Alameda Brewhouse

Alameda BrewhouseAlameda Brewhouse
Alameda BrewhouseAlameda Brewhouse
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

4765 NE Fremont St
Portland, Oregon, 97213
United States

// CLOSED //

Notes: Opened 1996
Hours: Su-Th 11am-11pm; F-Sa 11am-12am
Happy Hour: M-F 3-6pm
Head brewer: Carston Haney
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bilbobrewer from Oregon

1.31/5  rDev -66%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

Well...this WAS going to simply be a review of Alameda's Yellow Wolf IIPA. But that isn't happening.

As part of Oregon Craft Beer Month, one event advertised in this week's Portland Mercury was a $5 growler fill today only at the Alameda taproom on Freemont. That was line, no exclusions, restrictions or fine print. And the Alameda website made no mention of anything at all (but it doesn't look like anyone updates that site much at all....).

Sweet deal! For a visitor to PDX like me, a timely chance to get a bigger sample of an obviously fresh brew.

Well, after arriving there earlier today, I was quite surprised to find that -- despite the advertisement --- growlers cost $6. Also, despite being the flagship beer of the brewery, Yellow Wolf DIPA was NOT included as one of the beers eligible for the promo. This addendum info was all on a card posted at the bar....not a terribly convenient place to find out such information, after bicycling 25 minutes to get there.

The barman, who appeared to have full authority and responsibility for such decisions was cordial enough, but insincere apologies don't really fix anything.

So. Rather than buy a beer I didn't want, and for more money than I was told it would cost, and being totally PO'd, I left.
Hardly what I have come to expect from a Portland biz. Or any craft brewery. Or a promotional event.
And certainly not how I wanted to spend part of a precious vacation Saturday.
So thanks.

PS -- This website now reminds me: "You have had 0 beers from this brewery".
Yeah, I get that.

Jul 09, 2016
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dcscientist from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

I really enjoyed my visit here. Great food, excellent house-made beers on tap, TVs, has pretty much everything you want. If I get back to Portland I'm really going to make an effort to get back here.

Sep 26, 2014
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SavageHopHead from Texas

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Very good beer selection and beers were very tasty. Very warehouse-like inside but that doesn't matter if the beer's good! Server was knowledgeable which always helps for first timers. IPA's and stouts were the dominant styles and very well crafted. Of all the options in the area, definetely worth a visit for travelers or locals.

Jul 29, 2013
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MilwaukeeCrusher from Wisconsin

4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I stopped in here on an quiet afternoon. The ball game was on and a few people were in there... the place had a good local vibe to it. I liked the service and the beers were pretty solid, but I really liked their Black IPA especially... I had to buy one on the way out. I did not try their food as I was trying to do the Portland food cart thing at the time. They had good selection, and one beer that was very unique that had a spice in it... I can't recall if it was garlic or something like it. I appreciate any effort like that even if I'm not crazy about the beer. If I ever get in the area again, I would be more than happy to stop here again.

Oct 19, 2011
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bradleyp from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I went to Alameda twice in a four day period. First time was after I dropped my girlfriend off at PDX, and the second time was when I picked her up from PDX. She was looking for a place to eat, and since I was just there, I figured she would want to check it out as well.

It's right outside a neighborhood, and is easily missed if you don't see the sign out front. When I first walked in, I got a face full of hop aroma. The brew tanks are right near the entrance, so it's hard to miss that smell. I went the first time around 11:15 AM right after they opened. There was only one other couple there, so I was lucky enough to get my beer quick (Siberian Imperial Stout - Seasonal) and my food came rather quick as well (Reuben). Second time I was there, I had some really nasty nachos from their happy hour menu. The Humus plate my GF had was pretty good however.

There are a couple of TV's showing nothing but ESPN, and there is a bathroom with one toilet, and the door doesn't lock. So be careful not to walk in on anyone while they are on the toilet.

Jan 06, 2011
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jdense from Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Visited 8.12.2010.

