In the door around 5 on the first Friday in July 2017. Good crowd outside already, many with food from the taco truck across the street or the other food truck parked on their property. Smells of brewing fill the air, definitely a work day here.
Beers here are solid. I think there’s a very clear reason that many of the 10+ previous Portland breweries I visited recommended Gigantic in spite of it not being near anything else. Every other recommendation came with “And you can also hit ____ nearby”. Not here. There’s nothing else really close. And the beers are unapologeticly good. This is why they get the recommendations. Staff here is great, funny and clearly loving their job. One of their shift brewers had knocked off for the day and was sitting next to me at the bar. Great people.
Here, Labrewatory, Baerlic would likely be my top three of a 20+ brewery trip through Portland.
Located in an industrial area quite far from the city centre. Much smaller than I expected, certainly not gigantic, has an industrial/warehouse feel. Small but decent selection on draft. Food was available from a food truck. I really like Gigantic but this was among the least impressive places we visited in Portland. If you’re a local with easy acces that might be different.
Visited soon after 3pm opening on a Wednesday. Located in a light industrial area, seemed to be plenty of parking in the area. A bunch of picnic tables out front, as well as bar, table and bench seating in the smaller tasting room. Service was prompt, beers in pints as well as 64/32 oz growlers. Bar snacks available, additionally there were food trucks on site, though not open at the early hour. 10 house beers on draft, as well as 4 champagnes on offer. Good vibe, good beers.
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Of course one of the smallest tasting rooms in town is called Gigantic. And their beers can be big, or more delicate and experimental, but all well done. The building is efficient & singular. Excellent, knowledgeable, friendly service/ When the weather’s decent & you can sit outside, great. Could they stay open a little later?
I must say this place is a lot smaller than I expected, particularly since I see their beers in Southern California. But anyway, it’s kind of a smaller warehouse space with a limited amount of bar seating, a couple tables inside, and a handful of long picnic tables out front.
They had a handful of beers on tap as well as some bottles in the fridge available to go or for on premise. Beer quality was not terribly high, for me anyway. A lot of IPAs, but all of them were kind of sweet and malty. But hey, they did have a Canadian malt liquor on tap as their guest beer. Score!
I personally don’t know I’d come back here as it’s out of the way and I didn’t like the beers that much. But it’s a pretty relaxed, laid back place.
A tiny wee place. No kids. Great beer and always the friendliest of service. The selection is small but interesting. There are a couple of food trucks nearby but we haven’t partaken yet. Inside they have popcorn and nuts. Funny location too.
Small industrial tap room with some seating inside and out. Bar is tiny so service is limited to going up and getting your beer. Efficient but nothing really offered. Their own beers plus some bottles that aren’t on tap. Beer is OK but as some others have said not really a place to hang out.