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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1616 NW 23rd Ave
phone: (503) 225-1855
All brewing operations have been moved to the 5th Quadrant location. A request has been made to move all beer data here:
as the reopened location on NW 23rd will only have a bar and eatery, no brewery.
Open daily, 11:00am - 2:00am
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Or I gone out for the brewers festival again. Either way, today's the play day for exploration, we'll visit the kind beer store, see the bar scene, maybe a brewpub or four. They're everywhere; you can't help but run into them. I think there's a brewpub nestled somewhere into most banks and pharmacies. And it's one thing to have a lot of brewpubs in town, it's quite another for there to be clusters of them in certain areas of town, all in walking distance of one another...
Divey old time bar with macro neon signs in the front windows. Supposedly, when they moved in, they were already there and they just left them up. The bar sits up front as you enter with a great hop vine mosaic tile piece above and around the bar; seating for 3 here, another 5 around the side from the adjacent room, and open on the third side for service. Shelved booze above and to both sides of a long center panel on the bar back showing 27 taps, a row of 14 over 13, although at least a dozen of them weren't in use. Hanging glassware on a rack and a pair of handpumps, not currently in use but lying in wait for Winter cask barleywine time.
The side room holds 7 booths running an "L" along the far wall and below the front windows, and 4 tables in the middle of the room. Old wood plank floors, drop glass lamps with green & red bulbs, beige stucco and paneling throughout. TV's in all corners, a mounted elk head, a random boat oar, old framed magazine ads (Chesterfield, Schlitz, Milky Way, Lucky Stripe), brewery mirrors & signage, a 1903 school composite photo, an Oregon flood of '94 print, strung red Xmas lighting around the windows, and shelves above the windows, side seating and to the rear loaded up and lined with beer cans, growlers, bottles (I see you Alexander Rodenbach!), trophies, planters, and other pieces. A small gaming room to the rear holds video lottery, video poker and Phil's Golf Game (complete) for all your degenerate gambler needs. Moving around to the other side of the bar, you'll notice the photo display of bald headed brewers in the front area (it's exactly what it sounds like). 5 booths & tables on the far side spread across the small area along side the bar and in the front corner. Ancient Heidelberg Brewery prints and more framed vintage ads (Ovaltine, Campbell's Soup, Listerine, Pabst's Blue Ribbon). To the rear here, a doorway to the beer garden; a dozen picnic tables under an awning lined with holiday lighting and covered with grape vines above and twisty vines wrapping around the uprights, plus another 9 tables in an exposed raised side area. Very cool.
We parked ourselves in the side room and ordered up a few beers. They have 7 house beers on and 7 guest taps, some regional micros (Caldera Pils & Dry Hop Orange, Widmer Hefe), and the rest macros and a coder. Naturally, I shared some sampler Trouble. The taster tray offered up 8 beers; we caught 7 house beers and a guest tap (Caldera Dry Hop Orange). The Fool's Golden Ale had a slight maltiness, and some biscuit; the Condor Pale Ale a little sweet; the Centennial IPA, 6%, nice bitterness; the C-Note, 6.9%, 100 IBU's, Crystal, Chinook, Centennial, Cascade, Challenger, Cluster & Columbus hop madness; the Proletariat Red, 6.4%, a great malt bomb; the LSD (Lompac Stong Draft), 6.9%, a nice strong ale; and the Sockeye Cream Stout (nitro), creamy, roasty, coffee, very nice. I liked the Red & the Stout the most. Beers available in 8 ounce, 16 ounce, and 32 ounce pitchers, as well as 32 ounce mason jars to go.
A little lunch to help it along. Had a salad with lemon basil vinagrette and I split a French dip with gorgonzola cheese & port caramelized onions. Service was friendly and attentive. Good start on the day.
09-23-2007 15:00:09 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here on a Sunday night after we ditched the 5th Quadrant for crappy service. Walkied in with a seating area to the left and the bigger area to the right. Apparently there is a lrage patio outside as well. Grabbed a seat, service was attentive and I never had an empty glass. Selection was about 7 standards and 5 to seasonals including a very good porter, Imp Stout and of course, Old Tavern Rate. I opted for LSD, Old TR and C Note. All beers were average to very damn good.Food was ok and prices are very reasonable. Beer to go in the Mason jar or by bottle.
