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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

Not Rated.
BridgePort Brewing Co. / BrewpubBridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
BA SCORE
87
very good

82 Ratings
Ratings: 82
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 4,402
Beer Avg: 3.6
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

Notes:
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 Skidz
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

Skidz, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of freed
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

freed, May 25, 2006
Photo of Rezzin
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

Rezzin, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of mashmstr2
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%

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!

mashmstr2, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of bassoonoflunacy
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

bassoonoflunacy, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

BEERchitect, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of Thrasher
4.08/5  rDev +6%

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.

Thrasher, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of NVbeer
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

NVbeer, Dec 08, 2004
Photo of GreenWBush
2.84/5  rDev -26.2%

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.

GreenWBush, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%

Hey, hands down. This is my favorite brew pub in the Pacific Northwest and especially in a city known for having great brew pubs, that says a lot for Bridgeport. The first thing you notice when you approach the establishment is the bricks and ivy (being a Cubs fan from Chicago I liked this place from the start). Upon entering, you notice the rustic atmosphere (lots of wooden panels, tables, partitions) and the smell of the pizzas in the ovens. We immediately ordered a pizza and a sampler of their beer. Delicious pizza. I was already familiar with the IPA and the pale ale. But everything was tasty. The service was friendly and everyone we spoke to seems to be locals who gave the place high marks. This will be the first place we visit when we return to Portland.

ChappyCubsFan, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of drewbage
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

Just outside of the Brewery Blocks area and just around the corner from the Rogue pub sits the main heart of the Bridgeport Brewing world.

First let's make no mistake about it, this si a brewery first, pub second, but it's a fine pub.

When I first went here several years ago, the Pearl area was still a bit sketchy, but now with gentrification no young lass should feel her heart skip a beat when she comes walking this way.

The brewery itself is located in a beautiful old red brick warehouse with train tracks at it's loading dock. Ivy covers the wall above the loading dock (part of which is now used as a patio for the pub.)

Fare here is simple, pizza and salads. The beer here is all of the Bridgeport lineup with a few on cask. (I beleive 2). If you like the Bridgeport product then this is the way to have it.

Try it. Sit outdoors on a beautiful summer day with a friend, a pie and a pitcher of cask Bridgeport IPA and tell me what's wrong with this life.

drewbage, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of Floydster
3.35/5  rDev -13%

We went here on day three in Portland and stopped for the sole purpose of trying Old Knucklehead on tap, unfortunately we missed it by a few hours, we each settled for a glass of Hop Czar which was quite good, I have had all of their beers before other than this new IPA, so I was not very excited about anything else once I heard the barleywine was tapped out, starting with the atmosphere, really like the creative idea of molding a bakery into this operation, other than that this place is pretty dry, very nice inside as far as furniture and the building but there is just not much too it, lacked the aura that many of the other Portland beer establishments have, quality wise it is super clean inside, new everything, nicely organized, service was decent altough the few bartenders that we asked questions were a little rude, they had about eight of their beers on tap, also a few select bottles for sale, too bad there was not any Stumptown Tart though, food looked decent especially the baked goods but we were still full from earlier in the day, probably would not go back here unless they release something extravagant and this was the only place to get it, still worth checking out probably

Floydster, Jun 08, 2009
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub in Portland, OR
87 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.