Hopworks Urban Brewery

BEER AVG
3.84/5
Hopworks Urban BreweryHopworks Urban Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2944 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, Oregon, 97202
United States

(503) 232-4677 | map
hopworksbeer.com

Notes:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am – 12:00am

Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 5:30pm daily

Added by John_M on 10-15-2007

BEER STATS
Beers:
76
Reviews:
996
Ratings:
2,993
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
137
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
5.48%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
20
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 137
Reviews by RedDiamond:
Photo of RedDiamond
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Hopworks' opened to much fanfare and endured an intial popularity crisis that produced large crowds. This has since tapered to a more collegial neighborhood brewpub vibe, but it can still be challenging to get a table here during peak hours. And for good reason: the beer, food, and atmosphere are superb.

Beer offerings are kept to a streamlined taplist of six regulars, two seasonals, two casks, and no guests. Thus far, the lineup has consisted mostly of customary models brewed to high standards of drinkability, though the 7-Grain Survival Stout showcases exotic grains such as kamut and quinoa. All beers are brewed with organic ingredients. Quality ranges from very good to exceptional.

Food items largely conform to brewpub standards such as hot wings, sandwiches, and pizza. But quality exceeds typical bar fare by a wide margin and ingredients tend to be free-range, organic, or otherwise blissful. Menu items include grilled portabella mushrooms, vegetarian calzone, apple crisp a la mode, and homemade potato chips. Prices are quite reasonable, but I've learned to show up after 9PM when happy hour menus feature bowls of minestrone or Caesar salads for as little as $1.75.

The expansive floorplan accommodates dining, gaming, and imbibing in a variety of formats. There are two outdoors seating areas, an upper gaming loft, booths, a plush sofa beside a gas fireplace cut from a fermentation tank, and a large, winding bar festooned with a bicycle frame sculpture that somehow resembles the skeleton of a prehistoric snake. There's even a private booth inside an actual vault invoking Bob Dylan's edict, "I would not judge nor put fault / on anyone who dines in a vault." (Not an exact quote I know, but it works well enough after your second beer.)

And as if the things you eat, drink, and see weren't enough, Hopworks also went the extra mile for ecological sustainability in the form of homemade biodeisel, native vegetation, and a host of energy efficiencies that make the HUB among the greenest of brewpubs anywhere. My only complaints are that the traffic on Powell Boulevard can be a bit unnerving if you're sitting near the street (so don't sit near the street) and the urinals are in plain view of the hallway when the men's room door opens. (C'mon guys, no one likes an audience.)

Hopworks has quickly established itself as a destination brewpub and sets a high standard for excellence in beercraft, sustainability, and informal dining. Strongly recommended.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Geeks_who_drink
3.44/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

We went to Hopworks in hopes to sample their IPAs. What left a bad taste in our mouth before we even got to said beer, was the fact that we couldnt just sample thier 5 IPAs. In fact, in order for us to try the beers we wanted, we had to buy the 15 beer sampler! So, basically we had to get 10 other beers that we had little interest in trying. However,i did end up liking their ESB on nitro, but it didn't blow me away. We thought we would love their Mosaic IPA, but it fell flat. I guess I wanted more flavor, more hoppy "punch". Sadly, for us, none of the IPAs managed to wow us. I doubt we will visit again, when there are so many great breweries nearby. I have to put this brewery in the same category as I do with Rogue... the "chain" craft brewery, that has plenty of options for it's customers, just nothing to write home about.

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Photo of DallasK
4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

Hopworks is my most visited brewery. The happy hour is awesome and food is great. They are often extremely busy and arent always able to handle it the best. Another downside is that the beer is always great, never amazing. They offer a few seasonals I am in love with but other than that they offer very few new brews and they are often let downs.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

A fairly standard brewpub - it seemed set up decently well for families. We were there at lunchtime on a weekday, so not sure that's the best time to judge vibe.

The beers were all quite good, though the IPAs stood out as being very solid NW IPAs. The variety included some mid-colored beers (winter warmers and amber offerings) as well, so not too bad overall. A little more breadth and depth would go a long way, but you probably won't go lacking for a style you can enjoy unless you really pigeonhole yourself. There were some really good beers, but nothing jumped out as top notch, which is fine.

The service was friendly, though just barely on the side of laid back. The food was tasty, but we had varying degrees of warmth to our party's meals. Hard to judge if this is a consistent thing or a one time thing with only one visit. I think this rating has the best chance for a bump on subsequent visits.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of SmokingWood
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Photo of AdamSkylar
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Awesome food, beer, and perfect for kids (even have their own play area!). Cheers!

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Photo of tim007007
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Chris-1911
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of B_B
4.16/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jrsaffert
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of grnmtnman
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of DanJan
4.03/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Wanted to try a new place out with the girlfriend and decided on HUB. I had previously only had one of their beers and man was I totally blown away by this place! I was really digging the whole bike motif, something that they include on many of their decorations. They even have a bike bar downstairs in the brewery! The restaurant/bar area is above the brewing equipment, which just looks cool. HUB has definitely incorporated its urban aesthetic inside with all manner of industrial touches. From the beer side, I was very very impressed. We split a sampler of 15 3oz pours for only $12! Got to try nearly everything on the menu and we split a 2010 vintage of their Noggin Floggin barleywine. Everything was very tasty, food included! I'll be making this a priority to return to. An underrated Portland brewery IMHO.

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Photo of lpothier
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of DanoBear
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went here for dinner. Wide selection...I think we had the 18 beer taster. All varieties were offered. For those that we lean towards they were solid. The pizza was very good. Vibe was cool with the bike parts and old beer cans lining the wall.

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Photo of BeerMeDrD
3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of mklisz
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Photo of NJB145
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of schroeder1200
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of South2NW
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of SFCraft
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of aobrehm
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

An all around solid brewpub.
The space is a converted tractor showroom. These guys made every effort to promote sustainability and organic products in the design of their brewery and restaurant.
They currently have 14 standard, 1 nitro, and 2 casks on tap. Many beers are organic, others are certified salmon safe (I'm honestly not even sure what that means, but it sounds nice). You can get a 10 beer flight for $9 or a 15 beer flight for $12.
Food menu is large and high quality. Service is very good.

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Photo of Bp123
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of AJNIDEK
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great surprise just a bit outside of downtown. Beautiful bikes all over. Very good red on tap. Food smelled good but I did not eat.

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Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, OR
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