Nice little brewpub in downtown. No waiting service even on a Friday night that wasn’t too crowded, and no tabs allowed either. Food selection was week. Had a few non tugboat brews to choose from but nothing exciting. Five tugboat brews were definately what most people were having. I tried all five and all five of the beers were VERY hoppy. I love hops but they put hops in a lot of places where they didn’t belong. A friend of mine that went with me said they were a lot more impressed last time they went, so maybe i’ll like it more next time I go.
BrewDad (464) Olympia, Washington | July 31, 2006| Updated September 4, 2008
This is the place to hit after long day at he Oregon brewer Festival. Tucked away in a side alley the Tugboat has what you need beer and quite time. They bring in a unique crowd but the beer was worth it. They have about 6 different styles and all very fresh and tasty. They have books all over so if you’re into the reading thing you will have many books to choose from. The food was pub fair and pretty good. Service was the owner and she was very nice. This is a great place and a must find for the odd brewery in Portland.
JoeMcPhee (536) Toronto, ON, Ontario | January 26, 2006| Updated April 3, 2006
Stumbled upon this place by accident. Kind of a neat space, sort of a pub meets library. Next door to a mexican place that shares its bathroom with a strip club. The beers here weren’t great. One was infected and one was just nasty. It’s got sort of a neat vibe, and the guest beers are solid, but there are still better places in Portland.
I found this place without really seeking it out. Just saw it tucked away in an alley as I was strolling around the city. Very nice atmosphere, books and old games everywhere and some funky old pictures of Oregon landmarks, like Crater Lake. Bartender was a really nice guy and the crowd was relaxed. They only had three of their own beers one when I was there, but they had several guests. I was not blown away by the quality of the beers they made, but I did really like the bar. I could see myself being a regular there if I lived in Portland.
This is cool place to go. It is a father and daughter place that is very small and hard to find. It is worth going to chat with the owners and regulars. They have games to play and books to read. The beers were above adverage for such a small brewer and a neat place to check out if downtown.
I liked this place. Kind of hidden down this side alley/road. It didn’t even look like the place was open, but it was. Not many people there so the service couldn’t help but be quick and good. The beers were pretty good. Very dark, with a bunch of books on the bookshelves for you to read and some games n’ shit to play. Interesting. Worth a visit.
I am fond of small holes in the wall so you can just get away from everyone and enjoy a beverage and some discussion. Live music is ok, but place is small so it can dominate the place at times. Beer is good and service is friendly and helpful
I think they actually have a menu here, but I would be scared to eat here. Its a really small whole in the wall pub, dark with a big bookshelf. They have about 6 of their own brews on tap as well as a few others. None of their beers are all that great, but a good place to play the Farkel dice game (joet is this how you spell that?)
We visited on a Saturday night around 9 pm.
It actually took as some time to find this place as it is small and tucked down a semi-alleyway style side street.
When we entered we encountered a basic and bohemian type joint.
Very small a scattering of tables and a couple of booths at the large shop front style window ( we sat in one as people watching in this area of Portland is very entertaining).
There were large amounts of used and well read books on shelves on two walls , plus some nice old fashioned board games. Six young folk were playing scrabble on the table next to us.
They had quite an enjoyable jazz band playing.
I enjoyed the soothing atmosphere after the crowds at Kells.
They had five of their own beers on tap , though not the ESB, which everyone I spoke to in there thought was the best beer they did. Anyway the Cernobyl stout was just fine for sippin and watching the procession of eccentrics drift by the window.
They also had a small selection of imports on tap to..including Frankenheimer Alt.
Cash only in this place..all in all a nice place to drinka beer listen to non-challenging jazz and play a game of scrabble, who could ask for more?
fly (273) austin, Tejas, Texas | September 17, 2004
Like this tiny place and glad they’ve been able to hang in there. Can’t always find the beer you want due to the tiny batch sizes, but I’ve been lucky to have some VERY good beers there. They had a jazz band last time I was in and it wasn’t half bad.