The New Old Lompoc

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The New Old LompocThe New Old Lompoc

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1620 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97210
United States

(503) 225-1855 | map

All brewing operations have been moved to the 5th Quadrant location. A request has been made to move all beer data here: as the reopened location on NW 23rd will only have a bar and eatery, no brewery.

Open daily, 11:00am - 2:00am

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Photo of theconductor
2.17/5  rDev -41.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2

I was really excited to try this place out. I had read and heard great things about the c-note IPA. When we got to the place it looked a little roun-down, no big deal, I love a good dive bar. We went inside and a couple of bartenders (or servers) glared at us from behind the bar as we tried to figure out where we could sit. Finally after absolutely no help from the staff that was staring at us we picked a cramped booth near the door. After waiting about 20 min someone finally was bothered enough by our presence to come over and take our order... Lucky us... I said< "Give me a C-note!" but, alas they were out.... I settled for a (I'm told) similar C-son's Greetings. The beer was rough at first, but after a few minutes it opened up and became quite tasty.

When the waiter finally came back to take our food order we had already decided that we were going to leave and find a place that wanted the business.

I wouldn't recommend a visit there to anyone. Find the beer in the local bottleshop and stay away from the pretentious hipsters that are far too good to serve mediocre beer to the common man.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.79/5  rDev -24.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Well, I really wanted to like this place.
Atmosphere is a bit nouveau-dive, building is a bit older and run down a bit, but the back yard patio is nice and comfortable. Place was quietly humming on a weekday afternoon and their hop plants were over the tall wall and cones aplenty. There were a lot of tables of 2 girls, I don't know what that meant.
The one beer I had was in good shape (C-note), I never got to try the food, which brings me to service. Waiter showed up, we talked over our options, we order... and about 20 minutes later we decide that we really need to get going, so we call him over to cancel our order to get "oh, that's right, you did order!". He made it right by comping my beer, but they still take the hit for service.
Selection wasn't bad or outstanding.
All in all, I think I'd take a pass given there are so many other options in Portland.

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Photo of jdense
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

Visited 8.12.2010.

I pride myself on providing truthful and accurate reviews of the beers and beer places I have sampled. I can honestly say I have never been so infuriated as I was on my first visit to this seminal Lompoc outpost.

I have very much enjoyed the Sidebar, the Hedge House, and have found the bar help and esp. the brewers pleasant and informative, easy to talk to and always willing to offer up a sample of their latest wares. Unfortunately, this locale's help takes on the ambience of the neighborhood-aloof, unfriendly and uncaring. I stood at the bar for over 5 minutes waiting to order up a pint, had multiple servers and the bartender walk by me several times without a nod of recognition, a hello- and this was at a late afternoon juncture where I'd estimate they were at about 15% capacity. I walked out once, and said to myself, I enjoy the beers here and went back in, and the same thing happened. One of the brewers was sitting at the bar and he noticed this whole episode, and the look on his face said he was very embarrassed.

While I really like Lompoc's beers (the C-Note and LSD are usually in my fridge) I found the service at this location deplorable at best and inexcusable at worst. That being said, there's a nice covered patio in the back, the main bar and restaurant area has a nice well worn in feel, and the food is above average. However, the use of a chalkboard to indicate what the seasonal beers are would have been nice, the menu said ask your server, but given the lack of service I walked out and vowed I will never come in here again. The bartender in particular should be ashamed, worst service in town. I'm looking forward to going back to the Hedge House and the Sidebar, but I will NEVER go back here again. An all-time low for lack of service.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of morebeergood
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Day 1 & Stop 5 of the Portland Pub Crawl. We tried a few of these beers at the Seattle International Beerfest the weekend before, so we were eager to try more. Almost walked past this place, as it looks like a dive from the outside. Didn't get much better inside, as it's borderline dumpy. Maybe that's its tagline, I don't know, but it didn't impress. Grabbed seats at an old diner looking booth. Waitress took her time to come over, and when I asked about the special beers on draft, she said the chalkboard with the info is right over there and walked away. OK. So I got up and walked all the way across the bar to read it. When she finally came back, I ordered a snifter of the Belgian stout, and my wife got the LSD. Both fairly good and not too pricey. Since I found out that you can buy this beer elsewhere, nothing here would really entice me to ever visit again.

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Photo of charlatan
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

I swing through this place once every few weeks, and have become quite fond of it. The atmosphere is wildly variable. I only drink after dark (except in emergencies!) so I can't vouch for the daylight hours, but I would steer clear of Friday and Saturday evenings unless you are into the out of town prepster crowd and tacky music. Sundays and other weekdays are a different matter with the atmosphere and quality of music being played seemingly inversely proportional to how busy the place is. It goes from intimate to obnoxious if 50 people walk through the door. If you see a cop car outside don't fret: one of the local cops likes to use the place to do his paperwork, so there probably isn't a ruck going on.

