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Horse Brass Pub

Not Rated.
Horse Brass PubHorse Brass Pub

102 Reviews
Reviews: 102
Visits: 139
Avg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
Taps: 74
Bottles: 26
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

4534 SE Belmont St
Portland, Oregon, 97215-1636
United States
phone: (503) 232-2202

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @horsebrasspub

Place added by: sinistersteve

Weekdays: 11:00am -2:30am
Weekends: 9:00am - 2:30am
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Reviews: 102 | Visits: 139
Photo of msubulldog25
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was just looking for my review, and realized...damn...I've never written one. Within 12 hours (or so) of the Immortal Don Younger's passing, I'll post now.

Between the years 1999 (when we moved to Portland) and 2008, I could count the visits to the venerable Horse Brass on one hand (well, maybe two), despite being a burgeoning fan of craft beer. Something about the smoke, er, I mean the ~~~SMOKE~~~. As a lover of clean air I guess we chose to avoid the place for it's acrid layer of fogginess... and that was OK.

After a Jan 1, 2009 ban on all things smoky + indoors, things changed; we actually LOVED The Horse Brass (despite the protests of publican Younger and his veiled threats to close the place should the banning law pass). We visited the Horse Brass at least once a month since.

So here you have, in my opinion, what could be the most 'authentic-feeling' pub this side of England. Behind an unassuming facade of red brick lies a true gem: blackened wood floors, nooks and crannies galore, booths and benches, yellowed club banners and dart boards. It's a thirty (plus)-year-old pub that feels every bit of a hundred-year-old pub. Behind a mug-strewn, fairly untidy bulk of a bar, 50 or so taps and a healthy selection of cask handles are all manned by an able and often affable barman. Often Mr. Younger was found occupying a stool 'round the right end of the bar. A dark (and frankly kinda dingy) feel, but 'real'...

Horse Brass has its fair assortment of 'house' beers, among them those of Hair of the Dog; it's one of the few places you can always procure a pint of Blue Dot IPA. Besides that, the regular assortment of fine British cask ales can't be beat. Never look at the on-line (of late) taplist, because it's liable to have changed a few times over.

For all the times, I've visited (whether for the occasional Pub Night, the tour for the out of town guest, the late-afternoon 'lunch' or whatever) I've never been anything less than 'comfortable'. Entering Horse Brass feels like 'home' for a beer-drinker, and lovely, oft greasy, comfort foods like the infamous Scotch Egg or, frankly gorgeous, Fish & Chips only extend that vibe.

An institution, and a 'must-visit', when in Portland. It'll just be a little lonelier now that Don's physical presence isn't lingering at the bar... though I trust his spirit will hang around a long, long while...

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Photo of oregone
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A knockout joint really without being distinctive in any individual category (except being a damn good value!). Good selection of brews, and pricing is very solid. I mean, $5 for an imperial of Fred? That's stupid cheap and invites wanton debauchery. Solid pub fare (scotch eggs!) that delivers the necessary satisfaction for a style that will never wow, but does so veeery affordably. This place is cheap for what you get. Atmosphere is warming and comfortable. Nailed the pub feel. Service was slow/mediocre but knowledgeable which compensates somewhat.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Great selection of ales, both local and regional. It was also refreshing to have a server know something about the beers, and to recommend an IPA from actual drinking experience. Full Imperial pints were served as well, which is the way it should be.

Atmosphere was a bit run down compared to what I was expecting but it had plenty of personality nonetheless. Restrooms could use some improvement.

Food was alright as far as the boxty goes, and dessert too. Prices were within normal range for Portland area. Easy to find location.

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Photo of MURF0320
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A dimly lit English style pub. About 40 draughts and usually a couple casks. The majority of the beers are local to the area and aren't extremely hard to find, but still fairly impressive. Come here to unwind, shoot some darts, and have a couple of pints. Had my first Pliny the Elder here!
Bartenders are not rude, but kind of quiet and uneventful. I've never actually had any food here, have no idea if its good or not.
Pliny, Blind Pig, Tricerahops, Hop Lava...Cask version of the Youngers Special Bitter is hard to find anywhere else and it's pretty good.

