Edgefield Brewery (McMenamins)

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2126 SW Halsey St.
Troutdale, Oregon, 97060
United States

(800) 669-8610 | map

On-premise brewing:
Edgefield Brewery, established January 1991

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Reviews by jcalabre:
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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

McMenamin's Edgefield is something to experience when in Oregon. Rather than being a brewpub, it's an estate w/ a variety of buildings, a small golf course, a distillery... Very different indeed. The food & the beer are good, but the complex as a whole is definitely worth seeking out.

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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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4.13/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Brewery/winery/restaurant and hotel/resort all rolled into one. Beer and wine are good. Food is very good. Gardens are beautiful.

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Photo of acurtis
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BraveGator
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Troutdale provided a great environment, extremely relaxing, and very confortale scenery.

The sprawling site has plenty of room to host many folks without making one feel like they are amonst a lot of people. Lay back, taste the local brew.

The food is quite good. I onyl had pizza and beer, and the price was what one would exptect.

The nightlife in the outside restaurant was simple, like on your own back porch, and the entire crowd looked as relaxed and was friendly. Felt like all were family.

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Photo of Outlawshaw
3.8/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife's sister suggested we stop here before we went on a Brewery Tour down near and around Hood River. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised with this place. It had a great atmosphere and the beer was above my expectations.

It took a while for a waiter to stop by our table, but after that the service was okay. I ordered a pesto chicken sandwich and it was delightful. I wanted to try out at least three other things on the menu. We ordered a sampler of beers and almost all of them were above average. None were below in my opinion.

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Photo of koopa
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

I visited McMenamins Edgefield last week while in Portland, mainly to see Ray Lamontagne in concert but I became quite excited when I checked out the website and learned a bit more about the place. Apparently it is a 70 acre resort with a hotel, movie theater, gold course, outdoor concert venue, several bars, a distillery, and several restaurants...pretty cool! When I arrived I found out that most of the bars were extremely tiny (which is really cool on any day but a concert day!) and fairly concentrated which made me wonder what the heck they were doing with all that acreage. I spent some time in the Pub and in Jerry's Ice House. Had some really tasty pizza and two beers (Hammerhead and Ruby) which were average at best. Place was a quick drive from Portland and a fairly nice escape from the city.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I stopped for a beer and a bite to eat at the Edgefield Brewery while traveling to Portland.

The place is a historic site, used to be a country poor farm (pre-welfare), now a hotel and a collection of pubs and other hospitality facilities. Multiple venues on the grounds including cozy little pubs, and huge tents for concerts and such. They say the hotel is haunted. I could spend a lot of time at this place. We went to a pub located in the old power plant building.

Quality was typical McMennamins brews. If you like them the quality is good.

Service was good. The place was busy with the St Paddy's day weekend festivities.

Selection was again McMenamins. 16 taps or so.

Food was pretty good. Typical of other McM's places. Pub fare for the most part, with a Irish special for the weekend.

I like these places. They are interesting and located all over Oregon and southeast Washington. I think the quality ois good and prices are reasonable. I could be a regular if I lived near one of these places.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

For atmosphere, Edgefield is amazing. In fact, I am biased to liking most McMenamin's locations. I think they have a knack for their properties.

I've been to several weddings, concerts, on a date, and just flat out drinking here. I always have a good time.

There are many different bars here as well as a spa which I'd like to check out sometime.

The beer is typically McMenamin's fodder. It's decent. The service is whatever...maybe better than standard McMenamin's service if you're familiar with their staffing trends.

There are places to relax, booths to site in, places to stroll, you can play pool, pinball, relax indoors or out. It's a great spot.

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Photo of mjl21
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

I have tried many of McMenamins beers over the years, but had never visited one of their properties. The Edgefield property is about 20 mminutes outside Portland. We stopped in here after hanging out at Multnomah Falls and the Columbia Gorge. Edgefield is located in the tiny town of Troutdale and is one of the most interesting places I have ever visited. The property has lots of buildings and houses a hotel, golf course, and spa. There are various bars scattered throughout (one is a wine bar and one is dedicated to Jerry Garcia). They make their own beer, spirits, and wine here.

