BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / BrewpubBridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
BEER AVG
3.63/5
Based on:
26 Beers
1,871 Reviews
Place Score: 88
Reviews: 47
Visits: 99
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: 8
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1313 NW Marshall St
Portland, Oregon, 97209
United States
phone: (503) 241-7179

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bridgeportbrew

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Pub Phone: (503) 241-3612

HOURS
Monday - Thursday 11:30am - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday 7:00am - 12:00am
Sunday 1:00pm - 9:00pm
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Photo of indiapaleale
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Definitely another stand out place to go to in Portland. BridgePort is however a fairly upscale establishment with a focus that is equally divided between serving food to the middle class masses and providing beer.

This place is huge and it gets pretty busy in the evenings. Their is a bakery that sells random pastries and donuts which I found interesting.

Had an Imperial Porter that they don't bottle which was good. They sell half pints which is pretty cool. Food was very good pub fare, nothing amazing though.

Worth checking out if you're staying in the city. (569 characters)

Photo of olmatty
4.5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

In the shadow of Portland's busy steel girdered Freemont bridge sits a brick warehouse-like building that houses the oldest brewery in Portland, the Bridgeport Brewing company and bakery. I've had two visits to this wonderful place in the last six months and really enjoyed myself both times.

The first time was in early September on a beautiful, clear, warm day and a few of us sat outside on an old loading dock converted for outdoor dining for a light lunch and some beers. A delicious gourmet pizza, a lovely goat cheese and mesculin green salad and a couple of nice appetizers accompanied Bridgeport's high quality brews. Service was professional and courteous.

A second visit two months later, this time alone and sitting indoors, produced another equally satisfactory experience.

This place is clean, upscale, well run, reasonably priced and produces excellent products in all categories.

Kudos to the waitress who went out of her way to get a special dispensation to sell me three bombers of the delicious Hop Harvest Ale a couple of hours before the release party began. I really did have to leave and was sad to have to go, knowing that the previous two years vintage would be offered during the party. Consideration and attention to detail pays off every time.

Bridgeport is a must visit in the beautiful Pearl district of Portland. I'll be bringing visitors here every time. (1,395 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Another stop during my recent visit (OBF); in fact, Bridgeport was the first target hit upon arrival - it being under renovation during my previous visit in November 2005. (Oh - the vines depicted in the picture have been long pulled.)

Located in Portland's Pearl District, or warehouse district more likely, BP is situated in a reconverted warehouse; you enter into a large, open, multi-storied, brickwalled space that is bisected by a steel staircase (leading upstairs to Bridgeport's only bar and restrooms).

On the left is a dining area with tables; to the right, as you enter, is a smaller dining area decked out with tables and high-tops. Off to the side is a bakery set-up with tantalizing sweets, but I was there for the beer. There is a walk up bar in the back for ordering. It sort of reminded me of many of the pubs in Prague - but I digress. Outside on what was once the loading dock is a patio for outdoor drinking - guess it still is a "loading" dock after all. Anyway sit, relax and watch the construction across the street.

The beer, their beer, is served fresh in Imperial pint glasses. A thirsty patron has about eight taps from which to choose; I enjoyed the tasty Blue Heron, the IPA and on cask: Ropewalk and Haymaker, the latter being an amber ale. Please note: they also had their hop heavy (100+ IBU) Hop Czar, which I sampled the following day at OBF - I did go back a second time for another. Mybad.

Efficient service meant my glass was never empty. Bridgeport has an excellent weekday Happy Hour when pints are $2.75.

