BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / BrewpubBridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
BEER AVG
3.6/5
Based on:
24 Beers
4,400 Ratings
Place Score: 87
Ratings: 87
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.86
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

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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1.75/5  rDev -54.7%

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2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
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!

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2.84/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of cbarrett4
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Floydster
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

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

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3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in on a recent Portland trip only because we were headed to Rogue, but found parking in front of BridgePort.

Atmosphere was nice, but more "family" on a Sunday evening. We only split a pizza, but it was excellent! Fantastic homemade crust and more unusual toppings (homemade brats, apples, cheddar).

The beer was very inexpensive: $7.50 got us nice size samples of all 8 current drafts. The stout and porter were pretty good, but I felt everything else was quite bland. Not bad, but nothing exceptional. They seemed to be more like a brewery catering to the masses: it reminded me of Rock Bottom.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.59/5  rDev -7%
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.

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3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub in Portland, OR
87 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.