The beer is pretty decent, and cheap during happy hour. C-Note (hoppy IPA) and LSD (strong ale) are my favourites. Somehow it often seems to be happy hour, perhaps because the Lompoc beers are particularly cheap on Sundays. They do have a tendency to close when they get bored rather than when I expect them to, and are rather scruplous about removing people from the beer garden an hour or so before they close. Both traits are annoying. Service seems to vary from downright rude to relatively friendly.

I have never tried the food, and can't even picture it. One imagines that this isn't a place to go to unless you are into beer in which case it is a worthwhile but not necessary stop on the grand Portland brewpub tour.

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Photo of Crotor
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

There's not too much to set this small, dirty, and almost seedy establishment apart from the kind of independant coffee shop that's frequented by patchouli-wearing trustafarians. Not classy, but at least it was comfortable.

The service was eager, helpful, and friendly, but there was no indication of beer knowledge.

The selection was rather good for an establishment of this size - more than five house beers plus at least three guest taps from Caldera from down in Ashland. Mostly PNW ales, but I suppose that's what you get in Portland...

The food was rather grubbin', and that salad did wonders for my travel and beer-addled stomach.

Overall beer quality was quite good, but the pours were plagued by the typical problems - little to no head, and too cold. Why the hell can these little brewpubs at least serve their beers at the proper temp?

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Photo of wolffman17
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

New Old Lompoc, a dive brewpub, so to speak, is a good place to drop in for a quick drink. But the tiny bar and somewhat dirty and dingy feel to the place gave us little reason to spend a large amount of time here. Probably a better stop when you've already had a decent fill from elsewhere.

Available to drink is their regular lineup plus a couple seasonals. The beer was good with C-Note being worth the visit. Nothing fantastic to write home about, though. The Sockeye Cream Stout seemed a little sour, and the Summer Sunset Saison was a good "Americanized" Saision. Super cheap, $1 off pints on Sunday.

Service was ok...the bartender almost assuredly was nursing a hangover.

Not a bad place, but this location of New Old Lompoc falls slightly short of the high bar set for Portland beer joints.

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Photo of mtnbiknma
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

My wife & I have visited this place numerous times since moving here in July. The pros are the atmosphere (seriously) including the hop-vine covered back porch, the water closet & yes even the surly & dismissive waitstaff. The NW 23rd location of New Old Lompoc is a ray of sunshine in this all too trendy stretch of expensive boutiques & cafe's.
The atmosphere is dumpy to be sure, but it keeps a lot of people out of the place who would invade if it started to look more like the Bridgeport Brewery down the street in the Pearl District. Like many places in the neighborhood, the porch is the gem of this bar. Nothing fancy, but it's cool during the hot PDX summer.
The quality of the beer is good, the c-note being the pinnalce for my pallet. It has the aromas and malt backbone that I tend to lean towards in an ipa. I also enjoy the Lompoc Strong Draft (LSD) which is always a safe bet as long as you are not in the mood for something with a stronger hop profile.
Service, is never quite friendly, no small talk or even a "how's everything" that I can recall, but they always seem to be around when your food or beer is running out, which really is all I need when I'm at the pub.
Selection: There is always something new to try, (recently a "monster mash" purported to be a strong porter, and some fresh hop brews) but happy hour restrictions on the seasonals (always check the big board for pricing info!) always push me to my standbys.
Food is standard bar food. Again we are always pleased with the Happy Hour portions of what we get. The calamari isn't half bad either.
Value: Did I mention happy hour? God I love Oregon. Beers are cheap during happy hour & one day a week beers are $2.50 all day. These are real pints too, another pleasant change from McMenamins & Laurelwood which are both nearby.
I will continue to visit this bar as long as I live nearby and will look forward to visiting when I move away.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Met up with a friend here last week, she was unfortunately late, but the wait staff didn't seem too bothered by me taking up a table for a while, so I appreciated their patience. It seems that there had just been some sort of incident that caused the staff to throw somebody out... something about the lotto machines. I didn't see them myself, but having lotto machines really decreases hy interest in a place, they're pretty un-classy. The interior is sort of similar to the horsebrass, but not as nice. Overall the place seems a little run down. The beer was decent, I can't recall what I ordered, I think it was an ESB, and my friend had a golden ale. The service was generally pretty quick, and the staff was nice. The food is pretty generic pub food, but they served it well, so nothing to complain about. Overall, this is an interesting place to go, but considering the variety of places in portland to check out, I don't know that I'll go again.