Off course, being in the aforementioned Pearl District, Bridgeport Brewing is accessible by the beloved Portland Streetcar; it runs east on Lovejoy (1 block south) and west on Northrup (1 block north), so you can catch it either way. Check out the sign in front by the door; it provides notification of the streetcar arrival/departures. I heard that they adopted a stop. How sweet. Enjoy it during your next Portland visit. (1,974 characters)

Photo of countmeoutt
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

My fiance and I stopped by here while we were in town for the brewer's festival. I really liked this place. There was a small bar to the back,some merchandise to the left and tables to the right. We decided to sit down at a table.I enjoyed a haymaker,a ropewalk(on cask), and an IPA, all of which were good beers, so much so that i ordered a case of ropewalk when i returned home. There is an upstairs to the place with pretty clean bathrooms. As for the food, it was about average i'd say. can't complain about anything. It took us a while to find the place, but it was worth it. If i'm ever in Portland again this will be one of my first stops. (646 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped in on a recent business trip to Portland.

The brewery is in an old industrial building. The interior has exposed brick walls and impressive wooden beams. But the marble bar and stainless steel / black plastic tables and chairs seemed a bit out of place to me.

They have a good selection of their own beer that includes 12 on tap and 3 on cask. I went with a cask IPA and it was as good a cask IPA as I've ever had!

The bakery smelled and looked very good but it wasn't time to eat so I had to pass it by. I hope to try it one day.

I like this place a lot. (569 characters)

Photo of bigman147
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Visited with my family during a recent trip to Portland.

After deciding to check out the Pearl district and do a little shopping, it was nice for me to get a chance to sit down and grab a pint and a bite. The building appeared to be renovated and was large. Lots of options for seating and decor was open yet inviting. A bakery shop area is to your right as you enter and the smell of fresh bread was wonderful.

Beer selection was the standard Bridgeport portfolio. Blue Heron was tasty and very good with the pretzel starter course. Service was good and extremely attentive. The waitstaff was knowledgable about the beers and seemed to be excited to talk about them. Food was good with an interesting selection of middle eastern fair with standard german pretzels and sausages, and traditional pub burgers. I had a Turkey, Bacon, and Avocado sandwich. Prices seemed high but expected from commercial pubs. $8 for the sandwich seemed high. (947 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 5

I have to qualify my experiences with this pub by saying that my wedding rehearsal dinner was held there last weekend. The special event room upstairs was decked out by the staff just to our liking, and the bartenders and servers were nothing but pleasant and helpful all evening (especially considering the behavior of some of our guests). Every single item on the buffet was exceptional - cheese platters, dips, salmon skewers, everything was top notch. All of the brewery's beers were available at the bar, as was a full bar. Again, I don't think I could have asked for a better experience in any private venue, but especially in a local brewpub.
As for the regular everyday experience of a patron who's not throwing a party for 60 people, the pub is significantly changed from the days of throwing darts and drinking on picnic tables on the loading dock. The new renovations have turned it into a sleek, steel and wood structure that is a good fit for the yuppie condo tower neighborhood that has sprung up around it. The main dining room and bakery are downstairs, with the pub upstairs. The same menu is available in both rooms, and features a good eight or so beers and some excellent food. Beer lovers of all sorts, and omnivores and vegetarians alike will all be pleased. Service is usually quite pleasant, and the the prices are more than reasonable (unlike some other local breweries that feel they can charge $5 and up for a pint of their own beer, Bridgeport remains in the $3 range for imperial pints). Overall, an excellent experience in a unique, if ahistoric, venue. (1,584 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

According to our Portlander friends, the ivy shown in the picture has since been removed. Too bad. And apparently the inside is a bit more upscale than it used to be. The atmosphere was just fine, and it's a spacious place, comprised of two stories, with the bottom floor split into two distinct rooms. And, uh, the men's bathroom houses the biggest damn urinals I've ever seen. Don't fall in.

