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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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12,067 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:
4,780
Ratings:
12,067
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.33/5
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
281
pDev:
8.55%
 
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Reviews by StoneTSR:
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4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I came for the Doggie Claws, I stayed for the Mac & Cheese.

Visiting Portland last weekend, the Hair of the Dog was my first stop. I am currently on a Barleywine kick and I have been excited about trying Doggie Claws.

Someone in the past here mentioned that the taproom looked like an old warehouse in an industrial part of town. It does look like an old warehouse for sure, but the interior and the surrounding neighborhood feel more like an area of town that is being revitalized. It is quite a comfortable, open and bright space with a view of downtown Portland out of the giant window on the western wall.

The quality of the beer overall was excellent. In addition to my big tulip glass for of Doggie Claws I also had the "Walk the Dog" flight of Adam, Fred, Blue Dot and Little Dog. It was $7 for 3oz. pours of each.

The bartender was fairly busy while she worked, but was still able to take the time to discuss each beer in the flight when she dropped it off. After a brief conversation with her, she was also kind enough to add a 3oz. pour of the Adam from the Wood. I also had time to chat with one of the managers there who was very informative and hospitable.

The selection was a bit underwhelming, only eight beers on tap. There was a small bottle list as well, which included '05 and '07 Doggie Claws for only $15 a bottle. Some other aged selections were there as well and they all seemed reasonably priced. The problem, however, was that I had a busy weekend planned and I could not manage to get back to the taproom before 8:00 on Thursday and 10:00 on the Friday or Saturday. The very early close was a bit of a disappointment.

Anyhow, on to the food - which was a pleasant surprise. I went for the mac & cheese with pancetta. At $10 it seemed a bit pricey, but my portion was enormous, filling and very tasty. The pancetta was a small let down, not as flavorful as I thought, but the rest of the cheesy, breadcrumbed bowl of pasta was worth the $10.

If you're in Portland, make a stop.

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More User Reviews:
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 12,067 ratings
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