Amnesia Brewing

Amnesia BrewingAmnesia Brewing
Amnesia BrewingAmnesia Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1834 Main St
Washougal, Washington, 98671-4107
United States

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Notes: Open 4-11pm Mon, noon-midnight Tues-Sun (often open later Fri/Sat).
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3.58 by kingpin1010 from California on Jan 23, 2018
3.9 by RHVC59 from Oregon on Sep 21, 2015
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3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3
by MaybeKatie from Oregon

The building and tasting room are both awesome in appearance, especially situated in the small town business district. The place was almost empty which inherently kills the brewery vibe I appreciate. Despite being empty, the service was slow. Six total beers on tap, most IPAs which meant little to chose from if you were interested in something else. No real food, just bar snacks.

Jan 06, 2015
3 by dshansen1184 from Washington on Sep 28, 2014
4 by mheidebrecht from Oregon on Sep 17, 2014
4 by DrMindbender from South Carolina on Jul 18, 2014
4 by SJbigtuna from Washington on Jul 13, 2014
4 by SickBrew from Washington on Jun 17, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3
by Tall_Totem from Washington

The beer is great, the food is OK, the service was not so great, and it wasn't busy. I'd like to see them work on that service aspect, and increase the menu. Also, a little better attitude from management would be a plus.

Nice location, nice atmosphere, especially in the summer when all the massive windows are opened to allow in the quiet street sounds of smallville.

Feb 20, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
by cbarrett4 from Oregon

This was a refreshing surprise of a brewery in my opinion. First of all, don't expect some flashy, Deschutes brewpub style atmosphere. This place is about the beer. Second, and most importantly, the beers are all fashioned after typical English ales. So the majority of their beers are around 5.5% abv and contain less intense hops than many other Portland breweries.

The patio is pretty large, but they do allow smoking on the entire patio (which is 10 feet from the building). So be forewarned. They also do not allow minors (including babies... so I'm a fan of that rule!!!). The interior is warehouse style with park bench style seating. It's pretty authentic 'true brewery' style.

The beers are simply amazing. They are fashioned incredibly well and drink so beautifully that I keep coming back for more (possibly dangerous unless you are within walking distance or get a cab!). They have a cream ale (English style, not that commercial, sweetened crap), ESB, a very subtle pale ale, and several IPAs, and a light and balanced porter.

The food consists of brats. They do have a tofurkey veggie brat so I can't complain (being a vegetarian and all). They have an outdoor grill area that looks like an afterthought, but it is appreciated.

Overall a great atmosphere, great beer, only I wish they put the smokers on the side of the patio (when you see the patio you'll see the area I'm talking about).

Aug 07, 2011
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3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3
by yemenmocha from Arizona

This place is like an old garage or something converted into a little neighborhood brewpub. Nice weather on my visit, so it was nice to sit on the little park benches and have a couple of their beers. No real service here other than ordering from the lady at the bar, even for food as well. Prices were still premium Portland prices, though there's no atmosphere or downtown rent to pay. Decor was sparse, plain, and could use more investment. It wasn't a *bad* experience here by any means, but I would have rather hit some of the other Portland stops a 2nd or 3rd time instead.

Aug 08, 2010
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3
by Adoxander from Oregon

Its a cool atmosphere, with the brewery being barely separated from the bar proper. The open, well lit interior feels a little bit like a warehouse, because it is. exposed rafters, unfinished floors and mostly communal seating don't offer much in the way of intimacy, but it fits with the fact that you are in a brewery first, bar second.
The limited food offerings are a little pricey for what they are however, and are not great quality wise either. I had a spicy sausage for around $6, it was ok tasting but felt expensive when you can go to nicer places in town during happy hour and get a better sausage for less.
As far as the beer goes, it was all pretty good, though nothing stood out as being exceptional to me (I did a sampler).

