New Old Lompoc Brewery
Active Beers: 48
Beer Ratings: 516
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The New Old Lompoc is my kind of joint divey and unpretentious but with kick butt beer.
After an entire afternoon of clean, cozy, and dull McMen clones I am ready for something different when I walk into the joint. Something different I have most assuredly found.
NOL proudly boasts signs like No Crap on Tap and Shit Hole behind the bar. I notice some mosaic and start worrying that Im accidentally stumbled through a worm hole and back in to a McMen bar (they all seem to have lots of mosaic) so I double check, yep, this place is still dirty and full of drunk, working man type smokers. No way this is one of the McMen bars on 23rd.
I order a Sockeye Cream Stout on Nitro and also take a stab at the C-note IPA. I think we fit an LSD in there somewhere too. All are winners. I notice a few guest taps some from Caldera, which Im not familiar with, as well as High Life. I notice a sign decreeing NOL AOLs 2005 brew pub of the year for Portland but attention is quickly refocused on a bust of a bald guy on the wall. I think its Lennon and above him is this Uncle Sam poster proclaiming something about bald brewers. I glimpse a dozen photos of various bald brewers and think of all the brewers back in Madison at the Ale Asylum (bald and goat-teed, each and every one of em) they would fit in here.
On my left are 1960s era red cafeteria tables. That in combination with the dozens of German minikegs lining the walls reminds me a lot of Riesis Bier Stuba in Chicago. The bar itself is a large old wooden structure, aged by cigarette smoke, but still remaining the focus of the room. I take note of one cask and one nitro pump while chatting with the staff and some other patrons. Pints are really cheap here, even for happy hour. This is a great place and a nice change of pace compared to the cleaner and fancier joints down the block.
06-01-2007 21:52:55 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.7/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
This place is more old and dingy neighborhood dive bar then yuppie brew pub, weather or not that is good or bad atmosphere is obviously very subjective! I sat out back in the enclosed patio, so it was nice to have outdoor seating on a beautiful Portland afternoon, surrounded by grape vines, with some classic rock radio playing. However, it was pretty dumpy looking out there, and the seating was just basic picnic tables, which are not very comfy.
The beer is pretty good, with a nice selection, and not to pricey. Try the C-Note.
The staff was friendly.
The food was questionable. I had bbq pork sandwich, which was pretty good. But my wife's burger sucked. Frozen patty with raw fatty bacon, this thing just gushed grease. The fries were super greasy little and thin. I'll be back for the beer and patio, but not in a huge hurry to try more food.
05-30-2007 21:00:34 | More by ccrida
3.95/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
My wife and I stopped in during our trip to Portland and I have to say it was our favorite stop. It was a slow night and the Red Sox were on. Note: If you're a Yankee fan be careful as it's a self proclaimed Red Sox house. Great little "dive" which I mean only in the best way. The back patio was open but it was a cold, rainy night and we elected to stay in the bar.
My wife had a very nice french dip and I had a tangy bbq pork sandwich. My favorite tasting was a seasonal dark belgian ale called Le Chat Noir. We also tried the Nitro Porter and the Golden Ale.
05-11-2007 22:09:57 | More by Maerzen
4.15/5 rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
I love this place. You cannot beat the patio any time of year, but when the sun comes out and it warms up a bit, there is no place I would rather be in the world.
I feel that the beer's are phenomenal, though at times they are served at what seems to be room temperature. Either way, halfway through your first pint, you forget anyways.
The C-Note and LSD (Lompoc Stong Draft) are the winners. Very strong, very hoppy beers. I know it has become cliche to be over the top with the hops. But they successfully do this without too much malts.
The food is pretty damn good pub grub. They have a lot of their own aioli's, sauces, mustards, etc. I recommend their salads, the barbeque (if its early in the day or evening and the smoker is going out back), the portobello mushroom burger and the fish and chips.
I cannot recall their happy hours and prices all week, but they are great. $2 pints frequently, I believe all M and T. $2.99 appetizers. They even have trivia on Monday's, a must.
The crowd is very mixed. You have young, old, local, ugly, beautiful, fat all there. I am about as normal of a person as they come and I have never felt awkward or uneasy there. I also encounter a lot of table-to-table friendly talk as the night goes on. This is an indication of the patrons and atmosphere.
It is basically an old house, that looks like it hasnt been kept up in a while. Which is not necessarily a bad thing at all. It is certainly not a dump, yet still has that character that says "neighborhood hangout".
02-09-2007 22:12:03 | More by GreatNorthwest
4.35/5 rDev +18.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Two words can describe this place: Cool and Funky.
This place has a tarnished old world charm, right down to the antquie high bowl toilet with the chain! Sheek, slick, posh, trendy... Absolutely not! Old, grudgy and well seasoned.... YES!
Placed in an old wooden building on the outskirts of yuppie, posh Pearl district... I hope they change Nothing to accomodate the influx of turned up nose crowd! The main room is square and dank. There's a SQUARE bar in the middle of the room with seats for maybe 10 people. Old jukebox in one corner and a helter skelter of aged wall art. Outside, a rustic deck and a cover deck area. I love it!
The beer is always top notch and interesting.... I've had everything from Bocks to Barleywines, never, "NEVER" been dissapointed! Want and good Northwestern Hop blast? Try the C-note! Want old world beer with some warmth and hint of smokiness? Try the LSD Ale! (Lompoc Spiecal Dark) Also, available are either 1 or 2 casked beers and a Nitro tap.... Just give me the real thing and pour a cask!
