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Taps: 15 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
955 N Russell St
phone: (503) 281-3333
Dining room hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:30pm
(Place added by: weefisheads)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is a very good brewery pub that features great, fresh beer. The Hef can't be beat and the Broken Halo is a nice IPA. There are typically 10+ brews to choose from.
The food is very good as well. I've never had a disappointing meal. The Pretzel appetizer comes with a great local mustard (Beaver Brand). My favorites are the Blackened Chicken Sandwich and the Ratskeller Burger. It's a tough choice.
The only down side for me is that the bar area is small and it can be tough to get a seat. They're usually full with off duty brewery and restaurant staff. But I guess that's not a bad sign. The bar staff is great (Lance in particular).
You'll find more Widmer styles than you can get through in a night. It's well worth the visit.
04-14-2008 00:37:48 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I'm glad I had a GPS to find this place! I would describe the neighborhood as industrial. Located on the corner, this is a great use of an older space. There is good light from the large windows and that combined with the high ceilings give this place a very airy feeling.
As you enter, you will see the bar straight ahead. It is in a part of the space that is slightly elevated. The bar seats about a dozen and there are some tiny booths and larger tables in the bar area. Check out the kegs on display behind the glass wall.
The rest of the main room is dinning area and is a combo of large booths and tables. The semi-open kitchen is also in this area. There are more rooms behind the bar.
There is a large expanse of exposed brick walls, there are well worn hardwood floors and older German and Widmer beer decorations.
I arrived at 11:45 am on a Wednesday and the place was at least 3/4s full. It was an even mix of women and men and all ages were represented. The place had a friendly buzz going. It is great to see people really enjoying themselves.
There are a couple of TVs tuned to sports and they had classic rock on at low volume levels.
My food was very good and fresh. Try the chili! Note there are plenty of fresh and green options, but only a handful of German offerings.
The bar has three tap towers each offering 5 different beers (by my public school math that is 15 choices). The selection is a mix of regulars and specials. I had a nice Drifter APA and a unique black IPA.
The service was friendly & quick. They also gave unasked for samples, you got to like that. The bartender was talking beer with several folks and he did a great job of steering them to some new choices.
I was impressed by just about everything here and it is well worth a stop.
03-20-2009 19:01:32 |
More by Redrover
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Widmer Brothers have created one of the country's better microbreweries with national distribution - of course, this fact shouldn't prevent any thirsty Beeradvocate from making the trip. Widmers Brewery and Gasthaus are situated in an industrial area and very accessible by MAX Light Rail (Yellow Line-Albina/Mississipi Station, which is about 2 or 3 blocks away - in fact, the train frequently rumbles past). There is a large brick-wall dining room directly on the left upon entry and a small bar area off to the right. The menu is heavy on sausages -very good and hearty. I enjoyed the tasty meatloaf sandwich with potato salad. The Gasthaus offers primary Widmer beers (8-9 taps) to quench a raging thirst. I had their Alt and the IPA Broken Halo, the latter having been also offered at the Brewers' Bruncher. Great Happy Hour prices and pretty pleasing ambience, makes Widmers worth the trip to Portland, AKA Beervana.
The big building across the street is the brewery. Widmers is up the street from McMenamin's White Eagle Saloon and Hotel and an additional 10-minute walk from Amnesia Brewing Company.
07-29-2008 19:24:06 |
More by jjboesen
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Widmer straddles both sides of North Russell Street brewing over 140,000 barrels of beer annually with the capacity for even more. This makes Widmer the largest brewery in Oregon and about the 18th largest in America. They brew in several old redbrick buildings in a quirky industrial nook under the Fremont Bridge. I really like the neighborhood. From the Gasthaus you can watch freight trains in their yard or the new Max light rail go zipping past. (Light rail is the best transportation option for visiting the Gasthaus.) The views of the bridge are inspiring and just a block away is McMenamins White Eagle Saloon if you crave live music or lodging.
The restaurant serves a full compliment of entrees, pastas, pub fare, and desserts. Outdoor seating is available seasonally and children are welcome throughout. The décor at the Gasthaus is comfortable, lively, and casual with lots of redbrick, polished brass and old wood. The tall, brassy tap spigots are especially artistic though they loom obtrusively at the bar. The usual line of T-shirts and the like are available and everywhere throughout the bar you see the ubiquitous letter W. I like the Gasthaus and I like their beers. Im not fond of W.
Those who are only familiar with Widmers line of ambers, blondes and flagship hefeweizen will be pleasantly surprised at the scope of Gasthaus beers. Stronger beers such as imperial stout or barley wine are often available, as are other inventive brews with only limited regional distribution. Widmer earns high praise for its Collaborator series. These are beers originally created by intrepid homebrewers that Widmer brings into full-scale production for seasonal release. They range from Irish stouts to bocks and saisons and are consistently quite good.
Widmer has maintained a distribution and equity agreement with Anheuser-Busch since 1997. Some would argue that the alliance between an early craft brewing pioneer and Americas uncontested industrial beer mogul is unhealthy, if not unholy. I fully concur with this sentiment. A-B has a long sordid history of aggressive marketing practices that have curtailed the efforts of micro and craft brewers to compete fairly for even the most modest of customer bases. Their tremendous market dominance gives them an unfair political and economic edge over their competitors and A-B has used this advantage to unapologetically crush their opposition and silence contrary opinions. So think before you drink.
