Breakside Brewery

Breakside BreweryBreakside Brewery
Breakside BreweryBreakside Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

820 NE Dekum St
Portland, Oregon, 97211
United States

(503) 719-6475 | map

Notes: Opened May 2010.

Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am-10:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 11:30am-11:00pm
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stevoj from Idaho

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Accessible location, but a bit small for the crowd who descended upon it. Luckily, i got in early to secure a seat at the bar. Taplist is about average, although I happened upon a release of their imperial stout and its variants. TVs for sports, but it is small. Worth seeking out.

Feb 09, 2020
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RyanK252 from California

4.25/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Stopped in at their Milwaukie tap room for a quick pour. Definitely a popular spot, but was able to find a seat and service was quick. Really solid selection on the board with lots of variety. Been a fan since they started distributing in my area and wasn't disappointed by what I got. My only complaint is that when I was there they were blasting music pretty loud, and I like my music loud. But, there were 2 big lovey golden retrievers hanging out with their owners so that totally took my mind off of it. I'd love to go back and spend some time exploring more of their offerings.

Sep 04, 2019
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Slabtown site: Awesome first impression with the outside mural and architecture. Same inside with very simple but impressive modern and elegant designs.

Very friendly hostesses sat us immediately, and some one gave us just the right amount of time before ordering some samples, then ultimately our beers. A Stay West IPA and a Chunky Monkey BA Stout for the Mrs. and I to share. Both were outstanding.

Split the fish and chips which was good, but ultimately we came here for the beers and the vibe and they were both outstanding. Can't wait to go to Dekum down the street from my house next! Cheers.

Nov 06, 2017
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htomsirveaux from Texas

3.74/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

15th stop on the 2017 West Coast Beer Tour (Oct 11). 22nd & Raleigh location. Looks almost brand new.

High ceilings, smallish late lunch crowd on a Wednesday. Industrial but nice decor. Doesn't seem to be dog friendly. A dozen or so Breakside beers on tap, half of which are made in house here. Small food menu, I had the bratwurst sandwich. Beers are $6-7/pint or six 5oz samplers for $12. Merch & beer to go. Decent service.

Oct 11, 2017
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elNopalero from California

4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Breakside was a bit of a letdown in terms of selection as their board had been cleared out of all but their flagship IPA the evening of my visit. In terms of hoppy beers that is. Service was top notch. Try the house made habanero ketchup. Hope to return and spend some more time here on my next Portland visit.

Oct 04, 2017
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jjboesen from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

One of Portland's newer additions to their substantial beer scene, Breakside has three locations; this one on Dekum, is an open and rather atmospheric venue with a sleek wooden bar and a nice patio, where patrons can admire the quiet neighborhood. Breakside Dekum offers a large array of taps - and bombers to go (I took home two.) During my lunchtime visit, I enjoyed a pint of Lunchbreak Session, a tasty IPA and their hearty stout. Though somewhat out of the way, it is accessible by Portland's wonderful bus system - in this case, Bus 75. Excellent. Hope to try the other two locations in a subsequent trip (or two.)

Aug 25, 2017
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devilmakesthree from Oregon

5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Portland, OR has many breweries within the city limits. Of those which have a place to enjoy a pint, I have been to thirty-nine of them. Without a doubt Breakside is the best. From the beers ( all delicious, many the best of their style in town), to the food, to the vibe, they have no equal. If you live here, or are just visiting, you must come here. See Portland at its best.

Jan 16, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

this place is awesome, i see why the portland folks are so proud of it, we had a couple of amazing beers here, a blast chatting with the locals, a tasty snack, and overall just a really cool thing they have going on here. busy patio area and a long bar is nearly full as well when we walk in, quite a humble location. this was one of the few portland breweries i knew much about before the trip, since they send so much different beer to colorado. amazing to think it comes from here, although i think they may have a production facility in town too right? huge beer list in here, maybe 15 or more drafts and an impressive bottle list as well. the belly laugh elder flower brett beer was one of the best beers i have ever had in my life, period. i also dug the grapefruity session beer called lunch break, but it was hard to choose just a few in here because they all looked inventive and delicious. we had a little bite to eat in here too which was yummy, but the menu had a lot of enticing options. service was quick for how busy they were, definitely professionals back there behind the bar. this place is a portland staple, and its not to be missed when you are hitting the breweries up there. i was amazed how good the beer was, well ahead of already high expectations. that belly laugh was memorable. definitely on my list of places to revisit next time i am up there...

