It has the look and feel of a cheap eatery or lodge, but with more timber and brass. Expect families and screaming babies. Wifi available. 6 regular beers and 2 seasonals, growler fills, donít expect anything great, but if you are already on the road you will stop for the ticks. Luckily the use a small 3oz glass for the tray. Impersonal cold service.
Visited here in August í12 on a trip to Oregon after visiting Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood. Excellent location, beautiful setting just off a mile or two from the road to Timberline lodge. Cozy atmosphere, some outdoor seating. Have at least eight or so of their beers on tap - had their sampler and most were above average. Food was excellent, I had the Bleu Burger and son had the the fish tacos - both were excellent. Prices were reasonable considering the location. Worth the trip from Portland if you have some time to kill - seems a lot of bikers make this a regular stop on their excursions.
(Visited 02/2010): Stopped at Mt. Hood Brewing after a day trip from Portland to Skibowl (and an initial attempt at Mt. Hood Meadows which was closed). The brewpub is right off Rte 26 in Government Camp. There is a private lot with plenty of parking.
The interior of the brewpub is multiple levels. There is a lot of wood and stone walls, along with red tiles and mining-related decorations. The brewing equipment is viewable along the right side. All of the available beers are listed on chalkboards.
Mt. Hood has 9 beers on tap and they are all available in a sampler for $8.50. They have a pretty good array of styles including a Smoked, Wee Heavy, and Barley Wine along with the typical brewpub offerings. All of the beers are above average but nothing stands out as stellar.
Service on a late Monday evening was pretty good. The server was attentive and happy to talk about the beers.
Dinner was enjoyable, we both enjoyed our dishes.
Overall this place is kind of a no-brainer spot on a ski trip to Mt. Hood, but probably isnít worth the long drive to the middle of nowhere otherwise.
I like Mount Hood brews and they donít make it to Portland much. This is a must stop if you are arond Mount Hood. A couple of beer engines (one of which had a great tasting smoked porter), as well as the rest of the great beers. Their beers range from average to above average. Barkeep was friendly, talkative, and gave us great attention.
Anytime I am coming back from the mountain I always stop in the Ice Axe Grill and grab a growler to go.
I have only stayed to eat a couple times but the environment is good with that nice warm mountain feel to it and the food is alright as well.
Iíd definitely recommend stopping in for nothing else to grab a growler of one of their hide to find beers.
good selection of their own brews on tap. think there were about 13 different ones. stout was cask conditioned. i had their imperial ipa. it was above average. kind of in the arrogant bastard style (not nearly as good though). wife had the ipa . it was sweet and average. no real aroma, and could hardly tell there were hops in it.
the food was really good. (reuben and fish tacos) if in the area it is definitely worth the stop. we were there on a thursday afternoon in the summer so it wasnt busy at all.
And bring a flashlight for the bathrooms
Its cozy like a ski lodge, and going in the off season you can tell who they cater to. We sat in the bar/dining room with some stupid tvs on ruining it all. The bathrooms are in some sort of basement alley dungeon, and everything was outrageously priced.
Great pub, perfect after a long day of skiing at Hood. This place gets really packed, so go early. The food was really good, prices reasonable for not having many other options close by. The beer is average with a few very good options. I really enjoyed their Wee Heavy Scottish and stout. The staff was very friendly. Highly recommended, and the surrounding "town" is just great.