Hillsdale Brewery & Public House (McMenamins)

Hillsdale Brewery & Public House (McMenamins)Hillsdale Brewery & Public House (McMenamins)

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

1505 SW Sunset Blvd
Portland, Oregon, 97201
United States

(503) 246-3938 | map

On-premise brewing:
Hillsdale Brewery, established February 1984

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

During my current trip to Oregon for Xmas with my wife's family, I came here for a couple of beers with freed. His recommendation. And a good one it was.

Subdued, warm lighting. Cozy booths and the center floor filled with freestanding tables. The bar/kitchen area is on one side of the room, leaving the rest of the walls open for windows, memorabilia, and a huge chalkboard scrawled with all of their specials and listings of which beers are on.

The waitresses are attentive, but not overly so. By the same token, they aren't trying to rush you out of there or upsell your order.

Quality is typical McMennamins: good, solid, trustworthy. I didn't try the food, but it sure looked good. They had Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 2004 on tap as the guest ale. I went for a pint of the IPA (forgot the name of it) and then a pint of Terminator Stout. The IPA had a bit of a funky aftertaste which I couldn't pin down. The stout was really nice though.

Will probably come back here if I'm ever in Portland again for a reasonable length of time. The only downside about it is that it's sort of out of the way and off on it's own. Sort of a locals only pub.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DuaneKing
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Hobbit
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of kgotcher
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located 1/4 mile from my house. Good beer and friendly atmosphere. Most of the time they are pretty busy. Well decorated with a beer board with what is on tap. I wish it had more info such as gravity or what not but thats okay.

Beers are good and fresh. Started with Kolsh, then a Red Ale, a Cream Ale and a IPA. No complaining on the beers, all of them very enjoyable.

Actually sat next to the brewer who was already done for the day, we talked about homebrewing and then he gave me a tour of the brewery. The brewery is pretty basic but he explained that MM wanted to keep this brewery as original as possible. It was the first brewery in Portland to open after prohibition. Cool!

The beers are pretty darn good considering how basic the operation is. Food is good to, try the fish and chips, or the burgers. Also the turkey sandwich is pretty good and seems to be very popular.

A very nice local brewpub with a history.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This was the hardest brewpub to find EVER! Two of the three streets that you turn on to get there aren't marked. After finally finding this place, the rest is history.

Looks like a Mom & Pop small restaurant from the outside. Guess what! The inside ain't much different, neither. The small 12 seat bar is to the right beset by a small dining room of tables and quintessential high back booths. Whoever decorated the interior looks like they used a psuedo half East India theme mets a Wicca garage sale. At least the interior offers a cozy feel on the positve side. Finally, the bathrooms were moderately clean, rust free and stunk like cleaner rather than recycled beer. There is also an outdoor deck and tables that seats 50+. Cool eccectic mix of music made it cool.

My two meet and greeters behind the bar were friendly and conversational. One guy gave me a ton of advice about sight seeing and a free sample of their fruit beer, albeit because it doesn't sell as well as their IPAs.

With a limited offering of 14 tap handles and three were out, the selection was good but not great. Let's face it...it's all about the beer: A stout, Kolsch, Hamerhead IPA [out!], Red Ale, a nitro, a regular IPA and a few other surprises. Plenty of wine & booze, if that matters.

If you told me that one day I would say, "What a great bean burrito" you could've knocked me over with a feather tonite. It hit the spot! Whew! The way that it's set up, you watch the grill right infront of your own two eyes.

Beers are only $3.60 a pint and they are good, too. My whole bill for 2 beers, a huge burrito and a sample was $13!!! Cheap cheap!

Last swigs: Hillside gets mad brewpub props for their chalkboard that was up to date explaining all the brews available. A friendly waitstaff that was actually talking about cleaning the lines as I walked in. Hillside does pass the "Could you take your Mom here test" but you'd be hard pressed to find it. Better look for some place more in the light. Seek Hillside to escape with your beerbuds, bro. You'll be glad ya did.

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Photo of beercollector
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The art is a reason to come here. Check out the ceiling or the bathroom or the walls or... This is the early birth place of the McMenamins movement. We brough our German friends here and they thought the atmosphere was like a neighborhood beer garden in their home town.

The beer is always fresh and there are surprises from time to time. Special brews to celebrate a season. And the food is good always check the weekly special. I really like the burgers and fries. McM.'s always have the best fresh cut fries that demand a good IPA to wash them down.

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Photo of Elemental
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I like this place cause its small, laid back, and has good beer.

Its pretty small place where you can go check out a baseball game. The people there are really cool and tend to make your experience there a good one. Its not uncommon to run into the brewer. They brew on premise and have some really nice unique brews that you can't find at any of the other McMenamins though they still have the standard McMenamins brews. There is a seating area ouside that is great in the summer. Another great part about the place is that there is no smoking (gotta love that). The food it standard pub fair but better than a lot of other pubs. Worth checking out.

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Photo of freed
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is the first of the McMenamins, and quite possibly my favorite. Its in our neighborhood, and is a quick getaway after a crappy day of work, or for a celebration. And speaking of Celebration, its one of the guest taps I used to enjoy. Now there's a new brewer who is much better than the previous, and his beers are very good. Its a small pub, tight and cramped at times, but the dark interior, intricate hand painted details, and interesting decoration are probably what make it so popular. For my wife and I, its a "just what I needed" kind of place.

There's always about 10 beers on tap, 8 good ales and usually 2 cheap lagers (Bud/PBR) and some wine. I think they've just added some cocktails to the menu, but who drinks those anyway? During the summer there's outdoor seating, and its a nice change from the dark, but welcoming corner booth we usually try and get. The service is generally very good, and the food is top notch pub fare.

During the year there are a couple events, such as the battle for the belt, in which all the McMenamins locations compete by placing 1 beer, and we, the public, get to vote. When you combine a beer battle and BBQ ribs, you've got a great event. The Hillsdale brewer, by the way, has two belts to his name....

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