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
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:
38
Reviews:
4,563
Ratings:
11,543
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
Photo of loren01
5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is what I thought it would be...I've heard great things about the new taproom and I was not dissapointed in the least. On my recent trip to PDX this is the one place I knew I didn't want to gome home without visiting. I've had many Hair of the Dog beers in the past and thought they were all the bees-knees. So we visited hair of the dog after a heavy night of pub crawling in PDX....cause you have to be hung over to visit a place called Hair of the Dog. This place is the ultimate beer snob brewery...they serve nothing that is even mediocre...everything here is top notch. I had an Adam beer which was excellent then a couple Blue Dot's the second was from a newly tapped keg and there was tons of hops floating around in the beer....was the best IPA i think I have ever had...I want to move to PDX because of this place!!

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Photo of portlandjeff
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

When they were calling it the hair of the dog "tasting room", I had envisioned a little cramped corner of the new brewery with a couple seats and a few beers to try, but that turned out to be very wrong. The bar area is pretty large, with a long horseshoe shaped bar that accommodates about 20, along with a lot of table seating, and more bar type seating along the west wall. The place is an old converted industrial/warehouse type building about as close to the river as you can get on the east side. Located conveniently across from a bridge off-ramp, it has the advantage of no tall buildings across the street to block the view of the downtown skyline, which is a big plus; especially at night when you can see all the lights. While the bar is nicely done, and leaving a converted industrial place pretty intact often tends to work for some restaurants and bars, the rest of the interior seems a little unfinished. I hope that they'll spend a little time and money down the road to polish it up a bit. Still, it's a very comfortable place to hang out, and you're drinking HotD beers... what more do you need?

The quality is about as good as it gets. When you're in a bar where Adam and Fred on tap sound a little boring because of the other offerings, you know you're in a top notch place. The special stuff on tap I've tried since they've opened includes cherry adam, a few vintages of fred from the wood and doggie claws, 2009 jim, and little dog. Wow! The draft beers are definitely where the deals are. Even the best and rarest stuff is only $6.50 for a 12 ounce pour - about half the cost of buying it fresh in the bottle at a dock sale after waiting in line since 5 am... On top of the draft selection though, is the AMAZING collection of vintage bottles to try. 5 year verticals of doggie claws? Matt? 2005 rose cassis? michael? etc... yep!

Then there's the service. As far as I can tell, there only two employees working at Hair of the Dog besides Alan, and they're great. Wendy in particular is super friendly and helpful, and goes out of her way to make sure you're enjoying your visit. I'd give the place a 5+ on service if I was just rating their individual performance, but the truth is, when the place is full, two just isn't enough. I have to dock a point for not having enough staff for busy times. Even so, I've never really had terrible wait times or anything, it's just nice getting a little more attentiveness, which is especially lacking sometimes if there wasn't room for you at the bar.

The selection is great. Like I mentioned when I was talking about quality, there is a wide range of beers (and vintages of those beers) to try that just aren't available anywhere else.

The menu is always changing, but I'm liking the direction that it's been moving since its debut. I've only ever tried the adam braised smoked brisket, and I thought it was a great snack to pair with the bold hair of the dog beers, and a good value too at $6. When they first began serving food, a lot of the menu items were priced a bit higher than I would have liked for the venue (although they may have still been a great value for what you got), and I'm glad to see most everything now priced at under $10; with a good variety to boot. Besides, it leaves more drinking money, and that's the point, isn't it?

Value here is subjective. On tap, I feel like everything is a great deal, ESPECIALLY the rarer stuff. Like I said, I've waited in line for 5 hours to buy 12 oz bottles of some of this stuff at TWICE the price they're offering it on tap, and I guess that's the way it should be. The availability of some of the stuff they have only in bottles is fantastic, but here's where the value starts to seem questionable. On the same day, they let you choose between 12 ounces of cherry adam on tap for $6.50, or 12 ounces of the same vintage in a bottle for $12. Or how about $6.50 for 2007 doggie claws on tap, but $15 for a bottle? Then there's Matt, a FANTASTIC beer no doubt, but $25 for 12 ounces? There's how much you need to sell a beer for to make all the time and effort to make it worth while, and then there's how much you think you might be able to get someone to pay once in a while. I think a fair price is somewhere between the two, and some of these seem to be priced closer to the latter.

Atmosphere and some of the bottle prices aside; this is a great place, and it would certainly be in my top 5 recommendations for anyone coming to Portland for beer. Visitors from other big cities might even find the prices really appealing. I've lived and traveled all over and know what things cost other places, and HotD isn't out of line when you take that into account. It's just a little high for Portland. Still, these aren't just any beers, this isn't some big corporation, and you don't get to really experience this kind of pride, hands-on attitude, and impeccable quality just anywhere, and that's worth a lot.

