Wow, what a great íhidden gemí. Hidden, because this basement bar is not easy to find. We were unable to find it just prior to opening time, until a sign was put on the sidewalk indicating where to enter. In this small basement bar you can sit among the barrels and brewing equipment. Rough and unpolished, thereís no bar, the guy was serving tap beer from taps that come out of a wall. Great atmosphere if youíre into the rough brewery atmosphere. The guy was spinning mad funk/soul vinyls, right up my alley. Beers vary from good to great, I had a couple of exceptional Sours. Bottles are available for on-site consumption or take-away. This was truly on of our highlights in Portland. Cash only.
What a fabulous place. Hang out deep inside the brewery itself. Extremely reasonably priced pours (and pitchers of Four Play, as Chris loves to point out). Beer is very good, interesting selection of bottles to go, friendly staff. Was fairly busy for a Saturday afternoon, finding a seat might be tough at times I bet. I truly enjoyed this stop and will be back.
Okay, to find this place. Walk in the resturuant that faces towards downtown. Look for restroom signs. Walk past the restroom and down the steps. Walk into brewery. The "tasting room" is frankly just hanging out in the brewery by the fermenters and barrels which is pretty freaking cool. No food. Liquid dinner so to speak. Sicker procured for fridge.
In the basement of its building which makes it difficult to find when the sign isnít outside yet. But once inside, you find the cozy comfort of a very tiny taproom/brewery. $3 12 ounce pours! Amazing deal for the quality of beer. Cheap tasters as well. All cash only. Well worth the visit. Bottles also available for purchase.
This place sure confused the hell out of my Uber driver. Luckily they put a sign out front. Really cool feel as its basically a hole in the wall thatís producing great beer. Mostly the beers you can get everywhere but Four Play on tap is worth the trip. Fun little place.
DuffMan (339) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | March 21, 2016
As others have already commented, this is a basement brewery, accessible only by elevator. That in itself isnít bad, but the area doesnít lend itself well as a space for customers to gather for a few reasons. First, the area isnít laid out very well to accomodate a beer drinking crowd. Seating is minimal and sporadic, and the overall feel to the place was just crowded (and because it is in a basement, somewhat oppressive). Second, there are issues with climate control-- it was uncomfortably warm when I was here, and it wasnít a hot day outside (this definitely added to the "oppressive" feeling). Third, the setup for brewery purchases is not ideal. They are cash only, but you have no way of knowing that until you are actually in the line to pay. Now for the positives: the beers are pretty much universally fantastic, and the prices are CRAZY reasonable, bordering on cheap. It is fun that you can peruse some old records and dial up the turntable to pass some time while waiting in line. But I say with confidence that if it wasnít for the brewery-only seasonals I donít think Iíd ever come back here to sit and drink. High scores for selection (because of the interesting seasonals) and value.
Visited before the Blazers game on a Thursday. Located in the basement, not super easy to find, though I followed the signs on the sidewalk and found it pretty easily. The layout is low frills, with benches and tables spread out throughout the active brewing and barrel rooms. There isnít even really a bar, they serve you straight from the taps in the corner. 9 total beers on draft, 3 of which were special or seasonal. Several sizes of pour available. Turntable was spinning soul and jazz, which really worked or the space. The crowd was really great, had several good beer and basketball conversations. I can certainly understand this space could get overcrowded, and perhaps the beer range is not as vast as other places in town, but this is really my kind of place.
94 = ★★★★Ĺ (World class)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Visited on a Sunday afternoon in November 2015. Brewery in the basement of a block over the river in Portland. A loop tram stops pretty much outside if youíre headed over from Pearl district. Tables and chairs are scattered around the brewery. Good choice of taps from standard and had 3 specials plus a few vintage bottles. Staff were super friendly and kept beer and music flowing. Beer was great too. Itís a great spot and one I recommend
Hmmm, my old place review was somehow removed.
Difficult place to find through a maze of tunnels below a mixed use office building. Inside the basement is a tiny 10 max tap system among the small barrel room adjoining the brewhouse. Staff was friendly and attentive while we were there, but took off for awhile leaving the area unstaffed. A handful of tables. No food. No food truck. Some special bottles available for purchase to go. Tour of the brewhouse available. Quality of beer was very high with a good portion of things being tap-only specialties. Tasters available.