Located in PDX Fremont District, close to Beaumont Market, Alameda operates on a relatively small 5-barrel system with plans to expand in the near future. All their house brews are of high quality with their award winning Stout their signature brew. However, the addition of several pub-only offerings (including a tasty CDA) and their latest addition to their bottled products, Yellow Wolf DIPA, only increase the allure of the brewery. While I didn't have any food, they have a significant menu with generous portions from what I saw on my visit. The help, including both the barstaff and the brewers, was friendly and willing to help. While I don't hang out in this part of town too often, I will be sure to stop by to check on their pub-only offerings in the future. A worthwhile stop after filling your cooler at Beaumont Market.

Aug 21, 2010
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Docer from Washington

4.08/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Just back...

Nice family joint.. really a big box fixed up like a nice little neighborhood brewery... small barrels.. felt right at home.

Quality seemed high... menus a bit worn, coasters old... but quality is still up there...

Great service, waitress was prompt.. didn't take her time at all, and the food was rather quick.

Great selection for what most pubs offer.. I had the copper top club at the time... but only seasoned fries came with it and that's it.. no other options..

Food was top-notch and would eat there again for sure...

Average to high prices.. as joints in trendy family locations usually are... but good value, and some very tasty brews that stand out as some of the best micros around Portland...

They fill growlers too!

Apr 13, 2009
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benito from Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Alameda Brewhouse, not Brewing Co, is sort of the middle child of Portland brewpubs. While their Black Bear Stout gets much love on BA and around town, their other beers fly mostly under the radar, as does the brewpub itself. There was a thread a while back on BA that discussed why this might be, and there was no strong consensus: in general, folks seemed to find that Alameda is a perfectly fine, respectable brew pub. I concur; yet I also know that I wouldn't put it at the top of my list to re-visit. And I don't know why.

Here's what I do know: Alameda is in a large brick building in NE Portland in a commercial strip surrounded by residential neighborhoods (welcome to Portland, right?). The interior is exposed brick/faux industrial, with cavernous wooden booths and several large TVs. I stopped in on election night 2008 to get a growler and have a little food.

They offer about six or seven beers and seem to have a pretty fixed line up. Their mainstays include the much-lauded stout, a wheat, IPA, porter (made with juniper), and a pale ale. The stout and IPA are both solid--though I don't know what all the fuss with the stout is about. They also had two seasonals on when I visited--a brown and an old ale, both of which were enjoyable as well. The real winner in their lineup, though, is the El Torero IPA. It has a whopping bitterness and bite, and what it lacks in balance it makes up for in flavor. Style-wise, it's probably more akin to an "imperial pale ale" given the unrepentant hop grandstanding, and it is tasty. I've occasionally seen this on tap around Portland, and if you can't make it out to the brewpub, it is worth grabbing a pint of this next time you see it.

The food and service were both dutiful and unremarkable.

It's rare that I find a brewpub to be just fine. Nothing either exceptional nor dreadful, though the IPA does come close to the former. I'm sure I'll pass through Alameda again and enjoy my time when I do.

And now I realize why this is so troubling. I want my brewpubs to be a little more controversial and edgy than Alameda. Only brewpubs with exceptional, I mean really exceptional beer can get away with being otherwise unremarkable (Imagine if HUB had bad beer...). I want something to ignite my passion; maybe I should just drink more of the IPA.

See if you have the same experience.

Dec 22, 2008
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jjboesen from Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Outwardly looking like your average storefront, Alameda Brewhouse is set up with a small bar area, several brewing tanks placed in a corner, and several tables, including a line set along the large windows looking out onto NE Fremont.

Though located some distance from the downtown core - it's actually closer to the airport, it can be reached via Portland's excellent public transit system (Bus 33 goes right past the door.)

During my visit, I tasted: Klickitat Pale Ale, Turk's ESB and their stout Black Bear XXX. I enjoyed my visit; twas a comfortable and relaxing beerhall environment well worth the trip.
Two beer-covered thumbs up!

Aug 17, 2008
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BeerZack from North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere is cool. Big open warehouse with some nice design elements (booth backs) to make it seem more upscale than beer hall. Would recommend this place for food and drinks, not the atmosphere you want to grab a beer at the bar really. Selection is house beer only, but had at least 8 or 9 taps including the seasonals and nitro rotator. Beer was solid. Nothing really caught my fancy, but the seasonal Bock was good as well as the El Torerro (organic) IPA which was nice and fruity smelling, but a bit too astringent. Waitress was very nice and accommodating. A tad pricey ($10 beer sampler), but I have no complaints.

