Breakside IPA voted Top Oregon IPA

Breakside Bottle portraitBreakside IPA (their flagship) was voted the top Oregon IPA by Hophouse patrons in a blind taste test during a month-long event within the pubs, for the second year in a row. The IPA Challenge, which took place in January, allowed customers to blind taste-test twelve different beers, attempt to identify them, and vote for their favorite by tap number (not by name). The tap line-up was kept secret, and customers were not told their scores until ballots were graded off-site, and they were not told which beers they had correctly guessed.

In general, the contestants were able to pick out the Breakside beer more easily than the others. The better the contestant (the more they got right) the more likely they were to correctly identify the Breakside beer and choose it as their favorite.

Pfriem Family Brewers over in Hood River have bragging rights as well – their IPA placed a close second. This was somewhat surprising to us because their IPA did not do well in the competition last year. In fact, Pfriem was only included this year as a last-minute diehard customer demand. Our staff thought we would lose customers if Pfriem wasn’t given a second shot at this. Pfriem did well with contestants who did not identify their beers correctly, nor could they identify that they chose Pfriem as their favorite. But they knew what they liked, in terms of taste, as opposed to brand name.


Breakside and Pfriem were well ahead of the pack of other great beers, which included (not in order):

  • Culmination Phaedrus
  • Barley Brown Pallet Jack (2015 winner)
  • Boneyard RPM (2013-2014 winner)
  • Golden Valley Bald Peak
  • Deschutes Fresh Squeezed
  • Ecliptic Orbiter 
  • Coalition Space Fruit
  • Hop Valley Citrus Mistress
  • Rogue Seven
  • Sunriver Vicious Mosquito

Hophouse patrons look forward to us exposing the blind taps and finishing off the IPA kegs, and getting to know what they are actually drinking. Plus they are looking forward to a more diverse selection of beer. Also, if you took the Challenge in the last few days, here’s the key and you’ll be getting your score back soon. If you took it before 1/24, the key is on the left, although you should have already gotten your score (unless spam kicked it back). Scores after 1/25 are on their way, and the key is on the right. We had to swap out a couple taps.


Stay tuned for a Breakside party, date tbd!

5th Annual 2017 IPA Challenge

Dwayne from Ecliptic taking the Challenge

Dwayne from Ecliptic taking the Challenge

Starts on New Years Day. Open at noon!

If you don’t already know, January is the month we curate a blind taste test of 12 different IPAs.

Take the blind taste test. Win prizes.

Pick your favorite – the most popular beer gets put on all year round at both Hophouses.

Past winners have been – Breakside IPA, Pallet Jack by Barley Brown. RPM by Boneyard (2 yrs). One year Vortex won by a few votes at 15th Avenue but the overall favorite between the two pubs was still RPM.

This is how the 2017 top 12 Oregon IPAs got chosen –

We talked to Hophouse staff and Hophouse patrons over the past month or two about their favorite IPAs. We balanced the list off between four older stalwarts (past winners and customer picks) and included eight new beers, some produced by large breweries and some by small breweries. Some of the beers were write-ins by our customers on an in-store and online feedback survey we conducted over the last month.

  • Culmination Phaedrus
  • Pfriem IPA
  • Barley Brown Pallet Jack
  • Boneyard RPM
  • Golden Valley Bald Peak
  • Deschutes Fresh Squeezed
  • Ecliptic Orbiter 
  • Breakside IPA (flagship)
  • Coalition Space Fruit
  • Hop Valley Citrus Mistress
  • Rogue Seven
  • Sunriver Vicious Mosquito

2017 6-flight

Drinking Horse Team!

Drinking Horse Team from 2016

Not only do you pick your favorite (blind), but you correspond the beers you think you know with a list, and the best beer tasters win prizes.

Here is how it works:
You’ll get a flight of 6 IPAs, and a separate list of 6 beers.
You try to match the 6 with a list of 6 beers.
Then you get a second flight, and repeat with a second list.
If you get 10-12 matches right, you get a free mug club membership (sweeeeet!!!).
There will be lesser prizes awarded as  the contest progresses.
All lists will be graded on Tuesdays for the prior week.
Cost to enter the contest is $12/person.
Prizes include tshirts, mug club memberships, growlers, gift cards, etc.


Gift cards for the holidays

GiftcardTrying to find something for your cranky grampa? Your neighbor? Your best friend?

Holiday gift cards are here!

Now is a good time to stop by for a pint and pick up a quick gift.

Looking forward to IPA month in January, during which we blind taste-test twelve of Oregon’s top IPAs. The most popular beer gets semi-permanent handle for 2017.

