Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 59
Beer Ratings: 1,044
Beer Avg: 3.96
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.9/5 rDev +17.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This is my local brewery. I love it. The staff is friendly and the bartenders have a strong knowledge of their beer and other beers in general.
The food is typical for a northwest brewpub. The have food specials that rotate monthly.
In the game room there is shuffleboard and darts.
Plenty of televisions to watch sports, but the sound is always turned all the way down, even for the local college football games. (This is a huge plus for me.)
My favorite part of Block 15 is the fact that they have 6 taps that are their standard (year round production) beers and 6 taps that rotate with seasonal or limited production beers. So as a local I can go in and expect to try a beer I have never had before. In my opinion this is why Block 15 appeals to locals as well as visitors.
09-17-2012 03:27:58 | More by DrKnife
4.7/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
The atmosphere is relaxed, and inviting. I really enjoy the upstairs area.
Block 15 seems to have high quality for all of the stuff they make, from their beer to their food. I have yet to get a bad meal, or beer at the pub.
Service is excellent most days, I have only been in once when it was slow, and it was super packed that day.
They always have a good array of their beers on tap.
The food is awesome. They make one of the best reubens I have had, and everything else I have had there is fantastic.
Price is awesome, especially their cask ale.
I love this place, I wish it was closer to home. I visit several times a year even though I have to drive over the mountain.
01-09-2013 23:51:54 | More by yuriruley
4.51/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I recently read a random Corvallis resident/blogger's pejorative pooh-pooh of Block 15, and instead of posting some "you're retarded" comment to her blog I decided I'd give the place some positive karma to outweigh the negative vibe.
I think in some ways we've entered a post-homer phase of craft brewery appreciation. In other words, just because your town has a brewpub doesn't mean the residents appreciate it. I think I took a little anti-homer response to this place when it first showed up. Granted, some of the atmospheric touches at B15 could use some work, like the graphic design and interior mural decorations, but there are also nice little knooks-and-crannies to read a book on a rainy day. Also, you can't review the place as if it were in Portland. The aforementioned pissed-off-blogger also gave McMen's a raving review. Which pretty much throws her beer-credentials to the dogs. But I left today feeling that this is not already just a very good place, it has the potential to be a great place.
The service that I experienced was exceptional. I had met the owners before, but it was sort of bustling and they didn't recognize me. That I got fantastic service as an outsider, and left the place feeling like a regular, attests to the genuine and spot-on way they provide imbibing services.
The beer ranged from passable to very, very good. I thought their RIS was very impressive, and reminded me of pre-crock-bottle Rogue. The Aboriginale, which I had had previously and thought needed a little tweaking, was exceptionally tasty. Even the Dopplebock and Belgian-style, generally not ones I swoon for, were spot-on and no off-flavors were detected (other than the later killing me with sweetness which is pretty much to style).
The 2:30 barfly crowd sitting near me didn't help the ambiance, particularly when the scarlet-blister face guy wearing the Beavs sweater asked me if I was drinking the beers or writing a painting (?) about them. Also, I got called out for being "that guy" who brings a container of coffee-grounds with me to brew-pubs to shake and sniff between beer tasting. Didn't make me uncomfortable as I'm a loudmouth extrovert, but I could certainly see how this would make many people uncomfortable. Again, blame this on OSU doucheness, not B15.
I specifically wanted to hit up the local brewpub since I didn't make it to Salem today to protest the proposed beer-tax, but I got to shoot the shit with a very eager-to-please Nick, the owner. He's just all about good beer, talking about it, brewing it, drinking it, advocating it. And the thing that really grinds my gears about the negative publicity B15 has been getting lately is that *he just wants you to have a good experience at his place*. Instead of going angsty-13-year-old and writing about a bad experience on the internet, bring it to the owner. If he's cool about it, you'll be both better for the experience. If you blab about a place negatively on the internet, well, you've done nothing but potentially hurt the establishment.
Like I said, going to a place at 3pm, you're pretty much going to see the A-game. Servers are relaxed, shoot the shit with you. One of the servers knew my name before I left. Another made sure I was happy with my sampler tray, if I wanted more samples, etc. I paid less than $6 for six samples. I had an altogether good experience.
With the ownership's amazingly humble and inspirational view of beer in general, this place could make waves. It already has.
02-24-2009 03:24:45 | More by GreenWBush
4.5/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
a- Great historic downtown location. Several differnt seating options including an upstairs level, nice brick,art throughout, and shuffle board/darts by the brewrery in back.
q- Great brews! Some are good, others are great, a couple are exceptional. Considering this place is only a year old, I am extremely impressed.
selection: wow, they had 13 brews on tap, including two differnt Beligan Inspired beers, and an Imperial Red that is crazy good.
Summing up, Block 15 already feels like a classic brewpub. They are not afraid to push the envelope in the brewery, which takes guts, but rewards with some outstanding brews.
04-06-2009 16:36:32 | More by Sharpie30
4.38/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been to Block 15 several times now since moving to Oregon, and I must say it has some of the best beer I have had in Oregon. Every time I go in there are always really tasty beers on tap and a great atmosphere. The food is also really amazing; their burgers are probably the best I have had in a long time, especially when you add some blue cheese and bacon. The service has been really good each time and the staff always seems friendly. I really enjoy Block 15's beer selection the most; they constantly rotate in new beers along with still keeping the mainstays. The price of the food is pretty reasonable, considering that most of the ingredients seem to come from local farms. Another great thing is that, you can walk in and just find a seat at the bar because it is right in front of the door. The atmosphere is also pretty subdued to where you can actually have a conversation with the person next to you and not have to shout over the background noise. Block 15 is now my go to place when I go to Corvallis or the Oregon area in general.