Mar 31, 2008
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SurlyDuff from Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I would put this in the top 3 brewpubs to visit if you're in Portland. First of all, it's incredibly easy to get to/find. Lots of streetside parking available.

Atmosphere and achitecture are really neat. Sort of industrial simple post-modern somethingorother. Burlap bags and concrete have never gone so well together before.

By all means, get a sampler. There wasn't a beer on it I did not enjoy. There's a nitro, and atleast one organic.

Food menu is real nice. Reasonable prices too, you won't be dissapointed. Can get a bit crowded during dinner hours, but i think only during weekends. They have a couple tables outside, preferable, but not usually available.

Feb 16, 2008
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Metalmonk from North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Cool place that served as a nightcap for a long day of great beer, great food and great company. Dessert choice? XX Black Bear stout, on nitro tap, which was an excellent choice: creamy, robust and chocolately. Only saw their own beer on the menu, about 6 regular brews and one seasonal (an amber that was described as an altbier).

Service was good. A bit surprising that is was sparsely populated at 9:30 PM on s Saturday night. Atmosphere was interesting (a mix of arty cafe and high-ceilinged warehouse). Didn't stay long enough to get a sense of the general crowd that frequents the place, the consistency of service or food quality, but what I did soak in was cool. Would definitely go again just for another XX Black Bear.

Sep 30, 2007
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I really enjoyed myself at Alameda. I went to three brewpubs with a couple of friends and this place really welcomed us in.

I found the location to be not easy to find coming from out the area, but once we entered we got settled and were forgetting that quickly. The rugged cinderblock and burlap intererior had a certain charm. There were booths with honey colored wood that had black and white pics of hop fields. The booths were also backlit with sunny yellow lighting that added to the ambience.

We were greeted quickly and the drink order was taken within minutes. There were organic and nitro tap options as well as seasonals adding to the overall selection score. I enjoyed the fact I had a choice that made me think about my next brew. The quality was very good - food was brought to us fresh and hot. I had the lemon pepper chicken fingers which really hit the spot.

I found the value to be reasonable with good portions and the merchandise available wasn't overpriced either. This was a very good choice. I would recommend Alameda to anyone checking out Portland for the first time.

Jul 21, 2007
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Matthew from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is the closest pub to my new home and I am glad it is. Alameda has a friendly restaurant type feel to it with some pretty awesome decoration, basically some burlap hanging on the walls depicting hop vines, barley stalks, mash pattles, and a shuvel. The service is always friendly, knowledgable, and informative. The selection is good and there is a rotating seasonal beer along with a rotating nitro'd beer. The beers I have tried there are very tastey, particularly their stout and juniper porter. I've eaten there only a few times but what I have had has been pretty good, some basic pub food with some choices that are a bit nicer meals than your normal burger and fries. Prices are very reasonable and Tuesdays are $2 beer! If you are visiting Portland its a brewpub you should definatley stop at if only to try their stout.

Jun 29, 2006
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denali99755 from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This place is a sentimental favorite of mine, and I make a point to go every time I get back to the Northwest.

The atmosphere is hip, but not obnoxiously so, with a semi-industrial decor and some nice hardwood accents, especially in the booths and the bar. Very, very Portland--balancing the old Oregon timber industry feel with the new young attitude of one of my favorite cities.

I have always been fairly impressed with the cheeriness and personability of the wait staff here; they are never hesitant to chime in with a recommendation if you need one; they'll look you in the eye and talk to you about food, beer, or the city. Personable, yet reasonably efficient, in the style of this part of the country.

Nice variety of bar food, from fries to nachos to a great hefty burger with huge variety of toppings to the seafood you'd expect around here. And oh my...the cheesecake. Cheesecake is already my favorite dessert, and this hands-down demolishes anything I've ever tasted--light and fluffy, it goes down much more easily than your average New York-style brick, and it's adorned with a totally unique, spicy raspberry melba sauce. To die for.

