Tugboat Brewing Company
Active Beers: 5
Beer Ratings: 23
Beer Avg: 3.6
Taps: 15 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by GreenCard:
3.38/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
This one had been on my to-try list for a LONG time and I finally made it happen not too long ago when a friend from high school was in town for a conference. We decided to meet up there because it was near one of the conference venues. Haven't seen this guy in over twelve years and it turned out to be the perfect place to spend a couple of hours catching up because the decor was a lot like the coffee-houses we used to hang out at back in high school. The low-key lighting, lots of dark wood surfaces, books and board games, etc. Though it was a Friday evening, it was relatively quiet, so there wasn't a long wait to order at the bar and we didn't have to shout to be heard. Not sure if the place ever gets to that level of noise, but since it's so small, I imagine it could.
The nachos were pretty good. The beer was decent (I only tried their house beers), though I did NOT like the strong stout. I know it was supposed to have a bit of a tang to it, but it just tasted wrong and smelled like the rubber floor mats behind the bar. Having said that, I would like to go back there again solely for the ambiance and vibe.
12-29-2011 16:31:44 | More by GreenCard
More User Reviews:
4.68/5 rDev +41%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
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.
06-16-2014 15:17:47 | More by Quentin33
Tugboat Brewing Company in Portland, OR
79 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.