Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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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
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:
37
Reviews:
4,562
Ratings:
11,539
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: 78 | Ratings: 264
Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

A-Hair is located just across the bridge from downtown in a slightly industrial (but hip-ish) area of Portland. The tasting room has the light-industrial feel common to many breweries with tall ceilings, lots of windows, a decent sized bar with seating for close to 20, a dozen big tables, and an exposed kitchen. It is a bit sparten, and it was very quiet around 6:45 pm on a Tuesday night, but it fits with the neighborhood and its comfortable.

Q-This was my first experience with Hair beers and I was mostly impressed. I tried their flagship beers, as well as one of their lesser-known beers and all were tasty. Fred, in particular, earns the reputation is has for a delicious big-ass beer.

Ser-My server was friendly, prompt, knowledgable about the beers she was pouring, and took care to pour the beer correctly. She even gave me a paper towel to wipe the rain off (only an idiot walks around Portland without an umbrella....).

Sel-The tap selection is pretty small (seven beers when I visited) and limited to Hair beers. They had growler fills and a few bottle selections to take away, again all Hair beers. A few more special/one-off beers on tap would have been nice. The vintage bottle list was pretty good sized.

F-The food is cheap and isn't trying to pretend that this place is for fine dining. I had a turkey sandwich with smoked mozzarella, and although the turkey was good, the rest of the dish was a little plain. While I sort of enjoyed the simplicity of my chips and sandwich, it was pretty damn simple.

V-This place has a neighborhood feel and prices to match. Good value for beer and food. Some of the vintage bottles could get pricy but the taps were cheap.

O-A nice, laid-back vibe with great beer and simple food. What is not to like?

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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
3.97 out of 5 based on 11,539 ratings.
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