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Alameda Brewhouse

Not Rated.
Alameda BrewhouseAlameda Brewhouse
BEER AVG
3.57/5
Based on:
30 Beers
684 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Taps: 11
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

4765 NE Fremont St
Portland, Oregon, 97213
United States
phone: (503) 460-9025

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @alamedabrewing

Notes:
Opened 1996
Hours: Su-Th 11am-11pm; F-Sa 11am-12am
Happy Hour: M-F 3-6pm
Head brewer: Carston Haney

(Place added by: Jason)
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Reviews by benito:
Photo of benito
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

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4.04/5  rDev +3.3%

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2.36/5  rDev -39.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of dcscientist
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

I really enjoyed my visit here. Great food, excellent house-made beers on tap, TVs, has pretty much everything you want. If I get back to Portland I'm really going to make an effort to get back here.

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4.88/5  rDev +24.8%

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2.68/5  rDev -31.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of SavageHopHead
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.34/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I stopped in here on an quiet afternoon. The ball game was on and a few people were in there... the place had a good local vibe to it. I liked the service and the beers were pretty solid, but I really liked their Black IPA especially... I had to buy one on the way out. I did not try their food as I was trying to do the Portland food cart thing at the time. They had good selection, and one beer that was very unique that had a spice in it... I can't recall if it was garlic or something like it. I appreciate any effort like that even if I'm not crazy about the beer. If I ever get in the area again, I would be more than happy to stop here again.

Photo of bradleyp
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I went to Alameda twice in a four day period. First time was after I dropped my girlfriend off at PDX, and the second time was when I picked her up from PDX. She was looking for a place to eat, and since I was just there, I figured she would want to check it out as well.

It's right outside a neighborhood, and is easily missed if you don't see the sign out front. When I first walked in, I got a face full of hop aroma. The brew tanks are right near the entrance, so it's hard to miss that smell. I went the first time around 11:15 AM right after they opened. There was only one other couple there, so I was lucky enough to get my beer quick (Siberian Imperial Stout - Seasonal) and my food came rather quick as well (Reuben). Second time I was there, I had some really nasty nachos from their happy hour menu. The Humus plate my GF had was pretty good however.

There are a couple of TV's showing nothing but ESPN, and there is a bathroom with one toilet, and the door doesn't lock. So be careful not to walk in on anyone while they are on the toilet.

Photo of jdense
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Visited 8.12.2010.

Located in PDX Fremont District, close to Beaumont Market, Alameda operates on a relatively small 5-barrel system with plans to expand in the near future. All their house brews are of high quality with their award winning Stout their signature brew. However, the addition of several pub-only offerings (including a tasty CDA) and their latest addition to their bottled products, Yellow Wolf DIPA, only increase the allure of the brewery. While I didn't have any food, they have a significant menu with generous portions from what I saw on my visit. The help, including both the barstaff and the brewers, was friendly and willing to help. While I don't hang out in this part of town too often, I will be sure to stop by to check on their pub-only offerings in the future. A worthwhile stop after filling your cooler at Beaumont Market.

Photo of Docer
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Just back...

Nice family joint.. really a big box fixed up like a nice little neighborhood brewery... small barrels.. felt right at home.

Quality seemed high... menus a bit worn, coasters old... but quality is still up there...

Great service, waitress was prompt.. didn't take her time at all, and the food was rather quick.

Great selection for what most pubs offer.. I had the copper top club at the time... but only seasoned fries came with it and that's it.. no other options..

Food was top-notch and would eat there again for sure...

Average to high prices.. as joints in trendy family locations usually are... but good value, and some very tasty brews that stand out as some of the best micros around Portland...

They fill growlers too!

Photo of jjboesen
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Outwardly looking like your average storefront, Alameda Brewhouse is set up with a small bar area, several brewing tanks placed in a corner, and several tables, including a line set along the large windows looking out onto NE Fremont.

Though located some distance from the downtown core - it's actually closer to the airport, it can be reached via Portland's excellent public transit system (Bus 33 goes right past the door.)

During my visit, I tasted: Klickitat Pale Ale, Turk's ESB and their stout Black Bear XXX. I enjoyed my visit; twas a comfortable and relaxing beerhall environment well worth the trip.
Two beer-covered thumbs up!

Photo of BeerZack
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere is cool. Big open warehouse with some nice design elements (booth backs) to make it seem more upscale than beer hall. Would recommend this place for food and drinks, not the atmosphere you want to grab a beer at the bar really. Selection is house beer only, but had at least 8 or 9 taps including the seasonals and nitro rotator. Beer was solid. Nothing really caught my fancy, but the seasonal Bock was good as well as the El Torerro (organic) IPA which was nice and fruity smelling, but a bit too astringent. Waitress was very nice and accommodating. A tad pricey ($10 beer sampler), but I have no complaints.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.38/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I would put this in the top 3 brewpubs to visit if you're in Portland. First of all, it's incredibly easy to get to/find. Lots of streetside parking available.

Atmosphere and achitecture are really neat. Sort of industrial simple post-modern somethingorother. Burlap bags and concrete have never gone so well together before.

By all means, get a sampler. There wasn't a beer on it I did not enjoy. There's a nitro, and atleast one organic.

Food menu is real nice. Reasonable prices too, you won't be dissapointed. Can get a bit crowded during dinner hours, but i think only during weekends. They have a couple tables outside, preferable, but not usually available.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Cool place that served as a nightcap for a long day of great beer, great food and great company. Dessert choice? XX Black Bear stout, on nitro tap, which was an excellent choice: creamy, robust and chocolately. Only saw their own beer on the menu, about 6 regular brews and one seasonal (an amber that was described as an altbier).

Service was good. A bit surprising that is was sparsely populated at 9:30 PM on s Saturday night. Atmosphere was interesting (a mix of arty cafe and high-ceilinged warehouse). Didn't stay long enough to get a sense of the general crowd that frequents the place, the consistency of service or food quality, but what I did soak in was cool. Would definitely go again just for another XX Black Bear.

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