Laurelwood Pizza Co.
Active Beers: 63
Beer Ratings: 981
Beer Avg: 3.82
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 18
4.05/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
Stopped by today... the first time since it morphed into the pizza company.
To be honest, other then the additional pizza selections on the menu, I really don't see a whole lot of difference between the current spot and the original brewpub. As before, this is moderate size pub/restaurant, with a good size bar area off to the left when you first walk in. As before, this is a very family oriented restauarant, with a couple of TV's, toys and coloring books for the kids, and an informal, relaxed vibe and lay out. Quality of the beers here is so good it's really kind of ridiculous. On this particular day, I opted for the wet hop IPA when the waitress told me it was hoppier then the workhorse IPA, and so a bit more then she could take. To no great surprise, the harvest ale was just stunning, and at least to my mind, much better then the workhouse IPA (no small feat). It's the sort of IPA that most breweries can only dream of making, but I'm guessing at Laurelwood, it's considered no particular big deal.
In addition to the harvest ale, this particular day Laurelwood also happend to have on cask a keg of deranger. To my mind this fabulous imperial red is the best imperial red on the planet, with no one close in second. To see this rare beer on cask.... well, suffice it to say I was just a bit impressed.
As for the food, I've been coming here for many years and have yet to have anything I thought was any better then just OK. The chicken ceaser salad I had tonight was in the same vein. A good enough salad, but certainly nothing to go out of your way for. It was a smallish happy hour ceaser, and frankly, in my opinion it's debatable as to whether or not it was even deserving of the $4 I paid for it.
As for value... what can I say? I was here during happy hour, and my salad, pint of fresh harvest organic goodness, and glass of cask deranger came to exactly $10. Need I say more?
Obviously, this is an exceptional brewpub.
09-27-2009 03:10:09 | More by johnmichaelsen
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
On my recent whirlwind trip to Portland, the Laurelwood Pizza Company was the only place that I visited twice. And I should note that I also visited the other Laurelwood, but I found the Pizza Company store more comfortable for some reason, and... they have pizza!
But it was really four things that brought me back for a second time instead of going out and checking out some new place that I'd never been to before:
1) The pizza is REALLY good. As in REALLY, REALLY good!
2) Although I had been warned that the "kid friendly" atmosphere could be distracting (and even maddening), I found sitting at the bar to be nicely removed from all of that, and I actually enjoyed the chatter from behind. AND, I found the chatter at the bar to be quite nice, meaning that Portlanders are very friendly, and in this particular atmosphere I had a great time talking with the other patrons.
3) The beer is REALLY good. As in REALLY, REALLY good.
4) The service was really good as well.
So, what can I say that I haven't already said? I guess I found it amusing that when I walked into the bathroom and there was a child's step-stool in front of the sink. I thought it was cute. Other, more burly and serious beer guys might find that off-putting, but not me. So two thumbs up!!!
09-17-2009 21:18:21 | More by NeroFiddled
4.78/5 rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Looked for a place for the family to eat and for Mom and Dad to enjoy a beer. This place is very family friendly, they even had a special place for the pre-schoolers complete with toys. Wonderful atmosphere. The food was exceptional! I had a focaccia club sandwich and the family had calzones -- all really hearty and tasty. The beer was worth writing home about as well. I had the Free Range Red and it was the best red ale I've ever had before. Very balanced and well hopped. The Workhorse IPA was sweet and oh so good as well. The usually have a firken there but not when I visited. Highly recommened.
08-22-2009 17:28:50 | More by jkdrummer
4/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Hug Your Organic Brew
I had a long layover in Portland and decided to leave the airport for lunch and a beer. The Laurelwood Brewing Co. was only a few miles away in Hollywood, so I jumped on the light rail and was soon looking over the brewpubs impressive menu.
The Laurelwood is a large well lit restaurant with a moderately small bar on one side and brewery equipment submerged on the other, behind the glass panes of the Brew House. Table seating is plentiful with small booths lining the walls and an outdoor seating area too. Bass fishing on FSN was quickly replaced with Atlanta Braves baseball (TBS) on the single TV in the far corner of the bar. Music was a mellow mix playing just loudly enough to overshadow the conversations of the local lunch crowd. Multiple WBC, GABF and other accolades can be found on the walls throughout the brewpub.
I ordered a beer sampler and a rock fish melt sandwich. The service was friendly and the food came out quickly. The food was tasty and most all the beer samples were good to very good:
XTRA Pale Ale (seasonal) A really nice starter that was a little spicy, had a nice hop profile and a dry finish.
