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Hopworks Urban Brewery
Active Beers: 47
Beer Ratings: 1,736
Beer Avg: 3.9
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2944 SE Powell Blvd
phone: (503) 232-4677
Sunday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Monday - Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 1:30am
Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 5:30pm daily
(Place added by: johnmichaelsen on 10-15-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 47 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
First stop after 11/08 HOTD Dock Sale.
From the outside, the place was a bit worrisome. Next to a vacated storefront with seemingly abandoned cars next to it in a part of town that seemed like it was slowly being forgotten, it looked at first like a very odd place for a brewpub. No worries at all the moment you step inside though. Very spacious, absurdly clean (though not sterile), every feature getting its due attention. I opened the place, and even without anybody else there it was clearly a world class operation. Just one of those things you can tell. Sorry I can't be more specific, but just trust me on this one. Shortly thereafter, and seemingly out of nowhere, the place was packed with beer lovers of all varieties.
The beer was beyond my expectations. Their Czech Pilsner (they called it their lager) was excellent, in an admittedly limited sample size the best I've had of the style. Had a pint of their regular stout and a taste of their seasonal stout, very similar (main difference was the regular had espresso beans added), and both excellent. Stole some of their seasonal imperial red from my friend, also stellar. Finally, had their IPA on cask (as did seemingly everybody else in the place), which was DIVINE. So hard to say definitively, but possibly the best IPA I've had.
Service was also noteworthy, extremely knowledgeable, and beyond knowledgeable, very into the beer they were serving. Certainly flawless in promptness and everybody was extremely pleasant to talk with.
I believe there were 6 regulars (plus the IPA and Pale were on both tap and cask) and 3 seasonals. Perhaps in an IDEAL world, if this was my regular brewpub I'd like just a few more options, but it was certainly a great selection for a one-time visit.
My only semi-complaint was that the pizza (which seemed to be supposedly somewhat of their specialty?) did not live up to the pizza of New York that I'm familiar with. I enjoyed it well enough, so hard to say it was bad, and I fell in love with the place so much otherwise I feel bad even saying this.
Prices were reasonable and on par for the area.
Definitely a must stop if you're in Portland, even amongst the sea of choices there are.
11-18-2008 03:25:08 |
More by fredandboboflo
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I had heard lots of good things, so finally made it down to the brewpub. Went on a Friday around 6 or so and sure enough the place was hopping. Only problem was they had open tables upstairs, but not enough staff (how can you not find servers on a Friday night) so had to stand huddled with my 3 other friends near the door. Went for the IPA first, and it was all grapefruit, caramel, and a 3 second finish. It left me wondering what IPA won the medals cause it certainly wasnt mine. It was far too basic and had no balance or finish. I went for the 7 grain stout next, cause that sounded like a big, beefy delicious stout, but once again was vastly let down by a light bodied, slightly dry stout without music of a finish (again) It was ok, but nowhere near as complex or big as I had hoped. Tried one more beer which was the pale, which tasted like fried chicken that has been sitting in a box losing its heat for 10 minutes. Needless to say I sent it back, closed my tab, and left wondering if I had gone to the right brewery, because the beers were all completely forgettable, and in Oregon, there is just too much out there that is way better. Don't believe the hype
Laurelwood offers a much better consistent quality and variety of beer, so if you must drink orgainc in Portland, go for Laurelwood or Roots
11-17-2008 03:55:23 |
More by bitterthebetter
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Does Beervana need another Brewpub? Some would think not, but HUB fits nicely into the Rose City beer scene. The all-organic beer selection proffered by former Laurelwood brewmaster Christian Ettinger, complimented by a number of organic food offerings, is a nice addition to any pub crawl. The food offerings, while not vast, are all of high quality and very tasty. Of course, the centerpiece is the beers, and the IPA has already won a number of awards. While the Big Beer category offerings are a bit light (The DOA at 6.9% was the most potent during my visit), all the beers are very solid offerings.
As for critiques of the decor re 'industrial chic', with a few exceptions this is the standard brewpub atmosphere for PDX, not really that much different on the inside from Deschutes in the Pearl. The location is a bit off the beaten path, and parking is a bit tight during prime hours (though the lot itself was quite a (eco-friendly) engineering feat). Contrary to cover page, beer is available to go in growlers. Breweries like HUB and Roots should be complimented for leading the way in the organic beer movement. Definitely worth a visit during your next tour of PDX's beer underbelly.
EDIT- Expanded Belgian-style beer offerings, the Rowdy Roddy Piper-inspired Dubbel Suplex and an Abbey Ale, both very tasty.
