BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

BridgePort Brewing Co. / BrewpubBridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1313 NW Marshall St
Portland, Oregon, 97209
United States

(503) 241-7179 | map

Pub Phone: (503) 241-3612

Monday - Thursday 11:30am - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday 7:00am - 12:00am
Sunday 1:00pm - 9:00pm

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Photo of Offa
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This is a great brewpub and one of the best I've been too.

The atmosphere is nice, very attractive, interesting, and well laid-out inside, with a huge outdoor patio area one the side. The building is an interesting old industrial place, too. The seating inside is also comfortable, roomy, yet reasonably cozy despite having some privacy and it is not overly loud even when busy.

Quality of beers is excellent overall.

Service that we had was really outstanding, friendly, efficient, attentive, and very pleasant.

The beer selection was great, with cask beer and a nice range of their great beers, the beer selection presented being up to date (unlike its near neighbour, Rogue).

Food is excellent, well above par for even good beer places, with a range of interesting and unusual dishes while everything is handled and prepared very nicely.

This is a top place in Portland in our book.

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Photo of squaremile
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Tucked in an interesting corner of NW PDX, this mammoth building houses one of the more widely known brewing operations in Oregon. We started with a pint of Hop Czar, which is always pleasant, but I was disappointed by the lack of special releases or house one-offs on tap. We then went on what was perhaps the lamest and most superficial brewery tour I've ever been on with minimal engagement from our guide. We avoided some of the more interesting rooms and just looked at tanks while he pointed out other stuff. That left a disappointing feel to the experience, but would be a cool place if you are really into Bridgeport stuff.

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Photo of hopsbreath
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Visited Bridgeport during my most recent trip to Portland. None of their beers in the bottle really excite me but I was denied service when I was there back in 2006 due to the bartender thinking my Tennessee driver's license was a fake. This return trip was to see what I missed out on.

Nice atmosphere inside. Lots of stainless steel, lots of wood, and an abundance of exposed brick. A very cozy and relaxing place for sure; my wife and I opted to head to the loft upstairs.

Service was good. Our server was quick to the point without much flair and we were served quickly. She was the only server for the packed loft and not once did I find myself wonder where the food/drinks were. Definetley a job well done.

The beers are all about average if not a little better. They run a $3 pint special at happy hour served in imperial pint glasses.

My wife and I split a pizza that was among one of the best pizzas I have ever had. For dessert we split a chocolate bread pudding that was also worth mentioning. The dessert paired wonderfully with the ping of Blackstrap stout I was sipping on. That combination receives my highest recommendation.

The value was very good. One wild Oregon mushroom pizza, two pints each for my wife and me for a total of four pints, and one chocolate bread pudding came to a total of $35...tip included.

I would recommend this place for a relaxing evening and enjoyable time with friends. The beer is not the best, but the value makes it better. I am moving to Portland in May and you will be able to find me at Bridgeport during happy hour on occasion.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The interior is pretty cool here. The glass elevator is quite awesome. The couches in the bar area are nice as well to relax on.

The place gets very crowded on the weekends. That was one downside.

I like the bakery portion downstairs as well and the exterior is incredibly cool to look at.

The service was fine the times I've been here and the food is excellent. There are some nice vegetarian options on the menu. It's also nice that there is a wine menu in addition to the beers. It's nice to have so many places to sit...from the restaurant to the separate bars upstairs and downstairs.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Walked to Bridgeport on the suggestion of our server at Deschutes. It is located on Marshall and 13th, and there is street parking in all directions.

The interior has an industrial feel and is 2 levels, giving it a very open look. Lots of brick and exposed pipe, and dark colors. The bar is in the rear with a view of some of the small batch brewing equipment. There is also a permanent beer menu situated behind the bar displaying their regular and seasonal beers. There is also a small gift shop area with a cooler of bottled beer to go.

The beer selection consists of around 7 including 1 or 2 seasonals. There is a sampler available for $7.50. The beers are pretty standard offerings such as Amber, IPA, and ESB plus a couple of higher-end beers like a Scotch ale and the Hop Czar IPA. The standard beers are pretty average with the bigger brews being better.

