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Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 59
Beer Ratings: 1,030
Beer Avg: 3.96
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
300 SW Jefferson Ave
phone: (541) 758-2077
Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.
(Place added by: SurlyDuff on 03-17-2008)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Block 15 is located in the campus are of Oregon State University on Jefferson, not too far off 20/34. Street parking is available on the surrounding blocks.
The brewpub is on the corner and is a brick building with lots of windows looking in. The interior is a mustard yellow color and the bar is along the left side, with a narrow walkway between it and booth seating on the right. The second level allows more seating. The crowd definitely skews younger than we are but we didn't feel out of place.
There are 10 or so beers available at Block 15, including a Blonde, IPA, Porter, Belgian Cherry Quad, and Imperial Stout. They also have a cask beer. All of the beers were average to above average, with nothing really standing out as exceptional or terrible. They offer a sampler as well.
Service on a weekend late afternoon was decent. We sat at the bar right in front of the bartender and she did a good job with the sampler and with checking on us. She also pointed us to another brewpub in town (which we weren't able to visit).
We did not try any food on this visit.
Overall there is no reason not to visit this place when in Corvallis. Not really a destination in itself but worthwhile.
03-12-2010 22:11:02 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Based on the beers I've had previously from Block 15 (Fat Monk and the hefeweizen), I was pretty excited about stopping by tonight. Maybe I was just here on an off night, but I really wasn't thrilled with my experience. Not that there was anything terrible about the place, but there was nothing really great about it either.
Block 15, located in downtown Corvalis, has something of a corporate vibe about it. I almost felt as if I was stopping by at a Ruby Tuesday's, except one that just happened to make and serve their own beer. The place is fairly good size, with a decent size upstairs dining area to compliment the lower area dining space and decent size bar. The place still has a "shiny and new" look about it, and the night I was here, there was a youngish crowd feel to the place (fair number of college students I would say). I guess what got things off to something of a bad start for me, is that they had just run out of trubbled monk, a beer I'd wanted to try after getting to try the Fat Monk at the Bailey's Taproom anniversary event. Add to that my bad luck in sitting right next to two of the more arrogant and condescending college professors I've ever been around ("I'm not saying all the students here are bad" was one of the nicer, more gracious comments I was treated to). It just kind of got things off to a bad start.
As for the beer selection, it was OK. However, what kind of annoyed me was the beer board over the bar area, listing all the "extended cellar" and "brewer's reserve" selections not currently available. Most sounded terrific, but unfortunately none of the cellar selections were currently available, and the wait staff could tell me nothing about the reserve line-up (one server mentioned that she thought the barrel aged bock had been on tap a few months back).
With regard to the service here, the staff was very friendly and everything came to my table very quickly. However, it was apparent that they all knew next to nothing about the beer line-up. When I inquired about some of the cellar selections, I could see my server trying to recite from memory what I assume the owner or brewer had told her: "the brewer is trying to make beers that aren't made from typical recipes, and so those are special beers that aren't your everyday beers." Uhuh. I see. Then please explain the current line-up, which today consisted of a very unexciting IPA and pale ale, one of the least impressive scottish ales I've ever tried (I didn't have the heart to review it), and an extremely underwhelming "orginal ale." (whatever that means - it was called the aboringinale). Stuff I didn't try included an irish stout, a golden ale and a wheat ale. The one beer I did really like was the 300, which was a delicious, low alcohol, sessionable hoppy amber. In any event, suffice it to say that I was not overwhelmed by the originality of any of the beers I sampled today (other then the 300).
As for food, I tried a bowl of the swiss cheese, sage and mushroom soup. While not outstanding, along with the 300, it was one of the few hilights of my visit.
I don't know. Maybe I was just here on an off night, so I'll definitely try to stop by again. However, based on what I encountered this evening, it's hard to call Block 15 much a beer destination.
Edit from 9/13. Now that I live in Eugene, I've stopped by here a number of times, and will now chalk up my experience back in 4/10 to something of an aberration. For one thing, they now typically have close to 20 different beers on tap, and the diversity and options available have improved considerably. This past weekend saw the new sticky hands DIPA (the Charlie), as well as the tasty voyager (a coconut porter aged in rum barrels). I also got to try this years breakfast brunch beer, which was likewise outstanding. Service seems to have improved as well, though it can be hit or miss regarding the knowledge of your server. Food is still something of a weak link here I think, though it's improved from my 4/10 experience. On the other hand, prices seem a bit on the high side, at least for Oregon. $8.50 for a basket of sweet potatoe fries? Really? Likewise, beer prices can be a bit high as well, especially for the higher gravity selections. Regardless, this place is increasingly turning out some very interesting and impressive selections, and is definitely worth a visit for anyone visiting Corvallis. I'll definitely be back.