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Photo of boMD
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

All the Adam I can get on tap? Are you kidding me!

Alan has created a world class brewpub. A truly DIY establishment that offers six taps of HotD. Vintages, one offs, seasonals oh my. Beautiful view of the downtown Portland, vibrant colors, and just outstanding beer. If the money in your pocket is burning a hole, an incredible vintage list of bottles is on the menu. Including a batch 1 Adam for $75. Or maybe you'd like to get your lips on that infamously hyped Matt -- also available.

The bummer is that there's no more dock sales. The trade off is much worth it though just to have a Hair of the Dog environment that's regularly open. Huge props to Alan's sister, Wendy, who has done a terrific job managing the bar in the short time it's been open.

This is a must visit for anyone interested in Beer that's travel to Portland. If you live in Portland, this is a must regular visits.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Took my first trip here the other day. The exterior looks great with consistent branding and signage. I've always been a fan of the design work on the logo and bottle labeling.

The interior has tons of natural light. It is nice. The bar is smaller but there are plenty of tables. I was able to grab a seat at the bar.

The bartender was pouring tons of tasters...probably 20-25 glasses when I came in. However, there were 2 bartenders. Neither greeted me or gave me a menu. I sat there for about 5-10 minutes and eventually got a menu from someone next to us. Busy yes but say hi to me. That was bullshit.

The selection is good. There are a nice variety of brews on tap. Lots to choose from on the menu. Really appreciate that you can get rare bottles and try them at the brewing. Glad that you can't take them home because craft brew fans tends to be hoarders. Glad the owner took a stance on this.

Tried a bottle of Matt while I was in there. Whoa, pretty amazing stuff. As for the price...$25? Yikes, but it's cool. Once in a while kind of a thing.

The tasters are very reasonable at around $2 and the glasses are among the best I've ever seen.

We had a bread and butter plate so I won't review the food. However, the bread was top notch and artisan. Very nice.

A welcome addition to Portland and a unique spread of beers. Highly recommended to visit. An opportunity to taste unique and rare beers.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.6/5  rDev +7%
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 jdense
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited 9.4.2010 with my better half late afternoon for a pre-dinner beer.

After considerable (and I understand costly, no fault of owner) delay, the Hair of the Dog Brewery and Tasting Room opened in mid August, after a couple of one day events (Fredfest and OBF Open House). Located in the Eastside Industrial District within eyeshot of downtown after years in the Brooklyn railroad yard district of SE Portland, the new facility sits hard at the base of an I-5 northbound off ramp, a real boon for travelers who found themselves bewildered by the old brewery location. The Tasting Room is quite spacious, an old converted warehouse, nice custom hardwood bar with about 20 seats and ten butcher block picnic tables. On a nice day the old garage door can be opened for air circulation, though on a hot day (OBF) with a good size crowd this place, as The Old Professor, Casey Stengel, once said, "sure holds the heat well".

The open kitchen, capably manned by former chef and current Top Dog, Alan Sprints, is located in the rear of the tasting room. At this early juncture, the food menu is fairly limited, with cheese and meat plates features top flight products from Cowgirl Creamy, Cypress Grove, and I understand the meats come from neighbor and PDX sensation Olympic Provisions. There are also a couple of salads and a Brisket plate (cooked in Adam) available. Looking forward to Alan having the opportunity to let his considerable culinary skills shine, a friend of mine enjoyed small plates of duck breast and the like on a earlier visit. Moreover, there are some artisan chocolate available, which certainly pairs well with several of Alan's world class beers.

While the Tasting Room is minimally staffed, the bartender (Alan's sister) and I believe a niece manning the floor was quick, friendly and helpful. While the newbies unfamiliar with Alan's beers need a bit of education, my beer was quickly poured with a smile.

The beers, of course, speak for themselves. The OBF open house featured Cherry Adam from the Wood (killer), and the current tap list features, Greg, Blue Dot, Fred, Adam, a 2007 Doggie Claws and Fred from the Wood, along with one guest tap (Caldera Pilsener). The 'regular' beers are $4.50 with FFTW and DC $6.50 for a 12 oz. pour, a bargain for beer of this quality. The extensive vintage bottle list, features three different vintages of FFTW, a 2005 Rose Casais, 5 vintages of Doggie Claws, Michael, Matt (!), and for the festive occasion, magnums of Cherry Adam and Doggie Claws. The beers are a bit on the expensive side for PDX, but once again please remember these are world class beers, if you could find them in San Francisco, etc. I'd expect to pay nearly twice as much.

All in all, this is (along with the soon to open Cascade Barrel House) the center of an emerging craft beer district on Portland's Eastside, within walking distance across the Morrison bridge of downtown. For the traveling BA, this is an absolute must when visiting Beervana, and for locals, a soon to be regular on the beer rota.