03-01-2010 16:27:18 |
More by barleywinefiend
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The New Old Lompoc is my kind of joint divey and unpretentious but with kick butt beer.
After an entire afternoon of clean, cozy, and dull McMen clones I am ready for something different when I walk into the joint. Something different I have most assuredly found.
NOL proudly boasts signs like No Crap on Tap and Shit Hole behind the bar. I notice some mosaic and start worrying that Im accidentally stumbled through a worm hole and back in to a McMen bar (they all seem to have lots of mosaic) so I double check, yep, this place is still dirty and full of drunk, working man type smokers. No way this is one of the McMen bars on 23rd.
I order a Sockeye Cream Stout on Nitro and also take a stab at the C-note IPA. I think we fit an LSD in there somewhere too. All are winners. I notice a few guest taps some from Caldera, which Im not familiar with, as well as High Life. I notice a sign decreeing NOL AOLs 2005 brew pub of the year for Portland but attention is quickly refocused on a bust of a bald guy on the wall. I think its Lennon and above him is this Uncle Sam poster proclaiming something about bald brewers. I glimpse a dozen photos of various bald brewers and think of all the brewers back in Madison at the Ale Asylum (bald and goat-teed, each and every one of em) they would fit in here.
On my left are 1960s era red cafeteria tables. That in combination with the dozens of German minikegs lining the walls reminds me a lot of Riesis Bier Stuba in Chicago. The bar itself is a large old wooden structure, aged by cigarette smoke, but still remaining the focus of the room. I take note of one cask and one nitro pump while chatting with the staff and some other patrons. Pints are really cheap here, even for happy hour. This is a great place and a nice change of pace compared to the cleaner and fancier joints down the block.
06-01-2007 21:52:55 |
More by DaPeculierDane
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
We walked up to this old yellow building on our second day in Portland after a brief stop at Laurelwood up the street, we see a neon Budweiser sign and some other macro ones as well, that did not look very promising but I was sure wrong, do not be fooled by the looks of this place, right when you walk in, you realize that there is a lot of history in here, walk into the bathroom and it reminded me of an old European toilet, it was pretty packed inside when we arrived around noon full of Manchester United fans rooting on their team during the championship, very cool old school pub atmosphere, some interesting old bottles along the wall, we tried a lot of beers here and even went a second day to made sure we tried all ten, C-Note and two of their seasonals, the Brussels Stout and Le Chat Noir were the favorites, completely ignored their guest taps but they seemed to have around a dozen, all their beers were so good that there was no point of exploring others, we had chips and salsa here and they were pretty awesome, although a little expensive at four dollars for a medium sized plate, beers were pretty cheap, think three dollars and change for a pint, also their sampler sets were only $7.50, awesome place in a cool neighborhood, would definitely go back next time I am in Portland, recommended
06-07-2009 23:13:54 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
It's with sadness and sentimentality that I review a place that's about to be demolished. In mere days (following the blowout sendoff 'Lompoc-alypse'), the walls will come crashing down on this archaic, but altogether lovable, gem of a brewpub.
While New Old Lompoc has been around only since the late 1990s, its fairly shabby, notably leaning wood-framed building towards the north end of NW 23rd has been around since the early 20th century. Creaking and sloped wooden floors, walkways that are far too narrow, a snug little bar at its core and restrooms that are laughably antiquated lend to a charm that will be next to impossible to replace. Lompoc's demise has been known for a while locally (with brewing operations moving almost entirely to the sister 5th Quadrant location in 2011) so we've had ample time to say 'goodbye', but that doesn't make the loss of the pub any easier to accept. She will be missed.
So it's with some remorse that I admit to having visited NOL only a handful of times during its headier days; of recent note, there was a fun PIB wrap-up party in the shade of the outdoor patio last July. Of late, I've tried to squeeze in a couple visits a month (working closer helps a lot), taking in the sun-soaked picnic tables on nicer days and holing up in a cozier nook on the overcast ones. Walls are covered in vintage advertising, historic photos, homages to 'bald guys' and the like. During baseball season, Red Sox games dominate the tube. Quaint, yes... kitschy, not at all.
