Active Beers: 27
Beer Ratings: 539
Beer Avg: 3.62
Taps: 11 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.53/5 rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $
This place is a sentimental favorite of mine, and I make a point to go every time I get back to the Northwest.
The atmosphere is hip, but not obnoxiously so, with a semi-industrial decor and some nice hardwood accents, especially in the booths and the bar. Very, very Portland--balancing the old Oregon timber industry feel with the new young attitude of one of my favorite cities.
I have always been fairly impressed with the cheeriness and personability of the wait staff here; they are never hesitant to chime in with a recommendation if you need one; they'll look you in the eye and talk to you about food, beer, or the city. Personable, yet reasonably efficient, in the style of this part of the country.
Nice variety of bar food, from fries to nachos to a great hefty burger with huge variety of toppings to the seafood you'd expect around here. And oh my...the cheesecake. Cheesecake is already my favorite dessert, and this hands-down demolishes anything I've ever tasted--light and fluffy, it goes down much more easily than your average New York-style brick, and it's adorned with a totally unique, spicy raspberry melba sauce. To die for.
The beer, now that I'm old enough to order it, is strong across the board, with a couple of standouts--the Black Bear XX nitro stout is one of my favorite beers, and the Klickitat Pale Ale is another great offering, continuing a strong Oregonian tradition of American pales. Everything they offer is brewed in-house--it's a brew pub, not a beer bar--but they have something to satisfy just about anyone. As a bonus, they also brew a knockout root beer for those underage.
For $3 a pint, the price is quite reasonable, and the food rounds it out for a $15-$20 dinner. Well worth a stop by if you're in the area.
02-14-2006 00:19:40 | More by denali99755
4.47/5 rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Blending in well with the urban revival that has graced the Beaumont District, the Alameda Brew House is decorated with externally with a gigantic hop cone. A sure sign that you've arrived.
The inside is somewhat reminiscent of a Belgo; no attempt to hide the previous life of the building, and decorating in a way to flatter it. The tables, booths and bar are styled with a danish influence, light woods with definite edges. The booths, by the way, are constructed in an amazing fishbone weave, and are surprisingly comfortable.
One side of the building displays the working brewing equipment, some fermenters in a modified shipping container. The bar is quite sizable, and the selection of non-beer is pretty good. There are a fair number of single malts, whiskeys, and other standards.
The beer selection is limited to house beers. There were a couple taps that I couldn't identify, but there isn't any need to venture out. The beers at Alameda are stelar, which was just confirmed by several medals from GABF and WBC.
The food was terrific, and there was plenty more on the menu that I must try at some point. We had shellfish, and it was perfect. Sadly, our service wasn't the greatest; we didn't get napkins or silverware, but the waiter was honest about food choices, and was definitely right.
05-01-2004 17:55:15 | More by freed
4.4/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went here on the recommendation of a friend for lunch. After reading other reviews, I didn't think that I would be disappointed, and sure enough, I was not. This place exceeded my expectations in almost every regard.
The ambience was nothing special. Very clean, modern, well lit, but certainly not dull. Probably a little better at night.
Their beers were tasty. I had their amber, which wasn't spectacular, but better than many in this style, of which I'm not a big fan, and their English IPA, which was really quite tasty. Didn't want to go in for the taster, which would have been too much brew at the noon hour, but the server obliged me with a couple for free, which was really cool seeing as how I didn't even ask!
Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. Top notch!
Their beer selection was well rounded, but no real surprises in the style category. Most of the "mainstream" mainstay styles represented, but nothing really out there.
The food was really a cut above the standard brewpub fare. My wife and I shared a crab bisque, I had a HUGE sandwich, and she had chicken wings in a lemon-dill sauce. Generous portions and fantastic quality.
I grabbed a growler tha I've yet to open. But even that shows a commitment to excellence. They recently upgraded to a higher quality cap that retains freshness much longer than the standard metal screw cap.
09-07-2005 03:27:49 | More by unklesyd
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I would put this in the top 3 brewpubs to visit if you're in Portland. First of all, it's incredibly easy to get to/find. Lots of streetside parking available.
Atmosphere and achitecture are really neat. Sort of industrial simple post-modern somethingorother. Burlap bags and concrete have never gone so well together before.
By all means, get a sampler. There wasn't a beer on it I did not enjoy. There's a nitro, and atleast one organic.
Food menu is real nice. Reasonable prices too, you won't be dissapointed. Can get a bit crowded during dinner hours, but i think only during weekends. They have a couple tables outside, preferable, but not usually available.
