Tugboat Brewing

3.25/5.0 40 reviews
711 SW Ankeny Street
Portland, Oregon United States 97205

503 226 2508
brewpub (Tugboat)
d2m.com/Tugwebsite
Mon 5-10pm, Tue-Thu 4pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 4pm-1am

Mayor: rosenbergh (2) | Taps: 10 |
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
soul11man  (54) Portland, Oregon | August 14, 2011
Since Tugboat is a relatively small scale brewery their offerings of their own beers are limited, however they do bring in a great variety of other beers on what I recall as more than 5 taps. In a downtown quadrant of plentiful beer they are a quieter hole which has a calming atmosphere and a relaxed place to drink. It wasn’t quite clear at first that you had to get a beer from the only bartender who was quite friendly and knowledgeable but once that is sorted you are welcome to kick back with a book, a game or some good convo with a friend or two.
60
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
TBone  (244) Pori, Finland | July 7, 2011
As said this place has its own weird vibe. Next to it is more upscale Bailey’s Taproom and then Santeria-Voodoo shop, some kind of sex shop and grocery shop with few local micros. Place was dark, service very good. No samplers. They have some other than own beers too.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Nikiel  (10) Portland, Oregon | June 5, 2011
Really cool place, but got a weird vibe from the bartender about the owner...
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
cinemabaroque  (5) Oregon | May 17, 2011
A charming place to stop in downtown Portland this has none of the yuppie vibe that infects most of the establishments in the area. Many of their own beers are not the greatest but their Chernobyl stout is awesome! Not to fear though because they have an excellent selection of guest taps. Also has a good wine selection so it can be a nice, intimate spot for a date in the midst of hectic downtown Portland.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Shellac31  (10) | May 24, 2010
Enjoyed the feel of this place, they had good beers that they brewed as well as several good guest taps.
82
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie  (678) Denver, Colorado | April 29, 2010
This and Bailey’s Taproom are exactly the kind of places I was seeking in Portland. Tugboat is a great late night stop for a beer lover. The selection is limited, but serviceable. We had a pitcher or two of their beer and I had no complaints. The ambiance is what makes this place. It’s dark, it’s homey and we were entertained by a great old-timey band on stage. The library of books can provide drunken amusement. We ate some nachos which were excellent late night pub grub. I’d recommend Tugboat as a good place to end the night, especially given its proximity to Bailey’s.
40
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 7/20
trampdaddy  (43) California | April 27, 2010
little hole in the wall brew pub they only had 2 of the tugboat beers an IPA and an alt we weretier it was late we need to give them another chance
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 9/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | July 14, 2009
A small, comfortable English-style pub, the kind where you’d imagine old lanterns and dusty bookshelves. So a nice place, but not necessarily a bier temple. Still, if you have a few days in Portland, you should definitely hit Bailey’s tap room and Tugboat is right across the street, so popping in may become interesting. As far as the beers are concerned, they have ~6 guests, not necessarily the most adventurous offerings and ~5 of their own which were quite under average for Portland. I could not stand their liquorous, hugely alcoholic impy and that’s a pretty bad sign.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
stchloe  (24) Portland, Oregon | May 19, 2009
The service kind of sucks, and they only serve their ales, and only a limited selection of those. The mood of the place is great. Dank little hole in the wall with damn fine ales.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
after4ever  (275) Brier, Washington | May 10, 2009
Cool little hideaway right in the heart of downtown Portland. It’s on an alley, and the walls are lined with books. Feels very quirky, it’s definitely not the kind of place you can create by packing in a bunch of wacky decorations. It’s the kind of place that has to happen over time. Some fallen soldiers from some wine cellar (presumably theirs) line part of a wall. The bar bisects the place at an angle, and there’s a small stage with genuine live music at times. Some booths, some tables. Lots of leather and dark wood. The stacks and stacks of wall-mounted bookshelves go a long way to making this feel like a refugem from the stresses of office work. Spectacular rainy day place. Truly mediocre house beers, but plenty of well-chosen, low-profile, and interesting guest taps.

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