Alameda Brewhouse

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

4765 NE Fremont St
Portland, Oregon, 97213
United States

(503) 460-9025 | map

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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Reviews by benito:
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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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of GaryColeman
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of bilbobrewer
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.

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Photo of Epicfail97081
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

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4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

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2.36/5  rDev -38.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dcscientist
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.

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4.88/5  rDev +26.8%

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2.68/5  rDev -30.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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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.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
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.

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Photo of bradleyp
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.

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