Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room

Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting RoomHair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting RoomHair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

61 SE Yamhill St
Portland, Oregon, 97214
United States

(503) 232-6585 | map
hairofthedog.com

Notes: HOURS:
11:30am - 8:00pm Tuesday - Thursday and Sunday
11:30am - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday
Closed Monday
BEER STATS
Average:
4.19
Beers:
40
Reviews:
4,949
Ratings:
12,521
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.31
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
303
pDev:
8.58%
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Corner location with shared parking in back. Once inside, there’s a peninsula bar that seats about 20-ish people. There is also a handful to two of various table seating.

The brewery has about 10-12 taps but has a fair selection given that limitation. The prices for draft fall into what I generally expect, which is only noteworthy because of the prices they command for their bottled beers. There is a selection of these bottles for on site consumption, but they are generally pricey.

Throwing out the debate of “worth the price,” the beers are generally of high quality. There higher proof offerings can be somewhat polarizing, but some of that may have the pricing aspect embedded. The lighter draft offerings I’ve had have all been enjoyable, including a couple oddballs.

Service is generally good, they check the boxes and don’t do anything annoying, but we haven’t had an occasion of great service. Only having been there twice, there isn’t a lot to go on to sway my thoughts to either side.

Dec 24, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Large pub located right beside the bridge in downtown Portland. Good selection of draft offering and bottles to go. Staff is very knowledgeable and prices are fair for location and quality of offering. Definitely worth a stop for the high quality beer offering.

Nov 10, 2019
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RyanK252 from California

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

This was sort of a bucket list stop for me while we were in Portland. The feel is unique, one part warehouse, one part dive bar, but all the while super cozy and welcoming. We stopped in on a Thursday evening, so it was kind quiet. Our bartender was awesome, we talked beer and hockey as we savored our drinks. You sort of have to know what you're getting yourself into when you come here, because the selection is a little bit hoppy, and a lot of big complex beers. Their focus on certain styles is part of what makes them special. I could probably have hung out here all night, slowly sipping a little bit of everything.

May 21, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I love HOTD beer and the on tap selection when I've been here was okay, not as good a the take-home cellared bottles they offer. The room is beautiful and it just looks like the perfect place to enjoy a beer IMO, But the servers were the most dry and pretentious people I have ever encountered in a brewery, as if I wasn't good enough for their beer.
Give me a break and get over yourselves.

Apr 08, 2019
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fmccormi from California

4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Hair of the Dog is a neat place. The main room consists of a big, open air bar area with plenty of seating, plus lots of tables around for additional seating. I didn't get anything to eat there, but their menu looks thoughtful and rich, pulling on English heritage while utilizing the ingredients and character of the Northwest. Meanwhile, the beer is outstanding, if you're looking for English, Belgian, and American strong ales, essentially. They always have an interesting variety of beer on tap consisting of a few core beers, a few rotationals, and a couple very limited beers—one fermented in wood, and one fermented in their concrete egg. The prices are a little high for the beer, but then again we may also be talking about a 12% ABV strong ale fermented in a goddamned concrete egg on fruit or some shit (I say this very lovingly). You can get taller pours if you like, but I personally really enjoyed the 3oz wineglass-shaped, stemmed tasters to get a feel for more of their beer. And, with strong ales, it's not a bad way (and definitely a good idea) to proceed cautiously.

Definitely would recommend this place. It's got a unique character that you won't find at the other breweries in Portland, and it's totally worth it.

Feb 20, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

One of Portland’s best. Small, well curated selection, constantly rotating. Nothing bad here. Nice low key vibe.. A lot less crowded than I would expect on a Thursday.

Feb 23, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.61/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

To me, Hair of the Dog is kind if a religious retreat. It's a destination for true fans of their beers, and not on the radar for anyone who is not. HotD is not just another checked box on a list.

A steady and relaxed flow of people come and go. They are there to enjoy and savor the beers they know and love. It is calm, and wonderful. Simple art in many forms adorn the teal painted walls of a background. Beautiful exposed wood beams and a large wooden bar make for a warm and inviting room.

The beers, if you are a fan, are truly second to none. Their staples, Adam and Fred, need no introduction, nor do their variants, and every other dog on the menu are extraordinarily impressive. The access to Vintage on premise bottles is enough to drain your wallet and yet plaster an endless grin on your face.

The staff knows where they are, and who they are attending. True fans treating you like real family. Never hurried, never pressured.

