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Rogue Ales Distillery & Public House
Taps: 38 / Bottles: 30
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1339 NW Flanders St
phone: (503) 222-5910
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Distillery Tours: Monday-Friday @ 2:00pm or by Special Request
(Place added by: Todd)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 73 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Huge tap selection of Rogue's finest, and very open-atmosphere. We stuck to the outdoors as the weather was finally warm enough and no rain! Seasoned, helpful and friendly service and lots of Rogue memorabilia to gawk at on the walls. Check out the glass case to see some older bottle designs.
Only confusion was with the restrooms. One is labels Hops and the other, Barley. Logic would lead one to conclude that since Hops are the flower of the plant (female), that this would be the ladies room. Wrong. Dead wrong. Luckily, we were informed of this before any awkward situation could occur.
So, in conclusion. This place rocks. Hops=Men; Barley=Women.
06-01-2006 20:02:39 |
More by Skidz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I had a great experience finding Rogue Public House in Portland. I pulled off the highway and found myself just across the Broadway Bridge. A quick hop, a turn, found a parking spot a block away, and there I was (probably helped that it was Sunday - parking was free, too). I didn't take too much of a peek around inside, but headed straight for the bar. (They do have a nook selling shirt, bombers, growlers, and other Rogue paraphenalia.)
The staff was extremely happy, extremely helpful, and really helped me feel at home. They really seemed to love working there. They were happy to feed me at the bar (had myself a Reuben sandwich and a Mocha Porter) and struck up a cool conversation with some other weary Rogue-hungry travelers.
Rogue is definitely a company with image and marketing as a priority, but the way they presented the Public House was outstanding. It had such a great vibe and didn't feel trendy or chain-pub-ish at all. I wish I lived in Portland so I could patronize the place more often.
01-18-2006 20:51:16 |
More by Tupperwolf
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
What a great place! Not too expensive and right in downtown Portland. I went with a couple of buddies and we were impressed. I am an Oregon native so I am a little predisposed to Rogue, but this was more than I was expecting. They have about thirty of their own beers on tap plus a few others. We were there at Christmastime so they had a few seasonal winter ales and spiced beers on tap as well. I had a Shakespeare Stout and a Honey Cream Ale, one of my buddies had an I2PA and something else, and we also got a sampler. The sampler is a great deal four 4oz glasses for the price of a regular pint. The food was great as well and the service more than attentive. The place was also nearly empty when we went, so that could explain that. The food was regular pub fare, sausages and mustard, fried mushrooms, and burgers. Of course the reason to go is the great brews. I gave a $$ for the value only because you won't be able to stop sampling the outstanding beers once you get there! There is also a small store on the premises where you can buy 22oz bottles of just about all 50 beers that Rogue brews as well as glasseware, shirts, and coasters. A great place to stop in to if you are in Portland.
11-02-2005 21:53:56 |
More by Zoh
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I actually went in with a bit of a chip on my shouler: I don't expect to want to like most chains, and even ones with great beer pedigrees, like Rogue, aren't my first choices. But I was at a convention in downtown Portland, and the center of the city offers relatively little in terms of brewpubs (especially given the approximately 150,000 brewpubs in the greater PDX area.) I rarely give 5s, but the selection and taste justified it.
Okay: clarification. Rogue isn't a brewpub, since the beer is brewed off-site (presumably down in Newport.)
Atmosphere and location: it's in Portland's rapidly gentrifying Pearl district, where the old dingy warehouses are being condo-ized, and the people are increasingly self-consciously pretty. Yes, a few years ago, it was seedy in this area: now, it's just not. The place itself is easily visible, and fairly open. To the right is a smoking (ugh) bar, which, like the rest of the pacific northwest, is disgustingly behind the times. I mean, how can a place that prides itself on the taste of artisan ales allow people to mangle the tastebuds of its patrons? Foul. Fortunately, to the left as you enter is a non-smoking dining room area, where you can seat yourself, and choose seats way away from the open bar (which has no wall to contain the poison.) Some cute decor, and a fairly densely tabled dining room make it cozy, bordering on tight. The two-top table right next to the phone booth became my favorite over several visits. If they disallow smoking completely, I'd bump the atmosphere rating up to a 4 or 4.5.
The service that I got in two visits was outstanding: friendly, fairly knowledgeable, fast, and responsive. She apologized that they won't sell single samples (only in racks of four, for $5.25), but gladly brought me several "tiny tastes" for free, which were full sample glasses just like the ones I bought. I didn't need to eat when I visited, and she was fine with my just drinking (so it's easy to sit in the non-smoking dining room, just to drink.)
