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Edgefield Brewery (McMenamins)
Active Beers: 3
Beer Ratings: 28
Beer Avg: 3.87
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2126 SW Halsey St.
phone: (800) 669-8610
Edgefield Brewery, established January 1991
(Place added by: javier)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by johnmichaelsen:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Crown jewel of the McMenamins empire, what my girlfriend's daughter called on her first visit "it's like disneyland for drunks."
In fact McMenamin's doesn't encourage over indulgence, but God knows they certainly don't discourage it either.
Let me start off by saying that there is just so much going on here, it's really difficult to rate this place. This place at one point was a poor house/farm that fell into disrepair. I believe it was actually closed down for some years and was scheduled to be razed before the brothers stepped in and saved it. Man did they ever save it.
Edgefield manor has been converted into a multi-use facility that includes lodging, an on-site brewery, winery and distillery, a pub, various nooks and crany watering holes where you can grab a beer and any other manner of libation, an upscale (more or less) restaurant, a nine hole golf course, a movie theater, its own garden and a glass blowing shop. The place also has good size rooms for catered meetings and gatherings, and in the summer time it is very popular to cater weddings and receptions on the gracious grounds. On the weekends in the summertime there are also outdoor concerts, not to mention smaller performances in the barrel room of the winery.
I always feel a lifting of spirit whenever I visit Edgefield. I can spend hours walking around the grounds, taking a look at all the artwork (paintings by local artists) in the halls and corridors, visiting Jerry's Icehouse (named after Jerry Garcia of course) and the red shed, maybe wandering down to the winery tasting room.
In short, I give the atmosphere a score of 5 because that's as high a score as one can give. As for quality, I ended up giving this a 5 as well. Granted, the McMenamin beers aren't deserving of this score, but the quality of the place itself, the overall impression of the manor and grounds, make this the only score I can give.
Service is really a tough call. I've had some really subpar service in the Black Rabbit and theater pub (one waiter told us he thought we were going to linger longer over our wine, which was his reason for taking 45 minutes to bring us the entrees we ordered), but at other times I've had very quick, prompt service. Ultimately, when I add everything up, I'd still have to rate the service here as pretty good.
The selection here is the best I've seen at any of the McMenamin establishments. They usually have around 20 different McMeniman beers in the theater pub, with usually a couple of guest beers as well. The Black Rabbit side bar also usually has around 10 different beers on tap, while most of the other locations on the premises serving the Hammerhead, Terminator stout and Ruby. While McMenamin beers are not the best, I can usually find something I can tolerate without any problem. The IPA and Terminator stout are pretty good, and I've always been a fan of the Hammerhead.
The food here is up and down, but is generally pretty good. I've had some exceptional meals in the Black Rabbit, as well as some that were not so great. The pub grub is also quite tolerable, and in the summer time it's not unusual for there to be an outside grill going next to the theater pub.
Prices have slowly started to creep up over time, but are still fairly reasonable.
This place is one in a million and is just fabulous. In the words of the michelan guide: "worth a special journey."
09-11-2007 20:45:01 |
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11-30-2013 17:23:32 |
More by Adamnimmo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Troutdale provided a great environment, extremely relaxing, and very confortale scenery.
The sprawling site has plenty of room to host many folks without making one feel like they are amonst a lot of people. Lay back, taste the local brew.
The food is quite good. I onyl had pizza and beer, and the price was what one would exptect.
The nightlife in the outside restaurant was simple, like on your own back porch, and the entire crowd looked as relaxed and was friendly. Felt like all were family.
12-20-2012 03:28:01 |
More by BraveGator
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
My wife's sister suggested we stop here before we went on a Brewery Tour down near and around Hood River. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised with this place. It had a great atmosphere and the beer was above my expectations.
It took a while for a waiter to stop by our table, but after that the service was okay. I ordered a pesto chicken sandwich and it was delightful. I wanted to try out at least three other things on the menu. We ordered a sampler of beers and almost all of them were above average. None were below in my opinion.
10-17-2011 22:27:37 |
More by Outlawshaw
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
I visited McMenamins Edgefield last week while in Portland, mainly to see Ray Lamontagne in concert but I became quite excited when I checked out the website and learned a bit more about the place. Apparently it is a 70 acre resort with a hotel, movie theater, gold course, outdoor concert venue, several bars, a distillery, and several restaurants...pretty cool! When I arrived I found out that most of the bars were extremely tiny (which is really cool on any day but a concert day!) and fairly concentrated which made me wonder what the heck they were doing with all that acreage. I spent some time in the Pub and in Jerry's Ice House. Had some really tasty pizza and two beers (Hammerhead and Ruby) which were average at best. Place was a quick drive from Portland and a fairly nice escape from the city.
09-11-2011 02:17:32 |
More by koopa
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
I stopped for a beer and a bite to eat at the Edgefield Brewery while traveling to Portland.
The place is a historic site, used to be a country poor farm (pre-welfare), now a hotel and a collection of pubs and other hospitality facilities. Multiple venues on the grounds including cozy little pubs, and huge tents for concerts and such. They say the hotel is haunted. I could spend a lot of time at this place. We went to a pub located in the old power plant building.
Quality was typical McMennamins brews. If you like them the quality is good.
Service was good. The place was busy with the St Paddy's day weekend festivities.
Selection was again McMenamins. 16 taps or so.
Food was pretty good. Typical of other McM's places. Pub fare for the most part, with a Irish special for the weekend.
I like these places. They are interesting and located all over Oregon and southeast Washington. I think the quality ois good and prices are reasonable. I could be a regular if I lived near one of these places.