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Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I visited the Horse Brass Pub for lunch while in Portland on business.

This place is located in a mixed residential/commercial neighborhood. The building itself is pretty nondescript form the outside...judging from the architecture and small amount of signage you would never know there was a pub inside unless you already knew about it.

Entering was like stepping into another world. Very dim lighting, lots of well worn woodwork, and loads of English pennants and other "bits and bobs" hanging around. A real dartboard in the corner, English style bar with 25 taps or so, and no TVs in sight. Great atmosphere!

The beer list was not overly huge, and there was some pedestrian stuff on there, but there was also some real gems in there too. I had one of the better pints of porter I have ever tasted and my wife had a pint of bitter. The food was authentic English pub food (scotch eggs, fish and chips, ploughman's lunch, boxty's, etc).

Service was fine, but then again the place was mostly empty on my visit. Prices were extremely fair. All in all a great place that probably deserves the legendary status it has in the beer world.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Finally made it to the famous Horse Brass Pub! So you walk in through some Iron Gates and through an old wooden door into what I would imagine it would be like to walk into a true English pub...noisy, busy, a bit dark and very rustic. The bar has probably thirty taps along with some basic liquor available for shots but no mixed drinks or anything. The decor is very old and rustic and English, lots of English flags on the ceilings. A dart board in the corner with a chalkboard to keep score on. The furniture is all wooden and worn, very rustic. The quality of the taplist is good, I would say it was great but honestly the variety wasn't all that impressive. Lots of IPA's (typical of the NW) and a few seasonals and a couple of standouts (Supplication) but I was surprised to realize I had tasted the majority of what they had on tap. Our waitress was prompt with our order but after our beer and food came she was like a ghost, tough to track down for a second beer and when we needed the check. The food was pretty cool in that it was true, traditional English pub food. I had the fish and chips of course and they were delicious! Nothing mind blowing but everything you'd want/expect from a pub. The prices were very reasonable...all in all it was a great experience and I can't wait to go back!

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Photo of squaremile
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I have mixed feelings about this place. When I first moved to PDX this was one of my favorite sports, but over time it has fallen a bit out of favor, mostly because of the terrible service. There has only been one time in countless trips that the service has been up to standard for everywhere else in town.

The selection is usually pretty solid but since they are pretty web phobic I never really know what I'm going to get into when I arrive. This can be pretty frustrating and it's surprising that in 2010 they aren't more communicative.

Otherwise, the fish and chips are to die for, and the history of the place is amazing.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went here on a recommendation from a fellow beer lover who goes to Portland frequently and were not disappointed. Horse Brass is located on the east side of the city on Belmont off route 30/84. Parking can be found on the surrounding streets.

The inside was absolutely packed on a weekday night. There is communal seating and tables from wall to wall, and a wraparound bar that occupies 2 of the rooms. There are darts in the back too. The place is dark with a lot of wood and British-inspired decor.

The beer selection at Horse Brass is very substantial and changes regularly. There are around 50 brews on tap from regional brewers like Caldera, Speakeasy, Elysian, HUB, Laurelwood, Deschutes and others. They also have a few import taps from Germany, Scotland, Belgium and others. Cask beer is also available. The bottle list is fairly extensive as well with many of the same brewers represented. There are beer menus on the tables that show a (mostly) up to date list.

Service was about as good as can be expected considering the place was overflowing with people. Our server was helpful in letting us know what changes had occurred on the beer menu and made good food recommendations.

As for the food, it is very good. We tried a Scotch Egg based on a recommendation and it was awesome. Our bangers and mash and fish and chips were very good as well.

Overall the Horse Brass is high on the list of places to hit in Portland.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The atmosphere is my favorite part of the Horse Brass...especially since smoking was banned indoors in Oregon. Awesome decor on the walls...pictures...beer related signage, etc. Lots of wood and a very weathered and comfortable feel. The lighting is not too bright, which is always nice.