11-10-2008 19:38:57 |
More by jdense
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Went here for the first time about a month ago, just reviewing now. Atmosphere is nothing special: typical modern urban interior decor - minimilastic, functional, but a bit cold. Interestingly they have a fridge near the hosts'/hostess' desk containing several special-premium micro and imported brews. If the atmosphere is nothing extraoridnary that's just fine, because the beer is truly excellent. Make sure that you get a sampler tray so that you can try each of their offerings; I didn't find any disappointments (quite far from it). Personal favorites are the Survival Seven Grain Stout (dark, stouty goodness with some interesting flavors), the IPA (spicy, hoppy goodness with an excellent malt backbone), the HUB Lager (refreshing, authentically styled goodness and great with just about anything), and the DOA (that's Deluxe Organic Ale, not Dead On Arrival - which this American strong ale most certainly is not). Service was friendly and prompt, and I really appreciated that our waitress was knowledgeable about the different beers on tap. Hot, too ;). Selection is good: all the expected beer styles are present, and the food selections - though not vast in number - are well-chosen. The food itself is excellent all around. Portions were far more generous than expected, and everything was top-notch and tasty. One must-have is the pint-o'-pretzels: salty, bready goodness. Mmmmh. The wings are also worth it. Pizzas looked awesome too, though I've yet to try any of their pies. Last but not least, the price: very reasonable, especially given the high-quality fare.
This place has instantly catapulted itself to the top of my destination list. Have been there three times now and will be visiting many more. You will NOT be disappointed.
Update June 2009: Time has only cemented and enhanced my initial impressions. I cannot recommend Hopworks highly enough - if you love the beer 'round here you must go.
10-30-2008 03:03:51 |
More by dfitch81
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
We made a visit here based on a number of hot and cold recommendations on a Sunday afternoon.
The decor is is sorta Centipede/80s video arcade machine with recycling plant modern chic. Recycled kegs are split in half and made into planters. About a hundred bicycle midsections are lined up above the sleek long bar. One table is situated inside a room sized safe. A fire pit is also present. I like the decor overall. No complaints about service.
I had the sampler. The HUB lager was surprisingly good and hoppy. They were unconsconably out of the 7Grain Survival Stout -- no dark beers. I'd say the quality was a little better than average.
We had the cajun fries, which were pretty good.
Overall: I'd definitely come back to try the stout.
10-24-2008 00:45:14 |
More by oggg
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Hopworks' opened to much fanfare and endured an intial popularity crisis that produced large crowds. This has since tapered to a more collegial neighborhood brewpub vibe, but it can still be challenging to get a table here during peak hours. And for good reason: the beer, food, and atmosphere are superb.
Beer offerings are kept to a streamlined taplist of six regulars, two seasonals, two casks, and no guests. Thus far, the lineup has consisted mostly of customary models brewed to high standards of drinkability, though the 7-Grain Survival Stout showcases exotic grains such as kamut and quinoa. All beers are brewed with organic ingredients. Quality ranges from very good to exceptional.
Food items largely conform to brewpub standards such as hot wings, sandwiches, and pizza. But quality exceeds typical bar fare by a wide margin and ingredients tend to be free-range, organic, or otherwise blissful. Menu items include grilled portabella mushrooms, vegetarian calzone, apple crisp a la mode, and homemade potato chips. Prices are quite reasonable, but I've learned to show up after 9PM when happy hour menus feature bowls of minestrone or Caesar salads for as little as $1.75.
The expansive floorplan accommodates dining, gaming, and imbibing in a variety of formats. There are two outdoors seating areas, an upper gaming loft, booths, a plush sofa beside a gas fireplace cut from a fermentation tank, and a large, winding bar festooned with a bicycle frame sculpture that somehow resembles the skeleton of a prehistoric snake. There's even a private booth inside an actual vault invoking Bob Dylan's edict, "I would not judge nor put fault / on anyone who dines in a vault." (Not an exact quote I know, but it works well enough after your second beer.)
And as if the things you eat, drink, and see weren't enough, Hopworks also went the extra mile for ecological sustainability in the form of homemade biodeisel, native vegetation, and a host of energy efficiencies that make the HUB among the greenest of brewpubs anywhere. My only complaints are that the traffic on Powell Boulevard can be a bit unnerving if you're sitting near the street (so don't sit near the street) and the urinals are in plain view of the hallway when the men's room door opens. (C'mon guys, no one likes an audience.)
Hopworks has quickly established itself as a destination brewpub and sets a high standard for excellence in beercraft, sustainability, and informal dining. Strongly recommended.
10-01-2008 02:41:29 |
More by RedDiamond
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Dulcie and Aylwin's ongoing beer adventure. Slightly amazed that this is the first review on BA. Brunch at the Hedge House set us up nicely for a cultural contrast at the ultra-clean, ultra-modern eco-conscious Hopworks. Lots of groovy marketing here with logos and teeshirts and different glasses and so forth. In character with most Portland joints it is ridiculously easy to park at and is not crowded - although Sunday afternoon is probably not the peak time. We did note however the catering to the family as there appeared to be an entire area devoted to infants. Was there a children's beer menu? This seems to be a Portland theme: parents taking their infants to pubs so they can carry on their lives as if nothing has changed.
The area is rather industrial but the view from the balcony does gaze on the hills of Portland across the Willamette.
We did not try food, but sampled the IPA (quite strong at 6.9 %) and the Old Organic Ale (also quite strong). Unlike most establishments they do not do halves, which is a drag if you are doing a tour. Beer was good if not memorable.
08-12-2008 04:15:02 |
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