Migration Brewing Company

Migration Brewing CompanyMigration Brewing Company
Migration Brewing CompanyMigration Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2828 NE Glisan St
Portland, Oregon, 97232
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Notes: 11am-12am Monday - Saturday
11am - 10pm Sunday

Happy Hour Specials: 3pm to 6pm (Tues - Fri)

Minors welcome until 8pm
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

the portland brewery scene is so strong, just countless amazing operations, really always a joy to visit and i always wish i had more time. we checked these guys out a little bit randomly but were very impressed. they have a cool space thats sort of centered on a large patio that goes out to the street, it was limited seating due to the virus, so things were mellower than than probably usually are, but we enjoyed the relaxed pace of the place and found a comfortable patio spot. they had a solid list of beers on tap, maybe a dozen or more to pick from, but i wasnt able to find a printed menu with any detail, so we just kind of randomly selected. my wife had a killer cream ale on nitro, perfect for a warm and humid afternoon, and i had some sort of tart saison with fruit, maybe red wine grapes, that seemed to have been barrel aged, both beers were very good, and if we had more time we definitely would have stayed for another couple of rounds. feels clean and spacious inside too, with a long bar to order from, what appeared to be another side bar area that was closed, and rather minimal decor inside, low key and no frills, which i like. the service was solid, they did a good job with health precautions here and we felt safe. the kitchen was bringing out some tasty looking food, but we only grabbed a pretzel to snack on, well executed. the beers here were clever and good, the vibe was right on, and i will add this to the already long list of places to go back to when i am in town again. portland residents are lucky to have this place, that would stand out more in a lot of lesser beer cities i reckon...

Jun 29, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

4/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited this place due to a friend-of-a-friend type connection to the owner, but he wasn't there. Hung out with the wife and kids for a few beers after lunch while on a short vacation.

A nice place, well appointed, with a decent selection of beers for a small brewery (of course, all their own). Everything we tried was pretty good -- nothing was great. Their best (that we tried) was the porter.

Servers were friendly, almost pushed samples into my hands.

I'd have no hesitation to go back. Good place to go and have a beer.

Sep 01, 2015
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John_M from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

My first time here today... not familiar with the brewery or their beers.

The place looks fairly small from the outside on Glisan street, looking for all the world like an old automotive repair shop. The place is actually decent size once you go in, holding around 10 tables and chairs nand several couches. I sort of wonder if the current owner used to work at the lucky lab, as the set up here is similar. You order your food and beer at the bar, and then the bartender/waiter brings your food to the table once it's ready. There are also a couple of water bowls out front for man's best friend, further reminding me of the lab. As for the beers, I think they had 11 or 12 beers on tap today, with bourbon, vanilla RIS seasonal on nitro. I tried the luscious lupulin IPA and the seasonal RIS, both of which were good, solid, nicely crafted beers. No one is going to mistake this place for Boneyard or Deschutes, but the beers were decent enough. Pints were a reasonable enough $4, which drops to $3.50 during happy hour.

There is also a considerable amount of trailblazer paraphanelia on the walls, and I gather all blazer games are shown on the one flat screen TV set (it was off the time I visited, but they had the upcoming schedule on the blackboard over the bar). The atmosphere/vibe is pretty low key and informal otherwise, and the pub struck me as a comfortable place to hang out with a pint.

Shrug. If this place was located back home in Baltimore I'd probably be a regular, but here in beer-rich Portland, there's really nothing distinguishable about this place. Really not sure if I'll ever stop by again....

Dec 30, 2011
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suncrust from Washington

3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Migration is kind of like a giant garage or small warehouse with the bar and kitchen taking up most of the back wall, and the actually brewery resting in closed doors behind it. A reclaimed space with a very thrifty PDX vibe. Scattered square wooden tables spread throughout the open space, each with a schooner of dried hops and a festive candle in the middle.

There's a couch in the corner near a big flatscreen TV that is surrounded by Trail Blazers paraphernalia on the walls. A couple dart boards for entertainment along the opposing wall. Sparse decor amid a few cool pieces of art, the highlight being a painted mural just off to the left of the bar. I dug the overall vibe. Simple and comfortable.

Solid selection of brews. Honestly, their beer is up there as some of the better beer in Portland. Two big chalkboards list the current tap list and food specials, with easy to find prices, options, and seasonals. Excellent variety that offers something for everyone. Beers were superbly clean, crisp, and drinkable, with a high craftsmanship and attention to detail. I feel a lot of other Portland breweries lack this focus.

Staff was attentive and more importantly, knowledgeable about the beer. They cared if I enjoyed their beer. I did go on a weekday mid-day, so it wasn't very busy and that could have played to the attentiveness. There were only two people working and I could see how you'd wait awhile if this place was packed.

Didn't have any food, looked like a menu of simple sandwiches made from fresh, local ingredients.