Beer selection is good, usually between 8-10 NOL beers, with some perrenial standards like C-Note or LSD or Condor Pale and rotating seasonals like their fresh-hopped gems or the recently enjoyed Baltic Porter. Prices are around $4.50/pint, but drop to a paltry $2.50 on 'Miser Mondays'.
Although I've been at least a half dozen times in the last 3 months (and will probably visit another time or two before Saturday's closing), I can't say I've sampled too much of the menu over the years: Frankly, I just order the new England clam chowder almost every time and am never disappointed.
Service has always been a touch above 'OK', sometimes harried and inattentive, sometimes cheerful and generous with sample pours and conversation. Kind of a crap shoot, but that's fine.
Sorry to see the place go (but the promise is that NOL will be back in some form in Summer 2013). Cheers & best wishes, NOL crew!
04-25-2012 15:49:28 |
More by msubulldog25
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
New Old Lompoc is a laid back hipster hangout situated in the Nob Hill portion of the city. It is also close to Lucky Lab Quimby and a block over from a McMenamin's. Just look for the glowing string of Christmas lights outside.
If you're going by Trimet, the public transit system, take the 15 bus - the same route that goes past Horse Brass.
It's a small joint: upon entry is a tiny bar, to the left are a few booths and a couple of tables by the window. On the right is another room with booths - a rather intimate environment.
New Old Lompoc offers 8 taps of reasonably priced micros. A pint is $4.25 on your average night. If you arrive on "Miser Monday" a pint is $2.50 - not a bad deal for the great unwashed.
I'd assume the bartender was knowledegable on the beer, but her lack of social skills made this judgement difficult. Let's leave it at that; this is Portland after all.
Anyways, grab a table by the window, order a few pints and stare out at the world passing by.
Update: Returned a second time for the C-Note Imperial IPA. My thung schtill cand muv...
07-26-2008 06:29:11 |
More by jjboesen
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
My first few visits to the New Old Lompoc were unsuccessful. Several beers were flat, few were interesting, and the cigarette smoke was a big turnoff. Ive since returned on numerous occasions throughout the year and discovered some exciting, charismatic beers the kind that haunt you with their enduring appeal and mandate repeat visits to the pub. And while I still find flat beers more often than I care to here, the lure of yet another fabulous beer awaiting discovery keeps me coming back.
The New Old Lompoc has a long history in Portland, mostly as The Old Lompoc House whose name is derived from a W.C. Fields / May West movie. Its present incarnation was opened in 2000 at the north end of NW 23rd Ave in a transitional area where "Trendy-Third" fades into an industrial zone. The crowd is young, the atmosphere low key and hip. The decor is funky and tasteful with faux-Tiffany lampshades, historic Portland photos, and tasteful beer and coffee iconography.
The brewpub sits (apparently) in an old house, creating a small, cozy and bohemian vibe. Theyve even retained the original pull chain toilets. Neon is limited to a few window displays, and there are lit candles on every table. Five or six video poker games roost in the rear but no one was playing them last Saturday. New Old Lompoc is more than a bit smoky. In fact, its easily one of the smokiest brewpubs in the state (along with Tucks). If you cant take the smoke you may wish to visit The Hedge House on Division Street. This is New Old Lompocs secondary outpost where their beer is served but not brewed. The beer garden behind Lompoc may also offer some respite from the smoke during its seasonal occupancy.
Two beer engines usually sit unused at Lompoc while a dozen guest taps are typically pouring, including some less-common northwest micros like Caldera or Mia & Pias. Seasonal offerings are frequently excellent; beer specials abound. The service at Lompoc is invariably sexy, friendly, hip, beautiful, sexy, and very attentive and fabulous and beautiful. An elk head mounted on the wall appears to be the only creature in the house watching television.
02-19-2004 04:32:48 |
More by RedDiamond
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped in here for a quick drink in the late afternoon. It's easy to get to using the Streetcar.
It's kind of a weird eclectic bar. Low-key with a random mix of locals. It's a cramped feeling space, with a low ceiling and no real open spaces. The bar is pretty small, and almost like a box, but has a couple of stools on several sides.
The selection was good. Eight of theirs on tap, plus four guest brews. However, Bud Light was one of the guest brews. Good quality on their brews.
The bartender was efficient.
07-03-2010 13:53:31 |
More by shivtim
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 |
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