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Lucky Labrador Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 56
Beer Avg: 3.72
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
915 SE Hawthorne Blvd
phone: (503) 236-3555
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 37 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$
Lucky Lab sits in a refurbished sheet metal warehouse featuring tall ceilings with monstrous exposed beams. The openness of the main hall is reminiscent of a German-type beer hall in contrast to American bars of Anglo / Irish lineage. There are no booths and no barstools here and the main hall features no sanctioned conversation pits. So think of the Lab as a beer hall, not a pub. There are no neon signs, no pool tables, no jukebox, no mixed drinks, and (thankfully) no television. Table service is not provided. I have no problem with this, but Ive been here by myself on a busy nights when losing my table was a genuine concern each time I rose to grab another pint.
I love the floor at Lucky Lab which is old and angular slatted wood. It looks like its been beaten savagely by an army of bullfisted people who, say, might have once worked security at a Rolling Stones concert back in the 70s. What I dont like is the mens room that smells like its been treated with similar contempt by the same clientele. Note to the management: your investment in a bucket of bleach, a sturdy mop, and a reliable employee trained in their use will yield beneficial dividends. Trust me on this. Most of us never enter your kitchen or brewery and our only impression of your standards of hygiene is derived from our brief forays to the mens room. Get some fucking bleach.
In addition to the beer hall there's a more secluded alcove near the south entrance with two dartboards and a special events room routinely occupied by private parties. Perhaps the most popular feature is the north porch where patrons are invited to bring their dogs. Lucky Lab's dog garden is a revered landmark in Portland. When you think about it, there are few greater comforts in life than a Portland ale and a companionable dog.
Food is limited in scope. Lucky Lab serves bento but most of their fare is sandwiches of restrained ambition. The beer selection is sensibly limited to about eight house taps, one cask, one nitro, and perhaps two guest taps. A few select wines are also served.
This is an abundantly friendly place, especially if you have a dog. Cheap beer can be had on Monday nights when imperial pints are just $2.50. Don't go for the food, but do expect to have good beers and a good time.
02-13-2004 00:16:49 |
More by RedDiamond
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
A former warehouse converted to spacious brewpub, with a patio in back with picnic tables where you can hang with your dog. Inside, a big, raftered room with a long bar against the west wall, and lots of tables, sort of a beer-hall/lodge atmosphere. There seem to be a couple side rooms, for private parties? Also a dart board by the street entrance (south). Bar service only, there is no table service. If you place a bento order, it takes some time, so they will bring it to your table, but I really can't sympathize with the review below** which whines about having to carry her own beer to the table. What is this, Citysearch? Suck it up. This is a very informal place and that is part of the appeal. Usually about 5 or so beers available, plus a nitro tap (often stout) and a cask-conditioned beer which was Red Seal last time I went (not sure if it was North Coast or a similarly titled house beer). One or two guest taps which are of high quality. The brewpub's own beers are all very good, including a crisp IPA, a reassuring bitter, and a roasty stout. They do not necessarily break the mold stylistically, but who cares when the basics are so tasty? I have to say, I highly recommend their beers. The food menu is limited, mostly sandwiches plus bento bowls which are tasty but mostly rice with little veg or meat. The spicy curry bento is good but it will kill your taste buds and you won't be able to taste your beer. You don't want that, do you? Go for the mild instead. They do not have bottling facilities, but you can get a 22 oz bomber, which they fill up for you directly from the tap. I'm sure they have no objections to growlers either. There is a parking lot in back, but it is tiny and you will most likely have to find a spot on the street, which shouldn't be too difficult.
** edit: review since deleted in recent site purge.
02-10-2004 04:56:56 |
More by Thrasher
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
I'm really surprised that more BA's have not reviewed this place. It was one of the friendliest brew pubs we visited in the Portland area....a real sleeper. Despite the construction on Hawthorne Avenue that day, we were able to reach our destination. It's a very rustic looking place with mostly locals coming in and purchasing growlers. One local made the comment to me that of all the brew pubs in Portland, this is his favorite, and he seemed to know his beer. The brewing system sits behind a glass partition beyond the bar. It's a small brewing system. We sampled the Hawthorne's Best Bitter, the Dog Day IPA, Black Lab Stout and Stumptown Porter. We also enjoyed a good sandwich. I left with one of their classic t-shirts. Couldn't resist the black lab on the front.
01-01-2004 17:09:08 |
More by ChappyCubsFan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
The Lab is generally one of the places I like to hang out at for a pint or two. My wife hates their beers for some reason and I usually respect her opinion on brews. However I agree with Freed when he says the consistancy of the beers has improved lately.
The service has been generally good from what i've seen but can understand why some people have problems. If your expecting top class table service your in the wrong place! Fight your way to the bar when it's busy and look thirsty is good advice.
I try to bring one or more of my dogs over when I can so the atmosphere is great out in the back. Yes I bring my coat and wool hate in the winter and my dogs don't seem to mind.
The food is ok but I usually have the spicey curry bento so haven't branched out much. Overall a pretty cool place to hang out. Just don't expect to be catered to here.
08-16-2003 16:48:32 |
More by bridgeporter
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This is one of the few places that celebrates dogs, and allows you to bring yours along to socialize with you. On a summer evening, what better way to relax and catch up with friends than with a great beer, great food, and nice atmosphere.
The menu is a nice, Portland interpritation of the pub menu. There are plenty of veggie options, and the food is always good. The public room feeling is nice with stained glass and beer-relic decoration. Sometimes it gets a bit boisterous, so hopefully your voice carries well.
A note on the beer. Its good, and lately its gotten consistently better.
06-12-2003 07:53:52 |
More by freed
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
Quirky place, no stools at the bar, laid back - great place for a beer on a Saturday afternoon. Love the beer - but the best time to be there is October when they have the dog wash, it's great to drink beer and smell wet dogs.
08-18-2002 05:10:24 |
More by gwfrankpsu
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
This is a great Portland brewpub. A bit stark on the atmoshpere but they brew great beer and even have some guest taps that are of the highest quality. They even have a covered outdoor area in which they encourage you to bring your dog (fun for the locals). They held a GREAT barley wine festival last year (some said it was the 2nd biggest in the country) and hopfully they will do it again next year.
05-17-2002 12:08:27 |
More by mattmaples
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