Apr 05, 2010
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3.1/5  rDev -18%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4
by GreenCard from Maryland

Their beers are good, but I wasn't too impressed with the establishment itself. I visited on a pretty quiet afternoon. Only a few people inside and a couple outside talking to the guy at the grill. There was the pleasant smell of boiling wort filling the room, which is always a plus to me. Other than that, the overall ambiance was a bit lackluster and lazy. Some beer bric-a-brac here and there; posters, bottles, etc. And the barn-y industrial feel. The gal at the bar didn't seem all that interested in selling any beer; instead she busied herself with talking to / flirting with another patron that had been sitting there for a while. Eventually she asked me what I would like and slowly poured me a SHORT POUR of one of their seasonals. It was pretty cloudy, but it tasted pretty good. A more attentive server would have caught that and asked if I wanted a different beer or at the very least made sure the glass was full. I know I should say something when I get a short pour but I never do because it seems so dick-ish and cheap. Anyway, I doubt I'll venture out there again unless I'm with a group of people or they're having an event or something. It's the kind of place that would be more fun with a crowd, I think. Just don't expect good service or a full pint!

Mar 26, 2010
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3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3
by djbreezy from Washington

The day I visited this place it was freezing outside yet the majority of the seating was dedicated to the outdoors.

The inside didn't have much effort put forth in the environment. I was a bit disappointed as I have high hopes for all local spots because I want them to succeed.

The beers I had were remarkably average for the style.

I really like supporting local breweries but this place does not really hold a flame to the quality of beer coming out in the area. I really think the brewers need to step it up a bit if they want to get more notoriety. Maybe they are happy with what they produce and love it...and that's cool too.

Mar 14, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3
by madtappers from Washington

One of the best local breweries in PDX. The beers from IPAs to stouts are all top notch. A unique little shack on Mississippi Ave just up the street from Widmer.

Outside seating is cool in the summer, but damn cold during the winter ale fest they have every year.

Their location on Mississippi Ave gives you a chance to check out other local bars and stores on the street as well.

Staff is attentive and knowlegable about their beers.

Food is pretty disappointing to me just brats and burgers on a bbq pit, but it adds to the atmosphere!

Dec 14, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Although it's really just a shack, Amnesia is actually one of the coolest brewpubs I've ever been to. Seating (picnic tables) is basically in the parking lot of whatever this place used to be, but in Portland that's usually OK given the mild climate. They fire up a grill out there, and there you go - brats and beer! The beers are really good as well, which helps. I'm not so sure they'd be as busy as they are if the beer wasn't top-notch. It's well-worth a trip just to see it, although you won't want to miss the beers.

Oct 11, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 3
by bret27 from California

I heard about this place from a co-worker who used to frequent it a few years back. When I went to look it up there was no info or website. I called the phone # just to make sure it existed.

When I got there I wasn't blown away but they had some good beers. They had about 6 on tap, I sampled them all. Mostly IPA's, pale ales, ESB's. All average to good.

The atmosphere didn't bother me, but it wasn't all that impressive. Kind of run-down in an inconspicuous area of NE portland. Loud rap music playing and lots of tattooed black hair drunken hipsters. "the real hip portland types you see riding bicycles all over that area and SE pdx as well."

overall pretty good, but not that exciting.

Jul 07, 2009
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4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
by jjboesen from Maryland

After a hearty lunch (and a few brews) at Widmers Gasthaus, I took a pleasant 20 minute walk and found my way to the evolving "Historical Mississippi District," home to a burdgeoning array of establishments, one of which is Amnesia Brewing.

And it is as unpretentious as they come: a converted warehouse with a covered beer garden where patrons quaff craft ales while watching the "Historical Mississippi District" pass by.
Inside, you find a large area with a few picnic tables and a small bar off to the left.

In the back is the brewery, a 7 barrel direct-infusion system (I hope this is correct.) The beer list* is pretty expressive - I enjoyed the Dusty Trail Pale Ale (5.2 abv) and a delicious Desolation IPA (6.2 abv). For $7.00 you can get your beer to go (in a quart mason jar).

* Their Copacetic IPA was featured (and drank) at the OBF

Include efficient service along with some great music in a relaxing atmosphere and you have what Portland is known for: a friendly local pub.

If you are taking Trimet, the No. 4 bus from downtown goes right by. It's also a short (10 minute) walk to the Lompoc 5th Quadrant (See Review). A wonderful afternoon at Amnesia - one that I'll never forget.