Service was good on a weekday afternoon. The bartender was covering the area where we sat and he was knowledgeable about their available beers.

We did not try any food on this visit.

Overall Bridgeport is not at the top of the list as far as places I would hit on a return visit to Portland but I am glad we stopped in.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Bridgeport brewing, has been one of my go to places in Portland for some time. I'm usually down in the pearl district for some reason...anyway the atmosphere is great, huge open rooms, very rustic urban feel, lots of exposed metal and wood beams, kind of dark with stainless steel popping up here and there. The quality of Bridgeport is solid, not the best in Portland, but very good and seems like as of late they are really improving and branching out. The service is always good, and I love that they are open later. The selection is a little better than standard, their standard set is good, but lately they have been trying some new styles and playing around more, always fun to try. The food is very good for a pub, kind of upscale pub food but a little nicer and a little more varied than your average nachos or burger. The price is right, these guys give you a good bang for your buck.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Day 1 & Stop 3 of the Portland Pub Crawl. Grabbed some seats outside on the cool deck. Not a great view, just another brick building, but beats being inside on a nice night. Our waitress was very friendly and quick. There were 7 beers on tap, but I found out the Old Knucklehead was kicked. So I went with the Hop Czar Triple IPA on cask. Wife went with Porter. Both solid choices. Finished those up and went inside to check it out. Pretty good crowd for a Tuesday. Two floors, packed with people. Very cool industrial look, lots of brick and stainless steel. Not a huge selection of beers, but a great brewpub to hang out at.

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Photo of Floydster
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

We went here on day three in Portland and stopped for the sole purpose of trying Old Knucklehead on tap, unfortunately we missed it by a few hours, we each settled for a glass of Hop Czar which was quite good, I have had all of their beers before other than this new IPA, so I was not very excited about anything else once I heard the barleywine was tapped out, starting with the atmosphere, really like the creative idea of molding a bakery into this operation, other than that this place is pretty dry, very nice inside as far as furniture and the building but there is just not much too it, lacked the aura that many of the other Portland beer establishments have, quality wise it is super clean inside, new everything, nicely organized, service was decent altough the few bartenders that we asked questions were a little rude, they had about eight of their beers on tap, also a few select bottles for sale, too bad there was not any Stumptown Tart though, food looked decent especially the baked goods but we were still full from earlier in the day, probably would not go back here unless they release something extravagant and this was the only place to get it, still worth checking out probably

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Photo of emquilxy
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in on a recent Portland trip only because we were headed to Rogue, but found parking in front of BridgePort.

Atmosphere was nice, but more "family" on a Sunday evening. We only split a pizza, but it was excellent! Fantastic homemade crust and more unusual toppings (homemade brats, apples, cheddar).

The beer was very inexpensive: $7.50 got us nice size samples of all 8 current drafts. The stout and porter were pretty good, but I felt everything else was quite bland. Not bad, but nothing exceptional. They seemed to be more like a brewery catering to the masses: it reminded me of Rock Bottom.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I visited this spot twice during a 2-week stay in the outskirts of Portland. It's a bit of the beaten path but I walked here from Deschutes and Rogue.

It's in a great, big building. You can eat or drink in the lower or upper levels. The beer and food were both excellent, which is what drew me back a second time. I particularly like the vegetarian fare, which I've never had in a brew pub before. I had the Vegan bowl which in addition to the vegetables had very firm tofu. For variety, you can add fish or meat toppings to the Vegan bowl!

The crowd was energetic and having a good time.

Definitely worth seeking this place out. I'm going back when I return to Portland next week.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Definitely another stand out place to go to in Portland. BridgePort is however a fairly upscale establishment with a focus that is equally divided between serving food to the middle class masses and providing beer.

This place is huge and it gets pretty busy in the evenings. Their is a bakery that sells random pastries and donuts which I found interesting.

Had an Imperial Porter that they don't bottle which was good. They sell half pints which is pretty cool. Food was very good pub fare, nothing amazing though.

