The bartenders and staff here are pretty great, but the waiters aren’t always familiar with the beers. The interior is basically upscale restaurant decor, and the same goes for the menu. The selection of brews is varied but none of them were particularly outstanding.
Definitely better than the Hilsboro location, this one feels more homey and welcoming. The bar sits in the middle of the establishment, so you can sit anywhere around it, 360 degrees, allowing you to see and converse with other patrons rather than just the bartender.
The beer styles are also more specialized than the Hilsboro location, and at $3.50 a pint during happy hour you can’t go wrong.
I can’t say anything about the food as we visited after a hearty lunch of the regional specialty (BBQ). The desserts and other items I saw passing looked good though. Because of the holidays only four of the eight beers were available on tap. For this I have to give the place a lower score; a few of them sounded very interesting. The beers themselves were mostly pedestrian with few standing out. However the fact that they comped the sampler tray did earn the server a larger tip.
Sought out and visited on vacation. Ambiance is certainly modern and clean, a bit yuppie, sure, but it is a refreshing change from the usual dank pub. Staff was friendly and attentive. The food was exceptional. The beer was above average. A couple winners in the bunch (London Porter, Isle of Skye Scottish). The beer sampler was a good variety and no duds in the bunch. I like their style of having as many seasonals/specials as they do regular beers, though I was disappointed that although their cask conditioned ales are everyday (how awesome is that?), they are only after 5:30 on weekdays, which was a real bummer. Their pizza oven is still broken after what seems like years.
Beer Hawk is pretty much right on the mark. Yuppie modern atmosphere. Staff was friendly but our waiter didn’t know shit about beer. When I asked what he would recommend he responded an ale, despite all their beers being ales. I really did like the sampler platter of all 8 beers. Kinda small sample sizes, but not unreasonably priced. The food was good but pricy.