Their beer selection was good, ranging from the lighter pale ales to their stout and porter to the Knucklehead barleywine, which I admit was the #1 reason I wanted to visit. That turned out to be a chocolatey, sweet bw with the hops reeled in. The food was amazing. Of the brewpubs we toured in Portland this week, there was no better bp for food than Bridgeport. Highly recommended are the hot pretzels (appetizers) and pizzas. Their regular beer line is available in six packs, and the most stylish, classy growlers I've ever seen. This brewer has some commercial affiliations with Coors, and their continual expansion might irk diehard snobs....but they deliver on all fronts. No problem. (1,086 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The building didn't look as rustic in person as it does in the picture. No problem. The layout, decor, and atmosphere made me feel like maybe they didn't want a guy like me around. It didn't feel comfortable or inviting. People seemed nice - it's Portland right? Why is the bar upstairs? That's what I want to do after drinking - navigate my way back down a long steel staircase that looks like it should be on the outside of a factory building leading to the roof. Sure there is an elevator, but what is this - a department store, office building, or a brewpub? Bartender was nice. The beer was ok. just ok though. The ESB actually tasted better in the bottle I bought at a grocery store a couple nights previously, and after factoring in the atmosphere and layout of the place, I would prefer all my future Bridgeport beers to be out of the bottle somewhere other than this location. I wasn't pissed off though - far from it. Just ponderously dejected. (954 characters)

Photo of IceEyes
3.88/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I used to go here a long time ago before they made all the new renovations. It's not nearly as cozy as it used to be. It's obvious they've made a play for the Pearl District crowd. I guess you've got to go where the money is, but I like the way it used to be.

The pizza is still good and even though I didn't try anything from the bakery, I thought the bakery was a welcome addition. Can't argue with good fresh baked bread. We sat indoors but I noticed they've put seating outdoors on the loading dock. And they serve liquor now too. Most of the beers are the same as before but every now and then they bring out a new model like the Haystack or Beertown Brown. I felt a bit out of place compared to the yuppie crowd but the service was good. Mostly I'm there for the beers which are still great to drink. (810 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Bidgeport Brewery is an imposing structure somewhere on the path between The Lucky Lab Beer Hall and Downtown. I came across it completely by accident while searching for a cab. The neighborhood, like much of this area of Portland, is part fading industry, part new condos, and part beer.

Upon entering I was immediately taken aback by the size. Bridgeport is large enough to house four large brewpubs. There are catwalks and multiple areas on two floors. I noticed a lot of families seated to the left and couples dining to the right. We sat upstairs in an area that seemed to be designated for yuppies drinking after work.

Before ordering I took in the artwork – modern, expensive looking, and everywhere. Nowhere could one find a brick wall that did not hold at least one painting. Several of them were so interesting that I felt compelled to break out the camera to snap a few photos. Foreigner’s “Urgent” was playing as I admired the timber frame wondering if I was really looking at 25 foot and longer 12”/30”s. What a structure!

I ordered an Old Knucklehead Barley Wine. It came in a large stemmed glass for only $3.00! I also enjoyed an ESB, although it kept reminding me oddly of rose petals. Other beers on tap included an IPA, Amber, APA, Porter, Stout, and a seasonal or two.

Service was attractive, average and completely unknowledgeable about beer. (1,383 characters)

Photo of slander
3.88/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Last date in a post strike long weekend in Portland; probably the most vacationish thing I've had in a real long while and now it's nearly done. A few hours from now we'll be en route back to New York but we've got time for a beer (sampler) and a bite yet. We can spin the wheel as far as I'm concerned as there are more brewpubs in this town than you can shake a stick at, but Jon's got some place in mind. Bridgeport? That's the name of the place, Bridgeport? You ever been to Bridgeport, Connecticut? Well, I have, and I sure hope it ain't the same place...

Housed in a century old rope factory building on the corner, Bridgeport is a large expansive place. Passing though the entry area, the room just opens up. 9 raised square & rectangular tables in the center of the room, with a coffee & bakery area to one side, and a marble bar to the rear to 3 towers of 4 taps apiece and 5 stainless steel serving tanks lined behind. Vaulted ceilings with lots of old brick, pillarways and cut throughs to the side dining room and a catwalk above, very industrialish, brick & wood beams, walls decorated with framed prints of the bridge just up the street. 2 dozen tables in the side room with windows looking out front over the street. Candle lit posts, drop bulb lighting above, and the kitchen to the rear. A staircase there with skylights runs upstairs to a room holding a dozen and a half tables and a small straight bar seating 7 with a lower side counter and a couch in the corner and a flatscreen mounted above.