edit: got to come here again shortly after they reopened post coronavirus (or rather during, this doesnt seem to be going away). the seating was sparse but we got a spot outside. food and beer still speak for themselves, the sweet potato tacos were lights out, i had a rose and pear golden ale that was awesome, loved their gose, and enjoyed the relaxed mellow vibe outside. more of a mellow and even humble feel this time, i hope they recover fully, but it was a pleasant and intimate experience this time, a little weird with the virus, but these guys are one of the best in town under any circumstances!

Jun 10, 2016
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DanoBear from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Right in the middle of a neighborhood. I didn't have any expectations going in but left happy and a fan. Beer was good and we took a few home to Ohio. Staff was personable. Seemed like a neighborhood fav...why not given the great beer?!

Jan 07, 2016
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G_Z_a from Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Was a bit crowded, but they did a nice job of getting people seated in a timely manner. Space is a bit awkward. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Blackened chicken sandwich and nachos were great. Wings were terrible. Small and chewy, but the waitress was friendly and understanding about it. Beer selection was great. Had two IPAs and a Eurotrash IPL which I think I enjoyed more than the IPA. Overall nice spot to grab a beer and some food. Go to the taproom if you're just looking for beer.

Feb 12, 2015
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BrewtalHonesty from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

A nice variety of beers (~11) across the style spectrum, all crafted extremely well. Eager for another visit to enjoy another seasonal flight and to try more of their food choices. Beer-wise, this may be the closest I've found here in Portland to mimic the greatness I expected & experienced on my multiple visits to Founders Brewing Co. during my years living in Michigan.

Oct 15, 2014
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

This was stop #16 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here on a Friday evening just to try their beers. The place was packed elbow-to-elbow, and very noisy, which must be an indication of the overall quality of the beers and their food. We would have liked to wait the 40 minutes that the hostess said it would take, but after ordering a beer at the bar, fighting the crowd and the noise level we decided to leave. So this review is based on some assumptions of what we observed and experienced. Our only beer was the Breakside IPA, and it was very tasty. We didn’t get to look at the food menu, but the look and aromas of the food at nearby tables makes one think that this place is well balanced with great beer and great food.

If we are ever in town again we’ll go back here at a less busy time so that we can experience what that large crowd was enjoying the night that we were there.

Jun 27, 2014
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dirtylou from New York

4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Quite a bit north of the city-centre and east side establishments, but a good place to stop on the way back to Seattle. We stopped in here at Noon on a Sunday after a fabulous brunch at BEAST.

Fairly large split-level space, a bit 'sanitary' for my tastes, but we grabbed a few seats at the bar and watched some of the Seahawks game, so no worries.

Nice selection of beers - unfortunately they had run out of the bbl aztex the night before. still, was able to try the coconut pumpkin stout, grapefruit chamomile sour and sour newton. All pretty solid beers - wanted to try some more, but not on this day. I'll be back.

They have limited bottles to go as well - i wanted a Wanderlust, but they were also out of that. I did grab an Alan FtW though.

Nov 16, 2013
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elcrawl from Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

finally made it inside; first two times i came here they weren't open. sad. atmosphere is ho-hum, there's a bar, some bar tables, and looks like seating up on the upper level. i don't know.

beers are great. this place knows what it's doing. i've had their beers on tap elsewhere and they are always A+.

food was really good too. everyone i was with loved the food, and the beers. and the waitress was cool too.

glad to visit the motherland, but if i can find their beer on tap elsewhere i'm just as fine with that.

Oct 26, 2013
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slander from New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Way up north from where we were, in a residential neighborhood that’s changing (evident by Phil sitting across from me). ‘Are you sure we’re in the…’ and there it was on the corner. Careful not to park in front of that guy’s driveway. Friday afternoon, Portland play...

