United States > Oregon > Baker City
BrewDad (413) Olympia, | January 14, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Barley Browns might be in the middle of no where but by the time you leave your going to say wow why did I not stop here all the time. Baker City is a small town and not really the place for stopping when between Boise and Portland. Big old bar feel with lots of taps and different beers and if you love Hops this is the place for you. They have some of the best IPAís I have ever had. The food was good regular bar faire. The town is quant and makes for a great stop. I loved the Double IPAís.
3fourths (1122) Boulder, Colorado | December 29, 2008
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Seems like a part of the midwest placed in eastern Oregon... meat meat and more meat on the menu, some down home cooking, large portions, some dishes that try to resemble southwest food as well... no bother, thatís pretty much what you get at these brewpub restaurants. Crowd was very blue-collar family types, servers as well. Beer selection decent enough, 4-5 regular plus 1-2 seasonals/specials. No real travel tips to share other than this is the only brewery on the drive between Hood River and Boise.
BlackDonald (59) Boise, Idaho | August 3, 2008
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Been here several times now, but this was much more pleasant at least as far as the beers, they have really improved. The only part that irritated me about this particular visit, was a bunch of travelling cyclists at least 30 of them crowded into the bar, but not all at once, and proceeded to commence drinking heavily and would cheer loudly everytime one would enter the premises. After about the 4th time, it was somewhat less than enjoyable. However the food was just alright, and the two seasonals I tried were quite tasty. Does not open until 4 though, so we had to wait about half an hour in a town with absolutely NOTHING to do. Cool Apache helicopter as you roll off the freeway in front of the VFW building.
JMFG (18) Florida | September 15, 2007
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
I worked in Baker City for 3 weeks in 2007, and frequented this place. First off, it does not look like a Perkins inside - just looks like a typical non-threatening sports-bar/eatery. After 7-8 meals, the only thing worth having more than once was the Kobe Beef Burger.
The staff was a little knowledgeable, but probably not up to beer geek standards. The beer, however, is damn good. The Tank Slapper holds up to any DIPA in the PNW, and the Turmoil kicks serious ass. I talked to the owner, Tyler, for around a half-hour my last night there, and found him to be an exceedingly agreeable and generous man, willing to discuss his brews and business. But yeah, people, this is Baker, OK? Donít anything but espresso before 4 PM. Worth a drive, IMHO.
mistersinalin (24) St. Paul, Minnesota | June 10, 2007
58 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
This place has a bit of clash in it. The ambiance is like a Perkins on the inside and a parking lot for a patio. The servers are not shy about talking about the patio patrons if you happen to be at the bar. Donít even think about seating yourself or you will get corrected. The beers they brew are quite good. I usually get the IPA, and then a growler to take home. Rumor has it that they bought an Organoleptic Hops Transducer that they run their IPA through. Seems to be working because the beer tastes great. And although the staff has its own character, it all works. I have and will go back.
pinkzambia (51) Boise, Idaho | June 28, 2006
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
I liked this place. It has a small town atmosphere with good brews. The staff was friendly and accomodating. The food was pretty good. I had the BBQ Chix sandwich and my wife had the Salmon salad. Very good. I did notice about halfway in to our time there that the noise was all people noise -- there was no music! But the staff seemed fairly knowledgeable about the beers. I didnít get the impression that harlequinn got when he went. Perhaps, there is some tension between the Western and Eastern Oregonians that we Idahoans donít deal with :)..
The beer sampler was only $4 which included 8 samples. They ran out of sampler glasses so two of mine were in regular pints and I received more than 2 oz.! I think it is well worth your time to stop in. I will next time I am passing through. I do agree with Buck Dich that the hours are kind of odd.
harlequinn (112) Tacoma, Washington | May 26, 2006
48 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 9/20
This is one place that I will probaly not return to. The beers leave alot to be desired, and the staffwas like what? Who are you? You are not a local, what are you doing here? Had a decent pale ale, not really worth stopping for.
BŁckDich (215) McCall, Idaho | October 18, 2004
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Opens at FOUR FRICKINí PM!!! I drove 2 hours to go here and got here at Noon on a sunday. I had to piss away 4 hours in Baker City, OR, no easy task! I ended up going to the Oregon Trail Visitor Center, a movie, a coffee shop/internet cafe, several souvanier shops, AND drove up to sumpter to see the dredge/train thing and drink a Bush NA in the town grocery market. Anyways, inside itís a normally decored small town restaurant. Average food. Large sampler of beers, some good, some bad. Nice people. If itís open and youíre hungry and youíre on your way by Baker City, worth it, if not, donít do it.
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