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 ChappyCubsFan
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Hey, hands down. This is my favorite brew pub in the Pacific Northwest and especially in a city known for having great brew pubs, that says a lot for Bridgeport. The first thing you notice when you approach the establishment is the bricks and ivy (being a Cubs fan from Chicago I liked this place from the start). Upon entering, you notice the rustic atmosphere (lots of wooden panels, tables, partitions) and the smell of the pizzas in the ovens. We immediately ordered a pizza and a sampler of their beer. Delicious pizza. I was already familiar with the IPA and the pale ale. But everything was tasty. The service was friendly and everyone we spoke to seems to be locals who gave the place high marks. This will be the first place we visit when we return to Portland.

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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 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 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 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 NVbeer
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Made a stop to Bridgeport while in town for the Holiday Ale Fest, and was once again pleased with this establishment. My wife and I had dinner and a few pints on a Saturday night, while busy we were still seated within 10mins.
The atmosphere was quite nice, according to the bar manager their building was actually 3 warehouses at one time. It has a rustic, early 1900's feel to it. There is a large room with long picnic style tables in the middle and smaller tables surrounding them.
The food was a nice selection of general pub fare: wings, salads, sandwiches, but also had a few nice dinner entrees. We decided on a large pizza and must say it was quite a nice surprise. It was one of the best pizzas I have ever had.
I beer was selection of all their beers that are brewed onsite. I enjoyed their IPA on cask while my wife enjoyed their Ebenezer holiday ale, also on cask. It was the first time trying cask ales for my wife and I, and must say they were truely enjoyable.
I will definatly be returning to bridgeport on my next visit to Portland.

Note: The resturant portion of the brewery will close 12/23/04 for 4-6 months for remodeling. recommend you check their website or call before stopping by.

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Photo of Rezzin
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I visited Bridgeport over the weekend while visiting friends on St. Pattys Day. We didn't plan on going here but my friend's wife works nearby and we had some time to kill just before lunch so we decided to drop by.

I have no idea what the place looked like before the renovation but it now looks really nice. The decor is very Portlandesque with an industrial feel to it but in a young, fresh way. There is also a bakery on the right side just as you walk in. We only visited the bar area but the seating look plentiful and there was an area upstairs that we didn't really see.

The service here was outstanding. It was slow when we went but coming from so cal, we were pleasantly surprised at the hospitality we received from the entire staff.

Having never tried any of the Bridgeport beers, I asked one of the hosts about what to try and he directed me to the bartender. Diego - if you're reading this: THANKS BRO! Diego, our bartender, helped make out short trip to Bridgeport an awesome one. He hooked us up with samplers and was flowing with little tid bits of information about the beers. He was also very knowledgable of the area and helped us with directions to Johns Marketplace which, by the way, is an awesome store which will get a beaming review shortly. He was having a little trouble getting the growler filled (something was up with beer engine I think) so he offered us pints while we waited.

It was pretty early in the day so as far as beers go, I only tried their IPA, the cask conditioned IPA and the Supris. The regular IPA and the Supris were definitely above average beers but the cask conditioned IPA was outstanding. We also a tried a green St. Pattys mixed drink but I don't really care too much for mixrd drinks. I made sure to leave with a growler in hand.

Great place, friendly service, nice decor - It's too bad I didn't get a chance to try the food. I'll be sure to come back next time.

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Photo of Monteiro
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

So this will be a bit of an unusual review in that I didn't visit, I actually had my wedding reception here in August. Other than The Big Day Itself, i have probably been there a dozen times through the past 5 years.

Atmosphere- Very large street-side deck, tons of tables on the main level with views of the bakery area and production rooms, second level is more focused around high-tops and TV screens. The banquet room that we used was all exposed timber and arched windows; totally picturesque. As with most Portland brewpubs, it is very low on both formality and snobbishness.

Quality-Above average. We were able to have the stout on nitro tap and a cask, which was dope. They do a fresh hop ale annually which is also dope.

Service-Generally awesome. Normal service is attentive but not overbearing. Staff was super knowledgeable about the beverages and food that they serve. For the event they indulged our every whim without question or hesitation and were super-competent and patient.

Food-A game of two halves. Their normal menu if down-the-middle pub food, or the normal burgers, fries, and salads denomination. Great beaked goods, particularly the pretzels. For the wedding reception the food was fantastic. We had salmon and a mushroom chicken item, both of which were great. They had a hazelnut blackberry salad that everyone loved and which was about as Oregon as you can get.