Aug 07, 2008
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3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
by BeerZack from North Carolina

First impression is this place seems pretty cool, but- going inside the first thing I notice is the odd layout. The "order here" sign beckons you to squeeze past the people sitting at the picnic table about 2 feet in front of the bar and then again to squeeze past the line of people queued alongside aforementioned picnic table, this time with your sloshing beers. The actual bar service was quick and very adequate. Selection of house beers was good. A couple of IPAs (the Desolation was pretty drinkable) and a drinkable Pale Ale (Dusty Trail). The porter needed work, very acrid. Overall, a nice place despite the somewhat hipster scene. The outdoor area was more laid back than the inside trendy coffee-shop feel. Plus- pretty flowers on table; Minus- T-shirts not available in XL.

Mar 31, 2008
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
by slander from New York

The car having stopped again can only mean that we've arrived somewherever. And looking around, I'm thinking that the 'hood has taken a slight, slight turn for the dodgy, or maybe it's coming up, can't really say. Seen worse, not a-scared. Still though, it seems like a brewpub wouldn't shouldn't be out here, but lo, a big old ruffled tin shed building and beer...

A dozen and a half picnic tables out front under a tent, with a small sausage grilling area all penned in by the giant purple thistles along the sidewalks. Inside, a straight bar with stools for 9, although it could easily seat a dozen. The bar back is a cold fridge wall, with 9 taps alternating over a drainage piece and covered with stickers, posters & pictures. Sausage/brat/burger food menu and beers listed on the big board behind the bar. A dozen tables, picnic and otherwise, fill the room below large colorful blown up prints; close ups of skateboard wheels, a turntable, a guitar head, bicycle wheel spokes. Good art. And they've also got the De Dolle posters (I'd really like to get my hands on a set of them or at least the Oer Bier poster). A mounted elk's head at the end of the room and chandelier lighting & ceiling fans above. Brewing equipment in the back there, pallets of malt all about and racks of buns for the sausage and burgers, not so pretty but it's functionality above all else.

5 house taps and a guest tap (Laurelwood Tree Hugger Porter, always welcome). I ordered the sampler of 6 and immediately had ½ my beer seized by authority of the "Share the sampler act of 7/07". The Desolation IPA, Chinook, Crystal, herbal, assertive at 6.2%; the Dusty Trail Pale Ale was clean, Cascade, Marris Otter; The ESB was solid and had a nice flavor; the Copasetic IPA, Amarillo, Chinook, quite good, came in at 5.8%; and the seasonal Summer Ale, Belgian malt, hoppy. The beers were not bad, but not great either.

Dude, doesn't that cat look like...? Yes, someone else's Baker was there. We should call Baker and tell him blah blah blah. Also, I have the realization that me and sausages cannot be friends. It's not that I'm afraid, I just don't like 'em, and always get that hard crunchy thing that shouldn't be in there. But they seemed to be a pretty big deal here, so while I certainly didn't order them, I don't know, I just felt like I had to try them anyway. Yes, I know, but I had to. Holy hot sausage! This one here was good, but that one is real good.

Interesting little place out on the over there on Mississippi.

Oct 10, 2007
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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
by msubulldog25 from Oregon

I've been to Amnesia on a handful of occasions, most recently on an overcast - then powerfully rainy - Tuesday afternoon with friends Metalmonk and mnwags and wife, guldengirl.

Atmosphere exemplifies the industrial, somewhat eclectic aesthetic of Portland's N Mississippi neighborhood: metal building, wooden picnic benches (dog-friendly) and bare concrete floors. Fairly busy this afternoon, but has been busier on previous occasions under the big white awning tent covering the outdoor seating. Brats/sausages were smoking away; didn't have anything this time, but have enjoyed sausage or burgers on a couple occasions, tasty and filling.

Unfortunately a couple of their house taps are missing on this day and the selection skews heavily toward the Pale Ales/IPAs that Amnesia is known for ('Copacetic' and 'Desolation' are two of their constants...both murky and big on hops). I tried the ESB and later one of the guest taps (Caldera Pils) and was satisfied with both. Tried the IPAs of others and was pleased also. On other visits, I've had stouts, porters, strong ales and (on one occasion) a 'Flanders Red': all pretty solid, and showcasing the array of this styles this brewery can produced beyond the hopped-up staples.

A good, but not great, destination in Portland. A comfortable place nonetheless that exudes a laid-back vibe and craftss some tasty brews. Worth a visit.

Oct 06, 2007
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3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
by Metalmonk from North Carolina

Cool and very unassuming place, pretty much bare-bones atmosphere, with the covered outside area probably being the coolest aspect...otherwise it's garage doors, inside picnic tables within a small area in front, and a small counter for orders (no table service). So, a little cramped and cold...but I loved all the De Dolle posters...maybe they got a good deal on them?

