The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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The Porterhouse Brewing CompanyThe Porterhouse Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Eatery

Unit 6D
Rosemount, Park Road, Ballycoolin,
Dublin, 15

+353(0)1-8227415 | map

The Porterhouse brewery is located in an Industrial Estate in North County Dublin, and supplies their outlets in Parliament Street, Nassau Street, and Glasnevin, Dublin, their outlet in Bray, Co. Wicklow and the Porterhouse, Covent Garden, London, UK.

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Reviews by cypressbob:
Photo of cypressbob
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located in Dublins stylish Temple Bar area this place has had a good reputation as thee place to visit for decent beer in dublin

Walking in you're greeted by a large bar straight across from you with around 12 taps, most dedicated to their own brews. When I was there they had their oyster stout, wrasslers stout, plain porter, hersbrucker, chiller, brainblasta and weiss. They also had a couple of guest taps on, including andechs helles lager which a friend tried. They have a chiller full of belgians, germans and a few english and american micros. The range focuses mainly on belgian and they suprised me by having 4 boon offerings (including the oude geuze), all the rochefort beers, chimay, etc etc.

While I was there i had a pint of oyster stout (which was very good), a brainblasta ale (which wasnt bad) and a bottle of boon oude geuze (which was fantastic). The prices are typical of Dublin's Temple Bar but not excessive (their own brews were around 4euros as were the guest tap beers, however the prices do go up later in the evening)

The place is a really nice environment to be in, the wall are decked with glass cabinets full of beer bottles, including lots of harder to get brews and some out of production like alexander rodenbach.

I had a house aberdeen angus burger while i was there which was pretty good and a reasonable 7euro, the menu is fairly basic but the food is good value and perfect for lunch.

I was really pleased with the bar, it had a good selection on bottle and the house beers from what I tried were pretty good however one peeve I had was almost all the beers on offer were kept in a chiller, therefore were around 5 degrees centigrade... slightly too cold for some of the bigger beers like aventinus eisbock and rochefort 10 to say the least. Also, I had brainblasta on tap which is a strong english ale however it was served around 3 degrees, I had to let it sit for 10mins or so to let it heat up a bit.

I'm looking forward to heading back sometime soon this year, and visit the porterhouse central which is just off grafton street to see how it compares

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More User Reviews:
Photo of EMV
4.23/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of phishgator
4.19/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Stopped in to have some mussels and a sampler platter. The mussels were a heaping portion that had a delicious whiskey cream sauce. The sampler platter was a mixture of hot wings, ribs, sausage, some dipping sauces. It had a nice rustic feel, decorated with old beer bottles from all over the world and different time periods. The old advertisements of days past also lined the walls. After eating I made my way to the bar to just drink half pints of their brews. I had the Hop Head, Oyster Stout, a strong ale, and their XXXX Stout. All were of good quality. I did notice they had and the Hop Head on cask and the bartender told me that they will have up to three beers on cask sometimes, but at least always one. I was there on a Wednesday from 2 PM to 6 PM. There was a live two piece band playing at one of the tables inside the bar; which made it enjoyable to listen to. Prices were very reasonable. I would recommend it for anyone that is in Dublin.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
4/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jbexphys
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Rihup
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Butchnasty
5/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Bruno74200
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

My favourite pub in Dublin! They brew their own beers and have a really amazing selection of taps and bottles (over a 1,000)!

The Vibe is great: irish or folk music everyday and night. And it's amazing being surronded by all those beer bottles!
Quality : only good beers that's for sure!
The service is not that bad!
The selection is amazing, beers from all around the world
The bar food is not amazing but you're in Ireland damn it!

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Photo of jshusc
3.94/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Large menu, with some decent offerings including some american craft (Founders, Brooklyn, Lagunitas). Good food and a good number of beer on taps. Offers flights for sampling.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of BoljaBoy52
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

My friends and I stumbled upon this place while visiting Dublin, and it was quite a treat. We were able to try all their beers, and they were all incredible. The atmosphere was really cool too. Multi-level, multi-bar restaurant with seating all over. The food was basic pub fare done extremely well. Highly recommend to anyone in Dublin!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of msanborn
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Four stories of seating, live music, impressive collection of bottles on show all over the place. Nice place to go out. I went with a large group and our orders were all correct and quickly filled. I ordered wings to share with a buddy and they were great quality. On to the more important stuff; the beer high quality and abundant. Their Oyster stout is fantastic and a prime representation of the Irish Dry Stout. If you aren't in the mood to try something new, they've got a bottle list longer than any I've seen in Ireland with stuff from the States and all over Europe. Not bad pricing either. I would highly recommend stopping in here to anyone in Dublin.

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Photo of Beerstorian
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

We visited here in April 2012 while on a tour of UKoGBaNI and Ireland. After a long ferry ride we dragged the kids to Porterhouse to have a few beers. It was kid-friendlier than most places we visited, and had no problem accommodating the wee ones.