Overall, a solid place that is straightforward and relaxed. Probably a nice spot to meet friends. I could see how a busy crowd or a bunch of kids wandering around could totally shift this vibe to annoyance, but I didn't get that. Their beer is awesome and that is clearly the focal point.

Dec 29, 2011
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cavemanlawyer from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Migration has a decent local tap selection and always have 4 or 5 of their own beers available. Some of the earlier reviews complained about the crowd being lots of parents with young children. This was not my experience here. I was there on a weekday evening and the crowd seemed fairly typical for a Portland beer bar, lots of young people and guys with scruffy beards.

My favorite beer is the MPA, which is nicely hopped but only around 50 IBU and around 5%.

The food is fresh and local but not amazing. The focus here is clearly on the beer.

Overall a nice spot to chill and have a beer and sandwich, especially in the summer with the open bay doors.

May 13, 2011
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bradleyp from Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

I went to this place after dropping the girlfriend off at PDX. I wanted to get some food and a beer before heading back to Eugene, so I decided to check out this location.

I walk in, and it is packed. I guess since I was there around 5:30 PM, that was to be expected. There are a around 7-8 tables, and strangely there are only 3 chairs at the bar.

I was a little upset that because I was by myself that I couldn't sit at a table or the bar, so I had to eat outside. Luckily, it wasn't too cold.

There was a lot of children, and older (gray haired) people in this place. I don't know if it's always like that.

I had the Terry's Porter and a very bland Tuna Melt.

Jan 28, 2011
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guitarfacepete from Oregon

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

My wife and I stopped by Migration on a rainy tuesday afternoon while trying out a few of the newer brewpubs in the city. There were two other people in the pub other than us.

Atmosphere: It was pretty dead when we were there, but it felt like the kind of place that could really swing on a good night. The place looks like it was built into an old garage, there are some nice tables and a couple couches scattered throughout the room and signs directing you to order at the bar. The bar is nice and long, however were only three stools. I don't know if there are always three stools, but it seems like a bad idea to me to have a nice bar and no where to sit. Also, the music was terribly loud.

Quality/Selection: The beer was pretty darn good. There were four guest taps from local brewers, and six house brews. The IPA and coffee porter were both quite tasty. The winter seasonal (a Belgian Quad I believe) was excellent.

Service: This is where Migration really really dropped the ball. There were only four customers and it took over five minutes to get acknowledged by the the bartender, let alone get a beer. The bartender also was slow to ask if we needed refills. The most annoying behavior was his talking at length with one patron while ignoring the rest.

Value: We showed up right at the beginning of happy hour, so that helped with the value marks. We didn't eat anything, so I can't comment on the food or food prices.

Dec 30, 2010
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squaremile from Oregon

2.54/5  rDev -32.4%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Finally got to try this place and wanted to watch a game with a good beer, something that is too difficult to do in Portland. I arrived and the space was pretty solid, nice setup, cool tables, good looking bar. The bartender was OK but a bit of the disinterested/annoyed variety, although he did pour me a sample. Slightly expensive for an 8oz.

I sat down to watch the game (they advertise that they show NBA games) but was told that they would not turn the sound on. OK, still enjoying the Upright Late Harvest (decent taplist, looked like 8 regional good quality beers). As I sat there and started to look around, and the crowd was unlike any other I'd seen in brewery in Portland (should mention that for some reason they do not brew their own, and even the MPA was not available...). There were tons of kids, most of which were of the really expensive haircut and jeans variety, with parents that looked ready to rock the Pearl later, but were a bit too old to be wearing what they were. Like Henry's on a Friday night mixed with a middle school?

People CONSTANTLY walked in front of the TV and stood there and talked in front of it. I asked many of them to move very politely, and they did. The food looked good but I killed the beer and took off. It would take a lot for me to return. Just didn't fit in and the vibe was just uncomfortable. Nice guys, but not my place.

May 02, 2010
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gxm99 from Oregon

3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Migration is newly open and still a little rough around the edges.
Their in-house brewery is not yet operational, so all the beer on tap came from elsewhere, including the Migration Pale that was brewed somewhere else.
The beer selection is good, a few beers I haven't tried, and some favorites. The food selection looks extensive for a newly open brew pub, my pulled pork sandwich was very enjoyable.
Since the night was mild, we sat outside at an uncovered picnic table and our food was promptly brought out.
The inside has a slightly less industrial feel than Amnesia, and I thought a little too loud for conversation, may need some sound dampening.

My "not impressed" on the service has to do with waiting 20 minutes to pay my tab. There was a group of 3 in front of me, and two people behind the bar. At the same time, one of their kegs kicked. Apparently, the staff felt that changing a keg took precedence over letting me pay my bill. Hopefully that will change over time.

Mar 07, 2010
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