Saturday, August 17, 2013

Oregon Hophouse - Fifteenth Avenue Location

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One of the best things about the Oregon Hophouse on NE 15th Avenue and Brazee (Portland, OR) is that it's so darn convenient to get to the place. It's located right off the Number 8 bus line and is in walking distance from Lloyd Center. Oh, yeah, they also have a boatload of beer on tap. There's that.

I think they have about 25 to 30 rotating taps of fine craft beer--most from local breweries. The taplist is usually very well-rounded and the prices are generally reasonable.

The service is friendly at the Fifteenth Avenue location (never been to the Hawthorne branch) and the food is pretty decent. It's your typical pub grub: burgers, sandwiches, fries, onion rings, etc. They have a nice selection of happy hour items, too. I'm particularly fond of the pulled pork sliders.

As every good taproom should, the folks at Oregon Hophouse don't mind giving you a taster pour of anything they have on tap. The taplist is presented on an old-school chalkboard. No Digital Pour or other electronic wizardry afoot. I like the personalized artwork that is applied to each beer listing on the chalkboard. 
The writing is on the wall...

The pub consists of one medium-sized room and a small bar. There are a few booths lining the main area. Two or three flatscreens are mounted on the walls, typically tuned to the usual sporting events. (Go, Timbers! Ducks! Beavers! Blazers!)

There are a number of large picnic tables with big red umbrellas out on the roomy patio area at Oregon Hophouse. That seems to be a big draw for neighborhood folks with dogs and strollers. A perfect spot to sip a cold beer on a hot summer day.

There is a laid-back neighborhood vibe at the Fifteenth Ave. Hophouse. Unlike some other taprooms around these parts, the noise level at this pub is usually at a normal level. That means you can have a conversation with someone without shouting or missing half of what they said. Imagine that!

They regularly have special events at Oregon Hophouse: special beer tastings, trivia contests, meet the brewer nights and live music. I'm not normally in for those kinds of things--I'm all about the beer--but if you like 'em, they have you covered.

All-in-all, a nice neighborhood taproom--not at all dive-y. Decent food. Lots of great beer on tap. Check it out for yourself.

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