The selection was just damn outstanding: approximately 25-30 Rogue ales on tap, and some additional number of other branded taps, in addition to their (on-premises distilled) Rogue rum. Everything listed on the menu that I asked for was on, including four special/seasonal brews listed on a chalkboard, which included a fresh hop beer. Beware the menu (also online at rogue.com): it incorrectly specifies the Bullfrog Ale and Honey Orange Wheat as being WAY, WAY higher alcohol (both 25* Plato!) and IBU (100 IBU and 87.5 IBU, respectively) than they really are.
The taste: damn. I've often been very underwhelmed by Rogue beers (in bombers from BevMo and the like). I mean, good, but worth the hype and cost? But EVERY beer I had was very good, and some were life changing. Really: the Imperial Stout, the Old Crusty barleywine, and the I2PA, all of which I've enjoyed in the past, blew me away. And it was a great opportunity to taste beers which I'm often hesitant to drop $5 for a bomber for in a store without knowing them (e.g., Soba, Chipotle, Juniper). I'll try to write some reviews of the individual beers, but in short: they were amazing, from end to end. I went back three times in as many days it was so good.
The value? Well, yeah, $5 is a little spendy for a pint, but c'mon, in downtown Portland there are hipster chumps paying $4 plus tip for a pint of shitwater (Rainer, PBR). The good deal is, actually, the sampler boats: ANY four beers for $5.25, in standard four ounce glasses, so you can choose all high gravity for the same price as regular weight beers, and get them cheaper than buying buying a eight (ten?) ounce glass for $4.75. And really: find me a liquor store with the higher end Rogue bombers (i.e., NOT Dead Guy) for that much cheaper than these fresh taps. And if you're feeling cheap, just go in and browse from their 25-30 type strong bottle selection, where no bomber is over $5 (the ceramic high gravity XS series are $12.95 for 26 ounces and really pretty but resource wasting bottles.) However, I do wish they'd refridgerate more of the bottle selection, and protect it from direct southern/southwestern sunlight.
I'll absolutely go again, even given good brewpub choices in PDX: it's convenient to downtown, you can avoid most of the filthy smoke if you try, and the beers are fresh, moan-y, lipsmackingly delicious.
10-31-2005 03:20:53 |
More by warmstorage
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
A buddy and I recently enjoyed a nice summer Friday afternoon at one of the picnic benches outside Rogue. Only went inside twice, generally felt 'pub-like' - comfortable, a bit noisy, lively decor etc. I didn't really care for all the stacked cases of their beers, but from a marketing standpoint alone I see why they stack them everywhere.
Beers are priced at a varying scale (some can only be ordered by the glass, not pint). I thought the prices to be a bit high and service a little slow until our server voluntarily 'comp'ed us a 'RN' ('Rogue Nation') discount. Enjoyed a simple beer cheese soup and salad & had two pints (Morimoto Soba Ale and Juniper Pale Ale), which were both very good.
A solid pub and one I'd recommend visiting for the out-of-towner or local alike. Cheers!
08-24-2005 01:37:40 |
More by msubulldog25
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
This is a nice enough place in the NW corner of Portland. The atmosphere is dark wooden, traditional-ish British style with nice nooks and crannies. The quality of the food was very good, but some of the draught lines seemed a bit "off" and I had a few diacetyl soups here as well. I've heard similar comments about the lines at the San Fran Rogue house as well. Maybe they should clean their lines better/more often. The service was very good and quick. Many free samples were tasted as well, and the happy hour prices on food are very good. The food as just mentioned was good, but a bit pricey when it is not happy hour. The same can be said for the beer. Selection was obviously very good, and I ended up trying Johns marriage beer love and hoppiness whilst here, as well as some more chipotle ale and smoke ale. I'm starting to really like these two! I also tried some bullfrog, and uber pils. They all were pretty tasty. If the lines were better and the prices a bit cheaper, this would be a real favorite of mine. As it is the happy hour prices are great, and the service is too. Certainly recommended for any Oregon trip. I hope to check out the Newport location soon. Oh, and this bar has their own distillery upstairs making Rogue liquors. Cool.
05-12-2005 20:38:33 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
This area is rapidly becoming non-seedy. This pub is typical Rogue. A distinct place. Just west of the trendy Pearl district and an easy walk from Powells Books are the street car. So no need to drive if you can stay at a hotel on light rail or street car.
Just an old commercial building with Rogues pub touches. I've found the service super. My choice for fresh Rogue is to drive three hours to Newport or two hours to Portland. I do both depending on my schedule and needs. During the 15th Anniversary, this pub had cases of brew that Newport did not. And this is were the Rum comes from.
I've foudn good deals on new Rogue brews and close-out here. Rob Pils was one that I enjoy. And of course the Stout selections. And of course Dead Guy is always available if you can't htink of something else to drink.
While I'm sure there are times the service is slow. I have had great service every time I've stopped. In March, I was over on a business trip and needed to get a bottle of rum. The perosn I was with agreed to wait in the truck zone with the car while I ran in. The beer tender undeerstood and quickly took care of me, even though she had other customers waiting at the bar.