05-17-2011 17:57:17 |
More by RJLarse
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
For atmosphere, Edgefield is amazing. In fact, I am biased to liking most McMenamin's locations. I think they have a knack for their properties.
I've been to several weddings, concerts, on a date, and just flat out drinking here. I always have a good time.
There are many different bars here as well as a spa which I'd like to check out sometime.
The beer is typically McMenamin's fodder. It's decent. The service is whatever...maybe better than standard McMenamin's service if you're familiar with their staffing trends.
There are places to relax, booths to site in, places to stroll, you can play pool, pinball, relax indoors or out. It's a great spot.
05-19-2010 03:35:50 |
More by djbreezy
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$
I have tried many of McMenamins beers over the years, but had never visited one of their properties. The Edgefield property is about 20 mminutes outside Portland. We stopped in here after hanging out at Multnomah Falls and the Columbia Gorge. Edgefield is located in the tiny town of Troutdale and is one of the most interesting places I have ever visited. The property has lots of buildings and houses a hotel, golf course, and spa. There are various bars scattered throughout (one is a wine bar and one is dedicated to Jerry Garcia). They make their own beer, spirits, and wine here.
They have two restaurants, the Black Rabbit and the Power Station Pub. The Power Station Pub is the less expensive option and this is where we ate lunch. The food is your typical brewpub joint. All 3 of us ordered burgers, which we felt were not very good. They reminded me of Sysco frozen hockey puck burgers. My wife's fries were not crisp and were oily; the tater tots I had were tasty and were Ore'ida-riffic.
The beer is composed of the usual McMenamain's suspects. They have Ruby, Hammerhead, IPA, Terminator Stout, Bagdad Ale, Black Rabbit Porter, and an ESB. The IPA was a little too heavy for me, but was not terrible.
Our server was a little aloof, but our food did come as ordered.
The prices were not bad, with burgers running around $8 and pints around $4.
This is worth a stop if you are visiting the Columbia Gorge area. While I won't vouch for the Power Station food, the atmosphere of the property makes up for the food quality. Next time I would try and sample some wine and spirits and save the beer for when I returned to Portland.
10-21-2009 00:53:01 |
More by mjl21
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
On our first visit in May '99, prior to our move later that same year, my wife and I drank pints of Hammerhead and Ruby on a cool, rainy afternoon in the Power Station Restaurant. We've returned in the 10+ years so many times I've lost count.
Today was the fourth time in six years that the office has held an impromptu golf outing at the Pub Course (once a single course, now a pair: a 12-hole version and a (considerably tougher) 20-hole commitment). It's hard to encapsulate all that Edgefield is in a single review without rambling; suffice to say it's a hotel, restaurant(s), pub(s), movie theater, concert venue (we saw The Decemberists and Blind Pilot earlier this summer), golf course(s), winery/distillery, garden(s), glass studio...shall I continue? It's lush and whimsical and filled with quirky gems (Little Red Shed anyone?) that make repeat visits a necessity, even for us locals...
The courtyard outside the Power Station/Black Rabbit is where we've eaten on the last several vists - right under the looming water tower. Food is generally good, pub fare with few outstanding attributes. Burgers, salads and pastas are met with the occasional jambalaya or steak or mussels dish. Beers vary from pub to pub (the Shed and Golf Clubhouse each had 4 standards: Ruby, Terminator, Hammerhead, and Sunflower IPA...plus a nitro Irish Stout), and may be served in either glass pints or plastic cups, depending on whether it's 'for here' or 'to go'. Wines and spirits made by McMenamins are plentiful, too; it's truly an imbibing playground for adults.
Though my ratings may not add up to earn an 'outstanding' score, a visit to Edgefield should be a 'must' for any visitor (or resident); a great way to spend a few relaxing hours and definitely one of the Northwest's treasures. Easy to reach off I-84, via Exit 16 or 17...
09-16-2009 04:22:22 |
More by msubulldog25
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Obviously the jewel in the McMenamin's crown, the Edgefield location is also the largest. It's so big, in fact, that you'll need a map! With a golf course, movie theater and live music events you could easily spend an entire day here - and even an entire weekend! That said, rooms are inexpensive! (Which is one of the reasons so many people have wedding receptions here!).
I should point out to those that may be skeptical at this point, that I myself wasn't really expecting much given what I'd seen and read prior. But when I actually visited, my opinion was changed completely.
Just passing through the whimsical garden from the parking lot to the Power Station was fun. There are just so many fun and interesting details hidden about! And then on to the wine tasting room... and, I know it's Oregon and the wines should be great, but the wines really are great! I was quite impressed with several of the more rare selections.
The beers are really good to boot, and although it's nationally small at only 5,000 barrels per year, it's still McMenamin's largest brewery and that's worth taking a look at. And if beer and wine are not enough for you, there's also a distillery... and a garden that produces the vegetables for the Black Rabbit Restaurant... oh, and a spa, and a tea house, and a glashaus (where artist blow glass ornaments, vases, and more)!!!
Two final notes: #1, I found Edgefield to be incredibly relaxing. It's so laid-back, and the outdoor areas are beautiful for strolling around. And sitting at the bar, it's so easy to talk to people with the limited amount of seating they have at most bars. Also, because they only have so many beers available, I wasn't under any pressure to take notes!
#2, Edgefield is perched right at the start of the Columbia River Gorge - another landmark that I initially thought might just be OK, but then blew me away! - and it would make a great base to make a loop up to Hood River (Full Sail, Big Horse Brewing) and then cross over into Washington for the trip back with a stop in Stevenson to visit the Walking Man Pub.
If I didn't have friends that live in Portland, I'd definitely stay here and rent a car. It's a mecca!
08-02-2009 02:13:21 |
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