Astoria Brewing Company / Wet Dog Cafe

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Astoria Brewing Company / Wet Dog CafeAstoria Brewing Company / Wet Dog Cafe
BEER AVG
3.63/5
Based on:
11 Beers
62 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

144 11th St
Astoria, Oregon, 97103
United States
phone: (503) 325-6975

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Reviews by CaptainTripps:
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4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in over the 4th of July weekend right after visiting Fort George Brewery just up the road. The place was PACKED!!!

A: The place had a great atmosphere, sitting on the Salon side, the place was decorated in a slightly "western" theme. Dark hard wood bar and furniture to follow suite. The place was packed with what I am assuming were weekend tourist, with me being one of them. They had a live band playing a assortment of music. (I was going to give this place a 4.5 or even higher but there was one thing that slightly annoyed me: Please segregate your bar from the normal dining room and don't let minors in. My buddy and I sat on the bar side on purpose, but were annoyed by kids running around the place yelling and screaming weaving in and out of the bar stools we were sitting on -no parent in sight).

Q: My buddy and I both got tasting trays, and the bartender was nice enough to give us both a different set of beers so we could try everythng they had available. I was very impressed by many of their beers, most notably their Bitter Bitch DIPA and their Bad Ass Stout.

S: Service was as good as it could be on such a busy day, most of the staff was pretty knowledgeable about their beers.

S: As far as beer selection, for such a small brewery, they had a very large tap list of several different styles ranging from yearly beers to summer seasonals.

F: N/A

The place was great besides the annoying kids running around the bar. The beer was excellent, making me want more of what these guys have to offer which also brings great news -the staff says they hope to start canning here soon! Give these guys a try if you are in town and have the time.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Photo of jera1350
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Large place with a waterside view. Large and open, but a bit old feeling inside. About 10 beers to choose from. Had the ipa which was decent and the imperial oat stout which was very good. Service was wonderful and friendly, but we did not order food. Several glass size options if you don't want a full 16 oz. of one beer. They also have a sampler platter which was nice. This is a nice place, but not a must stop.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A: aling in this place is a lot more spacios than I expected. Nice bar area, some wondown seating overlooking the water and some mroe seating tucked away to the right as you enter with TVs. Pretty cozy place

Q: I had one beer and it was the standard IPA. It was average with a CO2 issue. I cant speak for the rest of the beer but the IPA was one not to be had again

S: No complaints on the service. they all seemed nice

S: Good. they a had a IPA, Amber, Stout, fresh hop, strong ale and a few others on tap

F: No food was tried here

Photo of Dogbrick
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Astoria Brewing/Wet Dog Cafe is located right on the water on Marine Drive and 11th in Astoria. Street parking is available nearby.

The exterior allows for a peek at some of the brewing equipment. Inside the place is spacious with a gift shop right inside the entrance offering glassware, clothes, knickknacks and food. From there the bar is on the right and displays all the available beers on a long chalkboard right above it. The rest of the space is devoted to seating. There is also an adjacent room that seems to be devoted to games. Nice collection of license plates from all over the country along with kitschy signs. Great view of the marina from any of the tables along the windows. Good music in the background too.

The beer selection is decent. Astoria carries 10-11 beers including one or two seasonals. The beers are available in a sampler of 5 and range from Blonde and Pilsener all the way to a Double IPA, Imperial Stout and Strong Ale. All the beers are at least average with a couple being pretty good.

Service on a weekday early afternoon was good. Our server knew about all their beers and even pointed us to the other brewpub in town.

Lunch was good although it came down to sharing a giant nacho appetizer. No complaints there.

Overall this place may not have world class beers but the location and atmosphere make this a no-brainer for a visit to Astoria, especially when the weather is nice.

Photo of beertunes
4.18/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I liked this place. I didn't eat but my dad had a cup of chowder he raved about and he is very picky about chowder. I had the strong ale which I loved. This is one of my favorite styles and I was very impressed with this one. I also had the Imperial IPA which I was also impressed with. As mentioned the view is wonderful, I could easily see myself watching it rain for several hours on a winters afternoon. All the food we saw going out to tables looked to be good solid pub grub, if we didn't have elk burgers waiting at the campsite I totally would have ate here. I brought a growler of the strong ale back north with me and the friends that tried it loved it.

Photo of loren01
3.83/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped here on a visit up the Oregon Coast this spring. Kind of stumbled upon it as we were looking for a place to get a bite to eat. The building itself is pretty large, with an awesome view, right on the Columbia river. I was very impressed with my dinner, I had the lasagna. I drank their IPA which was very good as well. Looked like they had maybe 5-6 of their own beers as well as some guest taps. I would highly recommend this place if you are ever in the Astoria area. Great beer, great food, great scenery while you eat and drink what more could you ask for really?

