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.
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: http://i.imgur.com/3XIdq7S.jpg
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.
Visited on a Monday afternoon in November 2015. The exterior hides the old traditional English Pub Interior. Itís dark with lots of wood panels and beer memorabilia adorning the walls. Service was good. Snacked on a scotch egg with proper hand cut chips that tasted great. Interesting beer range at decent prices. Really like this place.
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.
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.
(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.
Oakes (805) 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.
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.