Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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3.96/5
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

61 SE Yamhill St
Portland, Oregon, 97214
United States

(503) 232-6585 | map
www.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:
39
Reviews:
4,561
Ratings:
11,519
PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
264
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
5.81%
 
 
Taps:
8
Bottles/Cans:
15
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
4.3/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Not the same place we saw 5 years back, that functional brewery on the back side of an industrial complex, taxied to by a wild driver, if I recall correctly, and I always do. No, this is a corner brewpub, although I haven’t yet seen the brewery. Is it here, attached and hiding, I wonder? We’ll see, I’m in no rush to walkabout without a beer in hand…

Vestibule entrance on the far corner on SE Yamhill, but we came in through the large open garage door entrance alongside. Industrial space, with upright pieced wood beam pillars, angled supports, & crossbeams. Interior walls painted bright turquoise & lime, offset by a gray exterior wall painted over brick face lowers, and some large panel windows grouped. Concrete floorings, and a light gray ceiling slightly arched to a high point with a small center skylight & ductwork. Drop 7-sided colored panel glass lamps around the bar and crown lamps dangling in rows on the ends.

‘U’ shaped bar messin’ with ma’ mind. Wood plank topped somewhat warped & distorted giving the appearance of off it being uneven, but the whole deal laminated over level. Wood plank base, wrap around piping foot rail, and seating for 18 on high teal leather chairs. Bar counter space for a half dozen+ on the wall behind me, and a single hightop in the corner. 10 fat wood block tables forward the bar and out across the room to the far wall, and another hightop, plus a few picnic tables curbside.

A symmetrical hexagon shaped stained glass piece mounted from a beam off the bar, with a colored pebbled exterior, and cool circles & lines wrapping and inlayed. Shirts & hoodies on the near wall displayed, a sprawling plant in an old wood barrel in the corner, some brewery prints, and a framed Michael Jackson ad piece.

A pair of handgrip looking stainless steel towers holding 4 taps each on our side of the bar with wood block logo handles. 8 beers on tap; 6 of them house offerings (Lila, 6%, Maibock, great maltiness, a bit spicy, excellent; Blue Dot, 7%, Double IPA, nice hoppy profile, not overly bitter, a real great IPA; Will, 8%, Scottish Ale done Willamette, a malty bomb, and a bit phenolic bandaidy; Fred, 10%, Golden Strong Ale, big big, Belgian candi sugar; Adam, 10%, Old Ale, chocolate, leather & smoke as described; Peach Fred, 10%, on bourbon with fresh peaches), and 2 guest taps (Sierra Nevada Summerfest & De Struise Tsjeeses), in the absence of the kicked Little Dog (English Mild) and Greg (beer with no hops using Kambocha squash instead). Did the sampler of what 6 house beers they did have on (served in cool little taster glasses that would never survive the flight back), and deemed the Lila, Blue Dot, & Fred to be the best of ‘em, although, really, Blue Dot is king.

House bottled beers and glassware lining the sill to the rear off the kitchen, and specialty bottles for sale, too. Things from the wood, bourboned, and/or cherried, various vintages, and things of collaboration & commemoration, but for consumption here only.

Kitchen to the rear somewhat concealed, with turquoise tilings behind it with a red & yellow trim. I would have liked the ‘Chuck Norris Duck Wings’, but it was not to be. And off in the rear corner, views of the brew room and goings on. Wow, a 4 barrel brew house doing just 600+ barrels a year. Expected much more somehow.

Janet & Ed showed up, and then the Geek & Tom. Seems a bunch of people we know opted to start their day of play here. Just the natural progression of OBF weekend, I suppose. It was dead when we got here but is now hopping & happening. Good house, mind you, I would have liked to have caught 8 house taps up. Well, next time around, I suppose. Sampled up, now it’s time to move on. Much to see before tomorrow’s out.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cd34
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Sludgeman
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
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 -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of BeerMeCJS
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of edhizdeid
4.43/5  rDev +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 -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of cultclassic89
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Btip1969
4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BMMillsy
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of FalconOne
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of LXIXME
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of AdamSkylar
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Jmikepow
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of elNopalero
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.43/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Butchnasty
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Chris-1911
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of tim007007
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room in Portland, OR
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