Corner place of a bricky orange facade, with a yellow inlay and wood trim. Penned out front, 5 long slat wood tables with benched accompaniment on, well, the things look Jengaish, with pieces absent here or there. Off to the side above bicycle parking, there’s piping to a raised barrel platform, piping drop run to another barrel; a total water reclamation show. All this running from the rooftop garden, and feeding the plantings above the awning of rain barrels.

2 paneled garage doors up to the inside space, seemingly triangular, and a front side entrance on the corner. Concrete floors, and 2-tone grayish walls & ceiling, or seemingly so. Wood barrels with vertical boards listing house regulars, seasonals, & guest taps. Slight bar counter space off the 2 upright pillars, and 5 stooled barrel tables across the floor. To the rear, a straight bar laminate topped over something concretelike, with a panel base, and iron pieced foot rails. Seating for about a dozen on hightop chairs, plus a shorty end of seating another 3 on lows. The barback unit is a stretch of alternating vertical 4 x 8 blackboards listing tap selections & swag, narrower mirror panels, and shorty wide boxed shelving for growlers & shirts. Drop copper cone lamps over the bar, and spots from the ceiling. TV’s in the corners showing the kick off of the Olympics. It’s involved. Framed mappings from an atlas in the hallway to the bathrooms off the bar, one of which is east coast hero New Jersey, and others about. Up a ½ flight of stairs to a perch where the kitchen lives, and a seating space with a dozen tables & booths, and a large party table on center. Good views over all that is below.

2 towers of 6 each along the bar, a dozen in all. 4 house regulars (Wit, 4.4%, coriander, a bit of chamomile; Dry Stout, 4.2%, roasty, chocolatey, dry, pleasant; Aztec, 9.4%, Strong Ale with cayenne, habarnero, & serrano, light heat, Win!; IPA, 6.9%, citrus, pine, and some good bitterness, a nice IPA), 3 seasonals (Yakima Valley Sour Ale, 3.2%, meh, okay, not so meh, just lightly sour; Old Woody, 9.2%, Old Ale, molasses, it’s real fuckin’ good for 9%+; Smoked Porter, 5.8%, decent body, light smokiness), and 5 regional guest taps; 4 beers (Double Mountain Kolsch, Terminal Gravity IPA, Everybody’s Local Logger, The Commons Urban Farmhouse Ale), and a cider (Two Towns Cider). Played the sampler game; comes with 4 regulars and you choice of 2 more, served on a 6-slat paddle. The Dry Stout, Aztec, IPA, & Old Woody were the best of ‘em.

And food. Jon ordered the nachos with pulled pork (they were really goddamn good), Phil, the Chipotle tomato soup, and I stupidly ventured unto the fire roasted jalapeno poppers stuffed with a blend of cheeses, chorizo, and whatever turns wayward children around. It was a bad pepper scene, almost as bad as the St Anselm Shishito incident of past pain. What I didn’t (read: couldn’t) eat of them were boxed to go so that Annie could sample and tell people she defeated them.

Jennifer Connelly served and was pleasant, lovely, funny, and all that. She likes the sour, but was liking, too, on the IPA. And a bar manager type guy came around, asking what we liked, too. Nice folks, although some guy then showed up and started fiddling tunes. I don’t know if it was sanctioned or what, but nobody batted an eye. Good neighborhood feel, and the drink was on.

Nov 26, 2012
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John_M from Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by yesterday afternoon for a late lunch.

The brewpub is fairly good size and is triangular shaped, with some raised seating to your left as you walk in. They also have a sizeable outdoor patio area in the front (which was packed on this particular gorgeous day in July), and then there is a modest size bar area as you walk in from the front area. There is lots of exposed wood inside otherwise, and the restuarant has a very relaxed vibe to it.

In terms of beer, there were 8 house beer selections the day I was here, as well as 3 guest beers (and one cider). Quality was pretty good I thought, and I really liked the wit, IPA and the smoked porter here. The Woody and Aztec were both interesting, but just not to my taste. The IPA was really, really good; a standout I thought, even in IPA rich Portland.

