Calapooia Brewing Company

Calapooia Brewing CompanyCalapooia Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Eatery

140 Hill St. NE
Albany, Oregon, 97321
United States

(541) 928-1931 | map

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Added by msubulldog25 on 02-13-2007

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 8
1.15/5  rDev -65.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

Horrific. Upon entering the pub there was a biker gang entering that the staff seemed friends with and ignored other customers. So that was fun trying to order over drunken/cussing bikers.
Then, after a sampler of mediocre brew that was room temperature the waitress returned. This was an hour after ordering food and she said she forgot to put in our order. So she said she would comp our drinks and put in order. We said fine, and a half hour passes. She comes back and takes our order again; she forgot. So for a fist size chunk of salad from a bag was $9. Very lame. First time I have never left a tip at all. Will never return and have made it known that with all the fantastic breweries in the PNW, this should fail soon.

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Photo of Spikester
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by today for a growler fill ($12) of an English Ale. While I waited I saw some good looking and excellent smelling food go by. I will definately try one of their hamburgers when I have time. The seating is a number of tables and a small bar. The parking is minimal and on street. This place was a bit hard to find. The address is NE which consists of one or two streets before you dead end at the Willamette River. The beer is very good by the way and worth a visit. I also tried a taste of the Pale Ale and enjoyed it enough that I will be back.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been to this place many times, and just realized I had never reviewed it. Lunch is great, very inexpensive. I really enjoy the Class 5 burger and "Squirrel" burger. A wide and varied selection of beers, all brewed in house. They even offer a "mug Club" where you can buy an annual membership and get your own mug up on the wall, then get reduced prices when you have it filled. I wish my schedule allowed me to enjoy more of the beer they serve, but I usually stop in for lunch before I go to work. If you manage to make it in, try the Chili Beer. They have a holiday seasonal "Kringle Krack" on tap that is really good as well.

It's really the only thing in town for good local beer, without having to make the drive to portland or eugene.

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3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

As a local brewpub/bar, this place ranks pretty high since the closest thing available is really a deli with a brewery attached in Corvallis.

You can always sample some sort of seasonal offering and get growlers to go in just a few minutes and typically have a great beer to share with friends when you get home. Growler prices are very reasonable and you can get some award winning (chili beer) to go at very little hassle and great value. I like to visit when I am in town. Try it and you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

For most of its history, the brewpub on Hill Street (sometimes known as Hill Street Brews) was actually The Oregon Trader Brewing Company. New owners stepped in in 2006 and renamed it Calapooia Brewing Company after the native peoples of the mid-Willamette Valley.

Sixteen taps make for a diverse selection of house beers. Some wine is available but no booze, no guest taps, and no cask or nitro. I was at first concerned that sixteen taps is a lot of beer to maintain in fresh rotation, but except for some issues of undercarbonation, the overall quality of the beer has improved.

The interior is largely unchanged from OT days. The bar seats six and there are perhaps ten indoor tables with an expanded outdoor seating area. Three highly utilized competition dartboards remain at the epicenter of the pub's social life with live music several nights a week, often with no cover charge. The food menu has expanded but remains limited to routine pub fare.

Beers must be ordered at the bar and for this, service can lag. I've seen lines at the bar, lines for the toilets, and the condiments are self serve at a table near the patio door. Don't sit near the condiments table or your meal will be interrupted by lots of foot traffic.

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