New Old Lompoc Brewery
Active Beers: 50
Beer Ratings: 538
Beer Avg: 3.73
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 33 | Show All Ratings:
3.49/5 rDev -4.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This review is for the newly rebuilt Lompoc tavern not the old one...the old location was way better.
Was excited to check out the opening of the new Lompoc Tavern. Its in the same location as the New Old Lompoc on 23rd. I loved the old place, I guess because I'm a big fan of divey places with character. The new one sadly has a corporate feel to it....reminded me of a Famous Daves or Rock Bottom kind of. The other thing thats a bummer is they no longer have their patio which was in my opinion the best place to sit outside and drink good beer in the city. They now have like 2 or 3 tables outside but its right on the busy sidewalk by 23rd. Food and beers are of course still pretty decent, just not all that impressed with the new place. Glad they have other locations in town.
11-19-2013 18:34:51 | More by loren01
3.8/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
It's with sadness and sentimentality that I review a place that's about to be demolished. In mere days (following the blowout sendoff 'Lompoc-alypse'), the walls will come crashing down on this archaic, but altogether lovable, gem of a brewpub.
While New Old Lompoc has been around only since the late 1990s, its fairly shabby, notably leaning wood-framed building towards the north end of NW 23rd has been around since the early 20th century. Creaking and sloped wooden floors, walkways that are far too narrow, a snug little bar at its core and restrooms that are laughably antiquated lend to a charm that will be next to impossible to replace. Lompoc's demise has been known for a while locally (with brewing operations moving almost entirely to the sister 5th Quadrant location in 2011) so we've had ample time to say 'goodbye', but that doesn't make the loss of the pub any easier to accept. She will be missed.
So it's with some remorse that I admit to having visited NOL only a handful of times during its headier days; of recent note, there was a fun PIB wrap-up party in the shade of the outdoor patio last July. Of late, I've tried to squeeze in a couple visits a month (working closer helps a lot), taking in the sun-soaked picnic tables on nicer days and holing up in a cozier nook on the overcast ones. Walls are covered in vintage advertising, historic photos, homages to 'bald guys' and the like. During baseball season, Red Sox games dominate the tube. Quaint, yes... kitschy, not at all.
Beer selection is good, usually between 8-10 NOL beers, with some perrenial standards like C-Note or LSD or Condor Pale and rotating seasonals like their fresh-hopped gems or the recently enjoyed Baltic Porter. Prices are around $4.50/pint, but drop to a paltry $2.50 on 'Miser Mondays'.
Although I've been at least a half dozen times in the last 3 months (and will probably visit another time or two before Saturday's closing), I can't say I've sampled too much of the menu over the years: Frankly, I just order the new England clam chowder almost every time and am never disappointed.
Service has always been a touch above 'OK', sometimes harried and inattentive, sometimes cheerful and generous with sample pours and conversation. Kind of a crap shoot, but that's fine.
Sorry to see the place go (but the promise is that NOL will be back in some form in Summer 2013). Cheers & best wishes, NOL crew!
04-25-2012 15:49:28 | More by msubulldog25
3.48/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Met up with a friend here last week, she was unfortunately late, but the wait staff didn't seem too bothered by me taking up a table for a while, so I appreciated their patience. It seems that there had just been some sort of incident that caused the staff to throw somebody out... something about the lotto machines. I didn't see them myself, but having lotto machines really decreases hy interest in a place, they're pretty un-classy. The interior is sort of similar to the horsebrass, but not as nice. Overall the place seems a little run down. The beer was decent, I can't recall what I ordered, I think it was an ESB, and my friend had a golden ale. The service was generally pretty quick, and the staff was nice. The food is pretty generic pub food, but they served it well, so nothing to complain about. Overall, this is an interesting place to go, but considering the variety of places in portland to check out, I don't know that I'll go again.
02-27-2012 01:52:49 | More by gkunkle
3.89/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Okay the service is bad. Not rude (which would preclude me from ever returning). Just inept. I now almost always sit at the bar with the often friendly and helpful bartenders. It seems like the regular waitstaff just doesn't care.
Anyway, the best thing is the very, very fair pinball machine. I love pinball but hate the machines that are rigged to eat the ball every 30 seconds. This one is very fun! Beer + pinball = HAPPY!
The beer is always amazing. I have never once tasted a Lompoc beer that I didn't think was very good (at least a B on the Beer Advocate system). The brewers seem to really take care in producing each beer and tweaking even the experimental brews for maximum pleasure and drinkability.
Since I'm vegetarian (mostly vegan) I rarely eat at brewpubs (owing to the lavish use of butter) so I cannot comment on the food, but friends tell me they like it better than most brewpub fare.
These guys always have a few rare and limited beers on hand, but the stars are the C-Note, Son of C (when available), and LSD. But pretty much everything they make is worthy of a taste.
Go for the beer. Go for the pinball.
* Of note: the back patio allows smoking (at least they did last time I went) and that is a big minus in my opinion... especially when it wafts into the pub and into the bar area.
08-28-2011 21:26:37 | More by cbarrett4
2.98/5 rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I pride myself on providing truthful and accurate reviews of the beers and beer places I have sampled. I can honestly say I have never been so infuriated as I was on my first visit to this seminal Lompoc outpost.
