Brew Review #3

Last Friday evening, the architect & I headed out for the third in our bi-weekly series of local brewery reviews. This time, we hit up Bridgeport Brewing Company. Although they have a couple of locations, we went to the one in the Pearl.

The only bad, really, was that we went right after the architect & I got cleaned up from our various exercises (me – 7 mile trail run; him 2ish hours on the elliptical, assorted strength stuff), so we arrived at about 5 PM, but there were no open seats in the bar. And I was HUNGRY, so I didn’t want to wait for an open seat at the bar. So, we took a table in the dining room. Where, of course, they don’t honor the happy hour prices. BAH!

Anyways – we started off, of course, with our beer order. I got the Ropewalk Amber (I took notes! Kind of!) and the architect ordered the ESB. Except they were out of ESB, so he ended up with the IPA.

(The IPA is on the left, the Amber on the right.)

Also, since we were still HUNGRY, and I was having a pretzel craving (due to a lot of pretzel talk on twitter earlier in the week), we ordered a pretzel appetizer. You got three soft pretzels with a beer mustard & a beer cheese dip. The beer cheese was a little on the fantastic side.

As you can see, I am the best food blogger EVER, because I totally forgot to take a picture until over 1 entire pretzel had been eaten.

For our entree, the architect had a chicken sandwich, and I had the chicken quesadilla off the appetizer menu. This is the point when Run to the Finish’s Nutrition Challenge #1 (Put your fork down between bites)would’ve come in handy. Alas, I did not so much remember that part.

With dinner, we ordered a couple more beers. I wish I’d tried their seasonal Imperial Porter, just for fun, but I didn’t. Instead, I got another Amber, and the architect ordered their seasonal Belgian (which I thought tasted exceptionally sweet & florally – so, in other words, not for me).

The camera appears to be getting a bit tipsy here…..

The service was great – I just wish we’d waited for a seat in the bar so we could’ve taken advantage of happy hour specials. I’ll try to remember to not ever be STARVING when headed to a brew review. The total came to about $50 – which is more than I would’ve liked to spend. Hopefully we’ll do a bit better at our next review.

After dinner, we took advantage of the nice weather to walk around Portland a bit before heading back home.

Next up on the calendar: Cascade Lakes Brewing at Raccoon Lodge on April 24. Maybe. Their website doesn’t seem to work, although there have been reviews of the place as recent as February, so I think I need to do a little more research. Let me know if you’re interested!

19 responses to “Brew Review #3

  1. Oh, YUM. Why did I read this after eating a paltry pb&j? I’m going to be hungry still…

  2. great, just great. now i’ll be dreaming of pretzels and cheese for 2 weeks straight. thanks alot.

    • Awww….I feel TERRIBLE! I’m sure that if you go ahead and eat a pretzel with cheese, you can just run it off during your 7 million mile week! 🙂

      Plus, isn’t this why we run? So we can eat crap? (Or is that just me?)

  3. Chicken sandwiches and chicken quesadillas are my FAVORITE. They look sooo yummy!

  4. Oooooh yummy.

    We went to Racoon Lodge a few weekends ago…Justin ordered the beer sampler which comes with like 10 beers or something ridiculous for $10!

    I am a BIG fan of sour beers (sadly, they give me headaches). I really liked the cherry something or other. They have a raspberry beer that looks like pink lemonade, it was weird =).

    ENJOY!

    • I am not a fruity beer fan, but I am usually willing to try everything, and love getting the samplers when I go to a new place. I’ll definitely have to try that.

  5. LOVE the last pic of you and the architect. Awwwww….

  6. The website seems to be working for me: http://www.raclodge.com/

    Like Alisa said, we went there a couple of weekends ago and I loved their sampler! No beers wowed me, but they had quite a variety and I definitely want to try them by the pint sometime soon. Their food was nothing to write home about, but they had some inventive options on the menu.

    I love your idea of trying all the breweries!

    Oh, also Bridgeport was the first brewery I checked out when I was visiting Portland to see if I wanted to move us up here. I think I need to give them another visit.

    • The website is working just fine today – apparently they just didn’t want to cooperate when I was trying to talk about them!

      Bridgeport was supposed to be the first brewery we checked out before we moved here, but they were closed for renovations! 🙁

      I love getting the beer samplers, and we’ll probably try that at Raccoon Lodge (and you guys are so welcome to join us if you want), split the sampler with the architect & then get a pint of my favorite.

      I think, of all the breweries that I’ve been to so far, Laurelwood is my favorite – their winter seasonal is beyond fantastic, but I am trying to broaden my horizons. (I also love Rogue, and can’t wait to get up to that one in my list!)

      • I too am in love with Laurelwood. I may even walk 2 miles to the east side brewery on Burnside today to go to this planting event/double-ipa release party thing they are having.

        Sadly, Alisa is taking me out as the trophy husband on Friday for a work event so we won’t be able to accompany you to the Racoon lodge. I do hope that we get invited to another one of your tastings soon though! Enjoy!

        • Sorry, I lied. I guess the event is at “EastBurn”, not a brewery, and not Laurelwood itself (I’m only familiar with their NW location), just serving Laurelwood beer. Maybe still worth checking out.

          • I’ve only been to the NW Laurelwood once, but I’ve been to the others a LOT. Especially the one in Hollywood, although that gets a little too kid-friendly at times (the Hollywood one mostly serves pizza – and they are delicious).

  7. Love your blog! I found it on my nightly Internet stalking…maybe via Nurse on the Run?

    Those pretzels made me salivate. I had a “pretzel roll” tonight with dinner and it left me feeling unsatisfied. “Pretzel” is not a word I take lightly.

    • I am not a hardcore pretzel person, but I do love a good soft pretzel with real cheese. YUM! Thanks for stopping by, and now I will have to swing by your neck of the inter-woods, too!

  8. OK so I had to skip right down past the girly shoes and the intense exercise to the BEER and PRETZELS and QUESADILLA’s!!!!

    What an awesome, awesome reason to get plenty of exercise.

    • I know that I run because I love it, but sometimes I think that I run & drink my green smoothies so I can drink beer & eat pretzels & quesadillas with fewer repercussions.

      You didn’t even PAUSE on the shoes? Not a tiny pause?