Burnside Brewing Co.

Burnside Brewing Co.Burnside Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

701 E Burnside St
Portland, Oregon, 97214
United States

(503) 946-8151 | map

Monday 3-10
Tuesday 3-10
Wednesday 3-12
Thursday 3-12
Friday Noon-12
Saturday Noon-12
Sunday Noon-10

Added by msubulldog25 on 12-29-2010

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by hopsbreath:
Photo of hopsbreath
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Been wanting to eat and drink at Burnside for a while and last night I finally got over there for some noshing. The wife and I met up with some friends there to kick off the evening. Located right between E Burnside and Couch, it honestly looks kind of like a sports bar from the outside. Upon entering we quickly realized this was no ordinary pub. Candles on tables, waiters with ties, and custom elegant pint glasses gave a touch of flair. Some exposed brick and raw wood rafters completed the industrial chic feel to the place.

It can't be stressed enough how clean the place was from the floors to the bathrooms. Attention is paid to the details that matter and the aroma from the kitchen never competes for musky pub smell. Three cohibas came to our table of four. Collard greens surrounding a crispy wrapper filled with duck confit imparted salty and appetite inspiring ducky goodness that was very intense. Up next was the kobe burger seared in rendered duck fat. I asked if they would cook it medium-rare and the answer was an instant yes! Add that to my very short list of restaurants willing to cook a burger that pink. House made pickles, house made ketchup, and a house made hop bun sandwiched the meat along with some grilled sweet onions and a leaf of lettuce. Instantly one of the best three burgers I've ever had. I should mention that the menu is ala carte so I did not get any fries although they are available as a side.

The beer was the draw that initially brought me to the door. I remember reading about a beer that was brewing at Burnside called Gratzer and was a smoked wheat ale. That was unique sounding enough to catch my interest but unfortunately was not on tap for my visit. For $5 a pint I ordered the scotch bonnet infused wheat ale (Sweet Heat) and the Oatmeal Pale Ale. I also got tastes of the IPA and Stout. The Sweet Heat was a good wheat beer but didn't deliver the heat I was looking for. The IPA and Stout were clean enough with no off flavors but were also forgettable didn't seem very inspired. The Oatmeal Pale Ale was the standout beer of the night for me. The smooth character of the oatmeal complimented the wonderful biscuit flavor that I suspect came from some British ingredients. I didn't get a growler ($10 fills) but plan on going back to get one soon enough. Pints are $3 before 6pm and all day Wednesday for one of the best happy hour deals I know of in town.

The bottom line... Food is great and the beer is average Portland quality which is still very good overall. Hungry potential patrons looking for a place without a ton of hype and delivering on value, will get this as a recommendation from me.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bdajedi
4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Btip1969
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

what an enjoyable experience! tucked away in a more or less residential area, this is a cozy little neighborhood gastro brewery, with some really cool beer and delicious food. smaller inside, but they have a large picnic table patio set up on the side with plenty of seating, hops growing tall, and a cozy garden vibe out there. they had a decent lineup of beers covering a range of styles, but the india red ale was my favorite of the ones we had hands down, oozing hops with a nice toasty malt backbone, it really was fantastic. we dug the sweet heat too, with scotch bonnet peppers. we only shared one appetizer, a spicy cauliflower, and it was incredible. inventive and flavorful, fresh and spicy, we loved it. the other food leaving the kitchen looked rockstar as well. our service was exceptional, friendly and chatty, helpful with our trip planning, and just a woman with a genuinely happy disposition. an extremely comfortable place to sit outside and slug back a couple of beers. one of the best vibes of any brewery we visited in oregon on our trip...

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Photo of Intlpostman
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of jrsaffert
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of DanJan
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went here with my girlfriend for a few drinks before New Year's Eve festivities. A few drinks turned into a full sampler of their menu but it was WELL worth it, especially at the price! A very modern and simple feel, with the walls displaying various local art and memorabilia. Big TVs on the wall you could see from any angle and plenty of natural daylight pouring in. The staff was quick and courteous and offered suggestions based on what we liked and didn't like. Despite not having had many Burnside beers previously, we really liked it! Their seasonal selections especially were fantastic. Sweet Heat and The Duke of Earl Grey stood out the most as unique and tasty brews. Oh, and having your own parking lot is clutch!

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Photo of mklisz
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of flexabull
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Pretty good spot that we checked out for dinner on the first night of a recent PDX trip.

Vibe is pretty simple inside, low key with not a ton of decorations. Was busy and fairly loud too.

Quality is in general is good. I had a hoppy Pale Ale with dinner that was a solid B. I've tried others in the past that have been tasty as well.

Our service was decent. Slightly slow, but generally pleasant.

Selection was the standard lineup, and a handful of one offs.

Food was quite good, one of the better brewery meals I've had in sometime.

All in all? Pretty nice place, glad I checked it out. You can probably visit a few better places, but easily could do worse.

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Photo of anteater
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of schroeder1200
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of South2NW
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of breardon1776
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Great vibe ad unique crowd. Very diverse mix of people all there to enjoy some brews. I went about 4/5 in the afternoon. I ate the Cohiba. Excellent!! First time eating bacon ash. Bartender was attentive and ad some good conversation with a fellow bar mate. Great selection of beers.

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Photo of ZekeMillz
3.54/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Dicers
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of tommyguz
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of nickfl
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of italianstallion
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Photo of kamikazeokami
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of gurumojo
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of JC271
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Beers ranging from 3/5 to 5/5, with some unique offerings. Adult food offerings are too expensive for what is delivered, though the kids menu offerings are reasonable and more than sufficient.

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