Good beer. I had a sampler and tried most everything. We had standard pub food, which was standard. If you're a tourist visiting the area with family, I'd recommend this. If you're looking for a local experience, look elsewhere.

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Photo of mtbdonn
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A great craft beer local in Dublin, and one of the best. A great range of brews from unique IPAs to stouts!
A-Great Irish theme, excellent Irish enviroment, and craft bar essence in the tourist district of Temple Bar. I went during the Olympics and Irish
Q-BEST BEERS IN IRELAND! Freak'n excellent!
S-Top notch! Very knowledgeable, provide great insight and recommendations into brews.
S-Numerous ales, lagers, & stouts on tap. Ask for a bottle of their barrel-aged imperial stout - best thing an Irish brewer has ever done; they do not advertise!
F-Food is excellent! Try the Irish cuisine!
V-Prices on the Slightly on the high side due to location in the tourist district!
Better than the overrated Temple Bar and a Guiness!

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Photo of ottovon
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a really cool place right outside all of the shopping and temple bar area. it is 3 or 4 stories high. staircases twist and turn and seating areas appear out of nowhere sometimes.

the food was really good, and i really enjoyed the beer. there was a lot of beers on tap, i dont remember how many, but i think it was close to 15 - 20. they have a lot of their own brews, and i really enjoyed them. they are importing them now as well. we went back in 2009 and they werent importing yet.

it is a good place to go to get something different as far as beer is concerned than most of the places in town.

i would definitely go back here next time we go to dublin.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.23/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

With 4 levels, a very popular place, gets quite crowded early. Visited on 2 separate occasions & both times it was very crowded. Bottles from everywhere decorate the walls. Only beer on tap is what they brew, about 8 or 9 of their own, including 3 or 4 different stouts. So don't expect to get a pint of the one from St James Gate here. Probably the only place in all of Ireland that doesn't have Guinness on tap. A great bottle selection from around the world as well. They also have a cask selection, which I was told is the only place in Ireland that has cask. Must have something to do with not adapting those English traditions. Had two of their stouts, Oyster (which they add shucked oysters to at the
fermentation stage) and 4X stout. Oyster was like your traditional Irish stout but a little more flavorful, due to the oysters. The 4X was more like an American stout, more complex and flavorful. Also sampled the Porterhouse Red, which was much like a typical Irish red.

Food was decent, lots of typical Irish dishes. Sampled the Bacon, Cabbage & potato, which was very good. Irish bacon
is salty ham, a nice ham steak in this case. The cabbage had an onion sauce on it which was good.

Waitress knew next to nothing about the beers.
When I asked what they had on cask, she had no idea what I was talking about. She did go back and ask the bartender, who set her straight.

A great place to go and have a couple Irish craft beers, one of the best in Dublin. Get there early as it gets very crowded making it hard to find a place to sit.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Visited on April 21, 2009:

This is a must visit for any BA who finds themselves in Dublin. We went at kind of an off time, I want to say maybe 2pm or so, as we had been exploring the city all day long. Stopped in for a few pints and a little grub before venturing back out. But even at that time, the establishment still had a number of folks in it so it was buzzing nicely. The place had a good atmosphere to it; I won't go into it as the other reviewers have done a good job describing the place.

I don't recall what we ate, but I do remember that it was good. The menu seemed to be kind of a typical menu for a bar, but the food was better than some of the other bars that we had been to during our trip. The service was good, friendly and quick. I don't recall the menu being overly expensive either.

The beer menu was extensive with a bottle selection that could rival any place. They had several beers from a number of different countries, but I don't recall seeing any of the US national brands. Also, it looked like they had maybe a dozen beers on tap with a variety of styles to choose from.

Since we didn't want to sit for too long, since our boat was pulling out in a few hours and there were more pubs to hit, I only tried two beers, the Plain Porter and the TempleBrau, the menu stated that this was the only lager brewed in Dublin, and it was excellent. Both were about 4.3% ABV and very drinkable.

Overall, as I said, a must for any BA while in Dublin and a top notch brewpub for anywhere.

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Photo of TommyW
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

One of the first places I visited on my trip to Dublin. Really a great establishment; definitely worth checking out.

The atmosphere of the Temple Bar location is really nice. I went early in evening, so it wasn't too busy. The place has four floors, so you can sit near the main bar where most of the crowd is or tuck yourself away in a cozy corner somewhere. Really like that about his place.

The service was good. The staff seemed pretty knowledgeable about there beers.

The only bad thing I can say about the selection is that they were out of brain blasta for the three days I was in Dublin. Kinda dissapointing. There bottle selection wasn't so impressive, but really you have to go to get their home brews.

I didn't try any of there food. Menu had pretty much the standard bar fair. Prices were about average. I did notice that the portion sizes were pretty large. Definitely looked for the price.

Beer prices are very reasonable as well. 5 euros for the 3-beer sample tray and then 4.50 for a pint. I just got two sample trays, and then got a pint of the one I like best.

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