Fearless Brewing Company
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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
4.29/5 rDev +16.3%
Worth a detour, Fearless is in charming downtown Estacada (Be careful not to tread on the quaintness).
Went here on a Sunday afternoon and while the outside tables were full, there was plenty of room inside. We had samplers of all the beers they had on tap that day and were pleasantly surprised. While we have had their solid Scottish Ale many times, we had never had most of their other varieties.
On our visit, they had eight beers on tap. Our favorites were the Peaches & Cream, the red, the session ale and a mosaic hops beer. I didn't expect to like the peaches and cream but it was delicious. Probably my favorite. Most beers were as off the beaten path in flavor as the location in Estacada.
As the brewer is of Scandinavian ancestry, there's a Norse theme going. Their logo is a viking, the red is named for Loki and he whosoever holds their imperial IPA, possesses the drink of Thor.
If your mortal form has grown weak and you need sustenance, Fearless also has pretty good food. We snacked on the fondue, fries and quesadilla which went quickly with the beer.
Ken the brewer was there and was extremely friendly.
07-08-2013 20:44:01 | More by bassoonoflunacy
4.28/5 rDev +16%
This is a fine establishment. On a Sunday night, we found the place uncrowded. They put the big-screen TV onto the NFL game and turned up the sound, so we got to see our favorite QB strut his stuff and win the game. The beers were excellent, the service was fine, the appetizer was delivered quickly, hot and yummy, and overall we had no complaints.
It's amazing that Estacada, a town of 2,600 souls, has an establishment of this caliber. You can find Fearless "On Broadway". Judging from the beers we sampled (the Clackamas Cream Ale, the DIPA, the NIORD Northwest PA, and the red, the brewers here know their stuff and are producing workmanlike product. To their credit, their brews are generally low ABV and still very tasty - their "DIPA" was only 6.8% ABV, and at 98 IBU's, mighty flavorful. The Clackamas Cream Ale was a standout session beer, delicious for the nice balance and tasty malt bill. We got the cheese fries, which were just fine, simple and satisfying - (Thank God for Beer, to Emulsify the Sinful Fat and Absolve Our Guilt :-)
Fearless is a jewel of a local establishment, providing community and excellence to a delightful small town. You can't ask for more. Highly Recommended! Trek out to Estacada, go to the Spiral Gallery and find out how the local artists have blessed, inspired, and transformed this town with loving community art with creative murals,and by all means, enjoy a stop at FEARLESS. You won't be sorry.
09-10-2012 04:09:17 | More by dickroop
4.6/5 rDev +24.7%
While vacationing from Pensacola, FL, we stopped in after my good friend Rick spied a tiny sign by the road informing our party of 4 about this place. We had just finished a session of white water rafting in the Clackamas river and though it would be a good thing to check it out and take the edge off our hunger before driving back to Portland. Boy were we surprized! We ordered a couple of samplers and then Rick and I shared. We were delighted at the "spot-on" quality of the beers and happy with the food..although Carol thought it could have been a bit spicier. The Peaches and Cream was superb..I drank a couple (I think) pints of that. My only regret it that I didn't get a T-shirt...but Rick did. We would definatley go back.
08-13-2012 00:05:16 | More by Pyedog
3.28/5 rDev -11.1%
My friend and I stopped in Estacada and Fearless for a few drinks after visiting the Bagby Hot Springs in nearby Mt Hood National Forest. Though only twenty-some miles from Portland, Estacada feels a little bit like a world apart. It reminded me of some of the small towns I've lived in in Colorado and Wisconsin, just wetter.
Fearless was largely empty on a late Sunday afternoon, and we had our server's full attention. She was friendly and good humored and gladly served us several tasters. They had six house beers on tap--an IPA, Scottish ale, strong Scottish ale, porter, cream, and fruit (peach in a cream ale base). The IPA and Scottish ales were all quite good--especially the IPA, which had a long, refreshing bitterness--and the others were all passable. Were they to have more tap handles around Portland (there were a few at the Green Dragon early last fall, if I remember right; though, I haven't seen any since), I could see myself going for their offerings as a reliable, sessionable choice.
What I won't do, in all likelihood, is go back to Fearless itself. Unfortuantely, the beer and service aren't enough to outweigh the anachronistic menu--it may be the bar food that draws the comparison to small Midwest towns, but Fearless doesn't have cheese curds, gizzards or deviled eggs. Plus, the too-large beer hall vibe didn't really do much for me. I did like the corner with comfy couches and photo album of the brewpub's development/early days.
This said, I should be emphatically positive about one thing: if I were an Estacada resident, I'm sure that I would be in Fearless often. I could see this being a fine 'local bar,' and their sessionable beers are enjoyable. For Portland residents, Fearless is worth a stop, if you're passing through Estacada between the city and the mountains. Note the emphasis on "a."
12-22-2008 01:42:23 | More by benito
2.88/5 rDev -22%
Well, I'm originally from Oregon, and on a recent trip with my girlfriend in June, we stopped by Fearless. I was in the mindset of stopping by every brewery/pub we came across in the NW. The town of Estacada is somewhat of a mountain hick town, but not nearly as bad as any small hick town in Minnesota or Wisconsin, which is where I'm at now. For one reason...your at the gate of the Mt. Hood National Forest man...come on! The burgers we had were actually pretty decent, and cheap. I had the Maibock and Scotish ale. Both were ok, nothing specail, but very drinkable. My girlfriend is not much of a beer drinker at all, so I talked her into getting the cream ale, and she loved it. I liked it so much I got one. It was one of the best cream ales I've had. It had some nice malt character. All in all, I would go back...mainly because it's a nice stop while heading down the scenic byway in one of the most beautiful places in the country.
