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Full Sail Brewery at Riverplace / The Pilsner Room

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Full Sail Brewery at Riverplace / The Pilsner RoomFull Sail Brewery at Riverplace / The Pilsner Room

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

0307 SW Montgomery St
Portland, Oregon, 97201
United States

(503) 222-5343

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The Pilsner Room is affiliated with McCormick & Schmick's Harborside location.

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Reviews by Shaw:
Photo of Shaw
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

This is a nice bar attached to the McCormick & Schmick's Riverplace restaurant on the west side of the Columbia River in Portland. I was staying at a nearby hotel in early October so I just walked over. (I had a lot to drink so not driving was important, too!) The decor is very nice. I would actually rate the atmosphere higher except that there's smoking. Blech. Brewing equipment is visible behind glass but the river is the main attraction.

I sat at the bar and had rainbow trout for lunch. It was very good and reasonably priced. I had their beer sampler, which is six ~8 oz. glasses. Make sure you ask for cask-conditioned versions or you might miss out.

My bartender, Jonathan, was a real pro. This guy was a pleasure to watch. He had endless drink orders from the restaurant but made it look easy and was friendly. He's a machine. Very, very good.

I wish the beers were better. I must admit, I'm not a huge fan of Full Sail. But if you want a good seafood meal and average to above-average beer on the Columbia River, check this place out.

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3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

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3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

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1/5  rDev -73.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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Photo of KDawg
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

I have to say, I was pretty disappointed with this at least from the service level.

I like the riverfront location here and it has a classic pub feel to it. On the more relaxed side with a good bar seating area. They had one beer on cask with what looked to be another 10 on tap.

My principle beef though was that the bartender pretty much ignored me on a slower night. There were only a few of us at the bar and it took him a good 15 minutes to ask me what I wanted. On top of that, he then said that it was last call. It was 10:15 and they close at 11. Doesn't make much sense to me.

I may give full sail another chance at some point in the future. But, there's too many other places that are better.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is co-located in McCormick and Schmicks and is also known as the Pilsner room. They have a great location riverside and are in an area of shops, restaurants, bars, etc. that line the very nice park and marina.

The space has large windows letting in lots of light and it allows views of the marina, river and park.

The bar is in the center of the room and is U shaped and seats about 20 or so. There are small tables along the windows. It has large wood pillars and a stone-slate floor. The tanks are on view behind some leaded glass. The look is a trifle dated (early 90s), but it works as it looks lived in.

They have professional bartenders will take good care of you and are well versed in the beer list. The crowd seems mainly locals as the bartenders knew a bunch of them.

Speaking of beer, 7 Harborside exclusives, 1 cask, 11 rotating crafts (Ninkasi, Hop Valley, Cascade Lakes, Double Mountain, etc.) 3 full Sail classics, Widmer, Blue Moon, Stella, Bud light, Coors Light and Guinness + a cider. By my count that is 26 taps. They also offer about a dozen bottles of which 4 are decent (including a Widmer Gluten Free Omission).

I liked the four beers I had. All were true to style. I started with a mild and worked my way up to tasty and filling Imperial Stout.

They offer nice happy hour food specials 3-6 and then 9 to close. You can also order off the larger and fancier McCormick and Schmicks menu. Happy hour food prices are great and include$3.95 for a 1/3 # burger and fries, $ 4.95 calamari, $4.95 mussels, etc. It is great quality at that price.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Despite being in the bar area of McCormick's, this is a cozy little place. Lots of TVs for sports and such. Lots of windows facing out to the river. They have a decent happy hour food menu as well.

They have the full range of Full Sail on tap plus three or four limited releases. I always enjoy trying the limited brews like Vesuvius and such.

I didn't rate the food since it's not really their food. They just have a small brewery in the front area of the Pilsner Room. I have never seen them actually making beer there though...

Come here during happy hour if you're hungry, otherwise just try the beer and move on.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3

This place is not what it was ten years ago. It's now more of a general seafood place with a riverfront view that happens to have a few Full Sail beers on tap. Most people were there for the seafood, wine, and view. Few people actually had beers. It's as if they didn't want to completely give up the location, yet didn't want to make much of an effort to make it clearly a Full Sail brewpub. Either way, that aspect was very, very disappointing.