04-05-2010 06:30:36 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Located in a fairly busy part of town, relatively speaking, Block 15 is not too hard to find right off the state highway. Just be wary that most of the streets in the area are one way, and keep an eye out for unsuspecting out-of-towners who completely disregard the signs and turn into three lanes of oncoming traffic. Not that I did it, but I heard a story from a friend of a friend... (shifty eyes)
Anyway, a decent vibe to the place, with no real theme going on in particular. A bit of a sterile environment. Medium-sized bar, with plenty of tables to sit at; family friendly for the most part. Service was fine and the staff was generally knowledgeable. There was a good selection of house brews on tap, with a wide range of styles to keep just about anyone happy. A good menu boasted plenty of easy-eatin' options with salads, burgers, and seafood dishes. Prices were decent. As a glassware collector, I had to grimace at the $10 charge for signature glassware here, but the pieces are so nice that I had to get one. The weiss glass was beautiful, with a glass base so thick that if a timberwolf attacked you, you could probably use the glass to bludgeon it to death.
But yeah, definitely a good spot, and well worth the trip. No bottles on sale when I visited, but their beer is definitely worth bottling, and taking home. Not getting a growler was hard to do.
01-05-2012 03:50:25 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Technically, Block 15 is the only independent brewpub in Corvallis. This is due to the twin facts of the local McMenamin's outpost not being independent and Oregon Trail not operating a pub (though the New World Deli very nearly serves this purpose). The name derives from when Corvallis was originally platted. At that time the spot now hosting Corvallis's only independent brewpub was simply designated as Block 15. The town was called Marysville back then, but later took the name Corvallis to signify its post at the "heart of the valley."
Block 15 has an ideal location in the heart of the heart of the valley. It draws brisk business from students and professors at OSU - a sign of both good crossover appeal and the collegial vibe of the town. They offer darts and shuffleboard, frequent, free live music, and decent bistro food (pastas, burgers, salads) at reasonable prices and in good portions. They also uphold a number of sustainable practices such as water conservation, carbon offsets, and the frequent use of "natural" meats and local organic ingredients.
Block 15 emerged following a major renovation of their 82-year-old building, which originally housed a newspaper press and more recently was a pizza parlor. Huge timbers, skylights, and leaded glass contribute to a relaxed atmosphere amid greenery and artwork. Though you don't notice it at first, the floorplan is actually circular and you can walk either way around to the rear gaming room. Just bear in mind that the alcove near the far staircase is a service shadow - I got no service there at all for a full twenty minutes while I used the WiFi. (Perhaps I should have emailed for service.)
Beer quality is mid-range, but a few standouts are worth mentioning: Aboriginale, Alpha IPA, Trubbled Monk. Since they've only opened recently, it's too soon to call any trends. On the plus side, it's easy to feel at home here. Upstairs diners enjoy good table service and the overall vibe is comfortable and inviting. I didn't care for the highway diner-like serving ware or the plastic ketchup squeeze bottles. And the varnished 2x6 booths looked and felt like something I built in my garage. But the service at the bar was excellent and the popularity of the place is well deserved.
07-28-2008 02:22:18 |
More by RedDiamond
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here at ~1730 on 31 Aug 2012 for a light dinner. Second non airport Oregon stop on this tour.
Happy hour specials till 1800. No Glo or Kolsch on tap, fresh out. High ceilings, a lot of wood. MDS is a barrel sliced in twain. A TV with the Boise St- Mich St game was on. Most of the staff seems to be comprised of OSU students. Outside and upstairs seating available. Booths are made from 2x6s, slightly uncomfortable as the backs are near vertical. Mom really liked the ambiance. Beer is available to go, got a bottle each of the Provision and Wandelpad.
Definitely the best stop on this trip.
11-11-2012 04:11:47 |
More by htomsirveaux
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here on the way over to the coast, just kind of happened upon it but will definitely revisit the next time i'm in the area. The atmosphere is a great pub feel, very unassuming from the outside, but the inside is lots of wood beams, very warm cozy feeling and the bar is great. Glasses hanging over it with wood stool seating and casks lining the back wall. About 12 taps visible, two of which were cask. The restaurant is a lot bigger than it looks, two stories all open with some rooms in the back where we ended up that kind of wind and twist. Pretty cool. Quality of the beer was pretty good, nothing dynamite standout but very good. The service was good as well, attentive and knowledgeable about the brews. As I said 12 taps, two cask, so the selection was good, and lots of food to choose from, mostly the usual pub fare but a few standouts as we were closer to the coastal side of the state. Food was pretty great, I had the brewers burger which meant if you eat it all you get a free pint...of course they charge an extra three bucks for the meal but who cares right! I got a massive burger, fries, a side salad, and a free beer! Overall I was very pleased with the whole experience and will be back as soon as I am in town.
01-11-2010 18:55:22 |
More by RedBrewer83
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
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
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Tuesday night in Corvallis at 7:00pm there was at least 10 people waiting for a table and the bar was full. By about 7:30 it had thinned out and was about 80% full the rest of the night. I had a sampler of beers and was most impressed by the Red. I didn't try the high end brews due to the higher abv's and I had to drive home a few hours later. Nice place overall although quite noisy when filled to capacity. I had a delicious pulled pork sandwich which was just right amount of smokiness and not too greasy. After 10:00pm the same sandwich and many other offerings drop to $5 per serving which is an excellent bargain.
Parking was not a problem although on Friday night or weekends you might have to walk a ways to find parking. (it is free!)
If you know the town at all it is just across the street from the Dairy Queen on Third street and Jefferson. Overall a fine drinking and dining experience.
01-08-2009 00:23:50 |
More by Spikester
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