Worth checking out if you're staying in the city.

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Photo of olmatty
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

In the shadow of Portland's busy steel girdered Freemont bridge sits a brick warehouse-like building that houses the oldest brewery in Portland, the Bridgeport Brewing company and bakery. I've had two visits to this wonderful place in the last six months and really enjoyed myself both times.

The first time was in early September on a beautiful, clear, warm day and a few of us sat outside on an old loading dock converted for outdoor dining for a light lunch and some beers. A delicious gourmet pizza, a lovely goat cheese and mesculin green salad and a couple of nice appetizers accompanied Bridgeport's high quality brews. Service was professional and courteous.

A second visit two months later, this time alone and sitting indoors, produced another equally satisfactory experience.

This place is clean, upscale, well run, reasonably priced and produces excellent products in all categories.

Kudos to the waitress who went out of her way to get a special dispensation to sell me three bombers of the delicious Hop Harvest Ale a couple of hours before the release party began. I really did have to leave and was sad to have to go, knowing that the previous two years vintage would be offered during the party. Consideration and attention to detail pays off every time.

Bridgeport is a must visit in the beautiful Pearl district of Portland. I'll be bringing visitors here every time.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Another stop during my recent visit (OBF); in fact, Bridgeport was the first target hit upon arrival - it being under renovation during my previous visit in November 2005. (Oh - the vines depicted in the picture have been long pulled.)

Located in Portland's Pearl District, or warehouse district more likely, BP is situated in a reconverted warehouse; you enter into a large, open, multi-storied, brickwalled space that is bisected by a steel staircase (leading upstairs to Bridgeport's only bar and restrooms).

On the left is a dining area with tables; to the right, as you enter, is a smaller dining area decked out with tables and high-tops. Off to the side is a bakery set-up with tantalizing sweets, but I was there for the beer. There is a walk up bar in the back for ordering. It sort of reminded me of many of the pubs in Prague - but I digress. Outside on what was once the loading dock is a patio for outdoor drinking - guess it still is a "loading" dock after all. Anyway sit, relax and watch the construction across the street.

The beer, their beer, is served fresh in Imperial pint glasses. A thirsty patron has about eight taps from which to choose; I enjoyed the tasty Blue Heron, the IPA and on cask: Ropewalk and Haymaker, the latter being an amber ale. Please note: they also had their hop heavy (100+ IBU) Hop Czar, which I sampled the following day at OBF - I did go back a second time for another. Mybad.

Efficient service meant my glass was never empty. Bridgeport has an excellent weekday Happy Hour when pints are $2.75.

Off course, being in the aforementioned Pearl District, Bridgeport Brewing is accessible by the beloved Portland Streetcar; it runs east on Lovejoy (1 block south) and west on Northrup (1 block north), so you can catch it either way. Check out the sign in front by the door; it provides notification of the streetcar arrival/departures. I heard that they adopted a stop. How sweet. Enjoy it during your next Portland visit.

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Photo of countmeoutt
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

My fiance and I stopped by here while we were in town for the brewer's festival. I really liked this place. There was a small bar to the back,some merchandise to the left and tables to the right. We decided to sit down at a table.I enjoyed a haymaker,a ropewalk(on cask), and an IPA, all of which were good beers, so much so that i ordered a case of ropewalk when i returned home. There is an upstairs to the place with pretty clean bathrooms. As for the food, it was about average i'd say. can't complain about anything. It took us a while to find the place, but it was worth it. If i'm ever in Portland again this will be one of my first stops.

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Photo of GJ40
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped in on a recent business trip to Portland.

The brewery is in an old industrial building. The interior has exposed brick walls and impressive wooden beams. But the marble bar and stainless steel / black plastic tables and chairs seemed a bit out of place to me.

They have a good selection of their own beer that includes 12 on tap and 3 on cask. I went with a cask IPA and it was as good a cask IPA as I've ever had!

The bakery smelled and looked very good but it wasn't time to eat so I had to pass it by. I hope to try it one day.

I like this place a lot.

