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 loren01:
3.02/5 rDev -23.2%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | $$$
Went here the other day for beers. I had been putting off going to this place for quite some time, I've had their beers in bottles many times and their beers are pretty lackluster compared to the competition in PDX. We were going to grab something to eat as well but there was really not 1 thing on the menu that sounded good at all. They have a bunch of crazy wierd sounding stuff: Duck confit, Burger seared in duck fat, warm lentil salad....how about just some normal food please how hard would that be? We just did a beer flight, which some of the beers were ok but mostly blah. Went somewhere else for food. Probably my least favorite brewery in PDX
09-01-2013 19:48:07 | More by loren01
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4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
Burnside Brewing Co. in Portland, OR
89 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.