They have two restaurants, the Black Rabbit and the Power Station Pub. The Power Station Pub is the less expensive option and this is where we ate lunch. The food is your typical brewpub joint. All 3 of us ordered burgers, which we felt were not very good. They reminded me of Sysco frozen hockey puck burgers. My wife's fries were not crisp and were oily; the tater tots I had were tasty and were Ore'ida-riffic.

The beer is composed of the usual McMenamain's suspects. They have Ruby, Hammerhead, IPA, Terminator Stout, Bagdad Ale, Black Rabbit Porter, and an ESB. The IPA was a little too heavy for me, but was not terrible.

Our server was a little aloof, but our food did come as ordered.

The prices were not bad, with burgers running around $8 and pints around $4.

This is worth a stop if you are visiting the Columbia Gorge area. While I won't vouch for the Power Station food, the atmosphere of the property makes up for the food quality. Next time I would try and sample some wine and spirits and save the beer for when I returned to Portland.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

On our first visit in May '99, prior to our move later that same year, my wife and I drank pints of Hammerhead and Ruby on a cool, rainy afternoon in the Power Station Restaurant. We've returned in the 10+ years so many times I've lost count.

Today was the fourth time in six years that the office has held an impromptu golf outing at the Pub Course (once a single course, now a pair: a 12-hole version and a (considerably tougher) 20-hole commitment). It's hard to encapsulate all that Edgefield is in a single review without rambling; suffice to say it's a hotel, restaurant(s), pub(s), movie theater, concert venue (we saw The Decemberists and Blind Pilot earlier this summer), golf course(s), winery/distillery, garden(s), glass studio...shall I continue? It's lush and whimsical and filled with quirky gems (Little Red Shed anyone?) that make repeat visits a necessity, even for us locals...

The courtyard outside the Power Station/Black Rabbit is where we've eaten on the last several vists - right under the looming water tower. Food is generally good, pub fare with few outstanding attributes. Burgers, salads and pastas are met with the occasional jambalaya or steak or mussels dish. Beers vary from pub to pub (the Shed and Golf Clubhouse each had 4 standards: Ruby, Terminator, Hammerhead, and Sunflower IPA...plus a nitro Irish Stout), and may be served in either glass pints or plastic cups, depending on whether it's 'for here' or 'to go'. Wines and spirits made by McMenamins are plentiful, too; it's truly an imbibing playground for adults.

Though my ratings may not add up to earn an 'outstanding' score, a visit to Edgefield should be a 'must' for any visitor (or resident); a great way to spend a few relaxing hours and definitely one of the Northwest's treasures. Easy to reach off I-84, via Exit 16 or 17...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Obviously the jewel in the McMenamin's crown, the Edgefield location is also the largest. It's so big, in fact, that you'll need a map! With a golf course, movie theater and live music events you could easily spend an entire day here - and even an entire weekend! That said, rooms are inexpensive! (Which is one of the reasons so many people have wedding receptions here!).

I should point out to those that may be skeptical at this point, that I myself wasn't really expecting much given what I'd seen and read prior. But when I actually visited, my opinion was changed completely.

Just passing through the whimsical garden from the parking lot to the Power Station was fun. There are just so many fun and interesting details hidden about! And then on to the wine tasting room... and, I know it's Oregon and the wines should be great, but the wines really are great! I was quite impressed with several of the more rare selections.

The beers are really good to boot, and although it's nationally small at only 5,000 barrels per year, it's still McMenamin's largest brewery and that's worth taking a look at. And if beer and wine are not enough for you, there's also a distillery... and a garden that produces the vegetables for the Black Rabbit Restaurant... oh, and a spa, and a tea house, and a glashaus (where artist blow glass ornaments, vases, and more)!!!