There are some dart boards and chalk boards to keep score. The dart boards are cork, as they should be.

There are many different table types and plenty of seating. Not too many health food selections on the menu, but definitely delicious pub food to be had. A good selection on the menu.

My favorite event at the Horse Brass was the 06/07/08 vertical tasting of Abyss. Pretty awesome and a rare opportunity.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Third stop on a two day beer tour of Portland.

Place was busy but didn't feel crowded. Service was good -- prompt, no errors, attentive, called a cab for us.

An excellent selection of very good beers on tap (a little of the "kid in a candy store" feel). Lots of local stuff, some obscure and hard to find stuff, some big name stuff, all over the board. Whatever you like, you can find something there.

We had the fish and chips, and I will probably have the fish and chips each and every time I go back. They're the best I've ever tasted.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

one of the last stops on le grand tour de la citie des ponts. the city of bridges is always good to us, although they did kick us out last time, and rightly so. bartender was a good man, we were there during the daytime on a monday after a tour of bridgeport. the selection was indeed splendid, a match of everything from a traditional english ale to some of the newer bolder american models (we do what we do). they had a fresh batch of pliny but, bored with that, i went for the double rocket from bear republic, which i'd not had before. a lot of fun stuff, some good stuff, some standard stuff, some bottled bullcrap. a little something for everyone. darts, pool, no tvs. what a bar should be.
the food was very average pub food. i wanted a burger, i got a burger, it was pretty good. win-win.
the regular mail-lady for that area is enormous
ly attractive. hi-5!

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Photo of portlandjeff
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I really like the horse brass these days. My first visit was before the smoking ban, and while I enjoyed it then, there were too many other good options in town that were smoke free, so I didn't return until later. Now it's a regular stop for me.

I love the atmosphere here. It's a dark, cozy, unpretentious, english style pub. While this bar is fairly large, it's usually relatively full, with both customers and cheer. Most of the decor is vintage UK breweriana, with some older oregon brewery stuff for good measure.

The quality for both food and drink is very good. While there are a pretty extensive number of taps, you'll only find craft micro's and imports on the list. The halibut fish and chips is my favorite in town (sorry hawthorne fish house!), and the daily specials never disappoint. On numerous visits, I couldn't help buy feel like I was eating a good hearty home cooked meal.

The service here is generally pretty good, but when it's busy, it can get a little slow. Any time I've had a question about a beer, the bartenders and servers have been knowledgeable about the products their serving.

The selection here is constantly changing, but is generally pretty great. My only pliny the younger was from the brass. They are the only place in town that got russian river publication. Their deschutesapalooza event had more vintage deschutes beers than deschutes has ever had on tap in their own pub.

I already mentioned the food, but I'll go one step further. If I'm on the east side, and want good beer AND food, this is usually my pick. I think the food is always solid, and you can't beat the prices on it either - leaves more for beer!

That brings me to value. I think the beers are always priced right, and the food prices are even better. Combined with the atmosphere, quality, and service, I'm never unhappy when I get my tab.

If I had to complain about the horse brass, there are a couple of things I could see improved.

While they get some great beers in, and I've never come in without seeing something that I really wanted to try, it seems like the overall quality of the tap list has slipped a little bit. All good stuff, but not always all GREAT stuff. This could just be due to my tastes in beer, and how far I've come in my beer journey though. What I mean is that maybe it's as good as it ever was, but I'm just harder to impress these days. Also, when it comes to the selection; it often seems like the taplist is lacking a little balance. Lately, if you're a hophead, there are tons of great IPA's to choose from, but if you're into other styles, you'll have far fewer to choose from.

