Breakside Brewery - Taproom
Taps: 24 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 1 | Display Reviews Only:
4.26/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I have visited several times since the early 2013 opening of Breakside's production brewery and taproom. The location isn't easy to find if you aren't sure what to look for; there's a directory-type sign at the entrance to a small industrial park full of similarly drab concrete buildings. The entrance is a single unmarked door, although a larger garage door may be rolled up when weather cooperates.
Inside is an industrial-feeling, high-ceiling taproom, a little dark and moody with concrete floors and dangling light fixtures - but a small fraction of a much bigger warehouse full of brewing tanks and kegging lines. The taplines (there are 24 of them, many more than at the smaller/cozier brewpub on NE Dekum St) are set against a wall of reclaimed barnwood and rusty corrugated metal. The straight length of bar seats maybe 15, with more seating/standing room nearby at a scattering of wooden barrel tables. A lone TV mounted in one corner next to a chalkboard showing the current beer list.
Expect the unexpected on the taps, as you'll find barrel-aged sours and one-off variants alongside Old World standards and Pacific Northwest mainstays. Pours are in proper pintware, samples are liberally given to the indecisive, growler fills (and pre-ordered kegs) are sold to go. A regular food menu is absent (exceptions: a locally-made chips & salsa combo or landjaeger (cured meat sticks)) so there's no seating for minors, unfortunately; food trucks do occasionally show up, so there may be a more extensive/filling food option, depending on the day.
Service has always been excellent (the aforementioned samples and chatty interactions with bartenders - who often are the brewers working an "extra shift"). The crowd is usually beer-loving regulars from nearby neighborhoods and adjacent office buildings - apparently this has become a hot "after work"/Saturday stop for those in the area. Nice folks, always fun to talk to...
A ways off the beaten path for a visitor to Portland focusing on the downtown core and inner eastside neighborhoods, but certainly worth the effort to venture out a little further for the quality/selection of beers found here. Limited hours, so plan accordingly.
02-13-2014 18:18:58 | More by msubulldog25
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