When the history of beer tourism is written, this will be on the short list of beer places you must visit. Thanks, Alan, for calling Portland home.

EDIT - Bumped up service score. Wendy does a *great* job at the bar, and having Bourbon Fred from the Wood? Alan's Cherry Adam Bread Pudding or braised short ribs? Sharing a bottle of Adam #1 with The Usual Suspects? Are you kidding me?

RE-EDIT - Maxed out service score, Wendy is the best ;)

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Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped by here today after a quick BA event visit over at Beermongers.

The tasting room is pretty spacious, and appears to be a converted warehouse space. Not a whole lot to it otherwise.... walls are painted green and blue, with a good size wrap around bar in the middle holding around 20 patrons. There are also a few tables and chairs strewn around, with the dining area probably holding close to 70 or 80 patrons. Selection this day consisted of 6 different HOTD beers on tap and then 15 HOTD vintage, bottled selections. There was also a pils from Caldera on tap. As for quality, what else can I say? Everything here is great, and it was a treat to see fresh FFTW and 2007 doggie claws on tap. Likewise, the vintage bottled selection is incredible (albeit rather spendy as well). There are few brewers in America making beer any better than what Alan Sprints is kicking out of his brewery in Portland, and in that regard this place clearly deserves top marks. As for service, it was friendly and not too distracted... at least for me. I was sitting at the bar, where service was pretty decent. However, the friendly bartender was otherwise expected to handle the entire tasting room, and the Sunday afternoon I was there that meant some 40 patrons waiting for beer and food. Alan was working in the kitchen (I don't even want to speculate why he was working at the tasting room at all, but there he was.... with an apron wrapped around his waist... serving up food and replacing dirty glasses), which helped somewhat, but not much. As for food, I got the brisket sampler. It was OK, but was hardly anything to get excited about. Pricing was OK, but someone needs to explain to me why three small pieces of sliced meat cost $6 (especially when one slice was nearly a third fat). Otherwise, FFTW and DC cost $6.50 for a 12 ounce pour, with everything else going for $4.50 a 12 ounce pour. Normally I'd call that a bit high as well, but not for these beers. They're worth every penny.

If you're a HOTD groupie (and I guess that probably includes me), then this is a place you have to visit whenever you're in PDX. Otherwise, it's just another solid spot to hit whenever one visits beer rich PDX.

Edit from 5/2/11 and 5/29/11. Stopped by several times over the past weekend, but really have nothing new to say about this place. Beer is excellent as always, and this time I sampled some of the vintage bottled stuff (fabulous 2011 Cherry Adam and 2005 Doggie Claws). However, I feel as if I need to up my service score a point, after Wendy gratiously allowed me take a bottle of Cherry Adam home as a carry out. Service here just seems to get better and better every time I go (they're employing more staff now, which helps). Regarding the food here... I still can't give it more than the original 3.5 score. I recently had the brewer's salad and the meat & cheese plate. They were fine for what they were, but were hardly anything remarkable. In any event, regardless of my feelings about the food, there's no denying that this place is just excellent....

Last edit from 9/11. Call me completely converted... I'm with Jeff (Jdense) regarding Wendy. She's as good as it gets when it comes to service. I have adjusted my service score accordingly.

I now stop by here whenever I'm back in town. You should too. Cheers!

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Hair of the Dog just recently opened its tasting room at its new Yamhill location and the response has been great! I went there last night with my wife for the first time and will be repeat customers in the future.

It was a nice day yesterday so the front roll up door to the tasting room was open to allow a nice breeze in. The location itself is near a train crossing and in the span of a few hours we had to hold our conversation for half a minute while the train went by. The train and industrial feel to the place lent to a certain counter-culture feel that will receive a ton of support from beer geeks and HotD fans. There was a central bar and several tables around the perimeter. The restrooms were easy to spot and accessible unlike a couple tasting rooms I've visited.

Our waitress was extremely attentive and quick to bring us our drinks. Alan Sprints was there in the kitchen but seemed approachable for any beer related banter. It was a family affair for him as well because a couple young boys the spitting image of him were walking around the room as well.

The beer! For $12 Misty and I shared a half dozen 3 ounce taster glasses of the HotD beers available on tap. Greg, Blue Dot, Fred, Adam, and 2007 Doggie Claws were all great but the 1 beer that we both needed our very own 12 ounce tulip of was Fred from the Wood. For $6.50 a piece I got to try for the first time I beer I called "my new favorite beer" in my review. While that is a little spendy for beer in Portland, I think it was absolutely worth it. Apparently last week Cherry Adam was on tap in its place so expect that sixth tap to be an ever changing one.

Go to Hair of the Dog, get a beer, and enjoy one of Portland's finest. To that extent, if its one of Portland's finest, its in the elite list for the planet!

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