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Photo of bigman147
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Visited with my family during a recent trip to Portland.

After deciding to check out the Pearl district and do a little shopping, it was nice for me to get a chance to sit down and grab a pint and a bite. The building appeared to be renovated and was large. Lots of options for seating and decor was open yet inviting. A bakery shop area is to your right as you enter and the smell of fresh bread was wonderful.

Beer selection was the standard Bridgeport portfolio. Blue Heron was tasty and very good with the pretzel starter course. Service was good and extremely attentive. The waitstaff was knowledgable about the beers and seemed to be excited to talk about them. Food was good with an interesting selection of middle eastern fair with standard german pretzels and sausages, and traditional pub burgers. I had a Turkey, Bacon, and Avocado sandwich. Prices seemed high but expected from commercial pubs. $8 for the sandwich seemed high.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 5

I have to qualify my experiences with this pub by saying that my wedding rehearsal dinner was held there last weekend. The special event room upstairs was decked out by the staff just to our liking, and the bartenders and servers were nothing but pleasant and helpful all evening (especially considering the behavior of some of our guests). Every single item on the buffet was exceptional - cheese platters, dips, salmon skewers, everything was top notch. All of the brewery's beers were available at the bar, as was a full bar. Again, I don't think I could have asked for a better experience in any private venue, but especially in a local brewpub.
As for the regular everyday experience of a patron who's not throwing a party for 60 people, the pub is significantly changed from the days of throwing darts and drinking on picnic tables on the loading dock. The new renovations have turned it into a sleek, steel and wood structure that is a good fit for the yuppie condo tower neighborhood that has sprung up around it. The main dining room and bakery are downstairs, with the pub upstairs. The same menu is available in both rooms, and features a good eight or so beers and some excellent food. Beer lovers of all sorts, and omnivores and vegetarians alike will all be pleased. Service is usually quite pleasant, and the the prices are more than reasonable (unlike some other local breweries that feel they can charge $5 and up for a pint of their own beer, Bridgeport remains in the $3 range for imperial pints). Overall, an excellent experience in a unique, if ahistoric, venue.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

According to our Portlander friends, the ivy shown in the picture has since been removed. Too bad. And apparently the inside is a bit more upscale than it used to be. The atmosphere was just fine, and it's a spacious place, comprised of two stories, with the bottom floor split into two distinct rooms. And, uh, the men's bathroom houses the biggest damn urinals I've ever seen. Don't fall in.

Their beer selection was good, ranging from the lighter pale ales to their stout and porter to the Knucklehead barleywine, which I admit was the #1 reason I wanted to visit. That turned out to be a chocolatey, sweet bw with the hops reeled in. The food was amazing. Of the brewpubs we toured in Portland this week, there was no better bp for food than Bridgeport. Highly recommended are the hot pretzels (appetizers) and pizzas. Their regular beer line is available in six packs, and the most stylish, classy growlers I've ever seen. This brewer has some commercial affiliations with Coors, and their continual expansion might irk diehard snobs....but they deliver on all fronts. No problem.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The building didn't look as rustic in person as it does in the picture. No problem. The layout, decor, and atmosphere made me feel like maybe they didn't want a guy like me around. It didn't feel comfortable or inviting. People seemed nice - it's Portland right? Why is the bar upstairs? That's what I want to do after drinking - navigate my way back down a long steel staircase that looks like it should be on the outside of a factory building leading to the roof. Sure there is an elevator, but what is this - a department store, office building, or a brewpub? Bartender was nice. The beer was ok. just ok though. The ESB actually tasted better in the bottle I bought at a grocery store a couple nights previously, and after factoring in the atmosphere and layout of the place, I would prefer all my future Bridgeport beers to be out of the bottle somewhere other than this location. I wasn't pissed off though - far from it. Just ponderously dejected.

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Photo of IceEyes
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I used to go here a long time ago before they made all the new renovations. It's not nearly as cozy as it used to be. It's obvious they've made a play for the Pearl District crowd. I guess you've got to go where the money is, but I like the way it used to be.