And the food ain't so bad either. Grab a bowl of chili or some mac and cheese on your way out, but don't let their deliciousness spoil the brew before hand.

Cheers!

Dec 31, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

What in the world? I thought this was going to be a tiny, shabby little hole in a wall. As I'm walking down the street, what do I see but a massive wall with clean, artistic signage on an aesthetically pleasing pale black background. It's not quite as big on the inside as it looks from the outside, but this is just the customer area and it is quite sizeable, with a huge, square-U bar and plenty of satellite seats surrounding.

The taplist is shockingly sparse, but has almost as many guest listings as HotD. They had a couple of "from the Wood" and "from the Stone" drafts, including a special treatment with peach, which was nice to try since this is how I heard of them and I didn't really know what else to think. Their other beers are also decidedly old world and take you back to a grittier time, in spite of being poured into the cutest little glasses while sitting at a very modern bar with a far off view of a kitchen preparing a massive wedge of Parmesan for future use.

Speaking of which, the food here is also ultra modern and very nice, again surprising me, especially since the physical menu itself looks like a ratty old Applebee's menu from the 90s. This place is all kinds of confusing, but lots of fun. You know what they say about Portland. The only problem is there really isn't that much to offer for people that don't appreciate a very specific style of beer. I can't believe they can maintain such a massive complex in such a location...maybe it's the under the bridge and near the train tracks deal.

Oct 19, 2017
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wordemupg from Canada

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

18/8/17 with the wife while eclipse chasing. Industrial part of town but no issues finding it. Had a flight and although all were decent I was only really impressed by a couple of the beers I tried much to my surprise. The food and service were excellent, best BLT I can remember and my wife's fish was fresh as can be. I'd go back in a flash but might dig into the vintage list as that's where the real gems were hiding.......still don't think I'd drop 1500$ for a bottle of Dave, by far the most expensive thing I've seen on a beer list....

Aug 20, 2017
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Radcpa from Washington

4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Excellent service and good selection of music. Food is very good. Selection is limited to whatever they offer at the time you are visiting. Need to offer full line of products

Jul 12, 2017
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HipCzech from Texas

4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Airy bar with garage doors and a relaxed, neighborhood vibe amongst warehouses and railroad tracks on the east side of the Willamette. Smaller but solid selection of well made beers, available be glass and sample, as well as vintage bottles and a limited bottled offering to go. Good spot to linger over HOTD's big, malty brews amidst all the hoppy IPAs in town.

Jul 08, 2017
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BeerMe8 from Florida

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Good vibe, friendly staff. Decent size, garage type feel. Good selection, had a couple flights before getting some pints of their strong stuff. Also had two of their specialty brews they had available.

Dec 03, 2016
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

Visited on a Sunday just before noon. I had flown in from DC to meet a friend. We drove to HOTD directly from the airport. We sat at the bar.

V - Definitely a beer vibe. Bright, open, clean. An nice bar with tables both inside and out. 4

Q - Great glassware. All of it clean. Beer at the brewery does not get any better. 4.5

Ser - Above average, but the bartender was a bit surly. Frankly not too helpful either. Sort of had an expectation that I should know everything there is to know about the place, etc. 3.25

Sel - Besides having great beer, HOTD has a good selection of styles available as well. So even though there were no guess taps, there was plenty of choices for any beer drinker. They also have wine, but of course some of their beer has very vinous qualities to begin with. 4.5

F - N/A

Aug 16, 2016
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edhizdeid from Washington

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Located in an alright area of Portland, HoTD offers a very cool space converted from a garage. The entire brewery is open space. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable during my visit and really helped better appreciate some of the special brews available on tap. The food was a very pleasant surprise. Definitely worth a visit.

Jul 21, 2016
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Located in an industrial district, the brewery fits in nicely and doesn't do anything pretentious, yet it has a great selection of current and vintage offerings, good food and very hospitable to kids.

Jul 05, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.61/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

walking here and finally arriving felt like a great lifelong dream had been realized, a pilgrimage completed. the beer and vibes inside did not disappoint! wow! cool place, tiny system, wrap around bar, some outside seating, avant garde art on the walls, and a beer list to rival any i have ever seen. one of the original makers of these elite level strong ales, it was great to finally get to drink all these famous beers. place was really hopping, but the service was attentive and helpful, fun and knowledgeable, and really cool to chat to. i think she was the sister of a brewer or something, cool lady. in any event, all the beers were amazing. i loved the 2008 matt from the vintage list, otto, and fred from the stone, but all the beers were amazing. pretty cool they keep all these old bottles around, and they really arent that expensive for what you get. cool glassware too. we had a meat and cheese board and it was filling and delicious and nicely curated, a perfect companion to a lot of these big interesting beers. i cant say enough about this place. it blows my mind how much they have been able to accomplish for themselves on such a little system. this is an absolutely must visit brewery, possibly my single favorite from my recent oregon trip. absolutely not to be missed.