Value-Pretty good. Stupid cheap happy hour ($3 pints if memory serves). We fed 90ish people at $40 a head plus $12 a person in booze, which worked to 2-2.5 alcoholic drinks a piece. We had set a higher drink limit which we did not hit.

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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 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 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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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 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 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 freed
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I'm a little surprised to find my original review missing, but I suppose that is for the best - Bridgeport's flagship brewpub is a new creature. It is somewhat difficult to divorce myself from the lament I feel about it's change (it was my favorite pub ever), but I'll try with a clean slate.

It’s quite shocking to enter the new building. There’s a lot of room - especially vertical space, that the rather cavernous inside really shrinks you. The warm brick and timber is still there; but it is dwarfed by a darker, classier collection of blacks and whites. On the east end (formerly the quiet room) is a cafe and a few seats. The entry contains a number of standing tables and chairs, and is full of folks enjoying beverages from the expanded bar. Beyond the seats is a dead zone of lonely space that separates people from the bar. I was a little nervous to approach at first, but eventually crossed the divide to order a cask IPA.

The new bar itself is quite lovely. There are serving tanks along the back wall, nice white tiling and stainless accessories. The bar buzzes with activity. What used to consist of taps and pulls and a couple bottles of wine now includes a selection of deep amber liquids and some additional spirits. The bar staff were quite friendly. In fact, everyone was. One thing that was a bit of a change was the army of service that always seemed to be buzzing around.

I took my pint and wandered, checking out the new dining rooms to the east and west of the bar, then upstairs to the cocktail lounge. Up on the sky bridge I found the remnants of Bridgeport that I’d missed. The brick had been re-framed with steel, and still showed that it was the same building. The architecture is very clean, and quit elegant, though much more formal.

The addition of Supris and the new digs reminded me of the Belgo Centraal beirodrome I visited in London several years ago. I loved it there, but I’m still not sure about it here. I need to try again.

I've been back a couple times now and I still love the beer, the pizza, and the building is gorgeous. The smell of malted barley still permeates the neighborhood, which is the largest source of change. RoyalT's post on Rogue (also in the neighborhood) from a few years back mentions the sketchy neighborhood. It has changed so much that you're more likely to get a tax-cut than mugged, but change is constant.

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Photo of bassoonoflunacy
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It appears that I'm the first to review BridgePort since the remodeling. The place looks great. They've torn out some interior walls, added a second level and kept lots of exposed brick and beams. There's now a bar area, a dining room and an upstairs dining room/bar area. They all serve the same menu which is similar to the restaurant style menu at the Hawthorne location. They have a bar on both levels as well. For some reason, they also have a bakery in the bar area on the ground floor. They have expanded their beer list with 6 BridgePort drafts and 3 cask beers. The cask IPA is fantastic. The drafts are dispensed from "cobras" which are frosted metal taps resembling a hooded cobra head but first the glasses are cooled and rinsed with a fancy fountain system. I couldn't tell you whether this makes any difference in the taste as we only drank cask beers. We had one of the pizzas and the mussels. The food didn't seem as good as the Hawthorne location which I would recommend even if you don't like beer but is still a welcome change from the usual pub fare. Perhaps it will improve as they just reopened. The dining room was a bit noisy. I think that next time we'd go to the second level. We were pleased to see that they've kept the outdoor tables.

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

Visited late afternoon 8.12.2010.

After my ultra-unpleasant experience at Lompoc on 23th, I decided I needed a beer to salve my frayed nerves. Bridgeport represents the best of the PNW brewpub scene. The old historic building that it is located in has several different areas with room for meetings, etc., and a nice well worn in feeling. I liked the outdoor seating area on a nice day, with a bar facing the street where you can catch a breath of fresh air while enjoying high quality food and ale. The beer here is of the utmost quality, while their buzz may have been surpassed by some of the new kids on the block, Bridgeport under the stewardship of iconic brewer Carl Ockert, produces consistently enjoyable beers. I was pleasantly surprised to find a cask conditioned Porter (!) available, and it was very delicious. The selection featured all the standards, with two cask beers usually available. Service was attendant and pleasant, unlike the uber-snotty bartender at Lompoc. I came in during happy hour, and I have to say they may have the best happy hour menu in town, $3 pints and multiple items at price points from $2-6 dollars, and everyone around me appears to be really enjoying their food. The one down side about this location is parking is a bit tough. While I don't venture here very much anymore, I'd say this is a must stop if you are introducing out-of-towners to the the PDX brewpub scene. Recommended.

