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Tugboat Brewing Company

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Tugboat Brewing CompanyTugboat Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

711 SW Ankeny St
Portland, Oregon, 97205
United States

(503) 226-2508 | map

Operation Hours:
Mon: 5-10pm
Tue-Thu: 4pm-12 midnight
Fri - Sat: 4pm-1am
Sun: closed

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 58
Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
2.76/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

We went here for one reason and that is because we noticed it was right across from Bailey's, otherwise we probably would not have stopped, would have been fine with it either way after visiting, this was a weird place inside, books lining the walls, old wooden tables with big booths, very dark inside, looked like bands play often with some kind of stage area in the back of the establishment, run down bar area, did not seem like any brewing went on here, bathrooms were disgusting to put it lightly, we each had a glass of the Chernobyl Stout, a ten ounce pour was a little over five dollars, it was a damn good beer, at thirteen percent it really packed a punch, they had a few of their own brews on tap in here, also a few Alameda offerings, the one guy working at time was pretty rude and in a hurry even though nobody else was in there, probably would never go back, did not try any of their other beers but heard that the one we had is the only real reason to step foot in this place, might be worth visiting

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Chris-1911
3.79/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of tim007007
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Photo of brbrocc
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of Geoffq
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of brewtalthrone
4.64/5  rDev +39.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Step into this place across the street from Bailey's and it seems as if time has stopped. The first thing you're gonna notice is the books on the shelves, lots of books; and plenty of board games (it's a Portland thing, evidently). This is a place that certain of us beer geeks revel in - a dark'n'dank type of atmosphere, the kind of place where you feel like you are stepping away from reality (ironically, the world-famous Horse Brass pub has that same vibe). Service was friendly, I was there alone, but didn't feel "alone". I had some food, though I don't remember what; nevertheless it was delivered quick & was very good I do remember. The crown jewel was the IPA, one of the best (if not THE best) IPA in Portland. Off the beaten path, though yet still in downtown, this would definitely be considered a hidden gem in Portland. Beercationers in Portland would be well-advised to drop by.

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Photo of Germanstylefan7896
3.99/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Very fun small place with great beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

I have a feeling this little brewing isn't getting caught up in the craft beer "revolution", and it seems just fine. A small place, not blinding lights, cozy, book shelves, nice old-style pub going on. Only 5 house beers on tap, but several guests and ciders. The atmosphere itself would make me a regular....if'n I didn't live in Denver.
Great music. I mean Music, none of that new-age crud. Music that was played and recorded by musicians. Nice little place off the radar it seems

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Photo of kamikazeokami
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of sjrodriguez
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of italianstallion
3.34/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Photo of HopHead84
1.5/5  rDev -54.8%

Photo of JC271
2.3/5  rDev -30.7%

Feels like a dive bar that decided to make beer. Beer tastes like it is brewed in the back of a dive bar.

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Photo of anteater
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of South2NW
2/5  rDev -39.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 1

Photo of dunix
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of atpca
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of SickBrew
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Quentin33
4.68/5  rDev +41%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

I usually agree with the Beer Advocate reviewers (indeed, I depend on their reviews and often base my visits on them), but I totally disagree here - the Tugboat is one of the most attractive bars I've been in: inviting, warm, comfortable, and with tons of board games available, too. It also has an extremely savvy selection of Oregon craft brews. Yes, it's quiet (no TV, some nice soft music, bluegrass-southern rock when I was there), yes I suppose you could call it somewhat a coffee house atmosphere, but I and everyone I brought there (I was in Portland for a Bar Mitzvah) loved it. I've gone to 15-20 Portland places over the years, and most are great, but this would probably be the first I'd re-visit.

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Photo of slavall
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of jtosch
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of Gig2828
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Hobbit
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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Tugboat Brewing Company in Portland, OR
79 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.