Unless you score the happy hour deals it is expensive here, and the view isn't *that* good. It's just a river and some rundown bridges. Jeeze.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Day 2 & Stop 1 of the Portland Pub Crawl. After walking around the waterfront park for a while, we headed down the path to Riverplace. The Pilsner Room is nothing more than a fancy name for the bar at McCormick & Schmick's, but I knew that going in. A dull look at first. What I found pleasantly surprising was the full lineup of Full Sail beers here, and even a small on-site working brewery. Worth a visit after all. There was about 10-15 different FS beers on tap. I went with the Stout on cask, and my wife got the Imperial Porter. Place was dead on a Wednesday, so our waitress had nothing else to do. The menu is all M&S, so I got a shrimp and avocado roll-up, which was pretty good. My wife's chop salad was huge. After lunch, I got a bottle of the new Black Lager for a paltry $2.75. This place would be good (I bet) during the famous M&S happy hour food deal. The menu looked pretty cheap and tasty. Pair that with all those Full Sail beers, and I'd be tempted to come back.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I was just checking my files and it seems I never reviewed the Pilsner Room. An oversight. I've been drinking here for years and generally enjoy the water view most of all. Outdoors riverfront dining in downtown Portland is in tragically short supply, and the Pilsner Room scores as our city's only waterfront brewpub. Take a look at the table arrangements in the adjoining McCormick and Schmick's restaurant and you'll notice the seats rise upwards like an auditorium. That's to offer every seat a river view. That's how precious river views are in Portland restaurants.

The Pilsner Room is more dressy and upscale than virtually all brewpubs in Oregon. I'm never truly comfortable with a serving staff that wears ties and calls me sir. But the atmosphere is elegant and the service is outstanding. Though they offer an extensive selection of Full Sail taps, guest taps, three casks, and a fair number of bottles, the bar mostly pours cocktails. And the bartenders I've seen are masterful and swift.

It used to be that I came to expect stale taplines at the PR. That's what trained me on quick visual inspections of the cask taps. My more recent visits have been rewarded with hearty beers uncorrupted by dirty lines. Based on that I'll withhold criticism of beer quality. The more common FS standards arrive from Hood River, while Portland serves as a pilot brewery. My understanding is that the Brewmaster Reserve beers are generally brewed in the 15-bbl system seen behind glass in the corner of the building.

The best of Full Sail's beers are excellent. But again, it's the riverfront environment that I think is the Pilsner Room's biggest draw. It sits between two bridges and overlooks the marina. As for food, I've never eaten here, but it always looks good.

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Photo of jdense
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Ventured into during the Waterfront Blues Festival a few hundred yards down the Riverplace walkway from Tom McCall Park. Another of the veritable McCormick and Schmick's outposts, the Harborside is the one to head to for the traveling hophead due to it's affiliation with Full Sail Brewery. The beer selection is actually quite good. In addition to the full range of Full Sail offerings, they offer about 20 rotating taps some English and other NW micros. One of the better happy hour menus in town make this a pretty good value. I'd suggest the Cask Conditioned Amber Ale brewed on site and only available here. Very tasty.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

In Portland during OBF, I was in the vicinity of Riverplace and in the need of beer; and, since, I had'nt had Full Sail in a while ...

This is in actuality, a McCormick & Schmick restaurant, which is your basic chain of quality seafood; but, here - being Portland - there is a 24 barrel brewery on site. Located in a commercial development called Riverplace, the Full Sail Pilsner Room is a rather attractive restaurant-bar centered around a large open bar area amidst tables and situated along a row of windows overlooking the Willamette. (Being inside, I could not smell it.)

During my lunchtime visit, there was some sort of Oregon Beer Month activity happening; I was snug at the bar and enjoying several fine ales.

The Pilsner Room has 12 taps of delicious Full Sail beer. In addition, they offer 10 rotating guest beers along with three on cask - subject to availability. A pint will run you about $4.75. But, hey, Full Sail is an employee-owned company, so they gotta charge what they gotta charge. The bartender was very helpful and knowledgable about the beers on hand - probably the boss.