The pizza is still good and even though I didn't try anything from the bakery, I thought the bakery was a welcome addition. Can't argue with good fresh baked bread. We sat indoors but I noticed they've put seating outdoors on the loading dock. And they serve liquor now too. Most of the beers are the same as before but every now and then they bring out a new model like the Haystack or Beertown Brown. I felt a bit out of place compared to the yuppie crowd but the service was good. Mostly I'm there for the beers which are still great to drink.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Bidgeport Brewery is an imposing structure somewhere on the path between The Lucky Lab Beer Hall and Downtown. I came across it completely by accident while searching for a cab. The neighborhood, like much of this area of Portland, is part fading industry, part new condos, and part beer.

Upon entering I was immediately taken aback by the size. Bridgeport is large enough to house four large brewpubs. There are catwalks and multiple areas on two floors. I noticed a lot of families seated to the left and couples dining to the right. We sat upstairs in an area that seemed to be designated for yuppies drinking after work.

Before ordering I took in the artwork – modern, expensive looking, and everywhere. Nowhere could one find a brick wall that did not hold at least one painting. Several of them were so interesting that I felt compelled to break out the camera to snap a few photos. Foreigner’s “Urgent” was playing as I admired the timber frame wondering if I was really looking at 25 foot and longer 12”/30”s. What a structure!

I ordered an Old Knucklehead Barley Wine. It came in a large stemmed glass for only $3.00! I also enjoyed an ESB, although it kept reminding me oddly of rose petals. Other beers on tap included an IPA, Amber, APA, Porter, Stout, and a seasonal or two.

Service was attractive, average and completely unknowledgeable about beer.

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Photo of slander
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Last date in a post strike long weekend in Portland; probably the most vacationish thing I've had in a real long while and now it's nearly done. A few hours from now we'll be en route back to New York but we've got time for a beer (sampler) and a bite yet. We can spin the wheel as far as I'm concerned as there are more brewpubs in this town than you can shake a stick at, but Jon's got some place in mind. Bridgeport? That's the name of the place, Bridgeport? You ever been to Bridgeport, Connecticut? Well, I have, and I sure hope it ain't the same place...

Housed in a century old rope factory building on the corner, Bridgeport is a large expansive place. Passing though the entry area, the room just opens up. 9 raised square & rectangular tables in the center of the room, with a coffee & bakery area to one side, and a marble bar to the rear to 3 towers of 4 taps apiece and 5 stainless steel serving tanks lined behind. Vaulted ceilings with lots of old brick, pillarways and cut throughs to the side dining room and a catwalk above, very industrialish, brick & wood beams, walls decorated with framed prints of the bridge just up the street. 2 dozen tables in the side room with windows looking out front over the street. Candle lit posts, drop bulb lighting above, and the kitchen to the rear. A staircase there with skylights runs upstairs to a room holding a dozen and a half tables and a small straight bar seating 7 with a lower side counter and a couch in the corner and a flatscreen mounted above.

8 house taps (IPA, Ropewalk Amber Ale, ESB, Blue Heron APA, Porter, Black Strap Stout, Old Knucklehead Barley Wine and seasonal Supris; a Belgian blonde), plus 3 casks (IPA, Ropewalk Amber Ale & ESB), and 2 guest taps (Young's Old Nick & Samichlaus). The sampler comes with all 8 house beers. The Blue Heron APA was kind of weak, done Willamette hop; the Ropewalk Amber Ale was malty, mellow; the ESB was very nicely done; the Porter was bitter first, but then chocolatey & roasty; the Black Strap Stout creamy & smooth, had a bite; the Supris, not so Belgiany. The Porter & ESB were very good but otherwise, for the most part, the beers were just so-so. Said Phil, "Everything was watery".

As regards the bite, the Blue Heron tomato & red pepper soup was nicely spicy, done with croutons and cheese. The smoked Boston port butt sandwich was just okay at best though.

