Great beers, not much doubt about that. But I’ve never understood the high rating for HOTD as a place. As a place to go, there are considerable limitations in every category that is considered the base criteria for rating places on ratebeer. Many of the people who have rated it so highly appear to have visited when there was a special event of some kind, be it the ratebeer summer gathering or what have you. And that is truly where Alan is at his best. If you can go there on the right day at the right time, he is very hospitable and it can be a fabulous experience. But for a day-to-day place to hang out &/or drink a variety of good beers, I think it is grossly overrated for the average joe beer tourist, or local beer lover who is not part of “the scene”. If you want to go here and get that tops-in-the-world experience, make sure you contact the brewery in advance and see if they’ll make arrangements to entertain you. Otherwise you might be really disappointed. The out-of-the-way location and occasionally sporadic hours can be annoying when you show up and can’t even get in.
We were in Portland for less than a day recently and only had time for one or two stops, so we came here. A pretty standard brewpub setup with bar, tables, and outdoor seating options. A decent menu with very tasty food options. I created a flight of four and was impressed with each one. They even have guest cider, if you are into that sort of thing. They have a decent vintage bottle list, as well. No a/c, so it was warm inside when we were there on a 90-degree day. Good service. I could spend all day drinking here.
In a bit after 7 on the first Wednesday in July 2017. Small amount of people, so not empty, but not crowded either. Bar seats about 15-20, but we grab a table nearby amongs the seating that sits at least another 60 or so. Beer list is nice, featuring some classics from HotD, as well as some things you’d never peg them for. Beers are available in a modest 3oz pour for a reasonable price, as well as a 12 ounce for an even better price. Assuming you live here and can come regularly. If you’re from out of town and actually want to try things at more breweries without dying a horrible death in the middle of a crosswalk as some kind driver yielded to you crossing the street while you died from over consumption…
Beers here are great, but they are definitely not easy drinking and ready for you to session them all night long. Smallest ABV on the menu was 6%, and of the 12 beers on tap a third were 9% or higher.
We split some deviled eggs and a bread and butter plate, both of which were pretty cheap, and both tasty.
If you’re from out of town, you’re coming here anyway, as it’s one of the top spots. But be prepared, and be aware if you’re intending (which you hopefully are) to go to some other places, so you can plan ahead for your sobriety.
I don’t know what I expected but this was what I expected ... no problems finding a seat at the bar. Stopped by later during the week. Nice tap list and nice bottle list. If this place was close to my house, I’d be there all the time.
Visited March 2017. Bright, comfortable space with high ceilings and a large 3-sided bar. Tap offerings were relatively modest in number, but there was also a large vintage list that included Dave for a cool $1500. HotD brews some really interesting stuff that doesn’t always hit the mark, but is certainly never boring. Small pour sizes are available at reasonable prices, making this place fairly ticker friendly. Overall, a bucket-list destination that doesn’t disappoint.
Visited around lunchtime on a sunny wednesday. Attractive spacious interior, we sat at the bar. Selection consists of a relatively modest but thoughtful selection of beers from draft, a couple of specials and a small menu of interesting bottles. Had a wonderful IIPA and pours of two impressive Barley Wines, as well as a nice lunch. We really enjoyed the vibe here, this was one of the highlights of our Portland visits.
phenomenal, eclectic, and rare selections on tap (and in bottles). beers unlike any other breweries. staff is very knowledgable. cozy ambiance. good place to grab some rare beers to go too, especially if you’re a fan of cellaring.