Photo of cjhofelt
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I go here almost every time I come into Astoria, which is about every week. I like the beers alot, and the food is very good for what it is (fish 'n chips, burgers, reubens, typical bar fare). The service, however, is not so hot. They seem to be a bit understaffed most times I go there. All the wait staff are attentitive and hard working, there just ain't enough of em.

As I said, the food is very good, I just wish that they had better menue.

The veiw from the dining room, or the patio, is really great. It's a great place to sit and kill a few pints on a sunny day. The (very busy) ship channel is only a few dozen yards from the window, so expect to see quite a bit of interesting ship traffic. It's lot's of fun for kids.

The brewery is a 4 barrel system and they produce about 400 barrels a year, if you're wonderin'.

If you find yourself in Astoria, this is a pretty good spot for lunch and a beer.

Photo of nathanho
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A great example of the Oregon craft brew pub genre at its finest. The view is sensational, right on the Columbia River - you can almost reach out and touch the rusty freighters in the river channel.

Beer was outstanding, including the IPA and Blueberry Ale - very fresh and flavorful - high quality exceeded expectations. A few other beers we didn't try.

Food excellent - I had a delectable blue cheese burger and the wife had a salmon sandwich. The quality, preparation and flavor of each was outstanding. Good service, good prices, good selection.

Highly recommended overall. We were there during lunchtime, but it was not very busy in early January.

Photo of Knuckles
4/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopping in at the Wet Dog Café was really a last minute decision. We had left Bremerton much later than we had intended, with Pacific City as our sort-of goal, as I was hoping to eat lunch at Pelican. Well, that didn’t pan out, and we didn’t even roll into Astoria until almost 4:00. I had a carload of cranky, so I decided that we would stop here for lunch. Unfortunately, I hadn’t been smart enough to actually write down the phone number or check Mapquest all that thoroughly for the location, figuring “Hell, Astoria’s small, this will be no problem.” It only became a problem because we were all ridiculously hungry. Out came the cellular, in went the 411 call, and I discovered that I had actually pulled over right in front of the block that it was in. Great. We all unloaded out of the car and made for the Wet Dog Café.

Atmosphere: When you walk in, you are greeted with high ceilings and a huge open dining area right in front of you, slightly elevated from where you are standing. To your immediate right is the brewery (small, probably no more than a 7 bbl system). Beyond that are some stairs to the bar in the restaurant area, and a doorway to the “No Minors Allowed” bar next door. At the far end of the building is a stage, presumably for live music or ritual sacrifice. I get the feeling that the space actually used to end right where the restaurant bar area is, and they built it out over a patio behind the building. Whether or not they actually did that, I have no idea. That’s just how it looks. The dining area has a HUGE bay of windows facing the Columbia River, giving you a gorgeous view of the river and Washington off in the distance.

Quality: Overall, I was very impressed with the quality of everything. When I go into an unknown brewpub such as the Wet Dog, I tend to set my standards fairly low. Not much in the beer department, ok food and mediocre service. I have been to brewpubs in the past that have been opened solely because the owners thought they were a trendy way to make money, and the cachet of being a brewpub would be enough to carry them through. The new owners of the Wet Dog Café/Astoria Brewing Company aren’t making any such assumptions. They are still using some of the old beer recipes from the previous brewmaster (which really should be redone, as they are just boring), but obvious care is paid to the quality of beer, food and service. My only complaint (really my wife’s) is that the bathrooms are unheated. Not a big deal for a guy like me who can pee standing up, but a bigger deal for those who are without such an option.

Service: It wasn’t spectacular, but it was good. There were maybe 10-12 people in the building while we were there, and there was only one waitress. She was quick with the waters, very smart in her beer sales strategy (I got a sample of the porter and stout, and had ordered the porter when I decided to also get a sample of the Imperial IPA. Lucky for me she held off on getting the porter in case I changed my mind. I did, and quickly.), and very helpful with the little things like splitting a shake up for the boys, that sort of thing.

Selection: The beer menu wasn’t huge but it was decent. They managed to cover the basic styles (wheat, porter, pale, IPA, obligatory fruit beer), and also had the aforementioned Imperial IPA. They also had a full bar, a fair amount of Oregon wines, and various sundry other beverages. The menu was also good. Very nice seafood selections (we went for the seafood combo which I stupidly ordered fried instead of grilled), and the kids menu was decently varied as well, with one complaint. They had a bean and cheese burrito on the menu, which was a great option, but it was one of the freaking frozen kind, which annoyed me to no end.