Still, complaints aside, I like the horsebrass, and visit it as often or more so than the other beer bars in town.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Well, this review will have a ying/yang quality to it. On balance I am not sure where I stand on the Horse Brass. The beer selection and atmosphere were awesome. Among the elite. However the food and service were just terrible. I simply can't explain how bad our server was. There is a restaurant in Boston where the servers are intentionally supposed to be grouchy and mean to customers. I almost got the sense that this was the case at Horse Brass as well. I can assure you I went with one other person and we just came from a business meeting. So we were not acting out of line or intoxicated at all. The server had a bad attitude, would barely engage us or answer any questions.

The guest tap list and regular tap offerings were awesome. The beer was/is clearly top notch. We had a chicken pot pie and also a grilled chicken sandwich. The sandwich was passable the pot pie was terrible.

This place does look like a genuine British Pub and as mentioned above the atmosphere was fantastic.

My strong suggestion is to sit at the bar and eat either before or after you visit the Horse Brass. This is what I'll do on my next visit to Portland.

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Photo of wolffman17
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My initial impression of Horse Brass was different than my expectations: that it would be a dark and dank hole-in-the-wall with a lack of adequate space for its many loyal patrons and beer tourists. Now, it is dark, but the space is much, much larger than I had expected. Quite comfortable, actually. The large bar is centrally located among numerous tables and seating areas. Brewerania abounds (on the bar, walls, and ceiling) enveloping the many beer drinkers. Tons of character. All ages of customers were seen enjoying their pints.

No problems with service. We sat at a table and didn't really get a chance to chat beer with our server. But he was attentive and helpful with anything that we needed

Ginormous tap selection of Pacific NW and West Coast offerings with a few European choices sprinkled in. It's easy to get lost in the numerous quality beers at your disposal. Knowing I'd probably never have the chance again, I went with Russian River Publication while the wife had the Portland standy, HOTD Fred. Several casks to choose from as well.

UK inspired food menu. The Scotch egg and Shepherd's Pie treated us well.

To sum it up, Horse Brass is a must visit for the craft beer enthusiast. A classic pub...one of the best in the country.

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Photo of chwilliams
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Here's a little piece of England, buried in SE, with some Oregon flair. When you walk in you're presented with a setting that should be familiar to you if you've ever been to a pub in the UK, with the exception of the insane number of beers from all over the place.

The bartender will hand you two menus: the 'normal' menu, of which everything is basically always there, the secod is the 'specials', which contains hand written notes and slashes through the kegs killed since the flier was printed (which is usually not that long). The selection is downright great, with their house beer being an ESB from Rogue, you know you can't go wrong. Last time I was in there i had the Ft George IPA (yum) and their house stout, Hogs Back, from Mt Hood in Government Camp.

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Photo of Viggo
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here as the last stop for our night in Portland. It was on the to do list but my friend there insisted we spend some time there. It didn't disappoint! Real cool looking old building, great pub atmosphere inside. Lots of wood, big bar, didn't really see any TV's, friendly patrons and staff. Had a few pints and can't remember exactly what I had, but the Leafer Madness on cask was pretty delicious. Definitely a top notch tap list, good service, and just a really cool vibe all around. One of the better US pubs I've been to. Didn't try the food but it looked reasonably priced, and the pints were definitely good value. This is a must stop for anyone in Portland.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Well, the Horse Brass blew me away!

It's an unassuming store front on a quiet, semi-dark street just down from a retirement home or something. There's not too much on the outside, but step inside and a beautiful gallery of dark wood and tables emerge, as well as the imported bar. And although I've never been to England and can't vouch for their authenticity, I have been to Ireland and the Horse Brass reminded me of some of the older, fine establishments there. I like the way that certain areas are kind of sectioned off and elevated, and that it wraps around the bar with the bathrooms tucked in the back.

And on that note of authenticity, I think it really has a pub atmosphere, fueled at least in part, by their barmen (Dennis rocks!). People seem to feel completely free to talk to each other and interact, which is a quite welcome change from so many places in the U.S. And do they have a T.V.? I don't remember seeing one - that helps too. ("They do have one, but they keep it tucked away most of the time. The Brass often shows European soccer games on Sunday mornings, and I did watch the last World Cup final on TV there, but that's about the only time you'll see a TV at the Horse Brass" - BA, johnmichaelsen).