8 house taps (IPA, Ropewalk Amber Ale, ESB, Blue Heron APA, Porter, Black Strap Stout, Old Knucklehead Barley Wine and seasonal Supris; a Belgian blonde), plus 3 casks (IPA, Ropewalk Amber Ale & ESB), and 2 guest taps (Young's Old Nick & Samichlaus). The sampler comes with all 8 house beers. The Blue Heron APA was kind of weak, done Willamette hop; the Ropewalk Amber Ale was malty, mellow; the ESB was very nicely done; the Porter was bitter first, but then chocolatey & roasty; the Black Strap Stout creamy & smooth, had a bite; the Supris, not so Belgiany. The Porter & ESB were very good but otherwise, for the most part, the beers were just so-so. Said Phil, "Everything was watery".

As regards the bite, the Blue Heron tomato & red pepper soup was nicely spicy, done with croutons and cheese. The smoked Boston port butt sandwich was just okay at best though.

Rack unit of growlers, hats & shirts, 6 packs & cases for sale. Very nice place, but I was expecting a bit more from the beers. Still, much better than Bridgeport, Connecticut. (2,565 characters)

Photo of slyke
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped by BridgePort a couple of times during a long weekend in Portland. I had lunch one day in the ground level pub. I had the beer sampler and a sandwich. The beers were pretty good with some beers better than others and the sandwich showed some imagination. I thought it would be my one stop there until my brother spotted a card on the table with the scheduled football games for Sunday.

Come Sunday we returned to watch football in the upper level lounge. We ate the house-made pretzels and the barbeque chicken pizza. Both were very good. We washed them down with the Ebenezer winter beer and the IPA. Both beers were excellent.

This place also has a full bakery and opens for coffee in the morning and is obviously the local for many residents of the new condominiums nearby. If you are in Portland's northwest neighborhood, this place is definitely worth a stop. (880 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Overall a very nice big high ceilinged warehouse type set-up. We chose to sit outside since it was an awesome day. The service and food was pretty good. Nice brats cooked on the grill outside right next to our table.

Many different beers on tap - I counted 9. Beers are of very good quality considering the wide range of styles. There 2 standard beers (the Amber and the Pale Ale) were by far the most dissapointing - nothing special there. The other 7 were very good.

They had a special beer on tap when I was there: A Black Lager which was very nice and worth a try although the server didn't know much about it...

Of the regular beers, the Supris (seasonal?), the IPA, and the Barleywine really stood out above the others. The IPA is a very nice NW IPA.

Well worth a visit -- wish I had more time to check out the other brewpubs around Portland to compare but I'd say this one was a winner. (906 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

In the pioneer days of northwest microbrewing, brewpubs were unheard of and many brewers opted to set up shop in low-rent industrial zones where access for large trucks was a greater consideration than walk-in customers from the neighborhood. So it was for Bridgeport back in ’84 when they opened one of the first brewpubs in Oregon since the end of Prohibition in a 19th century former rope factory.

Much has changed since then, and the once industrial neighborhood surrounding Bridgeport has since become The Pearl District – a trendy hood known for its exclusive condos, high-end restaurants and fashionable boutiques. Sensing the need to adapt to its changing environs, Bridgeport closed the doors to its comfortable, time-worn pub for more than to a full year to initiate an astonishing $3.5 million renovation project. The result was a redesigned floor plan that now includes an onsite gourmet bakery, outdoor seating, a full wet bar, a conference room, and refined enhancements throughout. The menu still offers wood-fired pizzas, but now there’s also roast lamb, grilled tuna, and single malt scotch. The bakery has fine rustic breads, croissants, and scones. But don’t worry; the main attraction of craft ales is still the centerpiece of Bridgeport’s operation – and they haven’t raised their beer prices.