Two final notes: #1, I found Edgefield to be incredibly relaxing. It's so laid-back, and the outdoor areas are beautiful for strolling around. And sitting at the bar, it's so easy to talk to people with the limited amount of seating they have at most bars. Also, because they only have so many beers available, I wasn't under any pressure to take notes!

#2, Edgefield is perched right at the start of the Columbia River Gorge - another landmark that I initially thought might just be OK, but then blew me away! - and it would make a great base to make a loop up to Hood River (Full Sail, Big Horse Brewing) and then cross over into Washington for the trip back with a stop in Stevenson to visit the Walking Man Pub.

If I didn't have friends that live in Portland, I'd definitely stay here and rent a car. It's a mecca!

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Photo of ThePortlander
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Edgefield is one of my favorite places to visit whenever I get the chance. The food is spectacular, the service is almost always friendly, the concerts are a blast. There's not much here not to like. Easily one of the best McMenamins locations. I recommend staying here if the opportunity ever comes up. The atmosphere is phenomenal. One of the only downsides is the price, but sometimes you have to pay for quality.

Also, this is a fantastic place to spend the night. There's nothing like getting up a bit early and finding a spot to watch the sunrise, then taking a tour around the campus.

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Photo of pjbear05
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Spent our first night in Oregon at Edgefield, and was mightily impressed. My wife thought the place a little pricey, but since this was our first vacation in a while, that was a minor point, hence my "$$" rating for value.

Karen stayed in the room while I walked through the complex, stopping for beers and a cigar at the end of the evening. Stopped at the glass artists shop and watched him perform his magic. The next morning, we had a fantastic breakfast at the Black Rabbit, and then spent an enjoyful time in the gift shop before continuing our travels.

Whatever your choice of libations-beer, wine, disitlled beverages, or none of the above, you can't help not loving this place.

Looking for someplace interesting to stay in the Portland area? Definitely check Edgefield out- you won't be sorry!

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Photo of Brewlore
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Yet another place I made it to on my most recent visit to the Portland area. We had no idea what to expect when arriving here.

First of all, this entire place is outstanding. The atmosphere, decor, etc is all quite charming. We were actually quite overwhelmed by the entire place.

Sadly, looking back we missed A LOT. We made it to one bar and ordered a couple pints which we brought out onto the porch, sat, and enjoyed a pint.

Afterwards we made it to the Little Red Shed which itself, is amazing. Really small pub with a small fireplace. Cigars for sale, liquor, and beer. Really cozy atmosphere.

The few beers we had were excellent. The star was surely the Black Rabbit porter.

I'm making a point at making it to this place as soon as I'm back in the Northwest.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

You can read other reviews for a complete review of the whole Edgefield compound, this is mostly for the "Powerhouse Pub," which seemed to be the biggest pub there. The atmosphere is nice because it is different, has the old brick farmhouse look, which I guess fits in with the theme of the place. The whole place has a theme-park type of feel to it, a bit surreal and a bit hokey. Lots of families, kids but also some older frat-type kids there on this day (friday aftnoon) as well. Yay. Still the best part about the place though. The food is good, but nothing spectacular and since the prices aren't too high its a pretty decent value. The waitress wasn't particularly knowledgeable, but was attentive and personable. Beers were average, but they have lots of styles to choose from, including multiple seasonals and a rotating nitro tap. Something I do want to review is the Terminator Stout Mustard they have on the tables- this stuff is lame; tastes more like liquid smoke than the Terminator Stout.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Slanders outstanding review of Troutdale ( the name alone would get me there) reminded me of my visit there a few years back. For more detail, see his review.

This is an amusement park for beer hounds - and wine hounds as those are as good or better than the beers served. The Beers are good - clean and fresh, just not great. Its the variety of things to see and do that make this place a one of a kind - must stop place in the Portland area.

Funky artwork, wide range of room rates ( and quality) at least 3 places to eat, one tv on the property, beautiful grounds - the whole place shows how much good rich guys who like beer can do with a little imagination.

