers in bottles many times and their beers are pretty lackluster compared to the competition in PDX. We were going to grab something to eat as well but there was really not 1 thing on the menu that sounded good at all. They have a bunch of crazy wierd sounding stuff: Duck confit, Burger seared in duck fat, warm lentil salad....how about just some normal food please how hard would that be? We just did a beer flight, which some of the beers were ok but mostly blah. Went somewhere else for food. Probably my least favorite brewery in PDX
09-01-2013 19:48:07 | More by loren01
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
In its 1.5 years+ in existence we've visited Burnside probably a half dozen times, often for happy hour, but occasionally for dinner. The location is easy to reach from downtown, a recessed corner space at E Burnside and 7th, mere blocks from the Burnside Bridge. There's a well-landscaped fringe around an asphalt parking lot (outdoor picnic tables in nice weather) and separate entrances for the restaurant and brewery. Inside is spacious but fairly spartan, with an 'open' kitchen and a dozen-seat bar, tall ceilings, concrete floors.
For its first few months, Burnside turned off my wife simply because they have an arguably-sexist logo, a crawling female silhouette (think big rig mud flaps) with a forked tail and stein in hand. Then one summer night (post happy hour) she was convinced to go and we've BOTH loved the place ever since (she has since overcome her aversion to the logo...).
Beers are generally good to very good... to very VERY good; I'm a big fan of the Stock Ale and Sweet Heat (apricots and scotch bonnet peppers on a wheat ale base). On our most recent visit (Friday night), there were a number of new beers, including: Thundarr the Bavarian (weizenbock?), Lime Kolsch (delicious and refreshing on a 100-degree day), Smokey the Beer (smoked London Porter) and Big Chewy Red (brewed with chocolate malt and Fuggle hops). Perhaps my favorite ---and most interesting--- was 'International Incident' (formerly 'Kali-Ma') - which is sort of an imperialized version of 'Sweet Heat' but with fenugreek, cardamom & cumin added. Trust me, it's delicious!
As good as the small but diverse beer menu is, food is even better. On every visit, we've been impressed by both the menu 'standards' and specials. I love the 'Cohiba Cigar' as an app (duck confit and cracklins, wrapped in collard greens), but burgers and sandwiches are terrific across the board. On this night, the special was the 'Ridiculous Burger', a $26(!!!) feast of stacked meat and decadence that included lobster, pork belly and fried plantains that was a bit too rich for us but certainly sounded amazing.
Service was friendly and attentive outside for our late-arriving group of 6, fine with splitting checks (sensibly pre-divided according to where we sat). On other visits, typically sitting at the bar, service has been good as well, chatty and sometimes liberal with the tasting samples.
All in all, one of the better brewpubs in all of Portland --- one that *could* fall between the cracks, but shouldn't...
08-20-2012 21:18:26 | More by msubulldog25
3.7/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A nice little place just over the bridge in east Portland on Burnside (that's easy to remember). Some outside tables and a rather large inside area for a craft brewery. Food? I'm not sure...I stayed outside to drink.
Got the flight of all nine beers. Service was good, but a tad absent. This could be due to a large group inside. Not a big deal, but it left some wonderings. Good stuff in them there glasses. Not a bad price either.
I think this is a close-to-must-stop in Portland. Not the best stuff, certainly not the worst, but the location is great (with several hotels within about 4 blocks radius). Fo' sho' I will return when I'm back in Portland
08-01-2012 20:41:44 | More by Mebuzzard
3.56/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Visited Burnside Brewing Company while waiting for our table at Le Pigeon (fantastic restaurant) this weekend. Spent only about 30 minutes here, all of which consisted of having a beer sampler that covered the board outside at a nice picnic table. Server was friendly and stopped by frequently to see if we needed anything. She didn't have much beer knowledge though.
About a dozen beers on tap and the house brews were nothing special at all. The Alter Ego and the Sweet Heat were probably my favorites. Prices were ok and while I probably wouldn't go out of my way to visit this place, it is a good place to sit outside on a nice day killing some time waiting for a table at Le Pigeon.
09-06-2011 05:56:47 | More by koopa
4.16/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A shiny new brewpub that features some pretty good and often wacky and wild beer. The atmosphere is rather nice. Lots of windows for people watching (wondering why in the hell there were about 10 or so mariachi musicians walking down the street with their guitars in hand in Portland...). The beers are artfully crafted and unique. I cannot really stress enough the uniqueness of the beer!
Service is attentive, the only drawback was the bartender never smiled... nor frowned... just had this stoic expression all evening. And I don't think he spoke more than three words all night. But the service was quick and respectable.
Selection of beer could be better. I would like to see a few extra taps, maybe a couple of cask conditioned brews. But the core lineup plus one or two oddities is rather good. But I go to these places for the beer not the food (vegan remember?) so I want to try a variety of things on each visit and still have a desire to return. But I understand from others that the food is exceptional. I mean, they say 5 star quality. But sadly not for me...
Worth a visit. At least once.
08-28-2011 22:44:11 | More by cbarrett4
4.16/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Solid spot with some pretty tasty brews. I ordered the sampler tray and a pint of the IPA after I finished the sampler. I was impressed with the unusual selections. They had an Apricot and Scotch Bonnet Wheat Ale that was quite spicy and a mesquite and applewood smoked beer as well. The IPA was tasty as was the double IPA. The oatmeal pale ale was unique and definitely worth trying.