Some may mourn the loss of Bridgeport’s cozy familiarity from its previous incarnation. It’s true that some of the original charm has been supplanted by efforts at sophistication. The scenery once suited to a quaint postcard is now more attune to a glossy architectural magazine. But if you’ve only first arrived in the post ivy-draped era and you can’t fathom how the cavernous, crane infested pit across the street was once a century-old warehouse, then you may approach the matter with a tabula rasa and appreciate the place for what it is today. Much of the original building is still exposed in its full glory. The weathered red bricks and monstrous wooden beams stand much as they did in late 1800’s. And they’ve somehow managed to expand their seating capacity while making the place more spacious and airy.

Seating areas include the central bar area, a separate dining room (with its own menu), an upstairs lounge, the conference room, and the new patio on the old loading bay. I always like the idea of outdoor seating and I’m glad Bridgeport expanded in that direction. But the best they have to offer are the three cask-conditioned ales, especially the IPA which is stellar on cask. A few of their less ambitious brands are deliberately middle-of-the-road. But you can’t go wrong with Black Strap, Ebenezer, or Old Knucklehead.

A few things to watch for: the menu board above the bar is relatively small and none-too-easy to read. The dinner crowd shifts abruptly to a Pearl District fashion statement that would seem to give casual thrift to beer. But don’t let that stop you. This is still a great place to bring your parents, a date who’s way classier than you, or anyone in search of a fine ale. (3,058 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This is a large building easy to get to from the downtown section we were staying in by streetcar. The building looks old and rustic from outside, but when we entered it was trendy and modern on the inside. Plenty of blacks and metals in a large warehouse style building. A catwalk over the bar area was interesting. Two floors of dining, this place can handle a boatload of people. A small bakery occupies one corner of the inside bar area. Small stand holding sixpacks to go and some tees was just off the bar.

There were 9 beers on tap, 3 of them cask conditioned. The beers ranged from the lighter Supris to the barleywine Old Knucklehead. The beers were fresh and straightforward. The beers were mostly good but not overwhelming. No complaints here.

The service was slow since there was only one bartender waiting on walkups and the tables, and there was a good sized crowd. We originally sat on the outside deck that had waiter service, but the outside construction noise pushed us back inside. The bartender was very friendly and knew the specifics regarding the beers he was pouring. We did not sample any food.

This is worthy of a stop if staying in downtown Portland. (1,188 characters)

Photo of Skidz
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Well, we walked over here after stopping at Rogue down the street. What a difference. I felt underdressed and by the looks of the place, probably not packing enough cash. Swanky and ultra-modern in appearance.

However, the beers were resonably priced and came with good decscriptions. I chose the IPA, which I considered to be quick lackluster, I had tried the Pale in Seattle and found it too to be rather bland. I took a taste of the barleywine and was put off of it entirely.

There must be something about the restrooms in Portland, because this place came with its quirks too. Walk up the cagey-feeling staircase and back to the restrooms and if you're a guy, you will find two of the largest urinals ever molded by man. I could sleep in one of those if they weren't soaked in urine, no joke. I didn't check the toilets, but regret not doing so, as they too may have been the size of a bathtub. (904 characters)

Photo of freed
4.15/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I'm a little surprised to find my original review missing, but I suppose that is for the best - Bridgeport's flagship brewpub is a new creature. It is somewhat difficult to divorce myself from the lament I feel about it's change (it was my favorite pub ever), but I'll try with a clean slate.

It’s quite shocking to enter the new building. There’s a lot of room - especially vertical space, that the rather cavernous inside really shrinks you. The warm brick and timber is still there; but it is dwarfed by a darker, classier collection of blacks and whites. On the east end (formerly the quiet room) is a cafe and a few seats. The entry contains a number of standing tables and chairs, and is full of folks enjoying beverages from the expanded bar. Beyond the seats is a dead zone of lonely space that separates people from the bar. I was a little nervous to approach at first, but eventually crossed the divide to order a cask IPA.

