BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 3,838
Beer Avg: 3.62
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 8
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 43 | Show All Ratings:
District of Columbia
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
So this will be a bit of an unusual review in that I didn't visit, I actually had my wedding reception here in August. Other than The Big Day Itself, i have probably been there a dozen times through the past 5 years.
Atmosphere- Very large street-side deck, tons of tables on the main level with views of the bakery area and production rooms, second level is more focused around high-tops and TV screens. The banquet room that we used was all exposed timber and arched windows; totally picturesque. As with most Portland brewpubs, it is very low on both formality and snobbishness.
Quality-Above average. We were able to have the stout on nitro tap and a cask, which was dope. They do a fresh hop ale annually which is also dope.
Service-Generally awesome. Normal service is attentive but not overbearing. Staff was super knowledgeable about the beverages and food that they serve. For the event they indulged our every whim without question or hesitation and were super-competent and patient.
Food-A game of two halves. Their normal menu if down-the-middle pub food, or the normal burgers, fries, and salads denomination. Great beaked goods, particularly the pretzels. For the wedding reception the food was fantastic. We had salmon and a mushroom chicken item, both of which were great. They had a hazelnut blackberry salad that everyone loved and which was about as Oregon as you can get.
Value-Pretty good. Stupid cheap happy hour ($3 pints if memory serves). We fed 90ish people at $40 a head plus $12 a person in booze, which worked to 2-2.5 alcoholic drinks a piece. We had set a higher drink limit which we did not hit.
09-23-2013 00:59:58 | More by Monteiro
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Wow, have never reviewed this place... but have visited a couple times every year since we moved to Portland almost 14 years ago (pre-remodel). Bridgeport was, in fact, our very first stop after landing in Portland (May 1999) for an exploratory visit. I remember the low ceilings, communal benches and somewhat grungy feel of what was then a pizza pub in the midst of a VERY working-class neighborhood (remember the aroma of the meat rendering plant across the street in particular...). Now Bridgeport is a different place, modernized with an 'industrial chic' aesthetic that plays well with the expansive condos and gentrification on surrounding Pearl District blocks.
Yesterday, my wife and I made an impromptu stop for a couple Happy Hour pints (still a bargain at $3) and warm pretzels. The day was warm and sunny, appropriate as it was my birthday! Sat on the east-facing loading dock deck eying the foot traffic (good people-watching) and the mix of business professionals and 20-something hipsters seated around us. Have sat many times inside near the fancy marble bar or at high tables nearby. The space is really 3 different areas, divided fairly equally between: a bar/pub immediately inside the front doors (a couple TVs usually tuned to games), a lower-level dining hall ('gift shop' area in-between, filled with T-shirts and fancy growlers and bottles to-go) and an upper bar/banquet space for large groups and overflow dining. Large chunks of the upper floor and walls are cut away, creating a much more open, day-lit space than before. For guys, I recommend a visit (warranted or not) to the upstairs Mens room; you will not find a larger urinal anywhere!
So the beer here? Pretty standard stuff from the regular Bridgeport lineup. True imperial pints are poured and free samples given, so no complaints with size. temperature is also appropriate... not too cool. Blue Heron (S's choice) and their flagship IPA are always on, as are their bigger beers like Kingpin and Hop Czar (my choice yesterday). Got to try a couple of seasonals: the Smooth Ryed (a rye, duh?) and Summer Squeeze (lemongrass and yuzu make for an "interesting" citrus character). Service was efficient and reasonably friendly - which I've found to be the case on most instances over the years.
Menu is pretty extensive, pizzas are pretty tasty, too. I miss the bakery that lasted here for a few years. Prices are a bit high, but the whole neighborhood is sorta that way.
Worth a visit if you're in NW and want some nostalgia, although not a destination for most beer geeks (anymore). But I'm glad we went yesterday am usually happy with the experience on any (infrequent) visit.
05-21-2013 16:19:27 | More by msubulldog25
3.86/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped here on a Sunday afternoon. Building laid out rather odd on the outside, but inside it was somewhat impressive. Went upstairs to the bar on the north side of the building and got a sampler. All their beers were solid, with the Scotch Ale type beers my favorites, one of which I recall was barrel aged. I didn't have any food, and the service was very friendly. Normally I would say I would visit this place again, but considering I'm not a local and the amount of competition in the area I probably will still need to check out the other 48 breweries in the city first, but would definitely recommend at least a first visit, as they are a high quality brewery.
11-13-2011 07:15:21 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
3.4/5 rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
It is is a nice building. Beer selection is sort of limited. I was expecting them to have some specialty beers that are not readily available, but they did not. It seemed like a list of standard beers that they make all the time. The food was just average. Not bad but definitely not anything exceptional. Atmosphere was not bad, and actually was good. Service was average, just like the food(not great, just average). Prices were not too bad. I think they were reasonable for the area in which it is located.
11-12-2011 18:38:13 | More by dexterk1
3.13/5 rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$$
For being located in an historic building, this is one bland establishment. It's got that new, modern build vibe, but put against the old brick and mortar it reminds me of Henry's. It would have been nice to have them build it up like the old days and truly pay homage to the history of Oregon. But it is sterile.