09-18-2011 04:50:52 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been to Block 15 for dinner a few times now and have never had a bad experience. The restaurant is located in downtown Corvallis, very close to the Oregon State University campus. It is routinely packed with college students and if you go on a Friday or Saturday night expect to wait anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
I have had a few of the beers available at Block 15, including most of the year-round ones and a few seasonal ones. They have all been quite good in my opinion. With their Ridgeback Red being most to my taste.
The food is some of the best in Corvallis, great burgers and fries as well as soups, salads, and other dishes.
As previous reviews have stated, there is a range of seating options, including outdoors, upstairs, the bar, and a game room in the back.
Overall, I would highly recommend Block 15 to anyone in Corvallis, or anyone driving down I-5 as it's not far from the freeway.
11-11-2012 23:24:06 | More by JD4003
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $
Went to Block 15 last Saturday night and have to say that I was quite impressed.
I went there with a group of friends to hang out and have some drinks and snacks. We had a party of 7, and the place was packed, so we were told it would be a 45 minute wait. Luckily, there were picnic tables outside, and we could drink at them. We ordered a pitcher of their pale ale, porter and red ale. I also ordered a snifter of their Pappy Dark. It was a dark ale aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrels. While I must say that all their beers were tasty, the Pappy was out of this world.
We got our table and ordered some more beers and some appetizers to snack on. The food was average. Pre-fab frozen items, cooked their. Standard pub food. Nothing offensive, nothing to write home about. Nobody ordered any entrees though, so they may fall into a different category.
The atmosphere was fine, and the service was prompt. The beers were great. The prices were extremely reasonable, probably due to the fact that it is a college town. I will absolutely go back next time I am up that way.
02-20-2010 00:52:55 | More by Genghis22
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Any good things you've heard about this place are NOT bs. Excellent brewpub doing the kind of job with food and beer I'd like to see in my town.
Female server was very efficient, conscious, and knowledgeable. The beer selections were very good to excellent.
Their Belgian styles I had (forget the names, one was a framboise) were excellent. Class act.
09-13-2013 04:51:38 | More by fuhkyou
4.25/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I had been meaning to check out the Block 15 brewery for quite some time after having several of their tasty beers show up on tap here and there around Portland. I finally made the trip, and was glad that I did.
The atmosphere is pretty standard for a brewpub, nothing stood out as new or different, but the place felt comfortable, clean, and inviting; which is all I need.
The quality of everything I had was really good. I tried a few different styles of beer, and felt they did an equally good job with each. Block 15 isn't a one trick pony.
I came for lunch and the place wasn't very busy, so that may have added to my experience, but the bartender was really friendly and attentive, and glad to share her knowledge of their beers and menu; so I was happy with the service on my visit.
The selection here was good, but it looked like I really miss-planned my trip. A lot of the more special beers from their brewers reserve and cellaring projects that I would have liked to try wouldn't be available until a few weeks later. To their credit, I knew this BEFORE I drove down, as their website is well maintained and up-to-date. I still gave high points for selection however. Although some of the bigger more complex beers weren't available, there was a wide range of styles to choose from, ranging from a fantastic 10% imperial IPA, delicious stout, imperial wit, and many others. There's plenty to choose from and something for everyone. They even had a delicious and somewhat hard to find guest tap that I had to try; a cask esb from brewers union local 180.
I liked the food here. It was mostly standard pub-type fare, but there were some higher end options and everything that I saw come out of the kitchen looked tasty and the portions were all generous. I ordered the "brewer's challenge burger". If you finish the burger and the sides that come with it, your first beer is free! I have a pretty big appetite, and easily beat the meal, but it wasn't that huge, and I think most hungry customers could do it. If you want to get filled up, and have a beer on the house, it's a good option.
The value here is about what I would have expected. I didn't think anything was cheap, but it certainly wasn't expensive either. While I'd never mind paying less, block 15's prices seemed just about right.
If it weren't such a drive from Portland, I'd go more often. I'll wait until there's something really special being released before I plan my next trip.
10-19-2010 16:36:03 | More by portlandjeff
4.2/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
This tasty new brew-pub is an excellent addition to the Corvallis beer scene. It is worth stopping in for their evening happy hour and staying for a hearty dinner.
The location at 300 SW Jefferson has a large open plan, a long bar, comfortable booths, and an open-sided upper seating area which is not for folks who are afraid of heights (or who are wearing skirts).
The beer is excellent. The eight or so house taps are complemented by several guest taps, providing a solid range of ale styles, ranging from a delightfully light wheat (Gateway Wheat), through excellently nuanced pale ales and IPAs (Earth Pale Ale and Alpha IPA), to a novel brown-ale/porter hybrid (Brown Porter). The house favorite, Aboriginale, is not to my liking, due to it's muddled blending of seven malts and three hops--your palette may vary.
Food offerings include salads, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, and a range of desserts. The "BMT" (bacon, mozzarella, and tomato sandwich with hazelnut pesto) and a "hand-spanked" turkey burger were both tasty--and came with a generous portion of the pub's famous, beer-battered, twice-fried french fries. Next time I'm looking forward to the Brewer's Challenge Burger (a double-patty sandwich with 2 sides--clean your plate and a pint's on the house). If nothing else, have an order of their french fry platter appetizer--they're that good.
Finishing the meal, a good experience for the belly was also a good experience for the wallet. Supper for two, including a pair of tasting flights, came to $25--a rare value in the sustainable-local-gourmet gastro-pub sector.
In summary, Block 15 is a spot to be watched. If they can continue to provide great fare with excellent value, they could become a Corvallis institution.
05-06-2008 05:02:39 | More by JavaJoe
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Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant in Corvallis, OR
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