09-19-2004 23:07:47 |
More by RedDiamond
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Non-American Bavarian Weissbier - now that's a REAL hefe-weizen and I guess you can only get it here at the Gasthaus. I admit, I despise Wider's so-called Hefe-Weizen (which is NOT a real hefe-weizen) but they had other options which were quite good.
Servers were a bit sketchy with the tattoos and piercings but I guess this is Portland so it's more normal. Food was alright and priced within reasonable limits. Beer samplers weren't too pricey.
Place has an obvious warehouse feel which is quite nice, and reminded me of some of the old buildings at A-B in St. Louis.
Easy to find off the public transportation stop.
08-06-2010 03:43:15 |
More by yemenmocha
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Very hard to find a place to park in this bustling neighborhood, but located next to Trimet MAX Yellow line so I'd certainly advise taking the mass transit route. Beautiful 8 seat hardwood bar, several dining areas. Young touristy crowd, not likely to see too many of these patrons at the Horse Brass. Taplist features 6 regular beers, two seasonals and five one-offs. Food looked really good, burgers salads, soups. A few TVs to watch sports. Very busy on a sunny Friday afternoon. Good Beer, Good Food. One of the best places to drink and eat in PDX, featuring beers you won't find anyplace else. Worth a stop for the traveling bar tourist.
06-17-2010 00:06:18 |
More by jdense
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Being a couple minutes late for the tour, we rushed in, sat, watched a short bit on their history and brewing procedur; were given samples of the Okto, IPA, and their well-known Hefe Weizen; then got a full tour of the brewing facility, from the fermenting tanks to the bottling line, with a knowledgeable guide to boot. So far, so good. The free glass and keychain were appreciated bonuses.
We ventured into the restaurant, which seemed a little small considering the packed Sat. afternoon crowd. A bit more of a family-style atmosphere than you normally see in a brewpub. Shared the beer sampler with our hosts, and found the beers ranging from okay to great. The food was plate-licking good, and we only ordered appetizers.
More power to this brewery, one of the longer-running ones in this brewery-packed town. Glad to find the hefe-weizen was actually good, as the tap I had of it in Lynchburg, VA (at the Depot) didn't do it justice at all.
09-30-2007 23:16:14 |
More by Metalmonk
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The food menu is pretty awesome. I usually go here to eat and can't leave without grabbing a Hefeweizen on tap. Good stuff. The seasonal selection is usually pretty good, but I was disappointed to not see a stout on draft last time I went. Oh well, you can't win every time.
The tour I took once upon a time was very informative and the guy who gave it was super nice. We even got a free pint glass. That was sweet.
Unfortunately, the tour felt incomplete...maybe they showed us all they could but we really didn't go very deep into the rooms. I thought it was a lot less thorough than other tours I've been on.
Anyhow, a great restaurant and good place to visit.
03-12-2010 06:00:24 |
More by djbreezy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Okay, so this is a massive brick building, right down by the waterfront on the east side.
Parking isn't the greatest, but it is definitly worth a visit despite. A small 'gated' parking area directly behind the building offers free parking for 15 cars or so, otherwise you'll need to find streetside.
Widmer brews a nice hef, and they have lots of seasonals and whatnot avaialble. Get their sampler and make sure it includes all seasonals/specials.
The Widmer Gasthaus maintains an old-school German pub feel despite its size and sports bar inklings.
Their menu features a good selection of authentic German food. Schnitzle, Brats, etc. I recommend the Schnitzle w/Spaetzle noodles highly! Even if you've never tried German food, you'll fall in love.
Staff/services was apparently hit-or-miss for me. I've been three times. Once our waitress was kinda flaky, we hardly saw her and she didn't know the beers. Another time (when it was busier no less) we had an amazing gal who we ended up tipping like 30% because she was just really knowledgable and fast. So in a whole, i'd say the service is good.
Prices are $10-$20 for meals, pints are reasonable.
So far, this is the biggest brewpub/publichouse in P'town I have visited. I would recommend first timers checking out a smaller joint like Alameda, Lampoc, Lucky Lab, etc if you've only got time for one. Otherwise, give Widmer a visit!!!
02-16-2008 01:29:23 |
More by SurlyDuff
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5
I first visited this nearly 3 years ago when I moved to Portland and had a good time, enjoyed my beer, and really enjoyed the food. This time I hopped on the brewery tour before dropping by the bar.
The Brewery tour is interesting in that you get to see Widmer's rather attractive and shiny brewery. The hop room was my favorite, though the whole brewery is well designed. Plus, after the tour you get to try several of their beers - for free!
The Gasthaus is also an attractive building with a well kept look to it. The walls are decorated with interesting German brewery signs that give it a very classy charm. The abundance of wood creates a warm atmosphere, which is complimented by the stream of people moving through the place. It was quite popular on a Saturday afternoon.
The beer selection is pretty varied, including some spectacular beers I didn't even know were in Widmer's repertoire. There's also wine if you're in to that kind of thing.
The staff all seem quite competent, and the bartender I yammered with seemed to know beer intimately. He could have easily used another pair of arms as busy as it was.
I didn't have any food this time, despite the amazing looking reuben that seemed to be following me around. However, the last visit left me with a fondness for their food.
08-08-2004 03:44:55 |
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