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Photo of loren01
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This review is for the newly rebuilt Lompoc tavern not the old one...the old location was way better.
Was excited to check out the opening of the new Lompoc Tavern. Its in the same location as the New Old Lompoc on 23rd. I loved the old place, I guess because I'm a big fan of divey places with character. The new one sadly has a corporate feel to it....reminded me of a Famous Daves or Rock Bottom kind of. The other thing thats a bummer is they no longer have their patio which was in my opinion the best place to sit outside and drink good beer in the city. They now have like 2 or 3 tables outside but its right on the busy sidewalk by 23rd. Food and beers are of course still pretty decent, just not all that impressed with the new place. Glad they have other locations in town.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of dedrinker
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Nice atmosphere and staff was friendly. Easy to get situated in this smallish venue. Mostly tables, and the bar area is much smaller than it ought to be. I think ithere were only six stools. The beers were typcal Pacific Northwest styles, which is to say they remind me of a lot of the beers on the east coast. I no longer consider Oregon and Washington to be a part of the "west coast" style beers we hear so much about these days. That leaves only California. They should just call them California style IPA, or California style amber ale etc. I'm on a bus tonight back to Cali, for the best of the west.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Great little brewpub in Portland's NW side offers a selection of about 7 or so beers as well as a selection of beers brewed off premisis. The beers were solid examples of each style with nothing jumping out as exceptional except the C-Note Imperial IPA which a refreshing deviation from the norms of the style. The service was alright but the place was busy and I was by myself taking up an entire booth so I could understand why the wait staff wanted me to just spend my money and leave. However the beer and the bar food kept me in my seat for at least an hour as I worked my way through a couple pints. A great place to visit when you are in Portland.

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Photo of shivtim
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I stopped in here for a quick drink in the late afternoon. It's easy to get to using the Streetcar.
It's kind of a weird eclectic bar. Low-key with a random mix of locals. It's a cramped feeling space, with a low ceiling and no real open spaces. The bar is pretty small, and almost like a box, but has a couple of stools on several sides.

The selection was good. Eight of theirs on tap, plus four guest brews. However, Bud Light was one of the guest brews. Good quality on their brews.
The bartender was efficient.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

New Old Lompoc is a laid back hipster hangout situated in the Nob Hill portion of the city. It is also close to Lucky Lab Quimby and a block over from a McMenamin's. Just look for the glowing string of Christmas lights outside.

If you're going by Trimet, the public transit system, take the 15 bus - the same route that goes past Horse Brass.

It's a small joint: upon entry is a tiny bar, to the left are a few booths and a couple of tables by the window. On the right is another room with booths - a rather intimate environment.

New Old Lompoc offers 8 taps of reasonably priced micros. A pint is $4.25 on your average night. If you arrive on "Miser Monday" a pint is $2.50 - not a bad deal for the great unwashed.

I'd assume the bartender was knowledegable on the beer, but her lack of social skills made this judgement difficult. Let's leave it at that; this is Portland after all.

Anyways, grab a table by the window, order a few pints and stare out at the world passing by.

Update: Returned a second time for the C-Note Imperial IPA. My thung schtill cand muv...

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Photo of ccrida
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

This place is more old and dingy neighborhood dive bar then yuppie brew pub, weather or not that is good or bad atmosphere is obviously very subjective! I sat out back in the enclosed patio, so it was nice to have outdoor seating on a beautiful Portland afternoon, surrounded by grape vines, with some classic rock radio playing. However, it was pretty dumpy looking out there, and the seating was just basic picnic tables, which are not very comfy.
The beer is pretty good, with a nice selection, and not to pricey. Try the C-Note.
The staff was friendly.
The food was questionable. I had bbq pork sandwich, which was pretty good. But my wife's burger sucked. Frozen patty with raw fatty bacon, this thing just gushed grease. The fries were super greasy little and thin. I'll be back for the beer and patio, but not in a huge hurry to try more food.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of joedon
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped here on a rainy Monday night after leaving the Lucky Labrador.
Very crowded, smoky and dark. Kind of a dive but maybe just all the smoke that obscured my vision of the place. Stuffed caribou head hanging over the entrance. Old beer ads/pictures etc. on the walls. Seem like the place is trying hard to be different from the neighborhood it's in.

Service was sort of spotty. Pretty crowded around dinner time but we were served in a reasonable time.

Good selection of craft beers; about 12 on tap. I had the C-Note which was a very good IPA and the LSD: "Lompoc Strong Draught" which I didn't care for. The LSD was heavy on the smoked malt which dominated the whole taste. I should have read the menu description a bit closer since I was expecting something more like a Belgian strong.

The food was decent, mostly sandwich type stuff. I had the French dip sandwich which was quite respectable. My friends had the burger and a pulled pork BBQ which they also recommended.

Good value for the money here. They also had a Miser Monday deal for cheap beer but it had expired by the time we arrived.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

It's with sadness and sentimentality that I review a place that's about to be demolished. In mere days (following the blowout sendoff 'Lompoc-alypse'), the walls will come crashing down on this archaic, but altogether lovable, gem of a brewpub.

