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Rogue Ales Distillery & Public House
Taps: 38 / Bottles: 30
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1339 NW Flanders St
phone: (503) 222-5910
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Distillery Tours: Monday-Friday @ 2:00pm or by Special Request
(Place added by: Todd)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Went to the rogue alehouse on a business trip, and was more than pleasantly surprised.
Sat at the bar area (restaurant style seating is available as well) and had great service. It was a Wednesday night, so the crowd was light and allowed for the attention. Tried the I2PA, Imperial Stout, and Brutal Bitter, but the knowledgable bartender (Mike) tossed shot-glass tasters at me for my whole stay, allowing me to sample many more.
A very good experience and a great place to sample some beers that are a rare find in my area.
04-09-2008 00:34:50 |
More by joebell9
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I love Rogue Ales. Just wanted to get that out of the way.
We stopped in on a Saturday afternoon and before our behinds pressed into the barstools, we were greeted with tasters of the chocolate stout and followed quickly by the i2pa. I was at home.
A pint of Shakespeare later and we were having some more free samples. A goblet of Old Crustacean followed and then i checked out the merch and the bottled beer. They have everything here.
The location is actually the distillery for the gin or the rum with a beer bar/restaurant front. No smoking. Easy street parking in Portland (use some plastic to pay for parking) so no fuss there.
Sadly, because we had dinner plans, we chose not to eat here, but many others were and they appeared to be having a great time.
This is a must stop if you are in Portland or you love Rogue's offerings.
01-29-2007 18:06:43 |
More by pentathlete
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I checked out the Public House while in town for the Oregon Brewers Festival.
It's nestled in the ultra-trendy Pearl District, section of the city.
The beers were phenomenal! Besides an excellent selection of Rogues they had a good selection of guest beers. I had a couple FRED'S on draft with a fantastic personal pizza.
The server was real friendly and attentive.
Overall, this place was just awesome. If you're a Rogue fan you must visit. I hit a couple other "beer" bars to get a sample of the variety of beers available in Portland but the Public House was my favorite, by far!
08-15-2008 21:12:16 |
More by BillyB
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
This pub in Portlands Pearl is a really nice place to give some Of Rogues ales a try. They were more than happy to give out samples and chat with you about all the beers. They also had several other very good micros on tap not from Rogue.
If you find your self in Portland DO NOT miss this place. Plus Portland brewing is just around the corner, and in august of 2007 Deschutes will have their new pub open there as well.
Portlands Pearl could very likley have the very best beer per city block of any place in the world.
06-30-2007 02:24:23 |
More by TiMX
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
And yet, here we have another mandatory stop in Beervana - or Brewtopia. Rogue's, while not an actual brewery, is surely a unique place offering 2 dozen excellent Rogue products on tap, growler and bombers. On the right is the "no cellphone zone" bar area, which you gotta appreciate. Up on the chalkboard is listed some of the finest micros on the planet. Of these, I lovingly quaffed an Imperial Pilsner, the YSB (Younger's Special Bitter) and their imperial IPA called I2PA.
To the left is the dining area, where you will also find the restrooms labeled "Hops" (Men) and "Barley" (Women) Why? Don't know. Did not ask. Besides the delicious beer, they distill their own rum, and offer superb Kobe beef burgers on the menu. Plus plenty of gear and assorted beeraphanalia. It ia also located a short walk west of the very convenient Portland Streetcar. A special shout to Biscuit! Enjoy your day off.
Go to Rogue ...today!
07-29-2008 19:54:35 |
More by jjboesen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
What a great place.
Atmosphere was busy but not crowded on the Tuesday and Wednesday nights we went. Place is heavy on wood with bottles of what seems to be every beer they've ever bottled lining the walls and fridge. There were tables outside on the sidewalk as well. You can see the caged in upstairs distillery and can watch them work. Music was easy 60s/70s rock.
Mike the bartender is one of my new favorite people. Always moving, always working, but with a smile and time to talk over your selections. Rock on Mike!
All the beers I had were top notch and presented well. We had a brewers board and a Ruben, both were excellent.
Mike talked the Mrs. into a Chocolate Stout/Lindemans (on tap) Framboise mix that she declared the Best. Beer. Ever!
Prices were very fair. If you hit Portland, this is your base o'operations.
08-19-2007 19:32:07 |
More by HardTarget
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I had a great experience finding Rogue Public House in Portland. I pulled off the highway and found myself just across the Broadway Bridge. A quick hop, a turn, found a parking spot a block away, and there I was (probably helped that it was Sunday - parking was free, too). I didn't take too much of a peek around inside, but headed straight for the bar. (They do have a nook selling shirt, bombers, growlers, and other Rogue paraphenalia.)
The staff was extremely happy, extremely helpful, and really helped me feel at home. They really seemed to love working there. They were happy to feed me at the bar (had myself a Reuben sandwich and a Mocha Porter) and struck up a cool conversation with some other weary Rogue-hungry travelers.
Rogue is definitely a company with image and marketing as a priority, but the way they presented the Public House was outstanding. It had such a great vibe and didn't feel trendy or chain-pub-ish at all. I wish I lived in Portland so I could patronize the place more often.
01-18-2006 20:51:16 |
More by Tupperwolf
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
definitly my favorite stop i made on my recent trip to portland. i totally agree with previous posts in that the atmosphere isn't trying to be as hipster as other portland brewpubs, and by not doing that they succeded in making a super comfortable place to drink some awesome brews. i went ther emy first day in town and had a bunch of brews via samplers. coming back to a few special ones for pints. i didn't find the prices to be unreasonable and i found the food to be worth the trip alone. the kobe beef burger is sweet. joined the rogue nation while i was there, maybe it's just me but west coast people are a ton nicer than the folks we have back east. the servers were helpful and attentive. i also went back on my last day there and enjoyed some drinks out on the sidewalk tables under a beautiful sunny portland sky. i'll definitly be back here.
04-11-2007 19:24:09 |
More by scarletfire79
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
As if I need to say anything about this place for anyone to give it a try - I mean, c'mon, it's ROGUE for crying out loud!
But here goes...
Located in on the edge of the Pearl District in downtown Portland, Rogue has moved into the exact spot that once was Flanders Street Pub and Micky Finns before that.
Upon entering, it looks as many other bars/restaurants - no special decor, and, except for all the Rogue paraphanlia in the gift shop area - no indication that this is any place out of the ordinary. But siddle up to the bar and behold the bodacious selection of Rogue beers and you've left ho-hum behind and entered the realm of the extraordinary. A quick glance at the tap handles will reveal the full range of what Rogue has to offer and, if that isn't enough to temp you, a few other fantastic choices like Lindeman's Frambois, Guiness, and Terminal Gravity to name a few I saw.
Foodwise, it's a pub, so don't expect anything gormet. But I've enjoyed everything I've had there, so by all means there should be something on the menu to make you happy.
However, at the end of the day, it's not the food that people come here for - it's the world class beer that make a trip to Rogue akin to a visit to Mecca (no disrepect here - just an analogy!). In a city of fine brewpub, there is probably no other single stop that has as much to offer in the way of excellent, always tasty beer.
11-17-2003 04:06:07 |
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