2010-06. Visited on a Saturday evening last June, we ended our day of bar-hopping here to try a sampler tray of eight of their offerings and some dessert. The beer selection is quite good overall with a strong range of brews, my favourite probably being the Space Stout. Service was tired after a long day but still cracking jokes. Would like to return one day and try more of the food.
2010-06. Nice spot, the patio is nice in the evening. Inside looked a bit too cozy without the upstairs open. Enjoyed a beer sampler, and happy hour priced fish tacos (way too spicy for me) and deep fried Mac and Cheese (good but needs a lot more cheese). I also had a large glass of milk in anticipation of the dessert that they were sold out of ... doh! Server was friendly, but not super quick on a busy night. Beer was more consistently good than some of the other places in town. Some were average, but no real stinkers. Would come back.
A brewpub in a typical (albeit large) Nob Hill house, spread over two stories and a relatively small terrace. I expect they cannot sit so many people in here. The staff seemed to have trouble keeping up with their customers, several of them having to come inside from the terrace to claim their waiter or check. The beers tried were solid interpretations of their respective styles. Nothing really went further than traditional styles though (golden, amber, ipa, stout, porter...) Itís a pretty place, but not all that welcoming for the drinker, a bit like La Mare au Diable in Sherbrooke. Nice house, but poor bar setup where bar seats are almost in the way for the waiters who do not stop coming and going. Glad I visited, but I doubt Iíll be back; Iíd gladly try one of the other Laurelwoods though.
Visited January 13, 2009.
Quaint old house on the NW side of Portland. Billed as an organic brewery. Standard offerings for beer:
IPA - american hop aroma. Nice malt flavor balanced by decent hop bitterness. Hop flavor is good but not in your face as I would expect for a pacific NW IPA. Alcohol finish in the nose. Overall very clean and drinkable but a slight letdown. Wanted bigger hops.
Seasonal - russian imperial stout. - black, opaque. Dark brown head. Caramel aroma. Subtle Malty sweet with chocolate overtones and a subtle vanilla character. Alcohol creeps up on the back of the tongue and finishes with a roast barley flavor. Overall very clean tasty stout. Imperial character seems understated which makes this very sneaky at 8.1 percent. Almost presents as a dry stout with a kick. Would love more of eveything in this beer.
Food was ok. An interesting corned beef dish which was slightly overdone.
Great pizza, very good beer, and the best barman on the west coast. Seriously. He drew a map to Belmont Station, and helped me get oriented for getting around in Portland. The sampler for the beer, however, is a joke. TWO OUNCE GLASSES??? I guess theyíd be OK for knocking back shots of beer, but for tasters??? Gimme a break. They fill them almost to the rim so you get as much beer as possible, but then there is no way to appreciate the aroma. I watched the barman trying to fill them. Laurelwood loses because the glasses are not saving any money, and your customers your customer lose a chance to really taste an appreciate the beer.
One of my favorite places in Portland. Great small/personal atmosphere. Excellent beer. Itís been a while since Iíve been there, so I donít remember exactly what the food was like, I just remember I liked it :)
This Laurelwood location has a small B&B type of feel to it. Light hardwood floors and bright and sunny windows allow this small space not to feel too cramped. Service was waitress as well as one or two bar staff, so very adequate staffing for the size of the place, but it does seem to stay busy. 8 house taps, no guests, but Laurelwoods beers are good enough. They had the seasonal Espresso Stout made with Stumptown coffee which was excellent. This place is a nice reprieve from the boutique and salon infested trendy 23rd street area. Might be worth the (less than 5 min) walk from NOL if you donít plan to visit another Laurelwood location. Reasonable happy hour prices.
Great food. Good ales. Service can be overwhelmed at times, but always working hard. Very willing to discuss ale issues, where time permits. Parking is very difficult - plan at least two blocks away to get an hour zone. Thereís lots of competition for it.
This is indeed a large house, with books and games inside to play as you whittle away the time awaiting food or drinking a pint. Fairly decent selection of brews, food selection was very good and high in quality. Staff was pretty helpful, and even though it was a weekend, we got to park right in front and didnít have to wait for a table. It was far from dead inside, though. Iím recommending this place.