Level Beer

Brewery, Bar

5211 NE 148th Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97230
United States

(503) 253-5103 | map

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3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Reading the review by @John_M, I could almost copy it for me. But here's my similar take, noentheless:

Level is a little hole in the wall tasting room if it weren't for the patio (which is covered and has space heaters in cooler months, apparently). The patio had community seating in the form of picnic tables and looked as if it could hold a decent sized crowd if needed. Order area was a moderately short bar and you could stand and drink a beer there or at a few high tops inside if the outside weren't enticing enough. Given the theme of the brewery, the presence of a few video games was unsurprising. For food, there were three food trucks outside (not sure if they rotate or not).

I'd like to dig deeper into the beer quality on a subsequent trip, but of the flights I shared, the beers seemed at least in the solid range. The approximately 15 taps leaned heavily on IPAs, thought there were a few darker offerings and a couple lighter ones. A cooler to the side of the bar offered up somewhere around 6-8 selections to go. The bartender was in good cheer and helpful to us and other patrons. It's just a little out of the way, but the quick nature of our stop and the decent quality of the beer will likely lead to a revisit and updated review.

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Photo of SummitFox
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The venue is great and the staff has been wonderful. The outside area has expanded, and they even have an offleash dog area for the furry friends. The back bar has been a nice addition to address overcrowding in the main area. The covered greenhouse is great for the winter time or the hot days. The beer quality continues to improve over the past year, and they are definitely stepping up their game.

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Photo of John_M
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Level Beer is located kind of out in the boondocks, roughly 5 or 6 miles due East of PDX airport. The brewery appeared to be located in some sort of multipurpose building (several other vendors located in the same building), with the taproom located to the left, with a good size enclosed patio immediately adjacent. The patio are is really good size and is probably the best and most distinctive aspect of Level Beer, and was a great place to hang out with a beer on a warm summertime afternoon in late July. The taproom itself is a no frills affair, with a moderate sized bar (no chairs though), and an area to order/pick up drinks, crowlers and can orders (I think they can 5 or 6 different beers here). The day I visited, I think they had roughly 15 different beers on tap, with the menu dominated by hazy DIPA/IPA's and APA's. I got a taster tray of 6 beers, and my favorite was the "game on" APA and a fruit infused Belgian golden/strong ale. Everything else was decent, but with no real standouts I thought.

I stood at the bar and enjoyed my tasting tray, and so briefly chatted up the friendly bartender. She seemed pretty knowledgeable, both about Level beers and the local beer scene (we chatted briefly about the recent Bailey's anniversary event, where of course Geoff, one of the owners, still works).

All and all, I had a pretty nice time at Level, and could see myself going back if it was bit closer to home or where I work. As it's not, however, I probably won't, but Level beers seem to see pretty good distribution around town now, and so I can see myself grabbing a 4 pack of game on every now again. I would also add that the label artwork is pretty amusing, some of which poke fun at the current president (stable genius, little Donnie and rocket surgery for example).

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