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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 Thrasher
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Well, I'm not sure why I'm reviewing this now, since in a couple weeks the brewpub will be closed for renovations, and I will need to review it again when they reopen. I stopped in when I first heard about the remodeling project, to get a last glimpse before they shut down, and I liked it so much I've kept going back. Since I heard about the renovation a couple weeks ago, I've been here three times. It's a pleasant, welcoming place and I see no need for them to improve upon it, although the Pearl District has fast become a destination of upscale boutiques and restaurants, and perhaps BridgePort feels the need to keep pace. The street is cobblestoned and the brick building is covered with vines, providing a post-industrial atmosphere of which I'm very fond. It's on the northern edge of the district, though, and the immediate neighborhood is still a little rough-and-tumble, with gaping potholes in the street and broken-windowed warehouses that haven't yet been transformed into chi-chi eateries or pricey home furnishing stores.

The pub itself has sturdy wooden tables spread throughout three rooms or so, and a convivial atmosphere equally suitable for families, couples, co-workers, or close friends out to blow off steam. I also made a solo visit and felt perfectly welcome sitting in the corner by myself with a paper. As you walk in, you can step up to the bar and get yourself a pint, but after you sit down, the waitstaff will attend to you thereupon. There are two handpumps operating, one of which is almost always the IPA and shouldn't be missed. On one occasion I was lucky enough to try a superb cask-conditioned Old Knucklehead barleywine. The other beers are their regular offerings and they usually don't have seasonals, the exceptions being fall's Hop Harvest and winter's Ebenezer Ale. Pints are 20 ounces and cost $3.50, $3.75 if cask. Over the sound system, they play complete albums start to finish, which I greatly appreciate, and I've heard good stuff including Broken Social Scene, Miles Davis, Ryan Adams and Radiohead. Food is a diverse mix including soups, salads and sandwiches, all a fraction more upscale than most pub grub. Pizzas are the popular dish here, though, and they make several varieties each named after a different bridge in Portland. The pizzas are good, not awesome, but should satisfy everyone but the most insufferable pizza snob. It's the beer, though, that should be your reason for coming here. The basic British styles (pale ale, stout, barley wine) don't deviate from the established parameters, but with BridgePort being one of the original new world micros, their picture-perfect beers manage to encapsulate Pacific Northwest brewing, and American craft brewing as a whole.

NOTE: As mentioned, the pub will be closed for a 10-month renovation. This should put completion in October 2005, although hopefully their doors will be open before then. The brewery operations and dock sales will continue unabated throughout the project. In the meantime, you can visit BridgePort's other pub, the Ale House on Hawthorne.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went there late last year. It made a very good impression on me--enough to give an acurate review, even now. Un-nerving walking from the rail car to the bar. Old warehouse looking, eerie feeling, but characterful in it's own special way. Entering the building, it's vast and well lit. Rustic and masculine spatially, yet historic and clean. Not over prettied up. The beers are very good. I had the sampler and then finished with my favorite-an IPA on cask. The selection was a varied 8 or so beers on tap with 1 or 2 on cask. The food was quite good, better than most Pizza Pubs. The service was good but un-interesting. I cannot wait to return after the renovation. I just hope that they don't pretty it up too much.

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Photo of highTempo
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Better than average food selection for a brewpub. In general their beers are not my favorite but are almost all pretty good. The space is decent and they have a nice outdoor patio that's open in the summer. They typically have an in-house special on 6-packs to go (often $5 for one variety) that can be a great deal. I'd like to see them stretch out a bit with the beer styles.

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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 flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

My friends and I stopped in at Bridgeport Brewpub for dinner and some beers after a day of hard work attending Oregon Brewers Fest in downtown Portland. We sat in the mezzanine section which has a neat feel to it, as the interior walls are the erstwhile exterior walls of the neighboring building. Décor was a standard, modern, clean brewpub look.

The beer selection was decent, but most of their offerings were the brews that they sell in bottles. The beer was tasty enough, but it would have been fun to try something more exotic. I went with the cherry chocolate stout which really hit the spot for me.

Service was friendly and knowledgeable enough about the beers, though they seemed understaffed so it was a bit slow. The food is quite good indeed, though; I had the pot roast sandwich and was quite pleased, and my brother had the shepherd's pie which was likewise better than we were expecting.

If it were located in almost any other city, I would definitely revisit Bridgeport. However, with the approximately one billion other excellent brewpubs in Portland, I probably won't prioritize another visit here on my next trip down.

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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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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub in Portland, OR
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