United States > Oregon > Portland
3fourths (1419) Boulder, Colorado | January 12, 2004| Updated November 11, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
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. Iím always able to find something rare from Oregon, which is great.
nate2g (954) Boomtown!, Australia | October 18, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
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.
Theydon_Bois (851) Tourist Town (West), England | November 18, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Dogbrick (796) Columbus, Ohio | April 4, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
(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.
Ferris (768) Burnaby, British Columbia | June 6, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
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.
Oakes (724) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 3, 2004| Updated April 22, 2005
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
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.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | July 25, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
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.
NachlamSie (632) Denver, Colorado | April 28, 2010| Updated January 5, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
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.
KyotoLefty (542) Kyoto, Japan | September 12, 2009| Updated February 17, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Great place to drink in Portland in my limited experience. Great beers, and many to choose from. Decent pub atmosphere. when we were there, it seemed they could have used a few more wait staff on, as our waitress was running around madly. Beers were in top condition.
JoeMcPhee (518) Toronto, ON, Ontario | January 26, 2006| Updated August 28, 2009
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Great atmosphere, dark lighting, lots of old wooden benches and tables. Three-sided bar that on the night I was there was covered in firkins for a winter cask festival. It was still decked out in Halloween lighting despite the fact that it was late November. Lots of beer decor, great tap list, and knowledgable table servers. I didnít eat, but the menu looked like typical British pub food. Awesome place.
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