In terms of service, it was pretty good. The young lady who was serving me was fairly new and didn't know a whole lot, but she indicated that the other bartender was more knowledgeable and could answer any questions I had (which was true; he was very knowledgeable).

Food was OK. I was here during happy hour and ordered the HH nachos and wings. The wings were OK (this is just not a good town for wings, IMHO), and the nachos were pretty good.

This is a nice enough place, but I guess I wasn't as enamored with it as others. However, one thing I need to comment on about this place...

One thing about Portland that really stands out (above any place else I can think of) is the knowledge of the service staff, pretty much every place you go. The young woman working here reminded me of countless other service staff I've encountered over the years... she was young, pleasant and friendly, but knew next to nothing about the beer here. However, it's apparent that's not acceptable to the manager or owner here, as he had her sampling the house beers behind the bar, and was encouraging her to voice her opinion about the beers. My guess is that in another week or two, it will no longer be accurate for me (or anyone else) to say that she doesn't know a lot about the beers here.

Jul 25, 2012
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I liked this place a lot. Atmosphere was pretty laid back, dark and good quality. Definitely got a good vibe. A smaller bar seats maybe 10 people, but there are plenty of tables. Service was friendly and knowledgeable about their beers and the beer scene in general. There is a good selection of perpetually rotating beers on the list, with new ones being crafted all the time, and a constantly updated chalkboard filling you in on all the info. Many good and diverse choices. Food was decent and prices were reasonable. I'm sure I would visit this place often if I lived in the area.

Dec 30, 2011
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GreenCard from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great beer and good value. I had the 6-beer sampler which is 6 five-ounce pours of pretty much any of the beers you want. Well, they kind of want you to have their four flagship beers in their, but you can definitely pick the remaining two. My favorite was the Aztec and the Cascadian Dark Ale.

The only food we tried was the deep-fried pickles. I was expecting sliced pickles, but they were pickle spears dusted in a seasoned cornmeal mixture. Came with ranch and chipotle dipping sauces. Not too greasy and perfect with beer.

Though it's way-the-hell-far-away from where we live, we definitely want to come back here again to have a proper meal and I want some more of their beer!

Dec 29, 2011
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Sarlacc83 from Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Portland has a lot of options to recommend. This should always be one of them.

My wife and I made our way over here on 11/26/11 during happy hour. Vibe was low key, and our server was able to give us good, unobtrusive service. I didn't ask for help with the beer menu, but I did overhear both our server and her coworkers talking to fellow diners about the selection. Not experts, but they did a satisfactory job with their descriptions.

The building, as has been mentioned is comfortable, and it is split into two levels. I enjoy the fact that I can sit in the 'bar' area and watch some college football without being overwhelmed by the noise but not be deprived of the games entirely. It's at the perfect level where one can still hold a conversation, making for a good compromise between being at home and having a night out.

The house beer is always good and usually inventive. I started with a German Pilsener, and my wife chose the Saison/IPA hybrid. She followed her glass with the award winning Dry Stout. I would recommend all three. My second drink was an Imperial Pumpkin Stout which I would highly recommend. One of the best I've had. There are also a few guest taps for those who might be seeking something a little different. But all 3 times I've been to Breakside, I've watched at least one or more of Ben's beers get erased off the chalkboard while the guest taps stay up, and I think that says something about Breakside.

The food here is also great. The Jalapeno Poppers are a great starter. Crispy and cheesy with the slight jalapeno burn. Wife chose the Blackened Chicken Sandwich, and I chose the Pork Butt sandwich. Sweet, savory, and salty and delicious. I'd go so far as to say this is one of my top 3 Portland bars/pubs to eat at, with Victory and Hair of the Dog rounding out the other two.

Prices are a bit higher, around 10-15 dollars, but considering the quality of the meal, I don't complain. (Especially since happy hour knocked about 5 dollars off our bill, leaving us with a $36 pretip total for all of the above.)

Overall, it's well worth it to make your way to North Portland. I very much doubt you'll be disappointed.