While New Old Lompoc has been around only since the late 1990s, its fairly shabby, notably leaning wood-framed building towards the north end of NW 23rd has been around since the early 20th century. Creaking and sloped wooden floors, walkways that are far too narrow, a snug little bar at its core and restrooms that are laughably antiquated lend to a charm that will be next to impossible to replace. Lompoc's demise has been known for a while locally (with brewing operations moving almost entirely to the sister 5th Quadrant location in 2011) so we've had ample time to say 'goodbye', but that doesn't make the loss of the pub any easier to accept. She will be missed.

So it's with some remorse that I admit to having visited NOL only a handful of times during its headier days; of recent note, there was a fun PIB wrap-up party in the shade of the outdoor patio last July. Of late, I've tried to squeeze in a couple visits a month (working closer helps a lot), taking in the sun-soaked picnic tables on nicer days and holing up in a cozier nook on the overcast ones. Walls are covered in vintage advertising, historic photos, homages to 'bald guys' and the like. During baseball season, Red Sox games dominate the tube. Quaint, yes... kitschy, not at all.

Beer selection is good, usually between 8-10 NOL beers, with some perrenial standards like C-Note or LSD or Condor Pale and rotating seasonals like their fresh-hopped gems or the recently enjoyed Baltic Porter. Prices are around $4.50/pint, but drop to a paltry $2.50 on 'Miser Mondays'.

Although I've been at least a half dozen times in the last 3 months (and will probably visit another time or two before Saturday's closing), I can't say I've sampled too much of the menu over the years: Frankly, I just order the new England clam chowder almost every time and am never disappointed.

Service has always been a touch above 'OK', sometimes harried and inattentive, sometimes cheerful and generous with sample pours and conversation. Kind of a crap shoot, but that's fine.

Sorry to see the place go (but the promise is that NOL will be back in some form in Summer 2013). Cheers & best wishes, NOL crew!

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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

The New Old Lompoc is my kind of joint – divey and unpretentious but with kick butt beer.

After an entire afternoon of clean, cozy, and dull McMen clones I am ready for something different when I walk into the joint. Something different I have most assuredly found.

NOL proudly boasts signs like “No Crap on Tap” and “Shit Hole” behind the bar. I notice some mosaic and start worrying that I’m accidentally stumbled through a worm hole and back in to a McMen bar (they all seem to have lots of mosaic) so I double check, yep, this place is still dirty and full of drunk, working man type smokers. No way this is one of the McMen bars on 23rd.

I order a Sockeye Cream Stout on Nitro and also take a stab at the C-note IPA. I think we fit an LSD in there somewhere too. All are winners. I notice a few guest taps some from Caldera, which I’m not familiar with, as well as High Life. I notice a sign decreeing NOL AOL’s 2005 brew pub of the year for Portland but attention is quickly refocused on a bust of a bald guy on the wall. I think it’s Lennon and above him is this Uncle Sam poster proclaiming something about bald brewers. I glimpse a dozen photos of various bald brewers and think of all the brewers back in Madison at the Ale Asylum (bald and goat-teed, each and every one of em) – they would fit in here.

On my left are 1960s era red cafeteria tables. That in combination with the dozens of German minikegs lining the walls reminds me a lot of Riesi’s Bier Stuba in Chicago. The bar itself is a large old wooden structure, aged by cigarette smoke, but still remaining the focus of the room. I take note of one cask and one nitro pump while chatting with the staff and some other patrons. Pints are really cheap here, even for happy hour. This is a great place and a nice change of pace compared to the cleaner and fancier joints down the block.

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Photo of flexabull
3.86/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

First stop from a recent PDX trip.

Nice new building, not a ton of charm, but it's relaxing and pleasant enough.

Quality is solid. I had a Pale Ale that was easily a 4, tried another that was also tasty. They also had a nice selection of about a dozen beers.

Service was fine, the girl that served us was friendly enough, helpful, and was patient answering questions.

Food was good. Not great, but certainly better than average.

Overall, a worthy spot. Not a destination per say, but we were in the area, and I'm glad we checked it out.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.86/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This place has the unpretentious, slightly slovenly, feeling of a neighborhood bar--a neighborhood bar that also just happens to brew some killer beer. It also provides board games to play while quaffing some brew. Our game of Trivial Pursuit is still being debated by the parties involved, as we'd all had a few pints before play.

As far as the beers, the Sauzilla was solid and the LSD resplendent--if I my dare to use such an adjective. The selection was solid, 26 beers on tap, though I didn't really check out the guest taps--more concerned with the house beers.

The service--the beer got to us, which was all we required. My friend is lucky to have this place as his neighborhood brewpub.

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