02-16-2008 01:15:22 | More by SurlyDuff
4.34/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped in here on an quiet afternoon. The ball game was on and a few people were in there... the place had a good local vibe to it. I liked the service and the beers were pretty solid, but I really liked their Black IPA especially... I had to buy one on the way out. I did not try their food as I was trying to do the Portland food cart thing at the time. They had good selection, and one beer that was very unique that had a spice in it... I can't recall if it was garlic or something like it. I appreciate any effort like that even if I'm not crazy about the beer. If I ever get in the area again, I would be more than happy to stop here again.
10-19-2011 06:34:49 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.25/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is the closest pub to my new home and I am glad it is. Alameda has a friendly restaurant type feel to it with some pretty awesome decoration, basically some burlap hanging on the walls depicting hop vines, barley stalks, mash pattles, and a shuvel. The service is always friendly, knowledgable, and informative. The selection is good and there is a rotating seasonal beer along with a rotating nitro'd beer. The beers I have tried there are very tastey, particularly their stout and juniper porter. I've eaten there only a few times but what I have had has been pretty good, some basic pub food with some choices that are a bit nicer meals than your normal burger and fries. Prices are very reasonable and Tuesdays are $2 beer! If you are visiting Portland its a brewpub you should definatley stop at if only to try their stout.
06-28-2006 23:09:01 | More by Matthew
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Atmosphere is cool. Big open warehouse with some nice design elements (booth backs) to make it seem more upscale than beer hall. Would recommend this place for food and drinks, not the atmosphere you want to grab a beer at the bar really. Selection is house beer only, but had at least 8 or 9 taps including the seasonals and nitro rotator. Beer was solid. Nothing really caught my fancy, but the seasonal Bock was good as well as the El Torerro (organic) IPA which was nice and fruity smelling, but a bit too astringent. Waitress was very nice and accommodating. A tad pricey ($10 beer sampler), but I have no complaints.
03-31-2008 22:14:13 | More by BeerZack
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I went to Alameda twice in a four day period. First time was after I dropped my girlfriend off at PDX, and the second time was when I picked her up from PDX. She was looking for a place to eat, and since I was just there, I figured she would want to check it out as well.
It's right outside a neighborhood, and is easily missed if you don't see the sign out front. When I first walked in, I got a face full of hop aroma. The brew tanks are right near the entrance, so it's hard to miss that smell. I went the first time around 11:15 AM right after they opened. There was only one other couple there, so I was lucky enough to get my beer quick (Siberian Imperial Stout - Seasonal) and my food came rather quick as well (Reuben). Second time I was there, I had some really nasty nachos from their happy hour menu. The Humus plate my GF had was pretty good however.
There are a couple of TV's showing nothing but ESPN, and there is a bathroom with one toilet, and the door doesn't lock. So be careful not to walk in on anyone while they are on the toilet.
01-06-2011 20:54:43 | More by bradleyp
4.13/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
In a city known for brewpubs, it's difficult to stand out from all the rest. With some of the very best beers around, the Alameda Brewing Company provides plenty of reasons to pass up all the rest to come here, but otherwise it's just another brewpub amidst a sea of beer spots.
Located on a stip of businesses in a residential area, The Alameda tries to position itself as a restaurant with some damn fine beer versus a pub that incidentally has some food if you want. The atmosphere is pleasant - usually pretty crowded and lively - with a pretty good mix of local regulars seated at the bar and those coming for lunch or dinner. The food selection is quite diverse and for the most part quite good, but I've had company with me that has not been thrilled by the service. Mostly due to it being a pretty popular place, probably.
Overall I'd say the Alameda Brewing is worth a visit - however, mostly because of the incredible beers they have. Yum....
04-30-2003 20:45:50 | More by weefisheads
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Nice family joint.. really a big box fixed up like a nice little neighborhood brewery... small barrels.. felt right at home.
Quality seemed high... menus a bit worn, coasters old... but quality is still up there...
Great service, waitress was prompt.. didn't take her time at all, and the food was rather quick.
Great selection for what most pubs offer.. I had the copper top club at the time... but only seasoned fries came with it and that's it.. no other options..
Food was top-notch and would eat there again for sure...
Average to high prices.. as joints in trendy family locations usually are... but good value, and some very tasty brews that stand out as some of the best micros around Portland...
They fill growlers too!
04-13-2009 21:18:49 | More by Docer
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Alameda Brewhouse in Portland, OR
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