Horse Brass Pub | Portland, Oregon
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Horse Brass Pub
Excellent based on 125 ratings
Type: Bar

4534 SE Belmont
Portland, Oregon United States 97215 [ print map ]
503 232 2202 | twitter

Hours: M-F 11-2:30 am, Sat&Sun 10-2:30 am

Mayor: DuffMan (3) | Taps: ~50 | Bottles: numerous

Horse Brass Pub

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Beer Available At Horse Brass Pub (arranged by most recent)
Buoy Black Currant Weiss , Fort George / Georgetown / Pfriem 3-Way IPA 96, Migration River Guide Rye IPA , Sixpoint Jammer 44, Laurelwood Mango IPA , Royale Motivator Coffee Saison , Lompoc Saison díEvolution 60, Payette Blood Orange IPA 82, La Cumbre Red Ryeot 97, Walking Man Black Cherry Stout 90, Dogfish Head ApriHop 91, Bells The Wild One 98, Elysian BifrŲst Winter Ale 89
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125 reviews for Horse Brass Pub
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  74%
 Selection  84%
 Food  74%
 Value  78%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  95%
Rating Distribution

3fourths  (1471) Boulder, Colorado | January 12, 2004| Updated July 8, 2015
I like to say that if I were to open a pub, it would be like the Horse Brass. A rugged, log cabin meets British pub atmosphere, traditional British food (great bangers), and great hosts. The beer list has been good, but not excellent.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail  (1171) San Leandro, California | June 25, 2015
An institution, so a required visit on the trip to Portland. Definitely feels a little dated and perhaps even a little kitschy in terms of the decorations. But what the hell do I know.

We got there somewhat late on a Thursday night, so it wasnít super crowded, but still a good number of folks drinking at the bar and a few tables throughout the space. Pretty sizable tap list. If you go around town, youíll find a decent bit of overlap in the bar taplists, but these guys at least had some unique stuff. Beer quality and serving conditions were good.

I got an order of fish and chips (half) and that is probably more than enough for a normal person. Was pretty good. Not the best, but good. Service was decently quick, but certainly at a mellow pace.

They do halves and fulls of pretty much any beer. Prices are excellent (read: cheap) as well. Whatís not to like about that?

Also, some nice graffiti in the menís room:
nate2g  (1046) 上海 / Boomtown!, Australia | October 18, 2013
Well worn in pub thatís a little rough around the edges by way of the interior. Great beer selection of many taps. Pub grub available with many of the after work crowd getting their fix. Good atmosphere and well worth stopping for a couple of pints.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Ferris  (891) Burnaby, British Columbia | June 6, 2012
Old style English pub which is large, cozy, dingy and dated. That is what English style pubs are, and I am a fan. Service varies, the staff are very good but depending on the crowd it can vary. If you like beer, there is very few places with a better selection in my opinion. They also do many events and blind tastings. Food is standard English fare, but good quality. Fish and chips and the Scotch egg are my favourites.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois  (874) Tourist Town (West), England | November 18, 2012
Visited around mid day on Weds 07/11/12. Place was fairly busy and most folks were eating. We sat at the bar and drank for an hour or so. Bar tender was great fun and gave us a few samples and chatted away to us. Decent selection with 2 cask dispense and around 50 taps. Beer menu in 2 parts. Regular tap menu and guest tap menu. Eelectronic board as you enter - íthinkí but memory fades, this just displayed the guest taps? Decor is mock English pub thing - not a bad stab at it to be fair! Definately come back here.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick  (797) Columbus, Ohio | April 4, 2011
(Visited 02/2010): Went here on a recommendation from a fellow beer lover who goes to Portland frequently and were not disappointed. Horse Brass is located on the east side of the city on Belmont off route 30/84. Parking can be found on the surrounding streets. The inside was absolutely packed on a weekday night. There is communal seating and tables from wall to wall, and a wraparound bar that occupies 2 of the rooms. There are darts in the back too. The place is dark with a lot of wood and British-inspired decor. The beer selection at Horse Brass is very substantial and changes regularly. There are around 50 brews on tap from regional brewers like Caldera, Speakeasy, Elysian, HUB, Laurelwood, Deschutes and others. They also have a few import taps from Germany, Scotland, Belgium and others. Cask beer is also available. The bottle list is fairly extensive as well with many of the same brewers represented. There are beer menus on the tables that show a (mostly) up to date list. Service was about as good as can be expected considering the place was overflowing with people. Our server was helpful in letting us know what changes had occurred on the beer menu and made good food recommendations. As for the food, it is very good. We tried a Scotch Egg based on a recommendation and it was awesome. Our bangers and mash and fish and chips were very good as well. Overall the Horse Brass is high on the list of places to hit in Portland.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes  (769) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 3, 2004| Updated April 22, 2005
Ardunno. I used to like it more than I do now. Iíve become quite attached to drinking without sucking in a hundred cubic metres of second hand smoke. I cannot abide by smoke in a beer bar. Itís bullshit. The beer list is also not as inspired - too many obvious and easy choices. The food is all right for what it is - British pub fare is not haute cuisine.
theisti  (667) Kansas | November 11, 2015
Visited around dinner time on a Wednesday. Located in a neighborhood, very much a local pub feeling to the entryway. Inside, itís a wark wood well-worn pub. Larger space, big wraparound bar, with restaurant tables up front and more communal areas around each side of the bar. 2 dart lanes. The tap selection is vast, around 60 beers on offer when I visited, and the quality was super high. Focus appeared to be on Oregon and Washington brewers, though there were a number of well chosen national craft beers. 4 casks. During my visit, there were also 15 speciality taps from the cellar including a 2009 Alaskan Smoked Porter and the 2009 Deschutes Abyss. 10 oz pours available. Solid service.

82 = ★★★Ĺ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (667) Denver, Colorado | April 28, 2010| Updated January 5, 2011
This place has an inviting pub atmosphere with lots of wooden furnishings, breweriana, and dim lighting. Darts are available near the restrooms in the back. We only had a salad, which was tasty, but my buddy got some scrumptious looking fish and chips for lunch. The beer list is top notch. Heavy emphasis on west coast beer with lots of rare gems I didnít see elsewhere were available on tap. They have a second page on the tap list labeled "coming soon" which leads me to believe they rotate the selection out fairly regularly. I highly recommend Horse Brass.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | July 25, 2009
The classic Horse Brass, located in a beery area of Portland youíll want to visit anyway is probably a must. The gigantic tap list just makes it worth it by itself. The beers seem to rotate swiftly, so I take it that everything is fresh. In terms of looks, it clearly adopts the English pub path and is relatively successful in terms of decorum, but not in terms of England. The crowd here is relatively young, relatively trendy and just clearly American. I canít blame Horse Brass for that, but it does not have the warming, envelopping, yet brash and character of a pub in Britain. Efficient bar staff, but it just did not feel all that comfortable though the food aptly looked gross. Still, the selection features tons of IPAs and other American delicacies. The pint of La Folie at 4.50 felt like the deal of the century.

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