The beers are very good, but really there is nothing on tap that is not available in virtually every grocery store in Oregon. The two rotating taps have almost always been whatever seasonal six pack is in market (like the Cafe Negro or Hop Czar). So I wouldn't really go out of my way for the beer.
The food is average at best. Overpriced for what it is. Paying for all that modern construction I'm sure.
And it's a bit out of the way unless you live in one of the nearby blocks. It's a far walk to the hoppin center of the Pearl. Nothing really truly Portland about it. Nothing really of note nearby except a big REI... It's a place that I might recommend going once if you've been pretty much everywhere else.
08-28-2011 22:25:03 | More by cbarrett4
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited late afternoon 8.12.2010.
After my ultra-unpleasant experience at Lompoc on 23th, I decided I needed a beer to salve my frayed nerves. Bridgeport represents the best of the PNW brewpub scene. The old historic building that it is located in has several different areas with room for meetings, etc., and a nice well worn in feeling. I liked the outdoor seating area on a nice day, with a bar facing the street where you can catch a breath of fresh air while enjoying high quality food and ale. The beer here is of the utmost quality, while their buzz may have been surpassed by some of the new kids on the block, Bridgeport under the stewardship of iconic brewer Carl Ockert, produces consistently enjoyable beers. I was pleasantly surprised to find a cask conditioned Porter (!) available, and it was very delicious. The selection featured all the standards, with two cask beers usually available. Service was attendant and pleasant, unlike the uber-snotty bartender at Lompoc. I came in during happy hour, and I have to say they may have the best happy hour menu in town, $3 pints and multiple items at price points from $2-6 dollars, and everyone around me appears to be really enjoying their food. The one down side about this location is parking is a bit tough. While I don't venture here very much anymore, I'd say this is a must stop if you are introducing out-of-towners to the the PDX brewpub scene. Recommended.
08-14-2010 16:10:18 | More by jdense
4.68/5 rDev +20.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
This is a great brewpub and one of the best I've been too.
The atmosphere is nice, very attractive, interesting, and well laid-out inside, with a huge outdoor patio area one the side. The building is an interesting old industrial place, too. The seating inside is also comfortable, roomy, yet reasonably cozy despite having some privacy and it is not overly loud even when busy.
Quality of beers is excellent overall.
Service that we had was really outstanding, friendly, efficient, attentive, and very pleasant.
The beer selection was great, with cask beer and a nice range of their great beers, the beer selection presented being up to date (unlike its near neighbour, Rogue).
Food is excellent, well above par for even good beer places, with a range of interesting and unusual dishes while everything is handled and prepared very nicely.
This is a top place in Portland in our book.
08-04-2010 21:44:24 | More by Offa
3.59/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Tucked in an interesting corner of NW PDX, this mammoth building houses one of the more widely known brewing operations in Oregon. We started with a pint of Hop Czar, which is always pleasant, but I was disappointed by the lack of special releases or house one-offs on tap. We then went on what was perhaps the lamest and most superficial brewery tour I've ever been on with minimal engagement from our guide. We avoided some of the more interesting rooms and just looked at tanks while he pointed out other stuff. That left a disappointing feel to the experience, but would be a cool place if you are really into Bridgeport stuff.
05-31-2010 17:14:53 | More by squaremile
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited Bridgeport during my most recent trip to Portland. None of their beers in the bottle really excite me but I was denied service when I was there back in 2006 due to the bartender thinking my Tennessee driver's license was a fake. This return trip was to see what I missed out on.
Nice atmosphere inside. Lots of stainless steel, lots of wood, and an abundance of exposed brick. A very cozy and relaxing place for sure; my wife and I opted to head to the loft upstairs.
Service was good. Our server was quick to the point without much flair and we were served quickly. She was the only server for the packed loft and not once did I find myself wonder where the food/drinks were. Definetley a job well done.
The beers are all about average if not a little better. They run a $3 pint special at happy hour served in imperial pint glasses.
My wife and I split a pizza that was among one of the best pizzas I have ever had. For dessert we split a chocolate bread pudding that was also worth mentioning. The dessert paired wonderfully with the ping of Blackstrap stout I was sipping on. That combination receives my highest recommendation.
The value was very good. One wild Oregon mushroom pizza, two pints each for my wife and me for a total of four pints, and one chocolate bread pudding came to a total of $35...tip included.
I would recommend this place for a relaxing evening and enjoyable time with friends. The beer is not the best, but the value makes it better. I am moving to Portland in May and you will be able to find me at Bridgeport during happy hour on occasion.
03-23-2010 16:24:50 | More by hopsbreath
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
The interior is pretty cool here. The glass elevator is quite awesome. The couches in the bar area are nice as well to relax on.
The place gets very crowded on the weekends. That was one downside.
I like the bakery portion downstairs as well and the exterior is incredibly cool to look at.
The service was fine the times I've been here and the food is excellent. There are some nice vegetarian options on the menu. It's also nice that there is a wine menu in addition to the beers. It's nice to have so many places to sit...from the restaurant to the separate bars upstairs and downstairs.
03-12-2010 06:07:53 | More by djbreezy
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub in Portland, OR
87 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.