Smells awful, beer way too expensive but you have to visit! Amazing choice for sampler platter - perfect selection of bottled beer to take home and an interesting tour of the facility. Gotta go, justbring lots of $
July 2010. Ate in the restaurant, shared some samplers. Ambiance was beautiful, overlooked the bay. The food (burgers and sandwiches) was decent but didn’t stand out. Beers were served cold and filled to the top. I was surprised to see that they still had a winter seasonal (Yellow Snow) on in July, which made me question freshness. However, that didn’t come through in the flavor. Wanted to buy some merchandise but the wait was just too long. Will stop out again on my next trip.
Huge selection of Rogue beers with a handful of them that I can’t get back home. Walking in, I was greeted with that awesome brewery hop and grain smell I really haven’t experienced in awhile. The service was above and beyond great. Walking into the pub part after buying a shirt and a bottle of Voodoo Bacon Maple in the gift shop I was immediately presented with a complimentary sample of Dad’s Little Helper. I ordered a sampler tray and received two more free samples before I left.
Big warehouse of a place off of the 101. Entrance was pretty well hidden and although there was plety of signage it was still pretty unclear where you were supposed to go. Once you navigated the maze there was a very small gift shop which also served as the waiting area to get upstairs to the bar/restaurant. There was an average 25-45 minute wait depending on the size of the party and all of those people were in the gift shop. Terrible layout. I kept having to sneak in-between parties of people to look at the selection of beer. Most of which seemed like it was available in abundance at just about any local grocery store. Maybe worth going just to say "I’ve been to Rogue" but pretty low on the rankings of brewery experiences.
Huge production brewery and restaurant right on the bay. You make your way through the brewery and into a retail area and then on to the restaurant. Everything is kind of dirty and dingy but I think that is the look they are going for. The service getting seated sucked but once we got a table the service got a lot better, we got free samples and prompt service. Selection is large but all the typical Rogue offerings, I think there was one beer we couldn’t get in Alaska at any liquor store. Food was decent and the prices were ok. If your in Newport I guess this place is worth stopping by but kind of the same old boring beer IMO.
Long wait and iffy service on the restaurant side. Food was seriously decent though, if simple and overpriced. The beers, you know ’em. Here I began coming around to the idea that I’m a stout man. When I want to be. In Newport, I wanted to be. Next day we went crabbing on the pier. I snuck away to try a few more at the bar. Funny people there,
(Visited 02/2010): Full disclosure: This is the kind of place you get increasingly giddy about as you get closer and closer. Situated across the bridge from the Public House, the Brewery and tap room is on OSU drive right off the 101 near the Marine Science Center. They have a large parking lot out front.
Rogue trucks, a giant warehouse and silo that you walk through add to the anticipation, then you get a self-guided tour of the brewery of sorts as you make your way to the gift shop and bar. As I mentioned, the beer-giddy level just keeps going up. The tap room is upstairs from the gift shop and is cozy (and very warm) and offers a view down into the brewery. There are boards on either end listing the beers that are available. One interesting piece of decor above the bar was artwork done on the backs of coasters that were tacked to the underside.
The beer list is pretty impressive, with around 50 taps. A paddle with 4 beer samples is available and is ordered by filling out a piece of paper and costs $5.75. The beers include the XS line, Chatoe, John John, Issaquah, Track Town, Mogul madness etc etc. All of the beers we tried were good. The brewery is stocked with a ton of bottles too, including the brand new Double Mocha Porter which I was happy to take home.
Service was pretty good considering the place was packed. The bartender found time to chat about the beers and the surrounding area. A daily (I think) guided tour is available at 3PM.
We did not try any food on this visit.
Overall a trip to the Rogue Brewery should be near the top of any beer lover’s visit to Portland or the Oregon coast.
On a west coast trip, this was my most disappointing stop. I LOVE Rogue brews and seek them out whenever I can, being an east coaster, that isn’t as often as I would have wanted. Detoured out of my way, my expectations here set too high. Clearly I was there on a bad service day. We were at the table for over 30 minutes before I got my first beer. The food came out at one hour and cold, and I wasn’t able to order a second beer. After "lunch", we retired to the bar on the other side and fared a bit better, but not much. I so very much wanted to love this location. I will just stick to the beers though.