So give a friend a gift card, and maybe they’ll invite you to stop by next month with them to drink some IPAs. Each taster tray of 12 beers is $12. Win-Win.


Kids now eat free on Saturdays!

img_1194Back to school special!

Kids now eat free on Saturdays, noon – 10pm. Both locations.

One free kids meal per every purchased adult entree. Kids must be 10 and under. Kids meals are our standard kids meal, with choice of hamburger/chicken/grilled cheese/mac and cheese, fruit and/or veg, milk or juice or soda.

No “to go” orders – kids and adults must be present and at the same table.

No coupon or code needed – just show up with your brood in tow and settle in for a nice meal.


Rural Brewer Fest is July 23

Rural Brewer Fest Flyer copy

Rural Brewer Fest is July 23

Rural Brewer Fest Flyer copy

Summer is on its way

and we have lots of good new spring beer on tap. Try Fruhlingweisse, a nice wheat beer from Portland’s Rosenstadt Brewery; Acoustic Ale’s Strawberry Blonde which is a nice pinkish blonde with a hint of berries, or a Pils, the classic pilsener from McMinnville’s Heater Allen, which is still rated one of the top beers in the world. Any of these beers will pair well with our new spring menu, which features sesame seed ahi, a new loaded falafel salad, or if you’ve got the munchies, chili lime pork rinds.

Want to go on a short road trip? There is a new brewery that just opened which makes some excellent farmhouse ales over on the edge of Yamhill County on the other side of Sherwood. The brewery is housed in an historic building in a hazelnut orchard. The brewery is called Wolves and People – go southwest on 99 until you hit Rex Hill vineyards on the way into Newberg, then take a right on Benjamin. It’s only open Saturdays 2-8, no kids allowed, there may or may not be a food truck around. Here are some pics from their recent opening:



April is Hard Cider Month

Ciderfest Vendor Alter Ego CiderAt Hophouse, we are mostly about beer, but we still love our hard cider. Eight taps will be loaded with unusual local hard ciders all month long.

To celebrate cider, we are having discounted flights. 8 for 8. Eight 2 ounce pours of all different hard ciders for $8.00. And 12 ounce pours all $5. And full growler fills for only $13. This price applies to all hard ciders, including specialty one-off kegs and imperials like 2 Towns Bad Apple, all the barrel-aged ciders like Wildcraft Stone Fence (in rum barrels with peppercorn) , blackberry infused ciders such as Bauman’s Obsidian (blackberry), Bull Run Bramble Berry Cider (marion/boisonberry), Cider Riot! Never Give an Inch Oregon Blackberry Cider, plus all the hopped ciders like Red Tank CHOPS! (hopped cherry) and Swift Dank Hop (Pineapple).

So stop by and try a flight and fill a growler with your favorite to go! Enjoy the sunshine!

Mead Tasting!

Ciderfest Vendor Nectar Creek

Nectar Creek out of Corvallis will be at Hawthorne tonight pouring free samples of their meads.

Mead is not just for Renaissance Fairs any more. These meads are lighter and less syrupy than their predecessors, and more similar to hard cider or the fizzy wines made by Hi-Wheel wines.

Mead (/ˈmiːd/; archaic and dialectal “medd”; from Old English “meodu”,) is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruit, spices, grains, or hops.

  • Sting, a Ginger session mead,
  • Cluster, a cranberry-strawberry session mead,
  • Waggle, a wildflower session mead, and
  • Festoon, an hibiscus session mead.

CIDERFEST is today!

Ciderfest Logo 2016 Square copyCiderfest 2016 is at our 15th Avenue location at 1517 NE Brazee.

We still have tickets available at the door. Entry price today (Sunday) at the door is $30 for admission + 12 tokens + tasting glass.

We have 83 ciders on tap today!

At Hophouse Ciderfest, it’s all about the cider. Almost all of our participating cideries will have representatives and cidermakers from the actual cideries pouring their own product. Almost all of theciders served will be from the Pacific Northwest, and we are proud to offer cider from the smaller, newer cideries like Baumann’s, Wildcraft, Farmhouse, Incline, Neigel Vintner, and Apple Outlaw as well as ciders from 2 Towns, Reverend Nat’s, Rogue, Schilling, Carlton Cyderworks, Ace, Cider Riot!, Portland Cider, Anthem, Wandering Aengus, Finnriver, Red Tank, Swift, Tieton, Alpenfire, Alter Ego, HiWheel, Bull Run, and Angry Orchard as well as some others.