The food was superb! Whle M&S is a chain, it is one that feed folks well. I liked this place; anyplace else but Portland and I would have hung out a little longer. But it was Portland and to paraphrase Robert Frost ... and so many beers before I sleep. Two beer-soaked thumbs up!

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Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

In my mind this place undoubtedly deserves a higher rating then it has received, but in a place like Portland, where the bar is set SO high, it probably strikes a lot of folks as nothing all that special. Also, I guess I can see where the upscale ambience and yuppy-like atmosphere might put some folks off as well. That being said...

This place is located right on the Willamette River (hence the location name) and is an absolutely gorgeous place to hang out and have a glass of beer or wine on a Spring/Summer day. There are tables and chairs set right outside on the back walkway, and they open up the back area so everyone can enjoy the beautiful Oregon air (obviously, in the Winter time everything is closed up and no one sits outside). Rating the atmosphere of this place is difficult to do, as it's really a combination brewpub and fine dining eating establishment. The on premises restaurant is a McCormick and Schmick, with their full menu and the usual happy hour specials on food. At least the times I've been there, I've had no complaints. In fact, on my last visit the calamari, nachos and melted parmisan with spinach, and the ahi tempura roll were outstanding (the latter was $1.95 and was huge and just outstanding). I sat in the tap room, which is done up in lot's of dark wood, high ceilings and great lighting from the numerous large windows. It's a very comfortable place to hang out, relax, have a glass of beer or wine, and maybe catch a sporting event on one of the bar room TV's.

The beer selection here is likewise outstanding, consisting of 15 to 18 Full Sail beers, including three beers on cask and 5 or 6 seasonals. There were also 9 or 10 guests beers (not including crap from BMC - yes, they have that as well), including a last keg of the luscious Bridgeport harverst IPA. I know they also have a variety of bottled beers, but with the draft selection, who really cares. Service has been up and down the times I've been there, but on my most recent visit it was excellent. Sat at the bar, where the bar tender was quite friendly and attentive.

As noted above, the food here is generally very good, though like any restaurant I guess, can have an off night. I listed the prices as reasonable, but again this is a tough call. If you order dinner and a bottle of wine in the restaurant, you probably won't think the prices reasonable (think $100 plus before tip for two). On the other hand, if you come during happy hour (3:00 to 6:00 and after 9:00 during the week and all day on Sunday), and order a bunch of the excellent appetizers, you'll leave stuffed and well fed for under $20.

I'm still scratching my head. Why would anyone not rate this place highly? This is a great place.

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Called The Pilsner Room, this is the bar connected to McCormick and Schmick's. This place has a great atmosphere, a large open room with 2 story floor to ceiling windows facing the marina, a mezzanine, fairly large 3 sided bar and a few tucked away tables by a big flat screen.
The quality of the beer selection is great for PNW micros- all the Full Sail's, and a bunch of well chosen regionals, with 3 casks. The bottle selection was thin, macro's and locals, and I didn't see any Belgians or other good imports.
This place was pretty busy, and while our waitress was friendly, she could have been more attentive if she wasn't spread so thin.
We normally enjoy the M&S happy hour bar food menu. While there are better one's in town, but it's usually pretty good. This was our first visit to this location however, and we weren't too hungry, so we just got an order of the Prince Edward Island mussels, steamed in a coconut curry sauce. They were really disappointing. 2 out of 8 were dead, and the curry was really fishy. Not sure if that was from the mussels or they used too much Thai fish sauce, but either way, they sucked. However, for only $2.95, I didn't find it worth complaining about.
The fact is, this is a great place to go out for drinks and soak up Portland's waterfront, and enjoy fantastic beer without being at just another brewpub.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

My girlfriend can hardly contain her excitement about “The Pilsener Room,” a place she had visited and enjoyed a week earlier, when our cab pulls up in from of a McCormick and Schmidt’s seafood restaurant. I’m confused to say the least.

I’m led around the corner to the riverfront where dress casual yuppies, who look as though they just finished a day of sailing, sit at more then a dozen black tables looking out over a harbor on the Willamette River. Most are drinking wine. “Are you sure this place is a brew pub,” I ask Elaina skeptically.

