Hophouse - 15th Avenue
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Reviews by Redrover:
4.23/5 rDev +2.2%
I was able to stop by during my latest trip to Portland. Color me impressed.
They are located in a new, upscale sort of strip mall. There are tables outside for when the weather is decent. The décor is postmodern and well done.
There is a small bar straight ahead as you enter. It has two levels which I found a bit strange (one level for bar stools and one level for chairs). The blackboard behind the bar shows the current tap offerings. They had a great selection from session & Berliners all the way to lots of PNW IPAs & DIPAs. They also have a beer menu which contains information of the beers (ABV, brewery, notes, etc.). My beers were in great shape and served in proper glassware.
I had two different bartenders and both had a good grasp of the beers and were friendly and free with samples. It is a nice sign when a place like this hires folks who really know the beer.
Food was tasty with some nice happy hour specials. I enjoyed my Thai and pulled pork versions.
The place was crowded but not packed. It had a nice conversational buzz to it. The patrons I chatted with were very friendly. This would be a great local if I lived nearby.
12-13-2013 16:34:50 | More by Redrover
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3.83/5 rDev -7.5%
Located in the tony Irvington neighborhood, one of relatively few bars/pubs near this part of inner-NE Portland. It wasn't but a few years ago that this building housed a non-descript neighborhood market; the most recent iteration of the space now known as '15th Avenue Hophouse' was 'Mio Gelato', a favorite summer spot we'll miss. As such, no complaints that an upscale beer bar moved in next to the gourmet deli and the yoga studio. Makes sense.
I've visited a couple times now, and it's a generally pleasing albeit borderline sterile space. The vibe is clean and classy, 8 upholstered chairs at the bar, a half dozen tall tables to the left and more booths and short tables to the right. Floors are wooden and earth-toned walls are relatively free of adornment... which means sound travels and a noisy party of four can fill the space. Outdoor picnic-bench seating is there when the weather is nice (not on a wet & chilly January evening, however). A pair of muted flat-screens dot the walls and a musical medley that ranges from Radiohead's electronica to neo-psychodelic to twangy contemporary country: both confound me as to where this bar is aiming...
I've been twice now: once on a sleepy Sunday to watch a football game that seemed an afterthought and last night to meet a buddy for food and a pre-dinner pint or two. Beers (draught only) are a decent assortment of local/West Coast favorites: Ninkasi, Oakshire, 10 Barrel, Walking Man and Laurelwood among them... with Firestone Walker, Lagunitas, Stone, and Eel River representing points south. I opted for a Burnside ESB/Stock Ale as a first beer on this trip, with an Upright Dunkel to follow. Both were good, served as pints in a more elegant glass than the standard 'shaker'. About two dozen taps of beer, all told, with and handful more dedicated to cider and (oddly) house wines. A small cocktail list and some premium liquors was available if beers don't cut it.
I opted for 'Belgian fries' (basically steak-cut, skin-on potatoes), which came with a rather tasty tomato chutney; the previous visit included the heavenly wasabi deviled eggs. Other options include cheese curbs and poutine, a variety of sliders, soups and sandwiches. Not earth-shaking cuisine, but a lot better than average. Happy hour pricing ($4 for many plates) exists from 3-6pm and 9pm-close daily AND all day Sunday, so plenty of deals to be had. Also of note: local beers (Portland area only) are $1 off during HH. Growler fills are available of almost everything.
Service was 'fine': friendly enough, but a little preoccupied even when the room was almost vacant. However, when a glass was near-empty or a plate was clean, it was spot on.
A nice place, not a 'must visit'. Thoughtful beer list, some good deals on quality food and a comfortable feel that seemed (after 6pm on a Thursday) to be a hit in the neighborhood. Looks like they have Trivia nights, reduced priced 'sampler flight' nights... even the occasional meet-the-brewer, so the effort is there. It's worth supporting a place like this; I'll be back.
01-07-2012 02:14:32 | More by msubulldog25
4.18/5 rDev +1%
This place opened five months ago (August 2011) two blocks from my house with a lot of fanfare after initial squabbling from the neighborhood association because of their liquor license. The initial throngs of families with young kids has died down to a dull roar now that winter's set in and I can actually hear myself think in there. The 32 taps advertised on their side walk menu has yet to materialize but 24 or 25 well-chosen, mostly Oregon beers is fine with me. In addition to the 25 beers, there are usually a cider or two, and 3 or 4 wines (still no quite 32). They tend to sneak in a few heavy hitters like double IPA's, winter beers, imperial stouts from local, Bend or Southern Oregon breweries, which is what keeps me interested. The bulk of the beer list, however, you can find at all the other multitaps in town like Green Dragon, Horse Brass, Apex, etc. There are rarely Belgian options outside of an Upright selection which is disappointing. I admit there is some balance to their list as my wife can typically find a few session or wheat beers to her liking and there is virtually always an even mix of pale ales, IPAs/double IPA, stouts, ambers, lagers, wheat, etc.
The food has been surprisigly good but mostly limited to sandwhiches and dinner salads, which works for just about everyone we know. Their pulled pork sandwhich is damn good and their Thai chicken and portabella sandwhiches are tasty too. Someone ordered deviled eggs as an appetizer a while back which they thought were way overcooked, and I guess I agreed but had already stuffed my face with about ten of them so I must not have cared too much.
The place is small and when we lose the outdoor seating in the fall it becomes much smaller. There are probably 10 tables and 3 booths and a bar area with five stools barside and five or so small tables on the side. Their mixed drinks are good too. We had one of their "winter old fashioned" and a Sazerac Manhatten a few weeks back that were tasty. No Campari for my Negroni though (maybe thats changed since then).
01-06-2012 20:36:48 | More by aevarela
4.36/5 rDev +5.3%
This has only been opened for two weeks. They are a sister property of the Hawthorne Hophouse. I have never been to the Hawthorne location, but I really like this place.
Nice welcoming interior. We sat at the bar. 32 taps were lined up on a back wall with little space between them. Giant chalkboard above displaying what was in the taps. Not all were pouring beer. There were some ciders and at least one was pouring a wine. We didn't have any food since we had lunch prior to going. After looking at the menu we will be back for food.
Service was great. Beers were served in the appropriate glass for the style.
There was only one TV, so this would be a gret place to go if you don't want to worry about having to deal with the "sports game crowd".
All in all the place is great. I will be there again for sure.
09-11-2011 15:26:06 | More by MADhombrewer
Hophouse - 15th Avenue in Portland, OR
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.