Nov 29, 2011
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jdense from Oregon

4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Located in one of the better parts (though a bit worn at the edges) Breakside occupies a funky shaped building. The main floor features a 10 seat copper-top (?) bar, about 8 tables, with three large picnic tables outside on the sidewalk median with a pull down awning for sunny days. There's also an upstairs bar area though a bit smaller, and it looks like the kitchen etc are is downstairs. The day I visited they had about 10 house beers on tap and a couple of guest taps., including an IPA, Wit, non-barrel aged Aztec Stout (I was fortunate to grab a 750 ml of the bourbon barrel aged variety), their award winning oatmeal stout, a Northwest strong saison, and on this day I tried a Farmhouse Blonde. While I didn't have any food, my two neighbors sitting at the bar had the small nachos, and the serving size was enough for 3-4 people. The prices for food were a bit on the high side (the small nachos was $10) but the food selection from a perusal of the menu appeared to be upscale pub grub. The service was attentive while not being invasive. Certainly one of the more innovative tap lists in town, and they appear to have a smart business plan for future success, about what you'd expect when the Brewmaster attended Yale. While it's out of the way, given the frequent rotation of one-offs, I'm sure to be back here in the future. All in all, a cool little neighborhood pub, if I lived in the area, I'd be here quite a bit. Highly recommended for BAs looking for different approaches to PNW beers.

Oct 27, 2011
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cbarrett4 from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

First impression was a good one. The space is gorgeous. It is a bit off the regular beaten path, up near Concordia in NE Portland. Though if you are hanging out around the Mississippi area (Amnesia brewing, Saraveza, etc...) then this isn't too far off.

The beers are all high quality and highly original. They do have a stout and an IPA as their regular staples, but also among the regular beer are a wit and an infused strong ale (Aztec - made with habanero and serrano chiles oh my!)

Was later in the evening, place was still hopping, patio was buzzing. Didn't notice if they had food since I had already eaten. The bartender was knowledgeable and friendly. Seemed to be a few regulars who were friendly as well. Also a bonus, they were playing US Open (tennis) highlights on one of the TVs. Just nice to know they aren't opposed to putting on sports other than football and baseball.

I enjoy that they rotate their beers regularly. Overall quality was very good. Prices seemed reasonable. Four beers came to around $18 though the aztec is only in 10oz glasses (but worth it).

I'll be back, and I'll update this review with any new information.

Sep 07, 2011
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koopa from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I absolutely loved this place and have to say it was one of my favorite spots in all of Portland that I visited this weekend. Situated in the North end of town - really close to the airport - in a mildly seedy gentrified neighborhood, Breakside Brewing has a beautiful corner location with a wide open walk in entrance and several outdoor tables with plenty of bike racks. Inside offers bar seating for roughly 8 people and a bunch of tables where people were embracing the wifi amenity. Tom was our server and was really nice. He answered all of our questions about the products, other spots in town, and the brewing processes used to produce each beer to the best of his ability. Ben the brewer introduced himself and was gracious enough to offer us a nice tour of the brewery in the basement. He was extremely transparent about his brewing practices and we exchanged a bunch of ideas.

Selection was good with roughly a dozen offerings. Ben's beers are very inventive and original to say the least. While not all of the beers were quite "world class home runs" all were above average in quality. More importantly, I will say that just about every one of them was interesting and definitely "pushed the envelope" much further than the other breweries in town.

The food menu was very similar in the sense that it was inventive and interesting despite not being super tasty. Again, way above average but no world class home runs. I enjoyed the house made mac n cheese "carnivore style" with andioulle sausage quite a bit. Very hearty with a generous portion. I did want a little more flavor out of the cheese and some heat out of the sausage though.

A must visit.

Sep 06, 2011
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bmcclure from Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visit this neighborhood brewery fairly frequently. The food is always solid, the staff is generally friendly and attentive. The beer though is the star, their beers are delicious, the IPA is pretty solid but their unique and one off beers are what shines brightest. I highly recommend going and trying the Roggenbier and Aztec.

