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New Old Lompoc Brewery
Active Beers: 48
Beer Ratings: 512
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1616 NW 23rd Ave
phone: (503) 225-1855
All brewing operations have been moved to the 5th Quadrant location. A request has been made to move all beer data here:
as the reopened location on NW 23rd will only have a bar and eatery, no brewery.
Open daily, 11:00am - 2:00am
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 33 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | $$
I was really excited to try this place out. I had read and heard great things about the c-note IPA. When we got to the place it looked a little roun-down, no big deal, I love a good dive bar. We went inside and a couple of bartenders (or servers) glared at us from behind the bar as we tried to figure out where we could sit. Finally after absolutely no help from the staff that was staring at us we picked a cramped booth near the door. After waiting about 20 min someone finally was bothered enough by our presence to come over and take our order... Lucky us... I said< "Give me a C-note!" but, alas they were out.... I settled for a (I'm told) similar C-son's Greetings. The beer was rough at first, but after a few minutes it opened up and became quite tasty.
When the waiter finally came back to take our food order we had already decided that we were going to leave and find a place that wanted the business.
I wouldn't recommend a visit there to anyone. Find the beer in the local bottleshop and stay away from the pretentious hipsters that are far too good to serve mediocre beer to the common man.
03-03-2009 05:57:20 |
More by theconductor
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
Well, I really wanted to like this place.
Atmosphere is a bit nouveau-dive, building is a bit older and run down a bit, but the back yard patio is nice and comfortable. Place was quietly humming on a weekday afternoon and their hop plants were over the tall wall and cones aplenty. There were a lot of tables of 2 girls, I don't know what that meant.
The one beer I had was in good shape (C-note), I never got to try the food, which brings me to service. Waiter showed up, we talked over our options, we order... and about 20 minutes later we decide that we really need to get going, so we call him over to cancel our order to get "oh, that's right, you did order!". He made it right by comping my beer, but they still take the hit for service.
Selection wasn't bad or outstanding.
All in all, I think I'd take a pass given there are so many other options in Portland.
08-23-2007 04:08:55 |
More by HardTarget
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I pride myself on providing truthful and accurate reviews of the beers and beer places I have sampled. I can honestly say I have never been so infuriated as I was on my first visit to this seminal Lompoc outpost.
I have very much enjoyed the Sidebar, the Hedge House, and have found the bar help and esp. the brewers pleasant and informative, easy to talk to and always willing to offer up a sample of their latest wares. Unfortunately, this locale's help takes on the ambience of the neighborhood-aloof, unfriendly and uncaring. I stood at the bar for over 5 minutes waiting to order up a pint, had multiple servers and the bartender walk by me several times without a nod of recognition, a hello- and this was at a late afternoon juncture where I'd estimate they were at about 15% capacity. I walked out once, and said to myself, I enjoy the beers here and went back in, and the same thing happened. One of the brewers was sitting at the bar and he noticed this whole episode, and the look on his face said he was very embarrassed.
While I really like Lompoc's beers (the C-Note and LSD are usually in my fridge) I found the service at this location deplorable at best and inexcusable at worst. That being said, there's a nice covered patio in the back, the main bar and restaurant area has a nice well worn in feel, and the food is above average. However, the use of a chalkboard to indicate what the seasonal beers are would have been nice, the menu said ask your server, but given the lack of service I walked out and vowed I will never come in here again. The bartender in particular should be ashamed, worst service in town. I'm looking forward to going back to the Hedge House and the Sidebar, but I will NEVER go back here again. An all-time low for lack of service.
08-14-2010 15:59:39 |
More by jdense
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Day 1 & Stop 5 of the Portland Pub Crawl. We tried a few of these beers at the Seattle International Beerfest the weekend before, so we were eager to try more. Almost walked past this place, as it looks like a dive from the outside. Didn't get much better inside, as it's borderline dumpy. Maybe that's its tagline, I don't know, but it didn't impress. Grabbed seats at an old diner looking booth. Waitress took her time to come over, and when I asked about the special beers on draft, she said the chalkboard with the info is right over there and walked away. OK. So I got up and walked all the way across the bar to read it. When she finally came back, I ordered a snifter of the Belgian stout, and my wife got the LSD. Both fairly good and not too pricey. Since I found out that you can buy this beer elsewhere, nothing here would really entice me to ever visit again.
