New Old Lompoc Brewery
Active Beers: 53
Beer Ratings: 569
Beer Avg: 3.71
Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Floydster:
4/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
We walked up to this old yellow building on our second day in Portland after a brief stop at Laurelwood up the street, we see a neon Budweiser sign and some other macro ones as well, that did not look very promising but I was sure wrong, do not be fooled by the looks of this place, right when you walk in, you realize that there is a lot of history in here, walk into the bathroom and it reminded me of an old European toilet, it was pretty packed inside when we arrived around noon full of Manchester United fans rooting on their team during the championship, very cool old school pub atmosphere, some interesting old bottles along the wall, we tried a lot of beers here and even went a second day to made sure we tried all ten, C-Note and two of their seasonals, the Brussels Stout and Le Chat Noir were the favorites, completely ignored their guest taps but they seemed to have around a dozen, all their beers were so good that there was no point of exploring others, we had chips and salsa here and they were pretty awesome, although a little expensive at four dollars for a medium sized plate, beers were pretty cheap, think three dollars and change for a pint, also their sampler sets were only $7.50, awesome place in a cool neighborhood, would definitely go back next time I am in Portland, recommended
06-07-2009 23:13:54 | More by Floydster
More User Reviews:
3.88/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great beers, great food, great new facility, great value, great happy hours. Service varies from acceptable to downright horrible. If I were the owner I'd can half the hipster douchebags who I've seen there. They're more concerned with making the next gig with their crappy band or macking on the cute girl at the bar to give a damn about the customers. Then again, if I could get away with it, those would probably be my priorities, too. Go for the great beers, superb food (wings, mole pulled pork soft tacos, fish and chips, and truffle fries come to mind) and deal with the PDX too-cool-for-school servers the best you can.
12-02-2013 03:43:09 | More by fitius5150
3.49/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This review is for the newly rebuilt Lompoc tavern not the old one...the old location was way better.
Was excited to check out the opening of the new Lompoc Tavern. Its in the same location as the New Old Lompoc on 23rd. I loved the old place, I guess because I'm a big fan of divey places with character. The new one sadly has a corporate feel to it....reminded me of a Famous Daves or Rock Bottom kind of. The other thing thats a bummer is they no longer have their patio which was in my opinion the best place to sit outside and drink good beer in the city. They now have like 2 or 3 tables outside but its right on the busy sidewalk by 23rd. Food and beers are of course still pretty decent, just not all that impressed with the new place. Glad they have other locations in town.
11-19-2013 18:34:51 | More by loren01
3.8/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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 -5.7%
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 +5.4%
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
New Old Lompoc Brewery in Portland, OR
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