I have very much enjoyed the Sidebar, the Hedge House, and have found the bar help and esp. the brewers pleasant and informative, easy to talk to and always willing to offer up a sample of their latest wares. Unfortunately, this locale's help takes on the ambience of the neighborhood-aloof, unfriendly and uncaring. I stood at the bar for over 5 minutes waiting to order up a pint, had multiple servers and the bartender walk by me several times without a nod of recognition, a hello- and this was at a late afternoon juncture where I'd estimate they were at about 15% capacity. I walked out once, and said to myself, I enjoy the beers here and went back in, and the same thing happened. One of the brewers was sitting at the bar and he noticed this whole episode, and the look on his face said he was very embarrassed.
While I really like Lompoc's beers (the C-Note and LSD are usually in my fridge) I found the service at this location deplorable at best and inexcusable at worst. That being said, there's a nice covered patio in the back, the main bar and restaurant area has a nice well worn in feel, and the food is above average. However, the use of a chalkboard to indicate what the seasonal beers are would have been nice, the menu said ask your server, but given the lack of service I walked out and vowed I will never come in here again. The bartender in particular should be ashamed, worst service in town. I'm looking forward to going back to the Hedge House and the Sidebar, but I will NEVER go back here again. An all-time low for lack of service.
08-14-2010 15:59:39 | More by jdense
3.66/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped in here for a quick drink in the late afternoon. It's easy to get to using the Streetcar.
It's kind of a weird eclectic bar. Low-key with a random mix of locals. It's a cramped feeling space, with a low ceiling and no real open spaces. The bar is pretty small, and almost like a box, but has a couple of stools on several sides.
The selection was good. Eight of theirs on tap, plus four guest brews. However, Bud Light was one of the guest brews. Good quality on their brews.
The bartender was efficient.
07-03-2010 13:53:31 | More by shivtim
4.2/5 rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Updated 5/18...had a chance to enjoy a seat on the patio and this drastically improved my experience. All of the beers were on tap and I enjoyed a taster. Not a bad spot, not a bad spot at all.
The atmosphere in this place is like that of an old pub. It's fine, but nothing special. There isn't a ton of space inside, but it works.
I really like some of Lompoc's beers but their entire selection is not for me.
The time that I went here with a friend was our first visit. The server was pretty average and didn't return to the table much. The beer was good. The food didn't really deliver, but the menu looked decent.
Not sure if I'd go back...the Sidebar looks much cooler, but this one is close to where I live. Hmm.
03-12-2010 05:58:23 | More by djbreezy
4/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here on a Sunday night after we ditched the 5th Quadrant for crappy service. Walkied in with a seating area to the left and the bigger area to the right. Apparently there is a lrage patio outside as well. Grabbed a seat, service was attentive and I never had an empty glass. Selection was about 7 standards and 5 to seasonals including a very good porter, Imp Stout and of course, Old Tavern Rate. I opted for LSD, Old TR and C Note. All beers were average to very damn good.Food was ok and prices are very reasonable. Beer to go in the Mason jar or by bottle.
03-01-2010 16:27:18 | More by barleywinefiend
3.38/5 rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
My wife & I have visited this place numerous times since moving here in July. The pros are the atmosphere (seriously) including the hop-vine covered back porch, the water closet & yes even the surly & dismissive waitstaff. The NW 23rd location of New Old Lompoc is a ray of sunshine in this all too trendy stretch of expensive boutiques & cafe's.
The atmosphere is dumpy to be sure, but it keeps a lot of people out of the place who would invade if it started to look more like the Bridgeport Brewery down the street in the Pearl District. Like many places in the neighborhood, the porch is the gem of this bar. Nothing fancy, but it's cool during the hot PDX summer.
The quality of the beer is good, the c-note being the pinnalce for my pallet. It has the aromas and malt backbone that I tend to lean towards in an ipa. I also enjoy the Lompoc Strong Draft (LSD) which is always a safe bet as long as you are not in the mood for something with a stronger hop profile.
Service, is never quite friendly, no small talk or even a "how's everything" that I can recall, but they always seem to be around when your food or beer is running out, which really is all I need when I'm at the pub.
Selection: There is always something new to try, (recently a "monster mash" purported to be a strong porter, and some fresh hop brews) but happy hour restrictions on the seasonals (always check the big board for pricing info!) always push me to my standbys.
Food is standard bar food. Again we are always pleased with the Happy Hour portions of what we get. The calamari isn't half bad either.
Value: Did I mention happy hour? God I love Oregon. Beers are cheap during happy hour & one day a week beers are $2.50 all day. These are real pints too, another pleasant change from McMenamins & Laurelwood which are both nearby.
I will continue to visit this bar as long as I live nearby and will look forward to visiting when I move away.
10-16-2009 05:06:58 | More by mtnbiknma
3.3/5 rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $
New Old Lompoc, a dive brewpub, so to speak, is a good place to drop in for a quick drink. But the tiny bar and somewhat dirty and dingy feel to the place gave us little reason to spend a large amount of time here. Probably a better stop when you've already had a decent fill from elsewhere.
Available to drink is their regular lineup plus a couple seasonals. The beer was good with C-Note being worth the visit. Nothing fantastic to write home about, though. The Sockeye Cream Stout seemed a little sour, and the Summer Sunset Saison was a good "Americanized" Saision. Super cheap, $1 off pints on Sunday.
Service was ok...the bartender almost assuredly was nursing a hangover.
Not a bad place, but this location of New Old Lompoc falls slightly short of the high bar set for Portland beer joints.
10-01-2009 15:38:47 | More by wolffman17
New Old Lompoc Brewery in Portland, OR
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