The atmosphere is more restaurant than pub, it gets pretty packed most nights and I have had to wait for a table but usually not more than 5 - 10 minutes. In the summer their picnic tables outside are nice and they roll up the garage doors.

With the many places in Portland to visit it's hard to make time for new places but this new brewery should definitely be a destination and I would recommend visiting for a meal too.

Jun 27, 2011
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loren01 from Washington

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Just went to this place today, I had heard about it and had been meaning to check it out for quite some time. Atmosphere is great, it was real nice outside when i went so they had the doors up with people sitting outside eating and drinking. I sat at the bar and service was great. Had a sampler tray where you get to pick 6 beers. The beers brewed here are for sure different, they like to experiment a bit which is cool. I had the gruit/spruce wheat/IPA/hoppy amber, aztec and saison. All were great but I liked the aztec and spruce wheat the best. I am not much for wheat beers but the spruce added a nice touch. I also had a small sample of their Sazerac beer brewed with star was ok for a sample...dont think i would like a full pint of the stuff however. The menu was pretty good, I had the fried pickles which i will get those no matter what place has them and a small nacho...both were good. I will go back here again, good place to go to get something you wont find any other place as I said before they like to experiment at Breakside so you are likely to find something different thats for sure.

Jun 27, 2011
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msubulldog25 from Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The story goes that the owners/brewers at this fairly new NE pub (opened May 2010) grabbed a map when deciding on their upstart brewery's locale and pegged the spot furthest from the nearest neighborhood brewpub. I'm thankful that the spot they chose is a short drive (or 20-minute walk/10-minute run) from my house, anchoring an angled corner in the long-neglected Woodlawn neighborhood.

My wife and I fell in love with this place back in the spring for its outdoor picnic benches, roomy bar, welcoming garage doors (a semi-curse during recent fall/winter cold snaps)... and for their propensity to serve the likes of Ommegang Hennepin, Russian River Damnation and a whole bounty of quaffable West Coast brews. Although recently a vacant storefront one wouldn't glance twice at, Breakside's presence (along with a neighboring pizza joint and coffee shop and Firehouse across the street) has created a cool neighborhood hangout in mere months; heck, their first weekend (which, smartly, coincided with the rabidly popular Sunday Parkways cycling event, when bikes rule the streets over cars for one afternoon) established that immediately. Typically filled with daylight through those huge doors and overhead skylights, there's an interesting multi-leveled eclecticism at work here. Kids and dogs and all ages and types seem to fit in at once - so do families and work friends, first dates and sports buddies. Maybe even a beer geek or two.

Despite constant behind-the-scenes brewing, it wasn't until after Labor Day that house taps finally took over for some of the 12 constantly rotating guests. As much as I've loved the variety of guests, trips are now made better by the addition of house-brewed offerings, such as dry stout, witbier, and amber - plus creative offerings like pumpkin saison, Belgian chocolate stout, German gose or an upcoming intriguer, the Aztec Ale (a strong brewed with chocolate, honey and several varieties of pepper). Quality is always good, prices are reasonable - although right now only shaker pints (not cheaters) and small, stemmed tulips appear to be the only glassware.

UPDATE Jan '11: Check the website for constantly rotating new releases and for 'Experimental Wednesday' tappings.

Food portions are sizable and the menu has expanded to include more salads and sandwiches to go along apps that vary in scope from steamed clams to smoky blue cheese waffle fries to fried dill pickles to stuffed jalapeño halves. The stuffed burger is, quite simply, one of the best foods I've ever enjoyed at a pub - don't let the $14 price tag scare you off, because it's wholly worth every cent.

Service hasn't been the most 'beer-savvy' on every visit, though every single time we've stopped by (at least 10 times in 6 months to date) it has come with a friendly smile and a prompt attentiveness. Really, that's what is most important... And as far as prices go, it all seems really reasonable, considering quality/quantity (hint: show up before 6pm any day for $1 off all beers and food - or buy a shirt and wear it Wednesdays for discounts all day and night!)

Right away a winner and a pub we look forward to regularly visiting for years to come. Recommended.

Dec 12, 2010
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