The Manager helped me find some of the 15th Anniversary beers for my recent 35th Beer Day Celebration. That helped fill out the selection so that my guests could sample all 11 bottled products. These are great beer people.
03-27-2005 20:57:26 |
More by beercollector
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Atmosphere This is actually located in a seedy part of town just blocks from the infamous Vaseline alley. Its very industrial and just a few blocks from a freeway on-ramp. Inside the patrons hang out like its nothing special, where of course someone like me from out of town wants to bow down and pray for an hour or so.
Theres a lot of nostalgia here, which of course could also be defined as a cheap and inexpensive way to decorate your pub. There are cases and cases of beer lining the hallways and several shelves of old and new Rogue bottles, some incased in glass and locked. I got a kick out of the old red pay telephone booth in one of the corners as well as the Rogue bottle salt and pepper shakers on the tables.
Quality They dont try to do anything fancy here. Its your basic pub set-up. Theres a rather small bar with a few tables behind then a separate area with just table. Its not a new building by any stretch but fits well into the industrial part of town.
Service I went in the middle of the afternoon on a Saturday so there werent a lot of people there. Having said that, the service was OK. I didnt really have anything to complain about but nothing stood out, either.
Selection This was better than average. They have about 40 taps or so behind the bar. Of course there was a full selection Rogues, but they also had some other high quality, local microbrews.
Food I had the Brutal Reuben with chips and it was fantastic. They soak then cook the corned beef in Brutal Bitter and add sauerkraut, Swiss, thousand island dressing, then put it all between two pieces of rye bread. Yummee!
01-07-2005 22:44:00 |
More by RoyalT
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4
Met friends here on a Thursday night. Seemed to be only one person working behind the bar and on the floor in the bar area. Not a good thing considering that on this particular Thursday there were numerous art events going on in the neighborhood.
Selection was alright....the group I was with ended up killing 2 different kegs which were not replaced that night.
Large selection of Rogue beers, some macros, and a handful of guest micros on tap. About 5 bucks for a 16oz. pint before gratuity.
Beer to go in bombers and growlers were displayed on shelves near the entrance. On a hot day like it was when I went there; I can't imagine that this would be good for the beer.
Parking is a hassel, well on this night it was. Maybe if it hadn't of been the artsy "First Thursday" event and the wonderful weather, parking would have been easier to find.
Not sure I would make a strong effort to return to this Rogue pub and eatery anytime too soon.
07-04-2004 02:48:07 |
More by sinistersteve
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Rogue's Portland location is a basic, homey pub with lots of Rogue merchandise and bottled beers displayed right at the entrance. Stacks of boxes and miscellaneous bottles litter the corners of the pub. To the left is the restaurant seating, which is a wholly unexciting room with tables and booths. To the right is the bar, with nameplates at every seat and Rogue's new distillery operation on display in a glass-encased balcony above the bathrooms. There's a back room with video games or lottery, I'm not sure which, and a second back room (storage) which you may have to enter if you visit during Rogue's frequent garage sales. From the street (and in the bathroom), you can see evidence of the building's former incarnation as Portland/ MacTarnahan's Flanders Street brewery, but Rogue is not currently brewing here, just distilling. There are tables along the sidewalk for good weather. Twenty-four or so Rogue beers available, which is a wonderful thing, but there is bound to be some confusion for visitors who aren't familiar with any of them. Two casks, one of which was pouring a Full Sail brew, the other Shakespeare Stout. A small clutch of average guest taps. The pub menu is solid, and should please all but the pickiest eaters. Nothing is cheap, but the food is good. They have Kobe beef burgers if you want to splurge. The beers are all in reasonably good condition, and the service is fine if spread a little thin. A visiting out-of-towner who is a fan of Rogue should definitely not miss the chance to come here if they are unable to get to Newport. A few comments: The beers are on the high end pricewise, between 4.50 and 5 dollars a pint. That's as expensive as it gets here in Portland. Also, my last visit was on a hot day, and the pub itself was not exactly cool. It wasn't uncomfortable to sit in, but they have all those bottles for purchase just sitting out in the room which was probably close to 80 degrees... Lastly, there were 2 competing sources of music. I couldn't figure out where the second source was coming from (the kitchen maybe?), but it was definitely audible and made for sort of a schizophrenic listening experience.
Update 3/05: Rogue has recently spruced up the place to match the neighboring Pearl District. They've expanded the bar area to have an extra room of seating underneath the distillery. It has a pleasant, low-ceilinged rec-room vibe. The restaurant half is also more interesting, with a British telephone box dominating the space. Also the service has improved or maybe the bartender just recognized me. If you're a regular you might want to think about joining the Rogue Nation (discounted pints). Lastly, the casks seem to be gone which really sucks.
06-21-2004 04:22:07 |
More by Thrasher
Rogue Ales Distillery & Public House in Portland, OR
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