Jun 06, 2016
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DesMoinesMike from Iowa

4.7/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

I've read so many good thing about this place it was on my must see list for Portlandia. It's in an industrial area by OMSI so this make for a good lunch stop. The area is a bit sketchy but don't be too intimidated. The taproom/restaurant is a huge open space with good lighting. A flight of beers provides a good range of their beers, I found it just delightful, amazing, so full of flavor. We got the cheese sampler, bread, and chips so we had room for food trucks later. I also got their cherry stout from the wood which was like drinking a fruit wine. I got a souvenir glass, it came wrapped but I should had checked it then because it had a defect with a sharp edge. I MUST return here.

May 31, 2016
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elNopalero from Texas

4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Started off the second day of my Portland beercation here with a tasting flight. HotD has a spacious tasting room, and during the hour or so after opening my party had no trouble finding seating or getting service. Beers were surprisingly hit-or-miss, as I had heard, although I think their big beers remained across the board excellent.

Apr 22, 2016
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

A bit tricky to find, but don't give up. The beers are exceptional, particularly the "From the Wood" series. Try a flight for maximum impact. Our waiter was very attentive despite the crowd. We had some bread on the side, which was great to pair with the beers. The glassware is really cool and their logo can't be beat. We bought a t-shirt, glass and hat to go. Hair Of The Dog is another "must" in Portland. Their beers are exceptional. I wish I had tried more. Took a look at the brewing area in the back, which is very visible through a window, including the famous concrete egg.

Apr 18, 2016
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Canada_Dan from Colorado

3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

It's definitely an older building but I dig that kind of vibe. Not the biggest place but plenty of seating. Cool PNW-centric art. Lots of vintages available including a $1500 bottle of Dave from 94'. Enjoyed a 3 year vert of Adam from the wood for a much more reasonable price instead ;) Service rating gets a bit of a downgrade cuz I was curiously asking questions about the brewing process and the bartender seemed almost annoyed that I was asking. Sorry? Did not try the food but it smelled great.

Feb 03, 2016
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DanJan from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Before I lived in Portland, this was a must visit. Now that I live in Portland, this is a must visit. Always enjoyable, especially with their beer not really being distributed. Pretty simple exterior and interior, with a few touches of local artwork and exposed wood beams bringing home the PNW feel. The beer and food are always on point. They have a rotation of their staples along with a few offerings "From the Wood" or on an additional handle. You can come here every couple weeks and have something new! On top of that, they offer a wide variety of their vintage bottles for consumption in the tap room. Not many places offer their beers from 3, 4, 5 years ago and beyond! And it's especially cool to try them next to their more modern brethren. Food is great and locally sourced from what I can tell. Pretty diverse menu for the size and definitely something for everyone. Just go here. Stop considering it and just do it.

Jan 30, 2016
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Beersnake1 from California

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Stopped by when visiting Portland. Pretty small inside, but awesome list of beers (both new and older vintages). I had lunch, which was amazing. Great sandwich. Overall, a must stop when in Portland.

Jan 07, 2016
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DanoBear from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2.5

Great spot. We visited in Sept and they had the garage doors open to make a larger room. Open room with the kitchen half exposed. We sat st the bar mid afternoon and had great personal service. Personable bartender. Only downside was they only had a handful of draft beers to pick from. I could see how parking could be an issue in the evening.

Jan 07, 2016
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Mehinaman from Washington

4.57/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Loved Hair of the Dog. Very wide, open space with seats at the bar or surrounding it like you would see in a restaraunt. The service was very friendly and the beers were all excellent. I can't comment on the food as I did not eat there, but the food I saw other patrons order looked amazing.

Jan 01, 2016
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MizzDizz from Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4.75

The food is always on point. Love the Brussel Sprout dish.

Wish the beer selection were better. Frequently have empty taps, run out of items and the beer list is incredibly short compared to most places nowadays.

Love the building and the quiet yet accessibility. Feels like drinking in an old warehouse brewing district.

Dec 24, 2015
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