A full two-story layout at BridgePort Brewpub offered lots of room for tasting and diversions. The bar featured two 3-tap towers and an authentic beer engine. The CD sound system provides the background music while the various activities attract your attention. The interior offers brick with the occasional wooden vertical posts and wooden tables and chairs. Under the 15 foot ceilings loomed large wooden beams and slats supporting huge vertically hanging bar towels. Designated as non-smoking, minors were not allowed after 8 PM. The second floor offered another bar, one dartboard, a dozen tables and an environment soothed by ceiling fans and CD sounds. A narrow outdoor patio offered a great place to relax and enjoy the summer night.
Touted as "an amber-gold ale, refreshing yet rich", the Pintail Extra Special Bitter Ale was a clear dark straw color with a head of fine bubbles that faded rapidly. The forceful aroma consisted of both hops and malt while the flavor continued the trend. The generally even balance offered a chance for both the hops and the malt to take a turn at going after the tastebuds but in the end, the subtle alcohol presence crept into the picture and resulted in a well-rounded yet complex character for this ESB. The label of the 22 FL. OZ. (650ML) bottle offered no freshness dating information, but did describe the alcohol by volume (ABV) content; 5.9% for the Pintail ESB. The barley wine style Old Knucklehead appeared a hazy dark amber color and offered an intense alcoholic, estery aroma. The creamy white head topped the full-bodied brew that was matched by an intense alcoholic and malty flavor followed by a very clean aftertaste. At 9.9% ABV this one left a very memorable impression. The cask-conditioned Porter appeared opaque and yielded a very light body with a smooth, evenly-balanced flavor dominated by dark malts. also enjoying widespread distribution are: BridgePort Original Ale, BridgePort Blue Heron Pale Ale, BridgePort Coho Pacific Extra Pale Ale, Bridgeport XX Stout, and the Brewer's Select Series.
Founded in 1984 by Dick and Nancy Ponzi, the microbrewery claims to be Oregon's oldest. Plans call for growth from 30,000 BBL annual production to 75,000 BBL. To-go sales are available for half gallons and kegs alike. Tours are given at 2 and 3 PM on both Saturdays and Sundays. The brewpub hours range from 11:30 AM to 11 PM Mondays through Thursdays, 11:30 AM to midnight on Fridays, noon to midnight on Saturdays, and 1 PM to 9 PM on Sundays. Stop by for a brew, a pizza or a sausage sandwich, the quality will definitely come through.
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - July, 1996
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