Dont go without taking a stroll down to the surreal bronze sculpture of Jerry Garcia, and if your timing is right in late summer, feast as we did on the HUGE black raspberries that drape all around Jerry in his private little hollow.

Check it out - this place wont dissapoint.

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Photo of slander
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Last date.

Heading back to Portland, we were going to drop off the highway and push (Evil) Davo out of the car at the Multnomah County Poor Farm (for some character building on the heels of his bad behavior). But when we got there, we were told that that the bottom had dropped out of the poor market and they stopped growing it here some years ago. They've got it all fixed up now. Sanitarium; I mean retirement home, no wait, fast forward some after that, um, oh yeah, outrageous resort with a hotel & hostel, a brewery, a winery, a distillery, a pair of restaurants, several small bars, a movie theatre, a pool hall, a golf course, pottery and glass blowing studios, gardens and craziness. Funny, we went out there expecting to find a poor farm. They really ought to update their website...

Now, I ain't saying that the McMenamin's Edgefield makes the Kennedy School look like an afternoon cub scout project. It's just that the Kennedy School, awesome as it is, is but a single building; whereas this place is a totally bad-ass 38 acre estate of fun. Someone put a lot of love into this here, and time and dough too, all right, uh huh. So much to see, I hardly know where to begin, but it is quite nice out in the herb garden; paths in a large turtle shell shaped plot with an array of plants, fruits, flowers and herbs amongst nooks and twisted bramble. At one end sits a an old small garage that's been turned into a glass blowing studio; wine stoppers, vases and the like, some really cool vibrant colorful stuff. Across the way, the old poor farm power station, now a pub with banquet facilities, guestrooms upstairs, and a 120 seat movie theatre to the rear. Just outside, something of a brick courtyard with a few dozen tables under umbrellas, the area heavily adorned with sprawling plumbing art and lighting. It's bordered on the far side by the old cannery and meat packing plant, now the house brewery, an ancient water tower supporting skyward hop vines to the rear, and up front, the Black Rabbit House; a wee shed previously used for fumigating mattresses and bedding, now the tiniest of bars. And out the other side and down a little bit to Jerry's Ice House, an old cold storage room, now another small bar, cigar friendly, heavily decorated with vintage Grateful Dead concert posters and memorabilia, complete with a live show playing here on the facility's only TV's (I think it was the Fillmore). And just down the road, the Halfway House, a clayworks pottery studio, housed in the old morgue, a stone's throw from the winery & tasting room. Great views of the tank room and the rows of barrels there. A flight later we were off again, up wandering through the rows of fresh snozzberries and flowers in the vegetable garden, the funny pear trees in bloom. At the far end sits the Distillery, Bar & Pub Course Clubhouse sitting at the edge of the 18 hole, par 3, pitch 'n' putt golf course. Sampled some crazy house peach brandy, but they also make a coffee liqueur, whiskey, gin, and a few more brandies. And then back down to the main lodge. Used to be a dormitory and mess, it now houses guestrooms and hostel accommodations, as well as the more upscale of the dining options at Edgefield; the Northwest cuisine inspired Black Rabbit Restaurant & Bar. Ordered up a pint 'o Porter and the Salmon special and wandered some. Upstairs, elaborate murals on the walls, ceilings, doorways and staircases, and surprises otherwise. Some say these hallways are haunted (Zoinks! That's really creeeepy, Scoob!) Found a ballroom, a gift shop & espresso bar, and a great basement pool hall with darts, pinball, shuffleboard, a snooker table and 5 pool tables. After dinner, off the side wide rocking chair laden verandah, some activity in the grove. Lively bands on the lawn for the Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash & Golf Tourney event, just outside the Little Red Shed, the smallest of the McMenamin's pubs here in the old poor farm incinerator shed; an awesome little gnome home chess rook nook with a warming brick fireplace. Finally, we ventured down to the Jerry Garcia sculpture, a 7 plus foot Garcia bronze looking very craggy treelike, damn cool. There's an amphitheatre somewhere but damned if we saw it. Vineyards, too, up front and in the back corner.

