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Big Horse Brew Pub / Horse Feathers & Co.

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very good

25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 43
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: 9
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

115 State St.
Hood River, Oregon, 97031
United States
phone: (503) 386-4411

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3.26/5  rDev -17%

i've been here a couple times, and the one word i would use to describe it is, "weird." first off, i do have to say that the beers are really good, they do a nice job with those. the food is good but spendy for a pub. but the last time i was there...our table had a mirror on the ceiling above it, which felt strange; the waiter scratched his balls#ck while taking our order; a waitress came over to retake our order; we felt kind of ignored for quite some time while the waitress carried on personal conversations with a couple of friends who had stopped in, which would be fine except that there was only us and another group in there. just felt...weird. and the first time we went there just for drinks, it was weird then too. strange atmosphere. everyone has given this place pretty high ratings though, so maybe i just have bad luck here?

elcrawl, Oct 07, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev 0%

This was a very nice venue. You have to climb a bunch of stairs to get to the place, but it's worth it, and you work off some beer calories while you're at it. Set in a large prospector-type house, the bar has a sort of mountain lodge atmosphere. Not as dark and intimate as I prefer my bars to be, but I certainly felt right at home here. The bar itself is small, with seats for maybe 8 people or so, but there are plenty of tables and booths, as well as outside seating and a very nice downstairs billiards room. Great panoramic view of the city and mountains. It wasn't too busy when I visited, so the service was laid back but generally on the ball. I believe there were 9 house beers to choose from, with a good spread of options from APAs to a Scotch ale to stouts. Didn't try any food, as we had just eaten at Double Mountain (easily within walking distance, FYI), though I was tempted by the big chocolate chip cookie I saw someone order. Overall a very nice place, with good beer and decent prices. Worth a visit for sure, and this would probably be my bar of choice if I lived in the area.

Rifugium, Dec 30, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

With the lurking beast that Portland is still awaiting my arrival, I decide to stop here after Double Mountain and Full Sail visits on a Friday night. My lucky day, all you can eat fish fry like back home... oh to see how the westerners do it.

They do it very well. The fish was not overly greasy and tasted very fresh and filling (as well as the other portions). The beers were good like the selection was but not great, lacking in adventure and boldness... not deviating too much from the norm for pub fare in the area. I did get the best table in the place, a window seat with a view spilling down a street through the center of town... a people watcher's delight. I am very happy I stopped here and would definitely stop here again, even if only for a bite to eat.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Oct 19, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

Was in town for the hood river wet hop festival, and thought I'd stop by for a bite after sampling a number of different beers.

Big Horse brewpub is shaped like a good size A frame home, with the pub area upstairs and some pool tables and a few more tables downstairs. I think they also have an outside patio area, though I don't think it was open the day I visited. Atmosphere and vibe were laid back and informal, as were the staff working here today. Everyone seemed pretty excited about the festival, and were making plans and looking forward to walking over after getting off shift.

As for the beer, they had 8 different house beers, as well as one guest tap (a wheat beer from walking man). I don't think they bottle anything, and I was told that nothing is distributed outside the brewpub (too much demand and too little beer). In terms of the quality here, it's difficult to rate. The wet hop beers (2 of them) were superb, especially the DIPA version (vernon the rabbit slayer). On the other hand, I tried their sour and it was flat out weird. The stuff smelled and tasted as if someone had dumpted a bunch of heinz 57 sauce into it, and it was as vinegary and sour as just about any beer I've tasted. Otherwise, they had a stout, pilsner and blonde, none of which I sampled (after the sour, I kind of lost interest in trying anything else on the menu).

In terms of food, I got the calamari and it was excellent. It was spicey and sizeable, and I'd definitely order it again any time I stopped by (unlike the crappy stuff at Pelican). Prices were OK I thought. My calamari was around $11.50 and my 10 ounce glass of vernon was $5.50 (and worth every penny). As for service, I sat at the bar and chatted with the knowledgeable bartender about beer in general (he's a big Bells and two hearted ale fan), the stuff made at Big Horse, and the beers on offer over at the festival.

A couple of thoughts... for such a small town, Hood River certainly has more than it's fair share of places to grab good beer. Big Horse is certainly one more, but based on what I sampled today, I'm not sure how often I'd stop by if it wasn't fresh hop season. The beer here was decent, but I wouldn't call it better than what's on offer at Full Sail and Double Mountain, and for that matter I'd probably prefer to stop off at Walking Man if I happened to be in the area. Still, they must be doing something right, as they've been in operation for some time now and seem to have fairly loyal clientele. I wouldn't call it a beer destination, but I'd stop here for lunch again, especially if it was during wet hop season (the vernon is THAT good).

John_M, Oct 02, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%

One of the most unique brewpubs I think I'll ever set foot into. An English-style pub on the third floor of an old house? going up the hill of Hood River. The views down to the Columbia & it's windsurfers are amazing. I think even nondrinkers would appreciate a lunch here. We would always stop here for meals on our way from Bend to Portland/Seattle.

One of those brewpubs that pays attention to both the food and beer. Everything here was always well thoughtout and quality.

The kind of place were everyone always seemed happy to be working there. The bartenders always knew what was up with the beer too. It's tiny, so it's hard to be ignored:)

For such a small operation, they have a decent number of brews(6-8). Also, it always seemed to be more than just the usual PNW styles. They must have a brewer that knows more than the average, because the beer is above average.

Not that the menu is groundbreaking or anything, but this place has better takes on pub fare than alot of other brewpubs. I never had a bad meal, and my wife never had a problem finding veggie options.

AugiePrimrose, Nov 04, 2010
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Big Horse Brew Pub / Horse Feathers & Co. in Hood River, OR
89 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.