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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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3.97/5
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12,081 Ratings
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting RoomHair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
PLACE INFO

Type: 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 & Sunday
11:30am - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday
CLOSED MONDAY

Brewery and Tasting Room (new location) - opened August 2010.

Former address (this location closed in early 2010, moved in spring):
4509 SE 23rd Ave Portland, OR 97202

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BEER STATS
Beers:
32
Reviews:
4,784
Ratings:
12,081
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.33/5
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
281
pDev:
8.55%
 
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Reviews by Arbitrator:
Photo of Arbitrator
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I had the pleasure of visiting the old location last May; ramnuts took me around the city and Alan was gracious enough to open the "tasting room" for us.

I was lucky enough to visit the new location twice (again, thanks to ramnuts) on a recent Portland trip. It is located in the industrial East Side, a few blocks from Lucky Lab and other Portland joints. A man with a bike could drink really well within a few blocks.

The tap lineup is exactly what you'd come to Hair of the Dog for: an assortment of Adam, Fred, Greg, Blue Dot, and two rotating / vintage taps (last Wednesday, Fred from the Wood '10 and Doggie Claws '07). I'd love to drink those beers on tap on a regular basis, though I have yet to meet the man that can enjoy a pint of Adam and walk straight. I think it's $2 to $3 for a 3oz taster glass and $6 for a pint of most beers. Now, for someone from the Bay Area, that's reasonable, but for Portland that is a little pricey, so I've marked it accordingly.

The bottle selection is superb and is fairly priced; or at least it is fair to me since I can't find any of that stuff elsewhere. Only the regular beers are available to go; the vintage beers and even magnums are for on-premise consumption only, which seems hilarious and irresponsible, but I'm told people have consumed full magnums in large groups. Go figure.

The food selection is ramping up. I saw a screenshot of the original menu when the taproom opened a few weeks ago; it was sparse, to say the least. Alan has now spruced it up with a cheese plate, a meat plate, a meat and cheese plate, bread & butter, and apparently a rotating entree in the range of $20. Given his background as a chef, I think one of those entrees would be fantastic and would pair well with his amazing beers. I did not actually try the food there, though I will next time.

The place is packed pretty quickly within 30 minutes of opening. It's well lit, has a nice crowd, and as mentioned above, it is within a short distance of other beer places, so it radiates Portland Beer Culture.

Wendy, the bartender, is quite friendly. She is very attentive re: drinks and was quick to fill our waters / take away empty glasses. Alan seems willing to talk if you catch him, though it's obvious he is not a people person.

A must-see place in Portland. Don't leave town without going here.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of eawolff99
3.54/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Photo of wordemupg
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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....

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Photo of Radcpa
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of HipCzech
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of abagri
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of CPAles
4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of bdajedi
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of the_encinitan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mattmarka1
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of KalbHOMEBREWS
3.4/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Timtac
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of BeerMe8
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Wontonst
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of cd34
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Sludgeman
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
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

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Photo of crob3888
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of BeerMeCJS
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of edhizdeid
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of SmokingWood
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of cultclassic89
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room in Portland, OR
Brewery rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 12,081 ratings
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