Sheer madness, so much to see. 9 pubs and bars, including the Wine Tasting Room and Distillery, serving wine, spirits and some or all of the 7 house beers (Ruby Raspberry, Bagdad Ale, IPA, Hammerhead English Ale, Black Rabbit Porter, Terminator Stout, Wheat), and then here and there we saw the Terminator Stout on nitro and a few seasonals (A very tasty Kolsch and a Cream Ale). Beers were clean and fresh, made in that building over there. Hardly a place you want to just drop by for lunch. This is a day trip, you really need to take it all in.

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Photo of loren01
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Edgefield is one of my favorite places in the Portland area. There is a ton of stuff to do around Edgefield, you could literally be entertained for days here. Beer in my opinion is right on par if not better than most places in Portland. Not sure why but the beer is very underrated. Food at the Black Rabbit is outstanding and service has always been the same. I really can't come up with one bad thing to say about this place, if I could choose to go to one place in the Portland area Edgefield would be it.

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Photo of John_M
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Crown jewel of the McMenamins empire, what my girlfriend's daughter called on her first visit "it's like disneyland for drunks."

In fact McMenamin's doesn't encourage over indulgence, but God knows they certainly don't discourage it either.

Let me start off by saying that there is just so much going on here, it's really difficult to rate this place. This place at one point was a poor house/farm that fell into disrepair. I believe it was actually closed down for some years and was scheduled to be razed before the brothers stepped in and saved it. Man did they ever save it.

Edgefield manor has been converted into a multi-use facility that includes lodging, an on-site brewery, winery and distillery, a pub, various nooks and crany watering holes where you can grab a beer and any other manner of libation, an upscale (more or less) restaurant, a nine hole golf course, a movie theater, its own garden and a glass blowing shop. The place also has good size rooms for catered meetings and gatherings, and in the summer time it is very popular to cater weddings and receptions on the gracious grounds. On the weekends in the summertime there are also outdoor concerts, not to mention smaller performances in the barrel room of the winery.

I always feel a lifting of spirit whenever I visit Edgefield. I can spend hours walking around the grounds, taking a look at all the artwork (paintings by local artists) in the halls and corridors, visiting Jerry's Icehouse (named after Jerry Garcia of course) and the red shed, maybe wandering down to the winery tasting room.

In short, I give the atmosphere a score of 5 because that's as high a score as one can give. As for quality, I ended up giving this a 5 as well. Granted, the McMenamin beers aren't deserving of this score, but the quality of the place itself, the overall impression of the manor and grounds, make this the only score I can give.

Service is really a tough call. I've had some really subpar service in the Black Rabbit and theater pub (one waiter told us he thought we were going to linger longer over our wine, which was his reason for taking 45 minutes to bring us the entrees we ordered), but at other times I've had very quick, prompt service. Ultimately, when I add everything up, I'd still have to rate the service here as pretty good.

The selection here is the best I've seen at any of the McMenamin establishments. They usually have around 20 different McMeniman beers in the theater pub, with usually a couple of guest beers as well. The Black Rabbit side bar also usually has around 10 different beers on tap, while most of the other locations on the premises serving the Hammerhead, Terminator stout and Ruby. While McMenamin beers are not the best, I can usually find something I can tolerate without any problem. The IPA and Terminator stout are pretty good, and I've always been a fan of the Hammerhead.

The food here is up and down, but is generally pretty good. I've had some exceptional meals in the Black Rabbit, as well as some that were not so great. The pub grub is also quite tolerable, and in the summer time it's not unusual for there to be an outside grill going next to the theater pub.

Prices have slowly started to creep up over time, but are still fairly reasonable.

This place is one in a million and is just fabulous. In the words of the michelan guide: "worth a special journey."

Highly recommended.

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