Ordered up the Desolation IPA, which was very good...service was friendly and the prices are fair. They were out of two of their house brews, which thinned the selection a bit, but everybody in our party of 5 seemed happy enough with their chosen brews. I'd go again, but I don't imagine it would be on the top of the list whenever I re-visit Portland.

Oct 04, 2007
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4
by bcm119 from California

Amnesia is just about my favorite place in Portland. Its a simple, plain building with an outdoor picnic area under an awning, and a few tables inside the brewery. The brewing equipment is visible and there is usually that delicious smell of brewing beer wafting into the bar area. The crowd is eclectic and friendly, and there are often dogs accompanying their owners at the outside tables in the afternoon. Its the type of place you can come with friends or by yourself and read the paper during lunch.

The deal is, you go in, order a beer, and if you're hungry a sausage, then you pay the bartender and sit at a picnic table. The tables are equipped with several types of mustard for your sausage. The sausages are good- there are a few kinds to choose from, but I usually get a Bavarian style bratwurst with 'kraut, because there are few things that go better with beer than a bratwurst. The beer is exceptionally good, especially the IPA's. The Copasetic IPA is one of my two favorite Oregon IPA's, (along with the Ninkasi). The bottom line is that you come here for awesome beer and a bratwurst; all the frills of the typical brewpub experience have been conveniently removed so you can enjoy the beer. As an extra bonus, there is usually very good/interesting music playing-- music that obviously someone chose from their own collection rather than the radio or some digital service. Overall a very refreshing addition to the Portland beer scene.

Aug 06, 2007
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

I recently took a trip w/ a couple of army buddies to Portland and Amnesia was the first stop for us. There was a private party going on outside under the tent and it was raining in spurts.

I liked the atmosphere right off the bat. It was cool being able to view the brewhouse and fermenters and later smelling the result of brewing at the bar. The open dining and bar area was inviting and a very homey feel. There were stacks of malt at the brewhouse entrance which added to the working brewpub theme. They have handmade art that looked somewhat like an unearthed head with barley attached and a deer head w/ a crown and necktie. The music selection during our visit was Belle & Sebastian which fit the rainy day mood. I also enjoyed the framed De Dolle Posters adorning the walls.

The quality was top notch with about 8 taps : 7 ales and one Pilsner. I could tell they gave a darn about the ingredients since they were listed in plain sight on the beer and food menu. They had several sausage choices with suggested beer pairings.

I felt the selection was better than average, but not great. They had 2 Ipa's, an E.S.B., a Pale, Summer and Walking Man's Walking Stick as a guest tap. The food was limited to sausages, pretzels and pub fare mostly.

I enjoyed the service. It was quick friendly and knowledgable. I was treated kindly and there was never a time I felt ignored. They happily helped me out with a quart of beer to go.

The prices were very reasonable and Amnesia was probably the cheapest of the three locations we chose to visit. I would definitely return if I find myself in Portland again.

Jul 20, 2007
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3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4
by MikeFromMarsPA from Pennsylvania

An awesome little place with good beer and a laid-back atmosphere. We stopped in on a Sunday afternoon, and the place was reasonably full of local folks having a good time. The patio was dog-friendly, so there were a bunch there. We tried all the beers, and while some weren't my style, they were all of high quality. Obviously being a Portland brewpub means you have a whole lot of competition, but these guys are near the top, at least if you're looking for good beer at a decent price and nothing too fancy. The menu was limited to a few brats and one or two vegetarian things, so don't go expecting a full course meal. It's about having a fun time with good beer here, and that's exactly what we did.

Jul 17, 2007
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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
by mtullius from Minnesota

I've just completed a week-long tour of Portland beer places, and I can say that this was my favorite place. The beer was very good, though that's not what set it apart. It was, as a friend of mine used to say, "the beer experience." Amnesia is what a small brewpub should look and feel like. It's in the funky Mississippi neighborhood (which looks like a great place to live) and is some sort of converted garage or warehouse. There's a big tent covering a large outdoor area, where most people seemed to congregate. The inside smelled strongly of brewing beer when I was there (a heavenly scent, to me), with occasional wafts of smoke from the outdoor grill where the sausages and burgers were being cooked. The service was friendly enough, including a warm welcome from the resident dog. I sampled all the beer available. My favorite was the ESB, which had great biscuity malt flavors overlayed with generous but not overwhelming hops. If I lived in Portland and was anywhere near Amnesia, I'd be here all the time...

