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The Commons Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.9/5
The Commons BreweryThe Commons Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

630 SE Belmont St
Portland, Oregon, 97214-2372
United States

(503) 343-5501 | map
commonsbrewery.com

Notes:
***Formerly known as Beetje Brewery***

tasting hours are:
Th & Fri: 5-9-ish
Saturday 2-9-ish
Sunday 2-6
** Sorry, no minors.

Added by msubulldog25 on 02-08-2011

BEER STATS
Beers:
64
Reviews:
239
Ratings:
1,221
PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
74
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
5.48%
 
 
Taps:
8
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 74
Photo of BenHesk12
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Some of the best farmhouse, saison, and fruity belgian styles in town. The fruit is always done with class and never overpowering. It's got the warehouse vibe and isn't a great place for a date, but you absolutely need to try their beer, especially when they collaborate to make a rare hoppy beer or a stout, it is fantastic.

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Photo of puck1225
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Went here after Cascade for more "normal" beers. Enjoyed their Urban Farmhouse Ale very much, and my wife had their Pilsner. They had a nice cheese, nut, and chutney board which we all enjoyed. The one server asked our opinion which we gave freely and honestly. He was kind enough to give us more nuts - very nice! Great people and great beer! I brought a bomber of the Urban ale home.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

this was one of my favorite brewery visits on our recent oregon trip, such an amazing space in an old corner building that i think was a furniture showroom or something. vaulted wooden ceilings with open rafters, exposed brick everywhere, a long bar, seating in big old windows all around the outside, some barrels as tables, a smaller brew house in the front and a lager capacity operation in the back. very well laid out, beautiful space, so comfortable to be there and chill out with some of their incredible beers. all of the beer was awesome, i mean really really good. they had a few session types on that were great, some bretty funky stuff, as well as a dark rye saison. my favorite of all though was the myrtle, what a sensational brew. seems like saisons and such are their game, but they had a whole range of them, definitely something for everyone here. service was friendly enough, but not real chatty for how quiet the place was. it was a really wonderful place to spend a few hours on a friday afternoon, taking it all in and enjoying some of the best beers in oregon. i am surprised these guys havent gotten more attention from the beer community outside of the northwest, all of their beers were inventive and dialed in. such a cool place to hang too. this might be my first stop when i return to portland. a must visit brewery if you are in the area!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Tasty vegetarian grilled cheese potato mushroom sandwich. The tasting room is sparse but welcoming. The beers were all amazing in their own right. I’d of course love to return.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Just down from Cascade, The Commons is a natural for sampling. They have a really good selection and all the beers are terrific. Lots of pride in this smaller brewery. The brewing area is easy to check out. They serve a cheese plate that compliments the beers well. The bartender explained all the beers very well when I asked about them.

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Photo of DanoBear
3.14/5  rDev -25.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

We went based on a recommendation from a hair of thr dog bartender. No regrets but I wasn't wowed. Industrial bare bones feel. They had several saison which isn't a fair test since they're just average to me. Food was good. Had a great beer cheese dip. Cool that the tanks were open and visible from the seating area.

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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Neat place between Hair of the Dog and Cascade Barrelhouse. Mostly Belgian farmhouse style, fairly light in general. Newer building but guess they just moved here. new brick, rustic oldish wood beams, nice corner view with many windows. Tap room is in the middle of the brewery, the stainless setup on one side, barrels on the other, new plywood to portion off the bathrooms and bar. Bartender was busy but helpful and knowledgeable, the one thing he didn't know he went and asked for me. 8 of their beers on tap, 2 guest beers, a few bottles to purchase. Neat places, def check it out if you're in the area. Decent prices.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I went to the Commons yesterday as I was in town for the annual blues festival. I will say I really enjoyed this place -- service was good and friendly, the beers I tried were quite good indeed, and I liked the selection they had of 10 of their beers plus 3 guests.

The space reminds me of an old hangar, with a high roof with exposed rafters. I like the clean but somehow rustic-industrial feel in the place. I will definitely try to return to Commons if I'm in that neighborhood of Portland again.