The food is premier pub grub that utilizes their beer.... We need more places like this! tastey inventive sandwiches and the like.... How about a smoked chicken breast with pale ale mustard, pepper jack and covered in Stout caramalized onions or smoked pulled pork with a LSD infused BBQ sauce??!!! Oh! I'm drooling!
Can't give enough praise! Check it out! Don't be surprised when you walk in and think it looks like an old dive!!! ;-}
12-08-2006 06:36:08 | More by mashmstr2
3.78/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here on a rainy Monday night after leaving the Lucky Labrador.
Very crowded, smoky and dark. Kind of a dive but maybe just all the smoke that obscured my vision of the place. Stuffed caribou head hanging over the entrance. Old beer ads/pictures etc. on the walls. Seem like the place is trying hard to be different from the neighborhood it's in.
Service was sort of spotty. Pretty crowded around dinner time but we were served in a reasonable time.
Good selection of craft beers; about 12 on tap. I had the C-Note which was a very good IPA and the LSD: "Lompoc Strong Draught" which I didn't care for. The LSD was heavy on the smoked malt which dominated the whole taste. I should have read the menu description a bit closer since I was expecting something more like a Belgian strong.
The food was decent, mostly sandwich type stuff. I had the French dip sandwich which was quite respectable. My friends had the burger and a pulled pork BBQ which they also recommended.
Good value for the money here. They also had a Miser Monday deal for cheap beer but it had expired by the time we arrived.
11-08-2006 13:42:11 | More by joedon
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.23/5 rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I swing through this place once every few weeks, and have become quite fond of it. The atmosphere is wildly variable. I only drink after dark (except in emergencies!) so I can't vouch for the daylight hours, but I would steer clear of Friday and Saturday evenings unless you are into the out of town prepster crowd and tacky music. Sundays and other weekdays are a different matter with the atmosphere and quality of music being played seemingly inversely proportional to how busy the place is. It goes from intimate to obnoxious if 50 people walk through the door. If you see a cop car outside don't fret: one of the local cops likes to use the place to do his paperwork, so there probably isn't a ruck going on.
The beer is pretty decent, and cheap during happy hour. C-Note (hoppy IPA) and LSD (strong ale) are my favourites. Somehow it often seems to be happy hour, perhaps because the Lompoc beers are particularly cheap on Sundays. They do have a tendency to close when they get bored rather than when I expect them to, and are rather scruplous about removing people from the beer garden an hour or so before they close. Both traits are annoying. Service seems to vary from downright rude to relatively friendly.
I have never tried the food, and can't even picture it. One imagines that this isn't a place to go to unless you are into beer in which case it is a worthwhile but not necessary stop on the grand Portland brewpub tour.
09-18-2005 05:44:53 | More by charlatan
3.25/5 rDev -11.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
There's not too much to set this small, dirty, and almost seedy establishment apart from the kind of independant coffee shop that's frequented by patchouli-wearing trustafarians. Not classy, but at least it was comfortable.
The service was eager, helpful, and friendly, but there was no indication of beer knowledge.
The selection was rather good for an establishment of this size - more than five house beers plus at least three guest taps from Caldera from down in Ashland. Mostly PNW ales, but I suppose that's what you get in Portland...
The food was rather grubbin', and that salad did wonders for my travel and beer-addled stomach.
Overall beer quality was quite good, but the pours were plagued by the typical problems - little to no head, and too cold. Why the hell can these little brewpubs at least serve their beers at the proper temp?
03-27-2005 08:06:59 | More by Crotor
3.94/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Checked this place out with my brother on a recent visit to Stumptown. A nice small place, we sat at the bar (I think there are 7 barstools total) in the middle of the place. Bartender was friendly and service was good, with only 7 barstools though, I'd hope this to be the case.
I had the LSD, which was good and the C-Note, which was even better. They had about 7 of their beers on tap in a wide variety of styles. They had a couple guest beers as well (Jubal Ale was one, and the Mia and Pia's barleywine was another.) Didn't see much bottle-wise, but I was there to drink their stuff anyway. Atmosphere was good, kinda basic, mellow, unfortunately smoky. Didn't try the food. Overall it's worth a visit for the beer, would be a cool pub-crawl stop.
11-28-2004 22:58:11 | More by PopeJonPaul
4.05/5 rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Another fine brewpub in a city that is teeming with them. The Lompoc is located on the northern outskirts of NW 23rd, an upscale neighborhood packed with toney restaurants and chi-chi boutiques. The brewpub's atmosphere doesn't resemble its neighbors at all. It's a pleasant, casual place with a large patio in the back, furnished primarily with picnic tables. The patio is partially covered with a metallic roof that has grapevines growing across it. During my visit, they had six beers and a seasonal. Forthcoming seasonals were announced on the little placard on the table. The beers were big and flavorful, if a bit on the flat side. They still tasted just fine. Two beers were available on nitro. There was a good amount of quality guest taps from other breweries in Oregon, including three from Caldera. House pints are $2.75 during happy hour, which is 4-7 on weekdays and ALL DAY on Saturday and Sunday. Can't beat that. The service was pleasant and attentive. Food offerings are standard pub fare and the burger was excellent. A good place to go, particularly in the warm summer months when you can sit outside on the patio.
08-09-2004 00:34:38 | More by Thrasher
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New Old Lompoc Brewery in Portland, OR
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