The new bar itself is quite lovely. There are serving tanks along the back wall, nice white tiling and stainless accessories. The bar buzzes with activity. What used to consist of taps and pulls and a couple bottles of wine now includes a selection of deep amber liquids and some additional spirits. The bar staff were quite friendly. In fact, everyone was. One thing that was a bit of a change was the army of service that always seemed to be buzzing around.

I took my pint and wandered, checking out the new dining rooms to the east and west of the bar, then upstairs to the cocktail lounge. Up on the sky bridge I found the remnants of Bridgeport that I’d missed. The brick had been re-framed with steel, and still showed that it was the same building. The architecture is very clean, and quit elegant, though much more formal.

The addition of Supris and the new digs reminded me of the Belgo Centraal beirodrome I visited in London several years ago. I loved it there, but I’m still not sure about it here. I need to try again.

I've been back a couple times now and I still love the beer, the pizza, and the building is gorgeous. The smell of malted barley still permeates the neighborhood, which is the largest source of change. RoyalT's post on Rogue (also in the neighborhood) from a few years back mentions the sketchy neighborhood. It has changed so much that you're more likely to get a tax-cut than mugged, but change is constant. (2,394 characters)

Photo of Rezzin
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I visited Bridgeport over the weekend while visiting friends on St. Pattys Day. We didn't plan on going here but my friend's wife works nearby and we had some time to kill just before lunch so we decided to drop by.

I have no idea what the place looked like before the renovation but it now looks really nice. The decor is very Portlandesque with an industrial feel to it but in a young, fresh way. There is also a bakery on the right side just as you walk in. We only visited the bar area but the seating look plentiful and there was an area upstairs that we didn't really see.

The service here was outstanding. It was slow when we went but coming from so cal, we were pleasantly surprised at the hospitality we received from the entire staff.

Having never tried any of the Bridgeport beers, I asked one of the hosts about what to try and he directed me to the bartender. Diego - if you're reading this: THANKS BRO! Diego, our bartender, helped make out short trip to Bridgeport an awesome one. He hooked us up with samplers and was flowing with little tid bits of information about the beers. He was also very knowledgable of the area and helped us with directions to Johns Marketplace which, by the way, is an awesome store which will get a beaming review shortly. He was having a little trouble getting the growler filled (something was up with beer engine I think) so he offered us pints while we waited.

It was pretty early in the day so as far as beers go, I only tried their IPA, the cask conditioned IPA and the Supris. The regular IPA and the Supris were definitely above average beers but the cask conditioned IPA was outstanding. We also a tried a green St. Pattys mixed drink but I don't really care too much for mixrd drinks. I made sure to leave with a growler in hand.

Great place, friendly service, nice decor - It's too bad I didn't get a chance to try the food. I'll be sure to come back next time. (1,934 characters)

Photo of mashmstr2
2.65/5  rDev -31.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3

While it's probably to early to give the newly reopened Bridgeport a fair review.... I think, I need to let dust fall and see where things go with this pub. There are people who probably would like to know what's happened since the remodel...

The OLD Brewery/Pub was rustic with nice little corners to sit and enjoy your friends and their company. Waiting staff was friendly and fairly fast. The Pub would be filled with local Portlanders looking for a good beer and relaxed surroundings.

That was then and this is now...

Now! Bridgeport has been converted into an Upscaled Modern Industrial theme. Black metal stairs, catwalks and a fancy new elevator. The old rustic look if mostly gone, even some of the oversized support timbers have been cut through and left looking like severed appendages. In their place is a open 2 story skylight vastness.

Gone are the cozy nooks for a private beer and meal with friends. Instead, all areas are wide open, looking more like a demented school cafitera. Everyone can see everyone else... Kind of like you are on display. It's loud and the is no privacey.

There are three eating areas: Pub, Dinner and Bar areas. All have different menu's which makes things a little confusing when trying to see the entire menu. Some of the old Bridgeport stand bys are on the menu.... at a new price - Higher!

Service was horrible! 20 mins for anyone say hello. Then we recieved, only what I can call, two PROFIT POURED Beer. About 1 inch of the glass wasn't filled and when asked for a proper fill, the server merely walked around a corner and brought back the same beer, unfilled!

