I like this place well enough, the selection of their beers is unparralelled and it’s in a neat building. However, the portions are small and the service is always a nightmare. They rely very heavily on the mystique of their brand amongst beer geeks and not so much on quality.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 17, 2013
I walked over here from Cascade which is only a couple blocks away. Actually, pretty much everything in Portland is only a couple blocks away. Living close to this place could be bad for my health. Adam and Fred all year long along with experimental stuff on tap to tick (they do small beers with the four big ones: Doggy Claws, Fred, Adam, and Matt). They also have vintage bottles for sale to drink there like batch 1 Adam, albeit for $100. I probably won’t be dropping that kind of money on a single bottle there but I’ll drink the regular beers on tap there again for sure.
This is in an open garage-ish type place. Plenty of seating, both inside and outside. 3 oz. samples are $2 (with 1 or 2 exceptions) and glasses are $5. Perhaps a bit expensive for the area, but more than fair in my book. The beers, of course, are world class. One of the draft selections appears to be a random barrel aged beer. When I was there it was Blue Dot aged in bourbon barrels with cherry and peach, and it was god damn delicious. They also have vintage bottle available for on site consumption, which, while a little on the expensive side, provides an insane selection for folks who don’t mind dropping some cash. The highlight was a Batch 3 Adam, which was $50.
Wow, what to say about a place like this? It’s in a warehouse, surrounded by roads and a train line, yet it’s quite inviting and even has a nice outdoor area to use when the weather is nice. The place itself is big, quite industrial with brewery related décor, and with tables of various sizes around a square bar in the middle. As a brewery taproom the selection is obviously not in the league of independent bars when it comes to sheer number of taps, but it is almost just as obviously unrivalled when it comes to HotD beer. That’s easily more than enough to cover all desires for any lover of beer, both when it comes to styles, vintages and whatnot. The tap beer is amazing, and comes in sample size if preferred. The vintage bottles are equally amazing, and some even extraordinary. The service is very good, and the staff is willing to share their knowledge. The prices are very good, even on the expensive stuff, and the value is just superb. So, what to say about a place like this? Well, just go, drink and enjoy!
Cool "factory" building on the outskirts of central portland. Feels like a local hangout. Great spicy food, great service from our host Wendy and the beer... even after 4 weeks hunting down great beer on the west coast I was still blown away... Cherry Adam, Matt 2010, Adam from the wood and even a sour (flanders fred) - all world class beers. Loved everything about this place. Everything. Closes early so you can walk the 10 blocks to Cascade Barrel House :) Convenient.
Stopped in with the family and thought I would like this place, but it really exceeded my expectations. There was parking in back so we didn’t have to park on the street which was nice. It was a very open space with tables inside and out on the sidewalk. Nice bar area with empty bottles from various breweries lined up. There was also a view into the brewing area and I got to see Alan working on the Peach Fred that will be coming out in a couple years. Service was solid with the waiters being very nice and knowledgeable about beer. We also got complimentary drinks worth $20 due to a long wait for our beers, which was really nice of them to do. Samplers of all beers on tap, plus a wide variety of vintage bottles. The only small negative I could think of was the loud train going by on occasion. I didn’t think another place could top GI Clybourn, but HOTD did, wow just an awesome place...wish I lived in Portland!!!
Wonderful place! Possibly my favourite brewpub I’ve ever been to. 8 of their brews on tap, combined with vintage bottles for those willing to spend more, makes for a pretty good selection. The food was tasty and very well priced. The beer was well-priced too. Definitely a must-do when in Portland.