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Rogue Ales Distillery & Public House
Taps: 38 / Bottles: 30
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1339 NW Flanders St
phone: (503) 222-5910
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Distillery Tours: Monday-Friday @ 2:00pm or by Special Request
(Place added by: Todd)
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vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
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
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stop #2 on my tour of Portland. Coming from Deschutes, this is a drop off.
First thing you notice is the self promotion. There are bottles, boxes, shirts of Rogue all OVER the place here. It's an eye sore; doesn't help the scenery. Combine that with the bright pink, Pepto Voodoo Doughnut bottles all around and the eyes start blurring before drinking any beer.
The bar portion is cramped and small, opening up to a larger section with the distilled spirits bar.
Beer menu is long, but nothing 'unique', and badly organized. Newcomers will find it confusing to read and know what's on tap. They do offer smaller menus at the tables, but "menu" is a stretch. It's a list; names of beers--no style, no abv, no nothing. Trashy.
The restaurant place looked better, but still confused. Even the restrooms (barley and hops) make you wonder what the hell they're doing.
I found myself ordering 4 samples and getting out of there asap. Too bad.
07-22-2012 22:17:31 |
More by Mebuzzard
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been there 3 times now on various occasion... Once on my own, once with a group and once with my wife. The first thing you notice when you come in is that the place is kind of confused and not updated at all. For instance, the bathrooms have no label on the door to tell you whether it's for women or men (except for 'barely' and 'hops', which makes no sense). So unless you are with someone who's been there before or happen to see someone come out of one, you would have no idea which one to use.
Also, the wait staff is very disorganized and slightly rude. My first time there, it took 11 minutes for us to even be acknowledged and then another 5 or so until we put in our drink order. Once the food and drink was delivered, we never saw our waiter again until it was time for the bill. The second time I came in I was by myself at the bar and they have a 'strict' no cellphone policy there apparently (which I didn't know). So after sending a few texts, the bartender chewed me out for using my phone. Couple minutes later, his buddy comes in and sits at the bar doing the same thing and not a word from the bartender the entire night. The third time I came in with my wife after a timbers game and sat at the bar. At one point the restaurant manager got a phone call from someone who had forgotten to close their tab and left their card there, asking if it would be ok to come in, pay and get it the next morning. Following the phone call the manager said audibly to one of the bartenders "some asshole walked out on his tab and wants to pay it tomorrow"... Poor you, someone actually cared enough to make sure that you're getting paid, have a little respect.
Other than that, the beer selection is pretty good... You can get every rogue beer under the sun and they also have a few guest taps... and the food is pretty above average, so if you can look past all of that, go for it.
04-07-2013 23:05:56 |
More by csiewert
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: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Went to this place right after Deschutes, it's just a block or 2 down the street.
It's kind of a weird layout, there's 2 dining rooms on either side of the bar, both of which were empty, and then there is the bar in the middle which had a decent amount of people inside drinking beer.
Sat down at our table, the place seemed a little grimey and dated, the decor definitely could use either a good scrubbing or a remodel.
The bartender came right over to our table, he was nice and seemed to know about the 30 or so beers they had on tap, all of which brewed by Rogue, they had no guest taps.
Had a few tasty beers and took a look at the merchandise before we left. The shirts and glasses were quite overpriced, I'm talking in the $25-$30 t-shirt range.
It was an ok experience and one that I would skip over next time im in Portland.
10-14-2011 18:16:48 |
More by tjensen3618
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
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: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
went here on a summer wednesday night about about 10pm.
Long story short, this will probably get a fairly poor review because of the service and atmosphere. Rogue ales are pretty good all around, but since I'm not rating the beers themselves the service comes into play.
Now on a wednesday you would think things would be pretty laid back, but my wife and friends and I got attitude from start to finish. Walked in, no service, finally flag down waitress, she tells us to sit outside or at the bar. We're like ok? well since there's 4 of us we might as well go outside that's ok. 10-15mins outside I finally go in to find help. Have to look to find another waitress. I ask her if we should just sit inside for better service? She seems annoyed and says well the kitchen's closed so it's only bar service right now. I'm like, "ok that's fine I just want beer.. I have money!" We finally get service, orders some sample trays outside, beer is pretty good rogueness as you would expect. It was about $6 for 4 4oz samples, not bad. But then she makes a big scene about how the bartender said 'no more samplers tonight'. I'm like, "why don't you just bring me the check now so I can pay now and you don't have to worry about us anymore. I tipped average, but it certainly wasn't earned.
I might have higher standards than some, but being a beer nerd I don't pick my locations randomly, and expect to get treated decently, not like I'm at a busy tourist dive where they act like they're doing a big favor to you by serving you, and will refuse service if they hear any backtalk.
07-09-2009 22:50:40 |
More by bret27
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: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
We stopped here while browsing the Pearl District after visiting Powell's enormous bookstore, missed the distillery tour by five minutes but had no idea it was going on anyways, would have been a nice coincidence though, it is actually quite similar to the San Francisco location, main differences are that it is bigger, the distillery of course, tons of t-shirts and bottles to go at this one, and it has a few tables outside, there is about three dozen taps and they are all Rogue beers, pretty sad when I have had all about six of them, unfortunately missed the John John by a few minutes, our bartender was a guy that recently came there from Tracktown, he was a nice dude and talked our ears off for about an hour, we tried the Issaquah Frog Stout, special Japanse version of the Chocolate Stout, Charlie 1981, and Triple Jump Pale Ale while were there, atmosphere in here is traditional much like a pub, pretty clean inside, stuff seemed to be scattered all over though, would go back here but it would not be a priority while in Portland, place is also a bit pricey, four tasters is about seven bucks, most brewpubs and breweries charge much less in the city, even bars are cheaper in that regard, did not eat but food looked decent but probably nothing special, worth checking out
06-09-2009 00:12:36 |
More by Floydster
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
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