The beer selection is stunning. There are local beers, semi-rare local beers, beers from outlying regions, East coast beers, and plenty of imports. You can't go wrong! ...

Some draft highlights from my visit:
Cascade Brewing Gose Summer Wheat (OR)
Ninkasi dry-hopped Tricerahops Double IPA (OR)
4th Street Wheat IPA (OR)
Full Sail LTD 3 (OR)
Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin'(CA)
Fish Organic IPA (WA)

So, overall, two thumbs up! Absolutely worth a try!

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Photo of kt620498
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I was fortunate enough to stop here twice on my recent vacation to the Northwest during early July. As soon as we got off the train from Seattle we headed over here to get our first taste of what Portland had to offer. As many of the reviews say this place is as close to an English pub as you're going to get, aside from an actual English pub of course. The lighting is minimal, the walls and ceilings are covered with old time English décor, overall, the place just feels very warm and inviting. On the first visit I was able to have a pint of Blue Dot from Hair of the Dog, and Tricerahops (on cask), both of which were amazing. The second trip was on our last day of vacation, the first time here was so good we wanted to get back once more, as far as beer goes the second trip I had to get one last taste of Blue Dot before returning to the east coast, and I was very lucky to get Deschutes' Hop Henge. Both times I got the fish and chips and that too was great. I would have never known about this place had I not seen it here on BA, so if you are traveling and make it to Portland defiantly stop here you won't regret it.

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Photo of katybee
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

When my husband and I returned from a trip to England several years ago, we were desirous of finding any location in the States that duplicated the authentic character and texture of a true British pub. Not the type of upscale "yuppified" urban club where beers are on tap like flavors of ice cream. But something of the old world, with a slower pace, where you can take the time to sit back and really relax. When I saw the name of this pub, based on the brass findings of a horse's harness, which was actually one of my husband's souvenirs from Wales, I knew we need not look further--this was the place. And we were not disappointed. The Horse Brass Pub has a nice range of beers on tap, but it is the atmosphere we sought. From the entryway seating with dark walnut stained benches, and historic prints dotting the walls, to the good old game of darts in the back, memories came flooding back. But the clincher was the menu---including authentic English items like "bangers" and lamb meat pie, as well as fish and chips...this place is like taking a vacation to Britain without leaving the state. A wonderful place.

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Photo of bcm119
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This place is 200% better than it was before the smoking ban. I was skeptical about whether they would be able to completely rid the place of the stench, but I was pleasantly surprised. Aside from the yellowish walls, there is no trace that this was once so smoky you could barely see across the room.

Nice dark wood interior with an authentic old world atmosphere. One of the few bars in PDX that feels like its in a big city-- its big, well worn, and moody. I wish they'd ditch the Christmas lights strung along the bar, but otherwise a very attractive interior. Plenty of seating, although it fills up quickly at night.

Outstanding beer selection. An always-changing lineup of 50+ mostly west coast crafts and some European staples. Best of all there are usually about 5 casks on. On my last visit I had an excellent Hale's Mongoose IPA on cask. Although most taps rotate, you can always count on Blue Dot being on.

The food is decent, it soaks up the beer, which is all English food is supposed to do anyway I think. I'm not counting a food score in this review because this place is really all about the beer.

One of Portland's best beer destinations, if not the best.

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Photo of philmont
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Went in on a Sunday night and was instantly blown away by the number of taps around the bar. Also liked the old english pub feel. Our bartender was Chris and kudos to him for taking such good care of us. Service was fast and friendly for beer and food. The food was typical english pub fare. We opted for the scotch eggs and fish and chips. Both were good but nothing special. Another dish which I don't recall the name was a sausage or banger, wrapped in a pastry and baked. This was very good. It is sad that one night is not enough time to put a dent in the beer selection, but we gave it a good effort and wasn't disapointed in any of our selections. As a friend of mine likes to say, "There are no bad beers, only different beers." This place definately lives up to his philosophy. Horse Brass is a must see for anyone in the Portland area.

