Great beers, not much doubt about that. But I’ve never understood the high rating for HOTD as a place. As a place to go, there are considerable limitations in every category that is considered the base criteria for rating places on ratebeer. Many of the people who have rated it so highly appear to have visited when there was a special event of some kind, be it the ratebeer summer gathering or what have you. And that is truly where Alan is at his best. If you can go there on the right day at the right time, he is very hospitable and it can be a fabulous experience. But for a day-to-day place to hang out &/or drink a variety of good beers, I think it is grossly overrated for the average joe beer tourist, or local beer lover who is not part of “the scene”. If you want to go here and get that tops-in-the-world experience, make sure you contact the brewery in advance and see if they’ll make arrangements to entertain you. Otherwise you might be really disappointed. The out-of-the-way location and occasionally sporadic hours can be annoying when you show up and can’t even get in.
Some of the best beer in the world, and a world class taphouse in my book. Pretty simple place, feels very family run (and it is). Food is way above average. Always have small tasting glasses of everything available (in cool stemmed glasses) and usually some interesting bottle or two to go. The best part is the vintage bottle selection: Alan is very smart and generous in this regard. I wish more folks did this. Must visit when you’re in Portland, or the Northwest generally.
Nice low scale interior. Service was excellent. Our cute emo waitress knew all you wanted to know about the beers. The beers was a good surprise. Don’t miss trying their specials - they make some pretty bad ass beers. I got to try their collaboration with Struise: Cherry Pannepot. Orgasmic!
Re-Rate. My previous review was from back before the brewpub opened. It was from when Alan was brewing in a garage, essentially. The new space is large and spacious. Looks to be an old machine shop. The decor is fairly crazy. It almost reminds me of some gaudy Mexican taqueria. Regardless, the food here was absolutely delicious, and the menu had plenty of tempting choices. My bartender was unable to really give me much information about the beer. There was an impressive list of vintage bottles on the menu, and plenty of beers on tap. I’ll definitely come back~~~~~~~~~~~~(Previous rating)
Made my way here on a Monday afternoon shortly after the bottled release of Fred from the Wood--GO BUY IT. This place is challenging to find to say the very least. There is a stairwell from the sidewalk on the main little drag that brings you to 24th ave--TAKE IT. Signage is also not overly large. Very small, industrial garage-like feel that’s not all that different from Alesmith. Once inside, I met up with Alan--I didn’t realize that this was basically a 1 man-show. We chatted for about 15-20 minutes and offered me some samples from the 5 or so samples on the wall. There were also some vintage bottles for sale as well. He was brewing and gave me a really quick tour, which is easy due to the operation being very small. I didn’t want to bother him while he was busy brewing, so I basically bought a couple of bottles and let him go onto producing his great beer. Unfortunately, this place is rated as the top place in all of Portland, and it clearly is not. I think this is due to people giving it a perfect score for food when it doesn’t even serve food. Alan mentioned that he was going to be decreasing his distribution because he is currently brewing at full capacity and local sales are good enough that it does not make fiscal sense to distribute to 15 states any more.
Unassuming open air place that looks like it used to be a garage. Lots of cool stuff on tap including a rotating beer "From the Wood" and one "From the Stone." I got Fred From the Wood and found my first perfect 5 beer. They also have a huge list of expensive vintage bottles available for on-site consumption only. I ordered a 2013 Otto but the waitress told me to try the 2016 first and if I wasn’t satisfied, she’d buy me the 2013. How cool is that? Although I ended up wishing I had taken her up on her offer--the 2016 was a little hot and underdeveloped I thought--I walked away from this place very satisfied as a customer. That was some really great service. I would like to come here again sans kids and try more of what they have to offer.
Visited this rather early on a Wednesday in March 2016. Located not far from Cascade, a place that we walked from.
The place was rather large and not crowded. The service was good. Wifi available. The best beer that I drank was the Pannepooch Reserva, a bottle cost 20 USD.
A bottle of Dave cost 1500 USD, well maybe next time.
Place fairly busy early saturday night, louder than you’d expect. big windows looking toward the river and downtown across it. Didn’t eat anything, but the food looks and smells great, home cured deli meats a specialty. But its all about the beer. Have long been a fan of their early break through work. Quality stuff. Had a small glass of cherry Adam from the wood, like cherry sherry, so smooth and strong. And had Fred, hoppy edge along with the rich dark malt. Sat at the bar, & chatted some with the chef who was off work and having a couple beers before heading home with a growler. this place the real deal, beers you won’t find anywhere else.