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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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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 slander
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

slander, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of Dogbrick
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%

Walked to Bridgeport on the suggestion of our server at Deschutes. It is located on Marshall and 13th, and there is street parking in all directions.

The interior has an industrial feel and is 2 levels, giving it a very open look. Lots of brick and exposed pipe, and dark colors. The bar is in the rear with a view of some of the small batch brewing equipment. There is also a permanent beer menu situated behind the bar displaying their regular and seasonal beers. There is also a small gift shop area with a cooler of bottled beer to go.

The beer selection consists of around 7 including 1 or 2 seasonals. There is a sampler available for $7.50. The beers are pretty standard offerings such as Amber, IPA, and ESB plus a couple of higher-end beers like a Scotch ale and the Hop Czar IPA. The standard beers are pretty average with the bigger brews being better.

Service was good on a weekday afternoon. The bartender was covering the area where we sat and he was knowledgeable about their available beers.

We did not try any food on this visit.

Overall Bridgeport is not at the top of the list as far as places I would hit on a return visit to Portland but I am glad we stopped in.

Dogbrick, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Gavage, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of GJ40
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

GJ40, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%

Day 1 & Stop 3 of the Portland Pub Crawl. Grabbed some seats outside on the cool deck. Not a great view, just another brick building, but beats being inside on a nice night. Our waitress was very friendly and quick. There were 7 beers on tap, but I found out the Old Knucklehead was kicked. So I went with the Hop Czar Triple IPA on cask. Wife went with Porter. Both solid choices. Finished those up and went inside to check it out. Pretty good crowd for a Tuesday. Two floors, packed with people. Very cool industrial look, lots of brick and stainless steel. Not a huge selection of beers, but a great brewpub to hang out at.

morebeergood, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 22, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

seanchai, Dec 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

BillRoth, Nov 18, 2013
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
Photo of jjboesen
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

jjboesen, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

msubulldog25, May 21, 2013
Photo of RedDiamond
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

RedDiamond, Jul 15, 2006
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

jdense, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of indiapaleale
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

indiapaleale, Feb 21, 2009
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
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

DrMindbender, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

atpca, Jul 18, 2014
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
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

timlyon, Jun 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

Metalmonk, Oct 05, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

tylerstravis, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

My friends and I stopped in at Bridgeport Brewpub for dinner and some beers after a day of hard work attending Oregon Brewers Fest in downtown Portland. We sat in the mezzanine section which has a neat feel to it, as the interior walls are the erstwhile exterior walls of the neighboring building. Décor was a standard, modern, clean brewpub look.

The beer selection was decent, but most of their offerings were the brews that they sell in bottles. The beer was tasty enough, but it would have been fun to try something more exotic. I went with the cherry chocolate stout which really hit the spot for me.

Service was friendly and knowledgeable enough about the beers, though they seemed understaffed so it was a bit slow. The food is quite good indeed, though; I had the pot roast sandwich and was quite pleased, and my brother had the shepherd's pie which was likewise better than we were expecting.

If it were located in almost any other city, I would definitely revisit Bridgeport. However, with the approximately one billion other excellent brewpubs in Portland, I probably won't prioritize another visit here on my next trip down.

flagmantho, Jul 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Hobbit, Mar 14, 2014
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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub in Portland, OR
87 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.