Amber (on cask) - A little thin, but a decent, easy drinking beer.
Amber Bier This beer went well with my rock fish sandwich and salad.
Piston Pale A crystal clear, golden beer that is nicely balanced.
Free Range Red - Not my favorite style, but this is one of the better Reds that I've had.
Boss IPA Another crystal clear golden ale with a classic American NW hop taste that did not suffer from an overly citric bitter finish.
Tree Hugger Porter - I liked everything about it except for the finish.
Mother load - still fizzing, taste is... ugh - the only beer I didn't care for.
I really enjoyed my visit to the Laurelwood and look forward to the next time I get a chance to visit. Since I had the beer sampler (Eight 3 or 4oz pours), it was difficult to really get a good appreciation for the beers. There were many that I would have liked to try a full pint of, if I had the time. Back at the airport I picked up a bottle of the Organic TH Porter to take home with me.
06-02-2007 15:14:17 | More by 86sportster883
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is a nice brewery in the Hollywood district of Portland. The beer selection was very good. I had the stout and a seasonal rye beer both were excellent. I was on a beer tour of Portland so I had to get the gift pack. An excellent bargain. You get a T-Shirt, 2 pint glasses, and a filled growler for $32 or a long sleeved shirt of $34.The food was very good, the tomato basil soup was the best I've had. Parking is hard to find though in this area of town. But generally a excellent stop on a Portland beer tour
02-26-2007 18:44:18 | More by theautorestorer
4.15/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is a brewpub that is 8 blocks from me that I stop into once in a while.
The atmosphere is comfortable, laid back, and clean. There is a bar area off the right side of the restaurant with plenty of seating throughout the place. The feel of the place is simple but nice and there is always alot of people here, family's, groups of friends etc.
The service is always good. I've never had a problem, friendly, helpful, and polite.
The selection is always pretty solid. The staples are always on tap, boss ipa, porter, stout, red, etc and they usually have 1 or 2 seasonal choices on as well in addition to a cask conditioned choice. The food menu has something for everyone, from salads, to pasta, burgers, and also veg. friendly options as well.
Very fairly priced, good value. You usually will have enough money left over to stop in the moon and sixpence two blocks up for another pint.
02-16-2007 22:48:28 | More by Matthew
4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Breakfast, beer store and now it's time to pick up the girls and get a beer, and... that was them, right back there, you just passed them. This city is packed with brewpubs, it's absurd, they're plentiful and they're everywhere you turn. Wasn't initially sure if Jon planned this as a destination place or if he made a left turn and there it was, but it turns out that he has some like of this brewpub (he digs the beer and it's family friendly) so it's as good a place to start as any...
Big open room, somewhat split in two. To the right side is the main dining area holding a dozen and a half tables and a few booths on the far wall. They got a small kid zone in the corner where you'd park young children if you needed to take them to a place that serves alcohol (Oh, relax, I know papa needs grown up juice, I'm having some fun with you). To the rear of the dining area is a sunken glass front brew room with fermenters and a mash tun down below, and bottles from different breweries lining the walls above. On the other side of the room is a small seating area up front with 4 tables & 3 booths, somewhat penned off by a dessert case just inside the front door, and an "L" shaped wood bar seating a dozen+ to the rear. The dining area and bar side of the room are separated by a 7 stool bar counter. Slat wood floors, rafter ceilings, and beige painted walls decorated with black & white brew prints over wood lowers. Brewpub shirts & hats displayed on the back wall, a TV mounted above in the back corner of the bar and a few more here and there. Shelves on the bar back 3 deep full of booze, stained glass windows, tap selections on a blackboard, 2 towers and a hand pump on the bar back. We headed out the side door, put up at one of the 6 picnic tables hugging the building in the parking lot and took in a few samplers.
7 regular taps, 2 seasonals and a cask (Porter). The sampler of 8 gives you all 7 standards and your choice of a seasonal in 4 ounce pours. The Mother Lode Golden Ale was crisp & dry, very good; the Piston Pale Ale Cascade hopped, decent; the Ettinger Amber Ale fruity, malty, deep, a nice Alt; the Organic Free Range Red also Cascade, hoppy; the Organic Tree Hugger Porter chocolatey, roasty; the Boss IPA nicely hoppy, Fuggles, Centennial, Cascade, Ahtanum; the Space Stout thinner than the Porter, slightly inky, coffee, chocolate; the Sustenance Tripel (seasonal) was too sweet for my liking; the Green Mammoth Organic IPA (seasonal) was mad hoppy. The Golden Ale, Amber Ale and Porter were my faves (I'm just gearing up for what's going to be a very hoppy weekend).
