Pretty much a disappointment...only stopped because I was visiting Timberline Lodge. Typical ski mountain décor and feel...restaurant with families. Not much of a view given where it is. Biggest problem is the beers...all average at best...some less so. This visit was wasted time for me. If you are staying at the mountain for a few days...a stop here for a burger and a beer wouldn’t be a problem...but this is not a craftbeer destination...and you’d be best bringing your own beer to the mountain if here for an extended stay.
Stopped in on our way from Portland to Bend. Nice ski chalet feel about the place. We were there during off-peak hours, so the place was nearly deserted. Both the food and beers were serviceable, but nothing really stood out. A good place for a pit stop, but hardly worth seeking out.
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, don’t 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 ’12 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 isn’t worth the long drive to the middle of nowhere otherwise.
I like Mount Hood brews and they don’t 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.
I’d 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