My Third Home – The Tug

Tugboat Brewing Company
I know everyone is dying to know one thing: “Brewcaster, what’s your favorite bar/brewpub in Portland?” Well little Billy, it has to be hands down The Tugboat Brewing Company and for several reasons.

– Atmosphere – It is like walking into an old library or living room dimly lit. Book shelves line both side walls, filled with interesting titles, fun board games, and interesting photos. Music has never been too loud, or bad taste (compared with mine). A great place to go to chat it up with your friend or a complete stranger at the Tugboat. The owners are always nice and very friendly.

– Beer – Everyone likes to describe any beer as “hoppy”, it has become the thing to say when you don’t know how to describe a beer. But Tugboat’s beers are HOPPY. They are very spicy, sometimes bitter, never boring beers. I consider myself a novice pro beer drinker, and there are some they create that are too much for me. I recommend sampling a few before committing to a glass or pint. You WILL find something you will love.

– Location – Nestled around the corner from the Portland landmark Mary’s Club downtown, it is a great place to stop midway on my commute home for a few quick happy hour beers with a friend.

One thing to remember before you go:
Cash Only - Tugboat Brewing Company

6 Comments so far

  1. Jason McArthur (unregistered) on January 5th, 2008 @ 11:10 am

    Tugboat is one of my favorites too. Good beer and friendly staff. I highly recommend their Chernobyl Stout. At 13% alc, it’s a great way to warm up during the winter.

  2. McAngryPants (unregistered) on January 5th, 2008 @ 12:54 pm

    Have you checked out Produce Row? nice beer selection and HUGE sandwiches

  3. melissa lion (unregistered) on January 5th, 2008 @ 4:22 pm

    Great tip! Can’t wait to check it out!

  4. John D (unregistered) on January 5th, 2008 @ 10:02 pm

    I love to support our local beer scene, in fact I pump a couple thousand dollars a year into Portland’s breweries, but I just can’t get behind places that won’t accept my debit card. What’s the hangup? Sure, it might cost you a few bucks more as a business owner, but you’ll make up for it by not annoying your potential customers.
    Check out Bailey’s Taproom across the street from the Tugboat. They don’t brew anything themselves, but they represent the best of the local brews plus a few south of the border (CA) beers with their 20 rotating taps.
    I’m also a fan of any of the New Old Lompoc pubs. They have great food, great Portland atmosphere, and awesome beers that pack a punch, and in my opinion are the best local brews for your buck. And the old location on NW 23rd has the neatest toilet in Portland.

  5. Becca (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 1:03 pm

    Nice meeting you at the bar the other night! I am surprised that half the comments are about other bars! This one is great, but off to the side, almost in an alley. Part of the reason why I like it so much is that the usual “downtown crowd” doesn’t seem to make it there. Only the cool people know where it is. I am still hesitant to tell some of my friends where it is.

    “okay, I’ll tell you, but it’s my bar, and you can’t be showing up drunk late at night asking for PBR”

    How embarrassing.

  6. No cards? Lame (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 4:56 pm

    No cards? No sale. I’m not a lamer – I carry a card, not cash

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