Service was good. She brought us all water and returned with another knowing that she'd shorted us one. Beers were solid, definitely an excellent place to start our day of drink.
09-05-2006 05:13:30 | More by slander
4.58/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Almost didnt make it to this one on my last trip to Portland because of its location at a confounding intersection in the NE quadrants Hollywood District. Still, I coaxed my friend and gracious hostess to drive us over so I could experience something new on this, my third trip to the city in as many years.
We visited mid-day a little later than lunchtime, but not as late as dinner. There were some children present, but the place was pretty quiet for the most part, making it easier to soak up the pleasant atmosphere.
One of the things I noticed as soon as we walked in was the delicious aroma of food wafting from the kitchen. I was craving a burger, and one look at the menu told me Id come to the right place.
Of course, no matter how hungry I was, Id come for the beer. The list was impressive, and of course, in true BA fashion, I peppered our gracious server with lots of questions, so much so that he went and fetched the man himself (then) Head Brewer Christian Ettinger from the tank room.
Not only did Ettinger - a 2004 World Beer Cup winner for the small brewpub and several other style categories - make recommendations, talk about his history and foray into brewing, but after sitting and chatting with us for quite a while, he took us on a tour of the brewery, and even indulged my dorky request for a photo something I started doing on my 2004 trip up to Vancouver, BC to mark my travels.
All in all, more than pleasant the food was as delicious as the beer! And the beer as a major hophead, Id have to say that the Boss IPA delivered the punch I expected and then some. The Boss is late-hopped with an awesome blend Fuggles, Centennial, Cascade, and Ahtanum hops, and is one of the most outstanding IPAs Ive ever had the pleasure of savoring.
Ive heard that Ettinger is no longer at the Laurelwood in fact, a visit to their official site confirms it but whatever the case, my visit was memorable, as was the food and the beer.
08-17-2006 04:09:55 | More by TheLiterati
4.15/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
***EDIT*** As of July 2007, this location is now the 'Laurelwood Pizza Co.' Main brewing operations were moved to a new location, 5115 NE Sandy. http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/16289
Laurelwood is such a comfortable, likable fixture in NE Portland (Hollywood neighborhood) ...it's hard not to enjoy a visit here.
While I'm not a frequent visitor, I do make it here a few times a year (more recently of late). Excellent beer, good service and food and a laid-back neighborhood feel are all good reasons to drop in.
As others have mentioned, there is a "family-friendly" focus here which is pretty atypical of most brewpubs. here the kids actually get their own play area; I have no problems with well-behaved kids getting to go out with their families and have never really minded all the noise and such. To me, it just adds more life to the place.
Adding to the atmosphere is the sub-level brewery operation, surrounded by glass in the far right corner. It's a treat to see the working area where all this great beer is made.
Quality of beer is quite good, which is saying something in a beer city like Portland. Boss IPA and Free Range Red are a couple standouts in my opinion, though most every beer is very good. That Laurelwood won Brewery/Brewer of the Year awards in 2004 is testament to the quality of their work.
Service is solid and food is ample, tasty & reasonably priced.
The "original" Laurelwood is definitely worth a visit.
07-11-2006 01:58:12 | More by msubulldog25
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is famous for being a really "family friendly" place, and I've been both with and without the "screaming children." If you want minimal family impact you best come early, but if you or your friends have kids they have a play area, kids' menu and very polite and infinitely patient staff. And there's a sweet dessert cooler in front.
Interior is very straightforward pubrestaurant, with a cool windowed sunken "brew house". You'll note there are a lot of gold medals on the walls. This place kind of stays below the radar, but this is a really award-winning brewhouse that makes some outstanding beer.
No guest taps behind the big wooden bar, 9 beers on tap: golden, pale, amber, red, porter, IPA, stout, hefe and seasonal. Had the sampler - all were good, the stout and IPA were the best (fantastic) and the amber was probably my least favorite, but still pretty good.
They sell everything to go - growlers, kegs and even casks (?) Up to half BBL.
Chicken sandwich was great, solid pub food - service was friendly and helpful, atmosphere was fun. I always love to pay this place a visit when I'm in town.
06-15-2006 18:06:16 | More by PopeJonPaul
Laurelwood Pizza Co. in Portland, OR
93 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.