She nods and leads me into the restaurant. Our reservation won’t be ready for a few minutes so I have a chance to look around. On my left, stadium seating provides each and every table with a full view of the river. Giant wooden booths with comfy looking black chairs and couches dominate the landscape. The walls are covered in fish, blue fin tuna, marlin, sharks, swordfish, etc… They are so shiny and dolled up with colorful paint that I have a hard time telling if they are real or plastic. The ceiling is a distracting mess of pyramids but it’s so high it gives the entire eating area a light and airy feel.

I notice the massive hand rails and thickly carpeted, green steps leading up to the kitchen and instantly take pity on the poor staff in this place. Providing us diners with a view of the river comes with a great cost on the knees of our servers. I wince as I imagine carrying a loaded tray up and down these staircases and then notice that most of the staff here are sweating even though the restaurant feels rather cool.

We’re seated and I order two samplers, one of Full Sail’s beers and the other of local small shell oysters. The amber stands out as the best of the bunch. At this point I’m too famished from the long plane ride to rely on seafood and since ordering steak at a seafood place is usually a bit of a gambit, I opt for the four cheese ravioli with herb grilled chicken. A pint of Vesuvius, a delightful BSA joins my entrée.

I find the ravioli undercooked and the chicken dry and on the chincy side but the sauce is rich with cream and mushroom flavor and overall the dish is a winner. Elaina’s entrée, also a pasta, fails miserably. The deserts look scrumptious and I briefly consider ordering a barley wine that I imagine would pare nicely with one of the fruit crème brules staring at me but I decide to not to let the belt loops out this early on the trip.

We call a cab but it gets stolen by somebody else. Luckily, that gives me an excuse to wait in the bar while the next cab comes. I get to try my barley wine after all. The Old Boar Head pleases me mightily and certainly makes the added wait worth while.

I count 27 taps and three Firkins. Twelve are devoted to Full Sail, the remaining 18 consist of a variety of Portland area beers, a few migrants from California, four Belgians, and the ubiquitous Guinness. A lime press is firmly planted on the bar for Margaritas, which I am now just dying to try, especially after seeing one bartender put one together on the rocks using nothing but fresh lime and fresh strawberry pulp for the mixers. Everybody around us seems to be drinking this flaming shot called the Spanish Coffee. I could go for one of those two.

I notice the size of the bar area, vast, and contemplate the size of the restaurant, large, and then consider the bar itself, small and with just two bartenders. They really hustle back there but they look like their having fun and they take a few moments to offer me free samples of the new beers they’ve just got in and to encourage me to down a shot or two. As I’m walking out to the cab a few minutes later and considering my overall impressions I decide that I would much rather eat in the bar on a future occasion. The atmosphere is fun and spirited, and although my server in the restaurant was simply outstanding, and into beer, I have to admit that the bartenders take the cake. Bartenders that hustle as hard as they do there and still manage to make the customer smile are a rare breed. Combine that with great beer and you have a place that comes highly recommended.

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Photo of Umbra
4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Found this place completely by accident. I wandered along the waterfront finally catching a sunny view of Mt. Hood. We stopped at the restaurant first just to see if they had some dungeness crab on the menu. We saw the tanks and started to investigate further.

First off, this is a weird mix of the chain seafood joint and brewery. Didn't read anything that actually explained it. Either way, very upscale feel to the place with loads of glass, dark wood, and blatant brewing equipment. Great seating overlooking the river when the weather isn't raining. 25-30 taps taking in like 10 of the Full Sail brews and a kick butt selection of West Coast and regional goodies. Would kill to have some cask at our local M&S, and they have three here.

Everything else was as would be expected with the environs. If you are looking for a phantom good beer spot to bring the other folks so that they don't know you are dragging them to a beer spot, this would be the one. Only a few blocks from the free local transportation.

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Photo of slander
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I'm so amazingly out of my element here. I don't know where anything is and my navigation skills are still on Eastern Standard Time. We're driving around again, looking for some place in a building down a street off another street by the river (and a supporting parking spot, of course). I think we found it...

