Visited March ’17. Stopped in here given its close proximity to Heater Allen. It’s a very old school-feeling brewpub that seems to do pretty good trade in food. Roughly 12-15 beers were on tap with some bottled BA and sour offerings also available for purchase. Styles available covered the bases (90s brewpub IPA, strong Belgian ales, a hefe etc.). The beers weren’t too bad, though not good enough that I would order their stuff in a bar with a wide selection. Service was direct and pretty friendly. Prices were ridiculously cheap. Overall, I can’t strongly recommend Golden Valley – it’s an OK spot to stop for ticks if you happen to be in the area, nothing more.
Visited 26/8/2013. Went with a large group and getting a table for 9 wasn’t an issue. Huge roomed bar, with booths around the edge, and a vast number of tables everywhere else. Nice, large, old fashioned backbar. Again, selection is marked down due to being all Golden Valley beers, but that’s to be expected; why sell others’ when you brew a large amount of styles yourself? Started off with the Mild which was sadly served way too cold! After that went for the 10 beer sample platter, served on a huge piece of bowed wood. Beers are OK, nothing special. Just easy drinking ales/lagers. Service was efficient, attentive & friendly. Food was tasty & reasonably priced. A nice place to visit when in town, and does offer something different to McMenamin’s down the road.
A large building with plenty of parking. 10 taps of their own brew. IPA, Golden Ale, Hefe, Porter, American Pale Ale and a couple of others. Pretty good stuff. A roomy and great looking bar. Everything has a dark wood look to it. Plenty of seating inside and a nice patio area outside. Staff is friendly and attentive. Food is decent but overpriced, so I usually only stop in for the beer. I do like their German Potato salad. Over all a nice place to have a beer or two when in McMinnville.
A beutiful place, traditionally decorated, but very new. Huge bar in the first room you enter, and a nice function room behind it. We had an interesting brewery visit, and the brewer brought out the IPA vs. Brut and Black Panther in bottles. I had the sampler, which were very beutifully delivered on a stave from a barrel - good thinking, but only 9 beers in the sampler. Bombers of some of the beers available to go. The food was good.
Stopped in passing through Oregon wine country, one of the few breweries in this part of the state (Portland being so close.) Didn’t try the food. Novel concept using parts of old wine barrels as a sampler tray. Service was extremely slow, and the restaurant wasn’t jammed or anything. Beer wasn’t that great. Of the ten I tried, I would consider having one or two again, and didn’t purchase any. Besides the sampler that is - nowhere did it mention a charge, and it was $7. Not worth the money and barely worth the time.
BrewDad (464) Olympia, Washington | June 26, 2006| Updated September 4, 2008
This was a nice place to visit an old warehouse or something that was now a Brewery. In the middle of McMinnville this was a great atmosphere and the place looked very clean. Kid friendly and a great menu of food. They bring out the sample of brews (10) of them on a special stave that was very unique and gave the place more charm. Food was good the beer could have been better. The darker the brew the better. I will be back with family and friends.
The service here is really hit or miss. Get seated and stay out of the bar area unless you sit at the bar. They have some average beers, but again their brewer Mark is killer and learned his craft over at Deschutes. Their seasonals and specialty beers are killer. Food is really good too, as they raise their own beef, and their spent grains from the brewery go back out into the feed for the cattle.
My wife and I first visited this pub in the evening, and we later learned we had the fortune of being served by the manager, who ran a fun and festive bar. Unfortunately, he was all too soon replaced by a dour woman who apparently didn’t like one of the patrons at our end of the bar - so she avoided us all. We had to literally flag her down more than once to be served. Too bad - they were pouring some very good beers.
We gave the place another chance the next evening, stopping in for dinner and hoping the table service would be better than the bar. While the menu was promising, the food was only acceptable, certainly nothing special and not an especially noteworthy value. The table service was sterile, which wasn’t as bad as being ignored, but only slighly.
Golden Valley’s brewer seems to be a talented person, and I hope this pub matures to match the quality of his product. Otherwise, I’m unlikely to visit again - Trask down the street is much more comfortable and pours good beers, too.
While there had the sampler wtih 7 available. The were out of 3. I enjoyed the beers and had the steak for my meal which was very good. It’s a nice place to go and relax, although a long way from Portland where I was staying.