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Photo of youradhere
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Pretty cool place; reclaimed industrial/urban feel, bright open. Good music and sound system, bar is comfy, stools not so much, food looks good and can see it being prepared (a plus for me). Lots of standing room, friendly staff, patrons seem good enough :)

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

This is for their new place on Belmont. The interior is not finished, but i like the layout. For CBC I'm betting they removed many of tables, and glad they did. It was crowded, more so than HotD and Cascade. Many beers on tap and all (I had) were great. Hope they keep it up!

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Photo of Mothergoose03
3.24/5  rDev -22.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3

This was stop #24 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy their beers. The brewery is located in a quiet industrial neighborhood (Sunday), and the taproom and brewery are in a partitioned area of the building from other businesses, and the brewing equipment is right there with you while drinking the beers that were brewed in these vessels.

We ordered a sampler of 4 of the 8 beers that were listed (a GF beer and a cider were also listed). There is no seating here, so comfort is not part of the experience. The beers are all European styles (farmhouse to classic German styles and an Oatmeal Stout), and each was brewed very well to the right characteristics for each. It would have been enjoyable to try others but the lack of seating was a hindrance to our old bones, so we left to go to the next place on our pub-crawl.

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Photo of loren01
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

The commons is yet another awesome brewery to hit on the east side of the willamette. The cool thing about the commons is their tasting room, they just have some barrels setup around their brewing facility where people stand around the fermenters and enjoy some of the best Belgian style beers in the Northwest. They have a similar feel to Upright in my opinion, both are 2 really great Portland breweries. They have bottles for sale at the brewery which may be a tad cheaper than you can find them around town. Overall their prices are a bit high but like most Belgian style breweries this is the case. One of my favorite breweries on the east side of the river.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Swung in on our way back towards downtown. Make sure to check hours if you plan on going as they are limited.

We showed up about 20 minutes before they were supposed to open, but the young man working welcomed us in and served us up anyways. Very friendly, very helpful and just a pleasant guy. They had roughly 10 beers on tap, all of which we tried in a sampler tray. High quality farmhouse and sour beers which aren't typically my thing, but I did enjoy trying them, especially the farmhouse brews. They did also have an oatmeal stout on which would fit the bill for many.

They only had four stools in the whole place, but several tables to use. This is literally on the brewery floor, which I thought was pretty cool for an atmosphere. Simple and very casual, reasonable prices and something different from most of the other breweries in Portland. A worthy stop.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

pretty cool tasting room - buried in a modern warehouse building, <10 minute walk from cascades. Big, airy and bursting with light. Seating amongst the tanks. A good selection of their beer on tap - Boysen was a nice treat. We enjoyed this - had been meaning to swing through. The Commons makes consistently solid stuff and I have to imagine their breakthrough into "exceptional" is somewhere around the corner

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Photo of FourLights
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The commons brewery is by far one of the best breweries in Oregon. They are thinking outside the box with every beer that they produce. They have taken traditional belgian inspired beers and have transformed them into a style unto their own. They have truly made something special.
1. Atmosphere- You are literally in the brewery at this place. You are part of the process in terms of being able to view active fermentation. Beers are visibly being aged in oak barrels, bourbon barrels etc. The brewers are there on a regular basis interacting with customers. The only downside is that the brewery is open Thurs, Fri, sat for limited hours. I wish they were open seven days a week, obviously for selfish reasons.
2. Quality speaks for itself. You have to try it for yourself to appreciate the thought that goes into this beer.
3. Service- The brewers are there and are friendly, helpful, and personable. The bartender/server/ beer expert Travis is kick ass.
4. Selection: We go there 2-3 x/ month and their taplist is constantly changing, there is always something that is new and awesome
5. Food : they offer no food, however there is a customer that brings homemade bread every friday that is delicious.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

The Commons was super hard to find but it was cool when we finally approached it. The interior is the brewery. It's not much of a taproom. There is a bar and there are some tables in various spots to enjoy your beer at. No seats. Standing room only but provides a good vibe with the barrels, etc. surrounding.

The beer is excellent. Some of the best beer being put out in Portland currently. The selection is pretty solid. All Commons beers of course. Lots to try. Regulars and specials.

The staff were super friendly on my visit. Very courteous and attentive.

Paid with Square so that was a plus. I love technology. The beer is exceptional.

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The Commons Brewery in Portland, OR
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,221 ratings.
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