10-24-2007 20:41:39 | More by PeaTearGriffin
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
Was up in Estacada for a family gettogether ( wife's side) and luckilly the place we had the reunion was just a block away from Fearless.
Ther brewpub is in the middle of Estacada's tiny business district, very nice , typical of small town America that seems to be dissapearing at a fair rate nowadays.
It wasnt very busy on an early Sunday afternoon, a few tables were full on the right hand side as you walk in, this is the restuarant side of the business,it looked very tidy and spacious, booths and tables in light pine. Nice lighting.
To the left is a small bar area with a nice comfy sofa looking out into Broadway. Loads of old pictures and memorabilia.
There were 8 taps but only 5 in use , they had a Scottish Ale, Porter,IPA ,Pale and a seasonal Strong Scotch ale, which i had a pint of and found pleasant.
The service i recieved was very friendly and I easilly struck up a conversation with the bar maid.
The food looked good, though I never had any.
All in all it seemed a nice place in an old fashioned ex-logging town.
12-05-2005 14:15:27 | More by Reidrover
1.9/5 rDev -48.5%
I've only been to Fearless once and drank all of three pints of their beer. Ordinarily I wait until I've visited a brewpub repeatedly and sampled a broader representation of their beers before writing about the brewpub itself. In this case however, a more inclusive overview will not be forthcoming owing to the fact that the owner of the Fearless Brewing Company has requested that I no longer patronize his establishment.
My exclusion came about after posting my three reviews. One review was favorable; two were not. Two months later the owner / brewer contacted me by email and began making repeated demands that I reveal to him my identity and personal contact information, and then meet him at an undisclosed location. Creepy. I was then treated to a discordant rant about Michael Jackson, the media, and my apparent lack of a virtuous upbringing. Needless to say, none of this went far towards inspiring a renewed appreciation for the brewer or his establishment. More importantly, it did nothing to improve the character of the house beers, which range in quality from marginally palatable to intrinsically flawed.
Seeing as the owner opted to make this personal, I'll take the high road and keep my comments here descriptive and brief. Fearless Brewing Company offers about six house taps - five regulars and one seasonal - plus two or three guest taps. On the plus side, the pub features plump lounge chairs, hand-crafted wrought iron tap handles, quaint family photos on the walls, and a regular lineup of events such as open mic and ladies night. On the downside, the booths are stiff and wooden, the food is painfully unimaginative, and those event nights don't include everyone's favorite: cheap beer night.
I can easily overlook the small oversights in service: the waitress forgot my fries. The staff was otherwise friendly and attentive though I did find it strange when I walked into the men's room and found it occupied by a woman wearing rubber gloves. She was scrubbing the urinals at 8PM on a Saturday night -a strange proclivity in my experience though perhaps not out of place in Estacada.
Fearless Brewing also plays host to the annual Slurp'n'Burp contest in which local homebrewers compete for an autographed pair of men's underpants. (Seriously.) In the final end, Estacada is a forty-minute commute down dark, winding back roads from most points in Portland. Given Fearless Brewing's choppy service, spoiled beer, mundane food, and belligerent owner, I see no reason to make the effort.
01-05-2005 01:48:15 | More by RedDiamond
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
Located in Estacada, OR, a small town about forty minutes southeast of Portland. A couple cafe-style tables outside the storefront show the way to this casual, homey beerhall that is larger than it looks from outside. There are some sofas as you walk in, giving this place a coffeehouse vibe. The main room is a spacious beerhall with a projection screen TV for watching sports and such. It seems a great place to hoist a few and spend time with friends, and the locals seem to have taken to it. Six regular beers and one seasonal. All were approachable, on the light and drinkable end of the spectrum. No big beers but I didn't miss them. The highlights were a light and grainy pale ale, a warming Scottish ale, a hoppy brown ale, and an authentic maibock seasonal. A handful of well-chosen guest taps, too, including a beer from the Collaborator series of prize-winning homebrews. Food is typical pub fare, no surprises, but well made and tasty. Service was excellent, friendly and knowledgable about beer. I'd recommend this place to anyone traveling through the area, or to those in Portland who want to get out of the city for a bit. Mostly, though, it seems geared towards the locals, and they are fortunate this place opened up on Main Street in their town.
Update 1/05: A visit today indicated that, in spite of recent controversy, it's possible to have a fine time at Fearless. My 2 pints were tasty and satisfying, and the service was remarkably friendly. The main guy wasn't present, so he may be a grouch for all I know, but the young asst. brewer was there and made me feel right at home. It may be useful to know some things.
1. Fearless is fiercely proud of the quality of their beer, which could rub a potential beer reviewer the wrong way, but I think it helps advocate better beer drinking from the macro-oriented masses (yes they exist even in Oregon, particularly in rural spots such as Estacada). Today I witnessed the "hard sell" to some customers who weren't sure if they even liked beer; unfortunately I left before their verdict came in.
2. There is a slim notebook on the bar entitled "The Beer Bible" which contains all the BJCP style guidelines. Fearless are sticklers for traditional genres (all their beers are sessionals) and they don't seem particularly interested in brewing wild new styles. Personally, I could give two shits about what the BJCP thinks is or isn't good beer; it won't inform my opinion one way or the other.
3. During my visit, a couple regulars moseyed in, and the welcome they received from the staff was heartwarmingly attentive.
4. There is a cheap beer night. It's Monday.
5. I admire and respect RedDiamond's taste in beers as well as his writing ability. That said, I am happy to disagree with him in this case. I liked all the beers I tried at Fearless.
04-05-2004 03:09:35 | More by Thrasher
Fearless Brewing Company in Estacada, OR
87 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.