The quality of the food was good, but not worth the price.

There is a new DRINK and WINE Menu which seems to be created for a crowd different from the original crowd that has kept this brewery alive for the past 20+ years.

The beer is there! Two new bar areas, both with big flashy serving tanks that help us all to remember that THIS IS a brewery and not yuppie haven or hipster hell. Of course, there's seems to even be an arrogance with these "BAR ALTERS,'" only one of these bars can be sat at; The other stands just as you walk in the main door which just stands as a gleeming reflection of cocky selfachievment and grandeur....You can't approach this bar, just admire from afar!

They have added a bakery which only had a handful of overpriced items

The beer is of the same great quality with the exception of the new Surpriz Blegian Ale, which is pure fluff and uninspired for a Belgian attempt. Unfortunately, that's the only thing has HASN'T changed. Has bridgeport decided to Jump the Shark?

Update (9/14/06): Well...After 3-4 more visits, one visit included a tour; I have some updated reviews..

The Saturday Tour was fun and informative, but had one fatal mistake... NO TASTINGS after the tour! I've never, "never" been on a brewery tour that didn't have the group sample the beers at the end of the tour, period! I had a group of 10 people, all beer people, some were from out of town...It was embaressing..

We learned one thing on the tour: The Gambrinus Corp of Canada is now running (own?) the not-so-Oregonian anymore Bridgeport BC. They invested the 3.5 Mil for the renovation, but barely anything went to brewery modification or new beer style formulation. Oh, maybe some money went to promote that Surpriz swill.... yea, it was a surprise...it sucks...!

Post tour and recent visits = NO CHANGE!

The shark has been jumped! (3,498 characters)

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4.15/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It appears that I'm the first to review BridgePort since the remodeling. The place looks great. They've torn out some interior walls, added a second level and kept lots of exposed brick and beams. There's now a bar area, a dining room and an upstairs dining room/bar area. They all serve the same menu which is similar to the restaurant style menu at the Hawthorne location. They have a bar on both levels as well. For some reason, they also have a bakery in the bar area on the ground floor. They have expanded their beer list with 6 BridgePort drafts and 3 cask beers. The cask IPA is fantastic. The drafts are dispensed from "cobras" which are frosted metal taps resembling a hooded cobra head but first the glasses are cooled and rinsed with a fancy fountain system. I couldn't tell you whether this makes any difference in the taste as we only drank cask beers. We had one of the pizzas and the mussels. The food didn't seem as good as the Hawthorne location which I would recommend even if you don't like beer but is still a welcome change from the usual pub fare. Perhaps it will improve as they just reopened. The dining room was a bit noisy. I think that next time we'd go to the second level. We were pleased to see that they've kept the outdoor tables. (1,263 characters)

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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went there late last year. It made a very good impression on me--enough to give an acurate review, even now. Un-nerving walking from the rail car to the bar. Old warehouse looking, eerie feeling, but characterful in it's own special way. Entering the building, it's vast and well lit. Rustic and masculine spatially, yet historic and clean. Not over prettied up. The beers are very good. I had the sampler and then finished with my favorite-an IPA on cask. The selection was a varied 8 or so beers on tap with 1 or 2 on cask. The food was quite good, better than most Pizza Pubs. The service was good but un-interesting. I cannot wait to return after the renovation. I just hope that they don't pretty it up too much. (719 characters)

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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Well, I'm not sure why I'm reviewing this now, since in a couple weeks the brewpub will be closed for renovations, and I will need to review it again when they reopen. I stopped in when I first heard about the remodeling project, to get a last glimpse before they shut down, and I liked it so much I've kept going back. Since I heard about the renovation a couple weeks ago, I've been here three times. It's a pleasant, welcoming place and I see no need for them to improve upon it, although the Pearl District has fast become a destination of upscale boutiques and restaurants, and perhaps BridgePort feels the need to keep pace. The street is cobblestoned and the brick building is covered with vines, providing a post-industrial atmosphere of which I'm very fond. It's on the northern edge of the district, though, and the immediate neighborhood is still a little rough-and-tumble, with gaping potholes in the street and broken-windowed warehouses that haven't yet been transformed into chi-chi eateries or pricey home furnishing stores.

