JoeMcPhee (531) Toronto, ON, Ontario | January 26, 2006| Updated April 3, 2006
Stumbled upon this place by accident. Kind of a neat space, sort of a pub meets library. Next door to a mexican place that shares its bathroom with a strip club. The beers here werenít great. One was infected and one was just nasty. Itís got sort of a neat vibe, and the guest beers are solid, but there are still better places in Portland.
I found this place without really seeking it out. Just saw it tucked away in an alley as I was strolling around the city. Very nice atmosphere, books and old games everywhere and some funky old pictures of Oregon landmarks, like Crater Lake. Bartender was a really nice guy and the crowd was relaxed. They only had three of their own beers one when I was there, but they had several guests. I was not blown away by the quality of the beers they made, but I did really like the bar. I could see myself being a regular there if I lived in Portland.
This is cool place to go. It is a father and daughter place that is very small and hard to find. It is worth going to chat with the owners and regulars. They have games to play and books to read. The beers were above adverage for such a small brewer and a neat place to check out if downtown.
I liked this place. Kind of hidden down this side alley/road. It didnít even look like the place was open, but it was. Not many people there so the service couldnít help but be quick and good. The beers were pretty good. Very dark, with a bunch of books on the bookshelves for you to read and some games ní shit to play. Interesting. Worth a visit.
I am fond of small holes in the wall so you can just get away from everyone and enjoy a beverage and some discussion. Live music is ok, but place is small so it can dominate the place at times. Beer is good and service is friendly and helpful
I think they actually have a menu here, but I would be scared to eat here. Its a really small whole in the wall pub, dark with a big bookshelf. They have about 6 of their own brews on tap as well as a few others. None of their beers are all that great, but a good place to play the Farkel dice game (joet is this how you spell that?)
We visited on a Saturday night around 9 pm.
It actually took as some time to find this place as it is small and tucked down a semi-alleyway style side street.
When we entered we encountered a basic and bohemian type joint.
Very small a scattering of tables and a couple of booths at the large shop front style window ( we sat in one as people watching in this area of Portland is very entertaining).
There were large amounts of used and well read books on shelves on two walls , plus some nice old fashioned board games. Six young folk were playing scrabble on the table next to us.
They had quite an enjoyable jazz band playing.
I enjoyed the soothing atmosphere after the crowds at Kells.
They had five of their own beers on tap , though not the ESB, which everyone I spoke to in there thought was the best beer they did. Anyway the Cernobyl stout was just fine for sippin and watching the procession of eccentrics drift by the window.
They also had a small selection of imports on tap to..including Frankenheimer Alt.
Cash only in this place..all in all a nice place to drinka beer listen to non-challenging jazz and play a game of scrabble, who could ask for more?
fly (247) austin, Tejas, Texas | September 17, 2004
Like this tiny place and glad theyíve been able to hang in there. Canít always find the beer you want due to the tiny batch sizes, but Iíve been lucky to have some VERY good beers there. They had a jazz band last time I was in and it wasnít half bad.
Tugboat is a very unique place. Books and board games are included for your enjoyment. The beer selection consists of all Tugboat beers, about 6 at at time. The service is good. Not sure about the food as I have never had their food on either of my visits. The only think that really marred my most recent visit was a certain individual in my company that it seems turns into a bit of an obnoxious blow hard after consuming a bit too much alcohol. Oh well such is life.
Tiny &quo;hole in the wall&quo; place in almost an alley. Inside is very dark, almost no lights aside from the mason jar candles on each table. about 20 taps, 9 running their own brews, only 5 of which had anything on. 4 by the time we left. The guys there were blunt, to the point about their beers. They donít do samplers so I had to split half pints with Derekarent, not too bad. Beers were fairly good, a little off on some. Jazz band that was a little &quo;off&quo; as well. Seemed like theyíd never played before. New age smooth jazz with a twist you could say, not very contemporary. Didnít try the food but it looked cheap and good. Overall this is a weird place for a brewery but I guess itís what youíd expect.