Food: Aside from the aforementioned frozen burrito, everything was great, and at least tasted like it was made from scratch. If not, they were using high quality pre-made items. Very good clam chowder, excellent seafood (it was a tuna/halibut/salmon combo), a great imperial IPA and a marvelous pumpkin shake. In a nice touch, the kids meals were served in dog bowls, which impressed my kids to no end. Actually, they were so impressed they wanted to go back on the way home.

If you find yourself in Astoria, stop in at the Wet Dog Café. The view is spectacular, the food is very good, and the Imperial IPA is magnificent.

Photo of beercollector
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This is one of my local beer spots. They've got a new brewer who has trained under Jack Harris from Bill's Tavern. I suspect in a little while the quality rating will improve.

The beer list is pretty static. I am hoping for some new recipes. Several years ago they had a great beer called Peacock Spit. Out of towners did not buy much of it and perhaps the name had something to do with that. But the spit is a sand island in the river and not what you'd think. It was a great beer.

Their strong ale is my favorite. Great malt profile and low hops.

They have great fish and chips. You can get tuna, salmon, or halibut. Or all three. They've got salads and pizza. And burger of course. Their grilled chicken salad is one of the most popular items. Some years they grill chicken out doors in the summer and have it really hot and fresh.

Photo of mikeys01
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

We stopped by Pacific Rim's Wet Dog Cafe after having lunch in Astoria and enjoying a ride on the old-time trolley along the waterfront. Very nice location, across from the water in Astoria, at the mouth of the Columbia River. Lots of knick-knachs and stuff on the walls which was pretty cool. We only stopped for a couple beers, so I can't comment on the food, though it looked decent. Fairly large place with a long bar, plenty of tables and a game room in back. We sat at the bar and were served promptly and well. Beer list seemed rather average, and a bit catered to the masses, with nothing too bold, hoppy or otherwise very different, at least when we stopped. The beer list was written ona chalkboard above the bar, though it didn't provide any other information other than the beer's name, and there didn't seem to be a detailed beer list laying about either, though we may have missed it. Beers were decent, but nothing really stood out. A couple of the beers tasted to us suspiciously of malt extract, but I doubt that was actually the case as there were plenty of bags of malt laying around the brewery. The Wet Dog offered bombers to go, as seemed to be common with many of the brewpubs we visited in the Northwest. All in all, a decent place, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Wet Dog is perched across the street from the mouth of the Columbia River and enjoys spectacular views of the river and the Willapa Hills in southwestern Washington. Six tables on an outdoor porch provide unimpeded views while an attentive staff still reaches outdoors diners with prompt service. A quaint electric trolley rolls past on the docks and boats from small skiffs to ocean going freighters ply the waters nearby. Seagulls land on the back porch to try and scavenge a meal. Ironically, the fish monger on the adjacent dock is named Bruski.

Inside is a comfortable yet relaxed restaurant with equally impressive views and a rather sophisticated soundstage where live music can be heard on weekends. Wednesday night is comedy night. On the afternoon I happened to drop in, a man played ragtime on an upright piano.

The décor is tasteful and clean with license plates climbing the walls and an old bicycle suspended from the ceiling. The bar is a large wooden wraparound that leads from the restaurant to a backroom gaming area with pool, pinball, and video poker. Smoking is limited to this area which, unlike the restaurant, is restricted to persons 21 and over.

Astoria Brewing Co. (formerly Pacific Rim Brewing) operates from a glass-enclosed room facing 11th Street. The beers I tasted on premises were of good quality though my experience with their bottled beers has been disappointing. Bombers are available to go for $3.75 but I’ve not found anything in an Astoria (Pac Rim) Brewing bottle worth drinking.

The Wet Dog has a full wet bar and serves lots of seafood, oysters, fish’n’chips, as well as burgers, salads, and homemade potato chips. Prices are modest and the clam chowder I had was quite good. They offer five regular house beers on tap plus two seasonal rotations. Their pale ale is reserved as a summer seasonal and a fruit beer is usually available. The staff is super friendly but generally not too beer savvy. Bud and Coors Light are also on tap for the benefit of waterlogged savages. The Wet Dog also has a line of merchandising that you might actually want to own including T-shirts, shot glasses, mugs and fleece sweaters.

I highly recommend the Wet Dog Café for its great beers and charmed atmosphere.

Astoria Brewing Company / Wet Dog Cafe in Astoria, OR
88 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.