Active Beers: 27
Beer Ratings: 622
Beer Avg: 3.6
Taps: 11 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by benito:
3.83/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Alameda Brewhouse, not Brewing Co, is sort of the middle child of Portland brewpubs. While their Black Bear Stout gets much love on BA and around town, their other beers fly mostly under the radar, as does the brewpub itself. There was a thread a while back on BA that discussed why this might be, and there was no strong consensus: in general, folks seemed to find that Alameda is a perfectly fine, respectable brew pub. I concur; yet I also know that I wouldn't put it at the top of my list to re-visit. And I don't know why.
Here's what I do know: Alameda is in a large brick building in NE Portland in a commercial strip surrounded by residential neighborhoods (welcome to Portland, right?). The interior is exposed brick/faux industrial, with cavernous wooden booths and several large TVs. I stopped in on election night 2008 to get a growler and have a little food.
They offer about six or seven beers and seem to have a pretty fixed line up. Their mainstays include the much-lauded stout, a wheat, IPA, porter (made with juniper), and a pale ale. The stout and IPA are both solid--though I don't know what all the fuss with the stout is about. They also had two seasonals on when I visited--a brown and an old ale, both of which were enjoyable as well. The real winner in their lineup, though, is the El Torero IPA. It has a whopping bitterness and bite, and what it lacks in balance it makes up for in flavor. Style-wise, it's probably more akin to an "imperial pale ale" given the unrepentant hop grandstanding, and it is tasty. I've occasionally seen this on tap around Portland, and if you can't make it out to the brewpub, it is worth grabbing a pint of this next time you see it.
The food and service were both dutiful and unremarkable.
It's rare that I find a brewpub to be just fine. Nothing either exceptional nor dreadful, though the IPA does come close to the former. I'm sure I'll pass through Alameda again and enjoy my time when I do.
And now I realize why this is so troubling. I want my brewpubs to be a little more controversial and edgy than Alameda. Only brewpubs with exceptional, I mean really exceptional beer can get away with being otherwise unremarkable (Imagine if HUB had bad beer...). I want something to ignite my passion; maybe I should just drink more of the IPA.
See if you have the same experience.
12-22-2008 00:48:56 | More by benito
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3.55/5 rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Very good beer selection and beers were very tasty. Very warehouse-like inside but that doesn't matter if the beer's good! Server was knowledgeable which always helps for first timers. IPA's and stouts were the dominant styles and very well crafted. Of all the options in the area, definetely worth a visit for travelers or locals.
07-29-2013 02:28:44 | More by SavageHopHead
Alameda Brewhouse in Portland, OR
89 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.