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Rogue Ales Distillery & Public House
Taps: 38 / Bottles: 30
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1339 NW Flanders St
phone: (503) 222-5910
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Distillery Tours: Monday-Friday @ 2:00pm or by Special Request
(Place added by: Todd)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 73 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in after having dinner at a much nicer , probably should have went to Rogue first.
Atmosphere was a little industrial, slightly grungy, cases of beer stacked every where giving you a warehouse feeling. The lay out was different with two separate seating / dining areas. We sat in the smaller area closer to the bar. The bartender came to the table immediately after we sat down. She was very friendly, efficient and knew the Rogue beer menu well. The beer selection was a nice variety of Rogue Beer which is always good, no guest taps. Did not sample any of the food, however, there was a nice variety on the meu.
Overallwe had a good time and it is worth the stop if your in Portland.
10-19-2011 20:45:25 |
More by dtivp
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Went to this place right after Deschutes, it's just a block or 2 down the street.
It's kind of a weird layout, there's 2 dining rooms on either side of the bar, both of which were empty, and then there is the bar in the middle which had a decent amount of people inside drinking beer.
Sat down at our table, the place seemed a little grimey and dated, the decor definitely could use either a good scrubbing or a remodel.
The bartender came right over to our table, he was nice and seemed to know about the 30 or so beers they had on tap, all of which brewed by Rogue, they had no guest taps.
Had a few tasty beers and took a look at the merchandise before we left. The shirts and glasses were quite overpriced, I'm talking in the $25-$30 t-shirt range.
It was an ok experience and one that I would skip over next time im in Portland.
10-14-2011 18:16:48 |
More by tjensen3618
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
I used to be a huge fan of Rogue ales before I moved to Portland (and started trying other stellar local brews). I tried this brewpub three times and I have to say that these are the worst and most hateful bartenders and servers I have ever encountered.
The first time I popped in I did wait for quite awhile (despite it not being terribly busy) and was eventually served. The beers were good, as I remembered, but the snooty bartender soured my taste buds.
Second time I came with a friend on a slow afternoon and were carded promptly. We looked over the beer list, prepared our order and tried to get up to the bar. We were passed over several times. We tried to get a seat at a bar table, but they were full. We asked the bar area server for an order which we would pay cash and were told we had to have a seat or order from the bar.
The final time I brought a friend who moved from Kansas who had loved their beers. We were carded within 2 minutes and as we tried to get an order out the server walked away. We waited at least 10 minutes, then went to the bar where several 'regulars' elbowed us out of the way and were served first.
Now you might say "hey, they were probably busy" but I have NEVER had bad service at Deschutes (the only comparable brewpub in the area), despite their bar area being at least twice as full as Rogue. I have waded up to the bar three deep at Deschutes and still received my beer in a timely fashion.
So I guess I am a little bit spoiled with the stellar service at Deschutes!
08-07-2011 23:16:17 |
More by cbarrett4
British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
From looking at the reviews, you either love this place or hate it. I am on the love it side of the line.
This is a quirky place, with weird decorations everywhere, its poorly laid out and cramped inside. Who cares! Have you seen their labels? This is like being a kid and secretly shown into your best friends brothers room which used to be the garage. All sorts of crap and beer stuck in every available space. But its comfortable with no pretension. The staff are all very friendly and we were given a free sample within 30 seconds of sitting down. They don't have everything on tap but considering how extensive their beer list is I'm not surprised. They were also helpful with making drink choices and describing the different attributes of each beer. I had a sampling of 4 from the daily board, a chalice of XS Stout, a tour and sampling from the distillery side than finished off with a nice chalice of Gnarly Barley Wine. I could barely make it back to the free train. And as for atmosphere, we had a great conversation with some Bears fans from Chicago who were in town to buy a camero. Some playoff hockey talk from another couple from Philly and random conversation from two young guys up from California. This is an Ale house and its definitely all about the beer. If you do indeed like good quality and interesting beers that stray from the normal and are not too wrapped up in first appearances, then this is a must visit.
04-26-2011 21:42:25 |
More by LazyL
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Rogue hasn't changed much since I was there nearly ten years ago. They still have cases upon cases of their beer in the dining area and bar area at room temperature. You'd think they would have solved the beer storage issue by now? No?
Good range of Rogue beers were available, and prices were reasonable as well. Service was a bit slow but not terribly bad. Would have liked some more interesting glassware for their beers too. The A/C seems to only cool the upper dining area and not so much the lower bar area - it was muggy/humid down there.
Please, please label the restroom doors.
08-08-2010 17:14:50 |
More by yemenmocha
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is a bit disappointing, even though I already knew I had mixed and feelings about Rogue beers anyway, finding most I've had not to be very interesting and rather unbalanced.
As it is, the atmosphere is decent, but not great. The layout inside is rather odd, cramped, and uncomfortable and it is either really quiet if no-one is there or extremely loud if it's even slightly busy. It has one oddly open area that is too exposed feeling while most seating is crammed together in an odd layout. It has some outside seating, at least, but not much.