Jun 16, 2007
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3.93/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5
by loren01 from Washington

This place was highly recomended by the bartender at Concordia. He gave me the best directions I think I've ever gotten, around a couple corners, up a hill, down a hill then keep going through Mississippi. I think he's been there a time or two. Pretty decent sized brewpub with an outdoor beer garden and an awesome smelling BBQ outside. Beer was good, bartender was not too helpful, selection seemed pretty good (4 or 5 of their own and a few guest taps). Only stayed for one beer, I had the Dubbel which was pretty good but would for sure go back.

May 22, 2007
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3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3
by theautorestorer from Washington

This place was recommended from a fellow beer lover I had met at another brewery. The place is a little difficult to find unless you know the Mississippi section of Portland. The parking is awful. The brewery was clean but small. The music was bad for my taste but many other people like death metal. The beer selection was satisfactory but could be better. I had a seasonal porter ( I can't remember it's name ) it was very good. My suggestion would be growlers to go. The only beer to go are mason jars ! Overall a good stop for a Portland beer tour.

Feb 26, 2007
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3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
by Matthew from Connecticut

This is a brewpub within a 5 minute drive I stop into often. The atmosphere is simple but has character. The place is basically an old warehouse type looking building converted into a brew pub. The cooler and bar area in addition to the bathrooms are what seperates the brew house from the seating area. There is a good amount of outside seating that has a covering to protect patrons from the rain. Simple buy cozy.
The service varies. I have had great service on some nights and not so good service on others. I had some problems with growler fills but the issues that came up were rare cases over all.
The selection is decent. They have their staple IPA on that is an overall tasty and easy to drink beer in addition to their porter which is also a good beer. They usually have a few seasonal options and another hoppy choice, a big pale or an alternative IPA.
The food is limited and cooked on a grill under the covering in the outdoor area. I've always told people that going to have a pint at Amnesia is like going to a picnic. Its worth stopping in and illustrates innovation and determination with limited options.

Feb 05, 2007
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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3
by Boozehounds from Oregon

I like this place for its' neighborhood feel. I have only been in the winter time, but I can imagine myself sitting outside with one of their great IPA's fairly easily. A bonus is that it's only a couple blocks from several other great establishments...though the beers (and decor) here should keep you plenty entertained.

I have not tried the food, but the menu looked pretty simple and tasty. If you are a grill fan, I think you will probably find something you like. This description also matches the taps.

The few beers that are offered are of excellent quality. I've tried their IPA and Porter. I have not had the chance to try their summer seasonals yet, so I'm crossing my fingers. So far I have yet to find on that was truely weak.

If I had to find a drawback, it would be that the service seems hit or miss. If you miss the first time, do not let that throw you off. Also, I would bring back the giant My Little Pony head on the wall. Sadly, I think someone has bought it.

Jan 08, 2007
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3.93/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
by FightingEntropy from Minnesota

Love this place. Al for Hair of the Dog, and James the bartender at Concordia Ale House recommended this place. Good reason. Looks like a converted garage in the middle of a neighborhood. Everything seems built by hand inside, brewery in the back, bathrooms and bar built on one end to separate the brewery from the restaurant. Patio outside. Great music, underground grunge. The lyrics of one song were something like "next time you see your mother--SATAN, SATAN, SATAN." Went well with the chandelier with a rabid snow monkey type creature reigning over stuff squirrels running along branches, and the life size mounted my little pony head on the wall.

Beer was all good with the Summer Ale being the weakest. Hoppy seems to be their speciality wtih both IPAs and The ESB being very good. Porter a bit thin, but adequate. Had the tofurkey hot dog was good. Small menu but several veggie options, so I was happy. Went well with the Copacetic IPA.

Great place, fun time.

Nov 11, 2006
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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3
by bassoonoflunacy from Oregon

Amnesia brewing is in an up and coming neighborhood. Lots of people around and several new restaurants nearby.

It has that converted gas-station industrial feel that seems quite popular at the moment. The garage doors come in handy, though, when it is warm outside they open it all up.

