Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Caldera Tap House

Your Rating: None
16 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

31 Water St
Ste 2
Ashland, Oregon, 97520-1859
United States

(541) 482-7468 | map

Location was formerly 'Siskiyou Pub'.

Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Monday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Wednesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 1:00am

Added by msubulldog25 on 08-27-2009

View: Place Reviews | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of dmk82
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of VashonGuy
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

We've been coming to this spot for years, on our semi-regular visits to Ashland. It's the original Caldera brewery, now in the shadow of the big new facility at the south edge of town. It's still a fine place for great Caldera beer and decent food, especially if you're catching a play at the nearby Shakespeare festival.

There are 20 taps, all for Caldera beers. Good variety, if not as impressive as the 40 taps at the new place down the road.

Vibe is friendly, cozy, fairly quiet, and pretty dark. Feels like a neighborhood hideout.

Prices are quite reasonable, for beer or food.

Caldera is likely the best brewery north of Chico and south of Portland, so stop here or at the new place!

 697 characters

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of Spike-likes-beer
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of ronricorossi
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jason_nwx
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of danbrew
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tjcamm
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of OregonGrown7
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Sampled 15 of their beers and had a great time trying them. Best part? They were almost all . something to wow at. Great selection of styles and they don't pull punches, good flavor! Best place for beer I've seen in Ashland so far. Would definitely make a stop if you're in the area.

 283 characters

Photo of Fatehunter
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We had to take our food to-go because of personal issues. The service was good but slow due to only one bartender/server for a 3/4 full room. The Stinky Hippy and Pulled Porter sandwiches were really good. We had a lager and porter off the tap and grabbed a couple 22 oz bottles to-go. The band was setting up on a Tuesday night, which would have been nice to hear. During the warmer months it looks like they use the outdoor decks, which would also have been nice. Definitely worth going to if you're in Ashland.

 513 characters

Photo of MadeInOregon
3/5  rDev -25%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Went here for the beer and in that regard it's great. Got the sampler of several different beers. The best part about this is that you can get any of their beers in sampler form, which is something a lot of brewpubs won't allow.

The food was very much average in every regard--from selection, to price, to flavors, to portions. This is a pretty no-frills place.

It's a bit dark inside and the seating area is very small. Outdoor seating is a bit larger but you're underneath an overpass so it's not exactly peaceful. The location is the only thing this place has going for it: it's right next to Lithia creek which gives it a beautiful, Venetian vibe.

Service is friendly but super slow. They seem very understaffed.

This is a local, low-key place. It's very beer-focused, so don't come here thinking you'll get a great meal or eating experience. This is really the place to just come for a quick pint--not a bad thing considering Caldera makes great beer.

 962 characters

Photo of flexabull
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Located in the same location as the Siskiyou Pub, I liked that place, and I'm glad someone like Caldera took this place over.

Setting is a small pub underneath an Indian Restaurant and an overpass. But, they have a great deck out front next to a small creek.

Quality is good. Caldera is a nice little brewery that makes some fine beers, not a dud among their offerings.

Service was solid. Attentive and quick. My server was also happy to offer samples of beers I was not familiar with too.

Selection was great. 20 taps, 15 devoted to various Caldera offerings, the other 5 were all local guest brews.

Prices were fair, right in line with what you would expect.

Didn't try the food.

Overall, a great addition to the nice little Southern Oregon Beer Scene.

 761 characters

Photo of pwillen1
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2

The location could be nice (creekside), but it isn't, since it is under an over pass. The place isn't even very clean. The foods is as you would expect, standard brew pub fare. there are many good options within a block walk including standing stone, which has the opposite problem, good food and atmosphere with lousy beer, if you can even get some. Anyhow, go to caldera for the beret. Rose petals, hibiscus, ginger, all sorts of experimental ingredients, in all sorts of types from 47 degree lager to nw ipa. I secured the last six bottles of mogli too! Also if you are headed sooth to california, this us you last growler fill.

 631 characters

Photo of oregone
3.6/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Was a regular local stop until this year when I relocated from the Rogue Valley.
The atmosphere varies by day and season. The large outdoor deck (with cooling mist) is a haven in the 100 degree summer and is usually busy and convivial. Inside gets busy for events (sports, music, etc) but generally lacks the welcoming atmosphere.
Quality is high in brews and food. Good alternative/pub style menu. Nothing great. Brews have some gems, but are fairly good across the board and all worth trying.
Service suffers here, which I feel should be pointed out is common for some reason in brewpubs and taprooms so I'm not specifically picking on these guys. However, until you are known here, it becomes quite difficult to procure a beverage or menu, and don't wait for service, go to the bar first and then grab a table. Certainly better service than Russian River or any Rogue establishment.
Selection is solid. Caldera makes a bit of everything (except sours so far), and you'll find rauchbier, Dipa, Imperial stout, etc all rolling through. Some interesting brews foir sure, and usually a few guest taps worth trying as well. 20+ total I believe.
Food is solid, though suffers in comaprison to the plethora of excellent dining options within a minute walk. I've eaten here numerous times, but only when I was to lazy to walk across the street.
Value is good. Fairly priced beer food and growlers. I'd veer more towards inexpensive relative to the area and the food ingredients, but overall its definitly reasonable with a capital R.
Worth visiting, and once again, all issues aside, a solid place that should be looked into.

 1,623 characters

3.6/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

As we were making our journey north to Seattle . We decided to make a nights stop in Ashland OR. Really nice quiet some what small town. I new Caldera was there. I had tried there IPA at Stone brewing. After Talking to the local gas station attendent. We got a room and walked acroos the street. What is really cool about Caldera's location. Is the small river that its located under or next to the Taphouse. You have your options of sitting out on the deck(view) or going downstairs. We opted for the bar and view of the tap handles. There selection was actually pretty impressive. I started with an IPA and then quickly moved to the Hoportunity Knocks. The wife started with some Ginger infused beer, which was actually pretty tasty.

Food- was real good, Had the bleu cheese burger.

I guess the only downfall, was not being a local. The service was sub par and they really had very little interest in talking with u unless u were local. we would of stayed longer . But we felt that we would give Standing Stone brewing a shot. Glad we did!

This place has alot of potential, just needs to give out of towners a chance.

 1,122 characters

Photo of bobertkuekn
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I visited the Caldera Tab House on 9/10/2009 while on vacation. We sat at the bar to find around 18-20 taps in front of us. About 8-10 taps were dedicated to Caldera brews, including their IPA, Pale, Ashland Amber, Dry Hop Red, Dry Hop Orange, Pale, Pilot Rock Porter and others I can't remember. But they also had Ninkasi Total Domination IPA and Deschutes Black Butte XXI, as well as brews from Walkabout, Southern Oregon, Rainier, and other local Northwest brewerys. The bartender was very good, the nachos and fresh-cut fries were delicious, and the brews were great. Caldera Porter was very good on draft, and Deschutes Black Butte XXI on draft was out-of-this-world! The locals were very friendly and the staff was great. We could've stayed late into the night, but we were hiking Crater Lake the next day. The Caldera Tap House is highly recommended!

Here's the BeerAdvocate link to the Caldera Tap House:


 957 characters

Caldera Tap House in Ashland, OR
Place rating: 4 out of 5 with 16 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.