The food in our experience is good, but not amongst the best we've had at similar locations. It is also not particularly plentiful for the price.
The beer quality is good but not great, being basically Rogue beers. As mentioned, I find many Rogue beers to be some combination of unbalanced or, very standard, bland, and uninteresting, and in the case of Dead Guy, all of these. However, many of their beers are at least pretty good. On top of that, their beers are rather pricey.
Service is overall very sub-par and one thing that really brings this place down. We had one waitress who was pretty good, being very helpful, friendly and enthusiastic, but a bit scattered and inefficient. Another waitress was reasonably efficient, got the orders down, but was rude, taciturn, unhelpful, and very condescending. When we asked about the beer selection, she brusquely said that the list displayed was not updated very often and that some beers were out, but then when we asked which were no longer available, she just said "several" and that she didn't feel like bothering to name them. We got the same response when we asked if she could at least tell us which were still available. We proceeded to order three different beers in succession only to have her tell us each time that they were out and give no other help. She also practically sneered at us for some of our choices. The bar tender was similarly unhelpful.
Finally, as indicated above, the beer selection is not good and apparently impossible to determine from the list of beers presented. They were out of about half the beers listed on the chalk board, to say nothing of the printed beer menu and we were told that they don't bother changing it very often. On top of that, they had no cask beer even though the menu said they did. I find this inexcusable, especially since it was not particularly busy and they have a chalkboard, easy to change. I have so far been to only one other place that has a similar problem with updating beers - Hopmonk in Sebastopol, Calif., and anyone can read up on what I think of that place.
This is one place which I shall avoid when in Portland, which has a lot of much better places from which to choose.
08-04-2010 21:32:09 |
More by Offa
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
If I lived in Portland I'd probably spend an unhealthy amount of time at this place. There's not a lot of pretense here, its a pretty straightforward place that knows what it is and wants to be (an Alehouse) I loved the huge selection of on-tap beers and our server gladly let us have a few tasters before we ordered up the pints. I've given high ratings to Rogue because its offers everything I personally like an alehouse or pub to have, a large and varied selection of good quality beers, decent service and a comfortable atmosphere. Rogue hits on all points here.
07-21-2010 22:42:20 |
More by DigitalEye
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
We stopped in here after dinner at Deschutes.
It's kind of a cool space. College bar meets sailor's bar. Pretty unique. The small crowd was a bit odd, and included two obvious locals who knew the bartender on a first name basis, a group of 21 year olds ordering pear ciders, and a couple of very drunk men from the coast guard who were talking to us about suburban Atlanta office buildings. The bathrooms are labeled "barley" and "hops" instead of F and M.
The bartender was friendly.
Tap selection was 16 from Rogue, plus a few random others. We didn't try any food.
This place is pretty interesting, and worth a stop if you're in the area.
06-15-2010 00:11:06 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $
Man what the heck is going on in this place? This might be the most awkwardly arranged building to dine in that I have ever been in. Weird beer and sports stuff and other bizarre stuff for decorations. They have an outrageously large taplist, pretty much every Rogue beer, but I give a 3.0 because the only two I actually wanted were out. The food was the definition of average. Basically this place is average in every way. I think it appeals to either a tourist crowd who wants a cheaper option than Deschutes, or groups of suburban folks wanting an "authentic" Portland experience. If you are from out of town definitely skip it.
05-18-2010 15:49:46 |
More by squaremile
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
When I'm in bottle shop, looking for tasty treats to bring home, rogue beers rarely make it into my basket. In general, I just think there are better beers out their for the price.
Having said that, I really like visiting the Rogue Public House in NW Portland. The atmosphere is exactly what I like in a pub: dark, lots of stained wood, comfortable, casual, and without pretension.
The taplist is extensive, and always has a few beers that you can't find in bottles. I also appreciate the option to try beers by the glass instead of buying the expensive 750ml ceramic bottles of the the XS series beers (although the switch to 7oz nips recently will have me grabbing a few more bottles now too).
The staff at this bar is always top notch. Compared to some of the other brew pubs in town, they tend to be some of the most knowledgeable about what they're pouring, and they're usually happy to talk to you and answer any questions you have about what's in your glass.
The food is average. There's good stuff on the menu, but nothing inspired or particularly memorable. If I need to eat, I usually get that out of the way at Deschutes, a short walk away, before making my way to rogue to relax in a comfortable pub with a glass or a pint.
The prices for the beer are a bit higher than other bars charge when serving rogue stuff, but I understand the businesses decision not to under-cut their biggest customers - the other bars around town.
To get around paying extra, join the rogue nation, which is free, and entitles you to a discount on every beer you order.
03-14-2010 02:18:00 |
More by portlandjeff
Rogue Ales Distillery & Public House in Portland, OR
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