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Photo of Floydster
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

We went here right before ending the trip down the street at Belmont Station, for some reason this place reminded me a lot of Hamilton's in San Diego but older and more of an Irish pub vibe, dark inside and typical older men hanging out around the bar, almost exactly how I pictured it, looked like there were around 50 taps, some of the ones I remember seeing other than the ones we had were Mendocino White Hawk IPA, Trade Route Infidel Lime IPA, Lompoc C-Note, Hair of the Dog Fred, Rogue Hazelnut Brown, Deschutes Black Butte, and Walking Man Cherry Stout, they had nearly one hundred bottles according to our waitress but we did not even bother looking at those as we had already ordered four different beers on tap, we had the New Belgium and Elysian collaboration beer called the Trip II Citra, Mt. Hood Oatmeal Stout, Amnesia ESB, and Bear Republic Oso Rojo, the collab beer stuck out the most, we had some french fries and they were pretty good but a little plain, they were old Irish plank style like my grandma used to make, not necessarily a bad thing and tasted just fine with ketchup, they had some cool memorabilia-type clothing available along with some old mugs and other stuff, too bad there was only one television in the whole place, apparently it rarely goes on unless there is a soccer game on too, this place was the most hyped from what I had heard when asking locals and others who had visited Portland where a must visit is and this definitely lived up to my expectations, service was good and actually quite nice for the type of place it is too, looking forward to my future return visit, certainly recommended

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Photo of kraven
4.72/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

We visited here on our way down the coast on our vacation/brewery tour :)

I am from England originally so i miss the pubs a lot. Wish this place was closer (live in Boise ID) as it is actually more English than most English pubs are !

The beer selection was amazing, they had four cask ales on and they change two of them on our return trip. They even had a beer local to where I used to live in England which was a great treat.

Food was good, some classic English stuff, its not great but no English food is that great.

Cannot recommend this place enough.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Gave this place an intentional skip a couple years ago, as it was still a smoker's haven. Now that the law has changed, it was a must-visit this time around. Pleased that the decades of smoke didn't embed itself into the place--there's almost no trace of it, except for some yellowed wall-hangings. The atmosphere is really great, all very dark wood, from walls to tables to chairs, benches and bar. All kinds of crazy shit on the walls, from soccer-team pennants to coasters to various Brass Horse lore/history.

The public area pretty much wraps around the bar in a huge square shape, and the night we went there were tons of dart fanatics doing their thing. The place was full but not over-packed.

Food was okay. Fries were excellent, but my vegetable pastie was pretty bland. Typically English, I guess. The beer selection was good, although the menu is deceiving. About a third of the beers shown are actually "coming soon," and quite a few of the other ones were crossed off and no longer available. No big deal, as there was still plenty of cool stuff available, mostly US crafts with a concentration on west coast stuff. They rotate the list frequently too, so it's easy to understand the minor issues.

Service was inconsistent. Our waiter seemed like a cool dude, but was often nowhere to be found when we needed something or needed more beer. We actually had to chase him down a couple times, but it wasn't a service disaster or anything.

Very much has the vibe of a neighborhood pub in jolly ole England, but their beer offerings go a step beyond the norm in any land. Very glad to have visited, and would definitely return next time around.

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Photo of Sharpie30
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great worn in British style Pub. You couldnt pay a contractor enough money to recreate this atmosphere, really authentic down to the tobacco stained yellow celings! Their beer menu is fantastic...yes I would love to follow up a Curieux with a Pliny the Elder! Food is cheap and decent British pub grub. The ploughmans platter is sure to sop up the excellent beer in your belly. Service... well this is Portland. Sometimes it is great, sometimes passable, and sometimes strange, but hell its a pub! The Horse Brass is excellent for a beer while flying solo, but also has plenty of options for your larger party. I will be back, time and time again.

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Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR
95 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.