They have six of their own beers on tap plus two guest taps. Amnesia beers were two IPAs, one ESB a pale ale, a stout and a belgian. All are good. That is pretty unusual.

Food is pretty limited to hot dogs and sausages.

They also have live music. Last night it was a pretty good bluegrass band which we enjoyed briefly because our friends didn't.

Jun 01, 2006
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4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
by freed from Oregon

It's about time that I finally stopped by here when it was open. It appears to have attracted quite a following, too. Both the inside and patio were packed with 25-35 year olds. Definitely a younger crowd than is average at most places. Possibly a product of the architecture, or possibly part of its location in the Mississippi street experiment.

The building is a sheet metal box with a covered patio and grill in front. The industrial look works for it though, and the inside is alive with color and bizarre artifacts. The shiny kettle and tun can be seen in back, and the numerous picnic tables are crowded with people. Hanging from the walls are some cool (but spooky) masks and a few beer-related signs. The cooler room sits behind and frames the main area. The bar is quite nice as well, and looks an inviting place to pull up for a few.

The place was rather busy so I feel we may not have drawn the best service simply because it couldn't be had in such a volume. The pour was perfect, the price was great, and the goods were amazing. We tried the fresh IPA and loved it. No food was had, though the all sausage - all the time menu sounds great.

Selection was limited to about 5 taps. 4 were in house, one guest. The benefit, I guess, is when your beers are solid. I'll expect that I'll be making a habit out of this place.


Subsequent visits have revealed more taps which have always been of excellent quality.

Apr 23, 2005
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3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
by RedDiamond from Oregon

I keep rooting for Amnesia. I keep hoping that the next time I visit I’m going to be served the quintessential Amnesia beer, the one that brings a deep sigh of contentment as I smack my lips, put down my pint, and pause to enjoy a moment of pure satisfaction. But they keep serving me beers that stubbornly postpone this eventuality. For a while the issue was their newness. Doors were opened and horns tooted months before their beers where ready for the tap. A mistake, but I accepted the delay with constrained patience.

When house beers started flowing (six months later) I soaked up the hip atmosphere of Portland’s newest brewpub and attributed the muted blandness of their product to the necessity of working through the learning curve intrinsic to a new and complex enterprise such as running a small brewery. Sure, the recipes would need to be tweaked a little. That’s normal. But they should have been tweaked before opening to the public. That’s professional.

Now, nine months after opening, Amnesia’s flagship beer – a curiously chosen golden pils – is finally pouring and it’s clear that the bugs are not only still in the system, they’ve dug in and are taking hold. That’s too bad. There’s a lot that I really like about Amnesia. It’s a hip, artistic place in a neighborhood experiencing a surge of funky grassroots renewal. There’s big art on the walls, live jazz, and mood-setting details like candles, flowers, and dim chandeliers. The long picnic tables ensure that different parties will share the same space and intermix socially. The outdoors patio is nearly as large as the bar, and most of the food is cooked there on a barbeque grill beneath a tent canopy. (Bratwurst and burgers.) They even sell hand-blown mugs made by a neighborhood glass artist. And they’ve learned not to close at ten on weeknights as they did when they first opened.

Amnesia smartly limits its house taps to just three regulars and one seasonal, assuring a continually fresh product. Their only guest beer tap is typically a well-chosen offering from Caldera or Terminal Gravity and they also serve an outstanding mead. This lineup is supplemented with no more than a handful of bottled beers, some wine, and no booze. Though they have no growlers of their own, they’re happy to fill yours.

The head brewer is a seasoned journeyman who learned his trade working for a long roster of respected northwest breweries including Pyramid, McMenamins, Redhook, Far West Ireland, and Rogue. Though this is just a speculative hunch, if I had to guess why Amnesia’s beers aren’t hitting their mark, I’d say they’re over-thought and over-extended. Some KISS thinking might yield cleaner lines.

Meanwhile, I hasten to recommend Amnesia’s darker beers such as their Wonka Porter and their seasonal Sleigh Jerker if you can find it. Amnesia is still the best place in Portland to enjoy a glass of mead while listening to jazz and everything I’ve seen indicates they’re pulling in good business from the neighborhood. Let’s just hope their beers get smarter, faster.

Mar 04, 2005
Amnesia Brewing in Washougal, WA
Brewery rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 214 ratings