Burnside Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 22
Beer Ratings: 316
Beer Avg: 3.62
Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by hopsbreath:
4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
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
More User Reviews:
3.02/5 rDev -23.2%
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
Burnside Brewing Co. in Portland, OR
89 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.