The pub itself has sturdy wooden tables spread throughout three rooms or so, and a convivial atmosphere equally suitable for families, couples, co-workers, or close friends out to blow off steam. I also made a solo visit and felt perfectly welcome sitting in the corner by myself with a paper. As you walk in, you can step up to the bar and get yourself a pint, but after you sit down, the waitstaff will attend to you thereupon. There are two handpumps operating, one of which is almost always the IPA and shouldn't be missed. On one occasion I was lucky enough to try a superb cask-conditioned Old Knucklehead barleywine. The other beers are their regular offerings and they usually don't have seasonals, the exceptions being fall's Hop Harvest and winter's Ebenezer Ale. Pints are 20 ounces and cost $3.50, $3.75 if cask. Over the sound system, they play complete albums start to finish, which I greatly appreciate, and I've heard good stuff including Broken Social Scene, Miles Davis, Ryan Adams and Radiohead. Food is a diverse mix including soups, salads and sandwiches, all a fraction more upscale than most pub grub. Pizzas are the popular dish here, though, and they make several varieties each named after a different bridge in Portland. The pizzas are good, not awesome, but should satisfy everyone but the most insufferable pizza snob. It's the beer, though, that should be your reason for coming here. The basic British styles (pale ale, stout, barley wine) don't deviate from the established parameters, but with BridgePort being one of the original new world micros, their picture-perfect beers manage to encapsulate Pacific Northwest brewing, and American craft brewing as a whole.

NOTE: As mentioned, the pub will be closed for a 10-month renovation. This should put completion in October 2005, although hopefully their doors will be open before then. The brewery operations and dock sales will continue unabated throughout the project. In the meantime, you can visit BridgePort's other pub, the Ale House on Hawthorne. (3,083 characters)

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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Made a stop to Bridgeport while in town for the Holiday Ale Fest, and was once again pleased with this establishment. My wife and I had dinner and a few pints on a Saturday night, while busy we were still seated within 10mins.
The atmosphere was quite nice, according to the bar manager their building was actually 3 warehouses at one time. It has a rustic, early 1900's feel to it. There is a large room with long picnic style tables in the middle and smaller tables surrounding them.
The food was a nice selection of general pub fare: wings, salads, sandwiches, but also had a few nice dinner entrees. We decided on a large pizza and must say it was quite a nice surprise. It was one of the best pizzas I have ever had.
I beer was selection of all their beers that are brewed onsite. I enjoyed their IPA on cask while my wife enjoyed their Ebenezer holiday ale, also on cask. It was the first time trying cask ales for my wife and I, and must say they were truely enjoyable.
I will definatly be returning to bridgeport on my next visit to Portland.

Note: The resturant portion of the brewery will close 12/23/04 for 4-6 months for remodeling. recommend you check their website or call before stopping by. (1,215 characters)

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2.84/5  rDev -26.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

I feel like I could be crucified for offering a dissenting opinion, only because so many people I talked to in Portland had an undying love for the place. I feel that maybe i'm just not in the niche or place where I can appreciate it.

Bridgeport is a place where beers on cask have large velco-able placards to represent themselves. Bridgeport feels of a trendy Seattle eatery with a bar-centric approach. Sadly, I felt that the bartender had only pedestrian knowledge about beer.

The cask beer was way too damned cold, and their Imperial stout was watery.

I do have to say that the IPA is pretty damned good, even though its almost too much like drinking a glass of orange juice. They didn't have the IPA on cask when I was there which was a crying shame 'cause that probably would have put a different spin on the whole thing. Who knows. When I make it back to Portland, i'll give this place another shot. (917 characters)

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub in Portland, OR
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