The beer, now that I'm old enough to order it, is strong across the board, with a couple of standouts--the Black Bear XX nitro stout is one of my favorite beers, and the Klickitat Pale Ale is another great offering, continuing a strong Oregonian tradition of American pales. Everything they offer is brewed in-house--it's a brew pub, not a beer bar--but they have something to satisfy just about anyone. As a bonus, they also brew a knockout root beer for those underage.

For $3 a pint, the price is quite reasonable, and the food rounds it out for a $15-$20 dinner. Well worth a stop by if you're in the area.

Feb 14, 2006
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PopeJonPaul from Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Take a page from German minimalism\industrialism and mix it with Pacific Coast hardwood and you have the unique atmosphere of this place. The brewing machinery and work areas bleed into the stainless steel and unvarnished hardwood bar and restaurant area; you really are hanging out in a "working brewery" and not just an appendix restaurant.

They had 9 of their beers on, two of which were on nitro (ISA and Black Bear XX, which was really good.) They bottle one seasonal, which they also had on tap (Papa Noel's: on the way back from the restroom I some bearded lumberjack guy through a window near the tanks sealing bottles of it with a hand capper.) They had a full bar too, the Bud and Coors Light guest taps were a disappointment though (what fool in Portland would drink macro guest taps in a Brewery? Maybe tourists I guess.) Staff was friendly, had just ate lunch at Laurelwood so didn't try the food but the stuff that passed by looked good. Worth another visit next time I'm in Portland...especially since it's less than 3 miles from my brother's house.

Feb 12, 2006
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unklesyd from Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went here on the recommendation of a friend for lunch. After reading other reviews, I didn't think that I would be disappointed, and sure enough, I was not. This place exceeded my expectations in almost every regard.

The ambience was nothing special. Very clean, modern, well lit, but certainly not dull. Probably a little better at night.

Their beers were tasty. I had their amber, which wasn't spectacular, but better than many in this style, of which I'm not a big fan, and their English IPA, which was really quite tasty. Didn't want to go in for the taster, which would have been too much brew at the noon hour, but the server obliged me with a couple for free, which was really cool seeing as how I didn't even ask!

Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. Top notch!

Their beer selection was well rounded, but no real surprises in the style category. Most of the "mainstream" mainstay styles represented, but nothing really out there.

The food was really a cut above the standard brewpub fare. My wife and I shared a crab bisque, I had a HUGE sandwich, and she had chicken wings in a lemon-dill sauce. Generous portions and fantastic quality.

I grabbed a growler tha I've yet to open. But even that shows a commitment to excellence. They recently upgraded to a higher quality cap that retains freshness much longer than the standard metal screw cap.

Highly recommended!

Sep 07, 2005
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Atmosphere – This is not your typical rowdy brewpub. There are plenty of people here on a Friday night but it’s a quieter crowd, not the “bachelor party” atmosphere that you find with some brewpubs. It’s more like a restaurant that serves good beer than a brewpub where people come to drink and occasionally eat.

Quality – There’s nothing fancy about this place, but it’s not run down either. Everything is very open. The seating can be a bit crowded, though, and certain bar stools that are close to the table area are real “elbow bumpers”.

Service – Up at the bar the service was excellent. It’s a very long bar, too, so I appreciated the effort that the bartender made in keeping the tasty brews coming.

Selection – The Alameda spread of beer styles was very nice. They have everything from light Golden & Wheat Ales to a dark Porter & Stout and of course a couple of hop bombs to fill in the gaps.

Comments – Overall, this is a nice, quiet place to enjoy some really good beers.

Sep 29, 2004
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HiroProtagonist from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went to Alameda brewpub/resturant for dinner. The decor was a bit mismatched. Most of the place embraced an industrial concept, complete with steaming tanks and sheetmetal bar accents, factory ceilings, and a loading dock looking area in the but the seating and dinning tables were made of a light modern oak wood that didn't mix with the rest of the place...and it was a little too squished together. But still, its a different kind of brewpub. A tray of all ten of their beers was $7...a good deal. All were pretty good, though the standouts were the ISA, porter, and the stout (very good). For dinner we had the falafel sandwhich and the reuben. Both were good, though about average compared to other pub offereings. The fries however were pretty damn good. There were a number of other tasting looking things on the menu that I would love to come back and try. Alameda is yet another quality Portland brewpub that deserves your attention.