Rack unit of growlers, hats & shirts, 6 packs & cases for sale. Very nice place, but I was expecting a bit more from the beers. Still, much better than Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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Photo of slyke
4.18/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped by BridgePort a couple of times during a long weekend in Portland. I had lunch one day in the ground level pub. I had the beer sampler and a sandwich. The beers were pretty good with some beers better than others and the sandwich showed some imagination. I thought it would be my one stop there until my brother spotted a card on the table with the scheduled football games for Sunday.

Come Sunday we returned to watch football in the upper level lounge. We ate the house-made pretzels and the barbeque chicken pizza. Both were very good. We washed them down with the Ebenezer winter beer and the IPA. Both beers were excellent.

This place also has a full bakery and opens for coffee in the morning and is obviously the local for many residents of the new condominiums nearby. If you are in Portland's northwest neighborhood, this place is definitely worth a stop.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Overall a very nice big high ceilinged warehouse type set-up. We chose to sit outside since it was an awesome day. The service and food was pretty good. Nice brats cooked on the grill outside right next to our table.

Many different beers on tap - I counted 9. Beers are of very good quality considering the wide range of styles. There 2 standard beers (the Amber and the Pale Ale) were by far the most dissapointing - nothing special there. The other 7 were very good.

They had a special beer on tap when I was there: A Black Lager which was very nice and worth a try although the server didn't know much about it...

Of the regular beers, the Supris (seasonal?), the IPA, and the Barleywine really stood out above the others. The IPA is a very nice NW IPA.

Well worth a visit -- wish I had more time to check out the other brewpubs around Portland to compare but I'd say this one was a winner.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

In the pioneer days of northwest microbrewing, brewpubs were unheard of and many brewers opted to set up shop in low-rent industrial zones where access for large trucks was a greater consideration than walk-in customers from the neighborhood. So it was for Bridgeport back in ’84 when they opened one of the first brewpubs in Oregon since the end of Prohibition in a 19th century former rope factory.

Much has changed since then, and the once industrial neighborhood surrounding Bridgeport has since become The Pearl District – a trendy hood known for its exclusive condos, high-end restaurants and fashionable boutiques. Sensing the need to adapt to its changing environs, Bridgeport closed the doors to its comfortable, time-worn pub for more than to a full year to initiate an astonishing $3.5 million renovation project. The result was a redesigned floor plan that now includes an onsite gourmet bakery, outdoor seating, a full wet bar, a conference room, and refined enhancements throughout. The menu still offers wood-fired pizzas, but now there’s also roast lamb, grilled tuna, and single malt scotch. The bakery has fine rustic breads, croissants, and scones. But don’t worry; the main attraction of craft ales is still the centerpiece of Bridgeport’s operation – and they haven’t raised their beer prices.

Some may mourn the loss of Bridgeport’s cozy familiarity from its previous incarnation. It’s true that some of the original charm has been supplanted by efforts at sophistication. The scenery once suited to a quaint postcard is now more attune to a glossy architectural magazine. But if you’ve only first arrived in the post ivy-draped era and you can’t fathom how the cavernous, crane infested pit across the street was once a century-old warehouse, then you may approach the matter with a tabula rasa and appreciate the place for what it is today. Much of the original building is still exposed in its full glory. The weathered red bricks and monstrous wooden beams stand much as they did in late 1800’s. And they’ve somehow managed to expand their seating capacity while making the place more spacious and airy.

Seating areas include the central bar area, a separate dining room (with its own menu), an upstairs lounge, the conference room, and the new patio on the old loading bay. I always like the idea of outdoor seating and I’m glad Bridgeport expanded in that direction. But the best they have to offer are the three cask-conditioned ales, especially the IPA which is stellar on cask. A few of their less ambitious brands are deliberately middle-of-the-road. But you can’t go wrong with Black Strap, Ebenezer, or Old Knucklehead.

A few things to watch for: the menu board above the bar is relatively small and none-too-easy to read. The dinner crowd shifts abruptly to a Pearl District fashion statement that would seem to give casual thrift to beer. But don’t let that stop you. This is still a great place to bring your parents, a date who’s way classier than you, or anyone in search of a fine ale.

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