07-17-2009 23:07:54 |
More by morebeergood
United Kingdom (Scotland)
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
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
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $
New Old Lompoc, a dive brewpub, so to speak, is a good place to drop in for a quick drink. But the tiny bar and somewhat dirty and dingy feel to the place gave us little reason to spend a large amount of time here. Probably a better stop when you've already had a decent fill from elsewhere.
Available to drink is their regular lineup plus a couple seasonals. The beer was good with C-Note being worth the visit. Nothing fantastic to write home about, though. The Sockeye Cream Stout seemed a little sour, and the Summer Sunset Saison was a good "Americanized" Saision. Super cheap, $1 off pints on Sunday.
Service was ok...the bartender almost assuredly was nursing a hangover.
Not a bad place, but this location of New Old Lompoc falls slightly short of the high bar set for Portland beer joints.
10-01-2009 15:38:47 |
More by wolffman17
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
My wife & I have visited this place numerous times since moving here in July. The pros are the atmosphere (seriously) including the hop-vine covered back porch, the water closet & yes even the surly & dismissive waitstaff. The NW 23rd location of New Old Lompoc is a ray of sunshine in this all too trendy stretch of expensive boutiques & cafe's.
The atmosphere is dumpy to be sure, but it keeps a lot of people out of the place who would invade if it started to look more like the Bridgeport Brewery down the street in the Pearl District. Like many places in the neighborhood, the porch is the gem of this bar. Nothing fancy, but it's cool during the hot PDX summer.
The quality of the beer is good, the c-note being the pinnalce for my pallet. It has the aromas and malt backbone that I tend to lean towards in an ipa. I also enjoy the Lompoc Strong Draft (LSD) which is always a safe bet as long as you are not in the mood for something with a stronger hop profile.
Service, is never quite friendly, no small talk or even a "how's everything" that I can recall, but they always seem to be around when your food or beer is running out, which really is all I need when I'm at the pub.
Selection: There is always something new to try, (recently a "monster mash" purported to be a strong porter, and some fresh hop brews) but happy hour restrictions on the seasonals (always check the big board for pricing info!) always push me to my standbys.
Food is standard bar food. Again we are always pleased with the Happy Hour portions of what we get. The calamari isn't half bad either.
Value: Did I mention happy hour? God I love Oregon. Beers are cheap during happy hour & one day a week beers are $2.50 all day. These are real pints too, another pleasant change from McMenamins & Laurelwood which are both nearby.
I will continue to visit this bar as long as I live nearby and will look forward to visiting when I move away.
10-16-2009 05:06:58 |
More by mtnbiknma
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Met up with a friend here last week, she was unfortunately late, but the wait staff didn't seem too bothered by me taking up a table for a while, so I appreciated their patience. It seems that there had just been some sort of incident that caused the staff to throw somebody out... something about the lotto machines. I didn't see them myself, but having lotto machines really decreases hy interest in a place, they're pretty un-classy. The interior is sort of similar to the horsebrass, but not as nice. Overall the place seems a little run down. The beer was decent, I can't recall what I ordered, I think it was an ESB, and my friend had a golden ale. The service was generally pretty quick, and the staff was nice. The food is pretty generic pub food, but they served it well, so nothing to complain about. Overall, this is an interesting place to go, but considering the variety of places in portland to check out, I don't know that I'll go again.
02-27-2012 01:52:49 |
More by gkunkle
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This review is for the newly rebuilt Lompoc tavern not the old one...the old location was way better.
Was excited to check out the opening of the new Lompoc Tavern. Its in the same location as the New Old Lompoc on 23rd. I loved the old place, I guess because I'm a big fan of divey places with character. The new one sadly has a corporate feel to it....reminded me of a Famous Daves or Rock Bottom kind of. The other thing thats a bummer is they no longer have their patio which was in my opinion the best place to sit outside and drink good beer in the city. They now have like 2 or 3 tables outside but its right on the busy sidewalk by 23rd. Food and beers are of course still pretty decent, just not all that impressed with the new place. Glad they have other locations in town.
11-19-2013 18:34:51 |
More by loren01
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