I was there later in the evening on a Thursday so the restaurant itself was pretty quiet (no one really eating at the tables) but I can imagine the atmosphere during dinner being pretty nice and they have some nice outside tables. Service was good but not difficult to serve me as there were only a handful of people at the bar. The bar itself was nice, very long. Nice space.
Selection worked for me as they had 7 quality beers on tap. Had not heard about this place before and I would definitely go back if I was in the area. Check it out.
08-17-2011 04:33:05 | More by colonelforbin
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Been wanting to eat and drink at Burnside for a while and last night I finally got over there for some noshing. The wife and I met up with some friends there to kick off the evening. Located right between E Burnside and Couch, it honestly looks kind of like a sports bar from the outside. Upon entering we quickly realized this was no ordinary pub. Candles on tables, waiters with ties, and custom elegant pint glasses gave a touch of flair. Some exposed brick and raw wood rafters completed the industrial chic feel to the place.
It can't be stressed enough how clean the place was from the floors to the bathrooms. Attention is paid to the details that matter and the aroma from the kitchen never competes for musky pub smell. Three cohibas came to our table of four. Collard greens surrounding a crispy wrapper filled with duck confit imparted salty and appetite inspiring ducky goodness that was very intense. Up next was the kobe burger seared in rendered duck fat. I asked if they would cook it medium-rare and the answer was an instant yes! Add that to my very short list of restaurants willing to cook a burger that pink. House made pickles, house made ketchup, and a house made hop bun sandwiched the meat along with some grilled sweet onions and a leaf of lettuce. Instantly one of the best three burgers I've ever had. I should mention that the menu is ala carte so I did not get any fries although they are available as a side.
The beer was the draw that initially brought me to the door. I remember reading about a beer that was brewing at Burnside called Gratzer and was a smoked wheat ale. That was unique sounding enough to catch my interest but unfortunately was not on tap for my visit. For $5 a pint I ordered the scotch bonnet infused wheat ale (Sweet Heat) and the Oatmeal Pale Ale. I also got tastes of the IPA and Stout. The Sweet Heat was a good wheat beer but didn't deliver the heat I was looking for. The IPA and Stout were clean enough with no off flavors but were also forgettable didn't seem very inspired. The Oatmeal Pale Ale was the standout beer of the night for me. The smooth character of the oatmeal complimented the wonderful biscuit flavor that I suspect came from some British ingredients. I didn't get a growler ($10 fills) but plan on going back to get one soon enough. Pints are $3 before 6pm and all day Wednesday for one of the best happy hour deals I know of in town.
The bottom line... Food is great and the beer is average Portland quality which is still very good overall. Hungry potential patrons looking for a place without a ton of hype and delivering on value, will get this as a recommendation from me.
04-04-2011 08:27:45 | More by hopsbreath
3.85/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Have been keeping an eye on this place for a while on their web page waiting for them to open. Finally got the word and made sure to get there and try some of their selection.
Located in a pretty good spot on Burnside with awesome visibility, i expect this place to get a lot of activity in the future just because of it's location to the street and to Green Dragon, Cascade Barrel House and others. Their brewhouse is small and housed next door to the restaurant. I had the opportunity to talk to the experimental brewer (home brewer) who told me he does work creating recipes that will then be adapted to the brewery.
Like most new brew spots, this place had a reasonable selection of taps and 2 of their own as well. I had a chance to try each. They had a pretty refreshing IPA (an obvious must in PDX) and a more outlandish beer style a Gratzer, a light smokey wheat beer.
Didn't get a chance to try the food but the prices were reasonable and the beer was affordable. They have a lot of space in this place if they were to hold an event it would probably be awesome!
02-09-2011 22:09:14 | More by Brewbro000
4/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Burnside is the newest brewery in town. Though they are new they seem to pretty much have their shit together.
Burnside has a modern somewhat upscale atmosphere to it. There is a nice large bar that looks on to the open kitchen. It can seat around 86 people. Every time I visit Burnside it is full or very close to full. Last time I went I got the last seat in the bar and it was not even the weekend.
The service is ok. It depends on what server you get though. A few of the servers previously worked at roots along with the owner and brewer. My one complaint with the service is that the bartender did not ask if I wanted a food menu, he just took my beer order and walked away. I had to wait another ten or fifteen minutes to get his attention and get a food menu.
The beer selection is pretty good. They only have three of their own beers on tap right now but all three of them are exceptional. Also more beers are coming. They also have a fair number of guest taps though I paid little attention to them as I was more than happy with the three house beers Burnside had available: the graizer (light colored smoked beer), IPA, and the oatmeal pale ale.
The beer is somewhat adventitious and unique and so is the food. The food they serve is kind of slightly upscale modern French bistro with a Pacific Northwest twist though they also have classic bar food (hamburgers and other things). They make their own pickled vegetables and they even pickle pig trotters. All the pickled vegetables were fantastic I even liked the pickled pig trotters. They also make their own salami and other cured meats. They have a lot of menu items featuring duck and they have daily seafood special. I recommend the duck confit wrapped in a crispy crape which is then wrapped in a collard green leaf for an appetizer. All the food I have had there have been amazing though it is not cheap.
Overall a great place to go get a nice bite to eat and enjoy some great beer.
02-05-2011 20:39:32 | More by chumba526
Burnside Brewing Co. in Portland, OR
89 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.