McCormick & Schmicks is a chain of seafood restaurants and catering facilities. This M&S location; the Harborside Restaurant & Pilsner Room, houses the Full Sail brewery, I think. To be honest, I really don't understand the relationship between the two that are one here. It's all housed in a modernish building, very upscale, very too nice for me. Large fermenters behind glass, a sizable "U" shaped bar with taps on towers on all sides, seating all the way around for more than a dozen and a half. Square tiling around the bar area with booze displayed above. 2 dozen copper topped tables wrap around the bar and in an adjacent round corner room with high ceilings and windows overlooking everything everywhere. There's a banquet room upstairs, a tiered rear seating area, and out back, an exterior seating area with some 30 tables along the Willamette River. Very nice.

Roughly 27 taps, 9 Full Sail brews, plus locals, regionals and other Pacific coasters (Elysian, MacTarnahans, Deschutes, Bridgeport, Walking Man, Rogue, Laurelwood, Widmer, Lagunitas, Alaskan, Sierra Nevada), a few imports (Delirium, Stella, Guinness, Lindemans) and a few macros. Oh! And 3 beers on cask (Full Sail Sunspot IPA, McCormick & Schmicks Amber Ale, Skagit River Jenny's Cask Scotch Ale).

Beers were fresh, service was good. Good stop along the way. What's next?

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Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here early afternoon on July 4th before heading over to the Blues Festival by the river. We took the streetcar to the last stop and took the short walk. This place is basically a McCormick & Shmicks as others stated with I guess a corporate agreement with Full Sail.

The place has a nice modern look, and two floors for dining. The bar on the lower level was not that big for the space, and was entirely full. We opted to sit outside overlooking the marina. A good 20 tables or so are available outside.

Food wise we order off the basic M & S menu. Few dozen oyster and some Full Sail beers started us off. We had a few other appetizers later in the day. All were of good quality.

Beer wise, they offered 6 Full Sail beers, a special M&S Pilsner, and a variety of Rogue, Deschutes, Sierra, Laurelwood, and Big Sky. All in all they had 25 beers available, with 3 cask conditioned offerings.

Service was solid even though the place was packed, and our waitress was very knowledgable on the beers offered.

This is definitely a nice place to sit outside and enjoy a few pints. But it no way does this resemble the Full Sail in Hood River. Its a seafood restaurant serving Full Sail beers by corporate partnership. I should have asked the question why the place was called Full Sail Riverplace...

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Photo of benito
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Driving from Seattle to San Francisco, my friend and I made a stop in Portland to check out Full Sail's brewpub. What we didn't know beforehand is that we would be eating at a McCormick and Schmick with a lot of Full Sail brews on tap (and in the fermentation tanks).

We had a short lunch--only time for one pint of their above average, cask ESB--and got to sit outside (highly recommended), which meant that we had a view on to the river and the dragon boat races. Had we had more time, I would like to have tried more of the Full Sail offerings--there must have been about fifteen on tap.

The service here was prompt and amicable. The food, slightly pricey and only average in taste (my Northwest Saute of salmon and wild mushrooms was a big disappointment given its cost).

Overall, I was rather nonplussed by this place overall, and next time I'm in Portland I would neither object to a return visit nor seek one out. I know that's no ringing endorsement, but it's not not an endorsement either.

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Photo of freed
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I regret to admit that after living here for four years I only found out about this place a year ago. I also regret to admit that I only visited for the first time just this week. But it was the first or last stop on my streetcar map and I was giving a tour, so I figured it'd be a good start.

The bar belongs to restauranteur McCormick & Schmick, but once you enter, you immediately notice the large stainless steel fermenters and tuns in the smaller brewery through the glass wall in the back. The room itself is quite large and windowed with a nice view of the Willamette river and decoration is almost like the bar in "The Shining" - older with bits of art deco. The bar itself is three sided and wraps around the north side of the building. Behind the bar are 30 taps or so and 3 beer engines, plus a full selection of spirits. The whole place is quite nice though the 80's rock ballads seemed out of place.

We sat at a table and ordered a variety of beers. Service was prompt and attentive and quite helpful for people unsure of what to get. I tried the cask sunspot IPA and loved it. The cask house amber brewed for McCormick & Schmick was also stellar.

I regret that we could only spend an hour here because there was a lot more that I wanted to try. I don't hesitate to say we'll be back.

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