Aug 22, 2004
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freed from Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Blending in well with the urban revival that has graced the Beaumont District, the Alameda Brew House is decorated with externally with a gigantic hop cone. A sure sign that you've arrived.

The inside is somewhat reminiscent of a Belgo; no attempt to hide the previous life of the building, and decorating in a way to flatter it. The tables, booths and bar are styled with a danish influence, light woods with definite edges. The booths, by the way, are constructed in an amazing fishbone weave, and are surprisingly comfortable.

One side of the building displays the working brewing equipment, some fermenters in a modified shipping container. The bar is quite sizable, and the selection of non-beer is pretty good. There are a fair number of single malts, whiskeys, and other standards.

The beer selection is limited to house beers. There were a couple taps that I couldn't identify, but there isn't any need to venture out. The beers at Alameda are stelar, which was just confirmed by several medals from GABF and WBC.

The food was terrific, and there was plenty more on the menu that I must try at some point. We had shellfish, and it was perfect. Sadly, our service wasn't the greatest; we didn't get napkins or silverware, but the waiter was honest about food choices, and was definitely right.

May 01, 2004
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Elemental from Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this place out for ahwile and finally got around to it last night. The atmosphere is pretty nice. Its a little trendy in the sense that everything looks "industrial" and all the servers are dressed in full black. But its no smacking, there where a couple tvs at the bar playing a bball game, and you can see all the fermentors and brewing equipment which I always like. The food was exceptional. I had the mussels and got to try the onion rings and oyesters and it was all very good. There is a large selection of food on the menu. There were about 8 beers to choose from but I only had one - the black bear xx stout which is great. Overall this is definately a place that I would frequent.

May 01, 2004
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RedDiamond from Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The Alameda Brew House is a neighborhood brewpub serving a dozen or so house beers and some very decent food. Look for the huge hop cone outside facing the street -- can't miss it.

This is not a tavern. There are no pool tables, video, or neon. Instead the Alameda sports an industrial chic flair with exposed mash tuns, cinder blocks and roofing trusses. Conditioning tanks are visible through windows behind the bar. The decor is simple and refined with bright wood, clean lines, and lit candles in abundance. A small selection of wine and mixed drinks are available.

A friendly staff was eager to hook me up with beer samples. They even placed the TV remote in front of me -- a gracious gesture but I never touch the stuff. While sipping ale, I munched on a plate of beer batter onion rings that were crisp and flavorful. The "small" serving was a meal in itself.

This is a nice place to take a date, a business client, your parents, or your well-behaved friends. It's not a loud joint by any means. Not a place to watch a ball game. Visitors are advised to seek Alameda’s Black Bear XX Stout, a distinctly world-class ale and my favorite stout in Portland. Their other offerings failed to strike me as similarly charmed until I discovered Mean Old John’s Barleywine and Klickitat Pale. These three charmed ales keep me eager to return and sample their next batch.

Feb 26, 2004
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weefisheads from Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

In a city known for brewpubs, it's difficult to stand out from all the rest. With some of the very best beers around, the Alameda Brewing Company provides plenty of reasons to pass up all the rest to come here, but otherwise it's just another brewpub amidst a sea of beer spots.

Located on a stip of businesses in a residential area, The Alameda tries to position itself as a restaurant with some damn fine beer versus a pub that incidentally has some food if you want. The atmosphere is pleasant - usually pretty crowded and lively - with a pretty good mix of local regulars seated at the bar and those coming for lunch or dinner. The food selection is quite diverse and for the most part quite good, but I've had company with me that has not been thrilled by the service. Mostly due to it being a pretty popular place, probably.

Overall I'd say the Alameda Brewing is worth a visit - however, mostly because of the incredible beers they have. Yum....

Apr 30, 2003
Alameda Brewhouse in Portland, OR
Brewery rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 896 ratings