Amnesia Brewing832 N. Beech St. Portland, OR 97227
Phone: (503) 281.7708
Located in: North Portland - Visit Website
BarFly's Review of Amnesia Brewing
A brewpub where you're practically sittin' in the mash, situated in an old converted warehouse with high ceilings and garage doors that open to the seasoanal air. Great housemade beers. Friendly and mellow staff, laidback atmosphere—has a European feel to it.
On "hip" Mississippi Street, so the crowd is slightly yuppie, but barhopping is a breeze. Patio is very dog friendly! Great (and cheap!) sausage-heavy menu cooked outside in the beer garden on the grill, served until close.
Pints from $3.50, regularly. Open 4-11pm Mon, noon-midnight Tues-Sun (often open later Fri/Sat).
Fridays: Live bluegrass.
|Amnesia Brewing's Happy Hours|
|Monday||$3.25 pints, $12 pitchers 4-6pm|
|Tuesday||$3.25 pints, $12 pitchers 4-6pm|
|Wednesday||$3.25 pints, $12 pitchers 4-6pm|
|Thursday||$3.25 pints, $12 pitchers 4-6pm|
|Friday||$3.25 pints, $12 pitchers 4-6pm|
|Saturday||Alas, no happy hour today.|
|Sunday||Alas, no happy hour today.|
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Some of the best beer I've ever had. Slow Train Porter is hands down my favorite beer ever made. Love this place
Who are these people giving Amnesia bad reviews for "bad music"or a bad experience with a patron taking seats at one of the public tables, or even the guy who is shocked that a BREWERY is no place for a child? These people are absurd. fThis place is a great Brewery. Period. Their beer is great and the atmosphere is pretty damn cool. If you're an adult who knows how to conduct themselves in society then you will most likely enjoy this place because it's a fun place to be. If you're some kind of whiny little kid who gets butt-hurt over insignificant challenges in life then I would rather not see you there in the firs place. Top notch bar, top notch beer.
the Owner is a great guy and I've never seen any of this b.s. happen. the beer is topnotch.
ORIGINAL EMAIL: I am curious why your establishment is so overtly anti-children? I don’t really see how letting adults with kids enjoy your outdoor area until dark is going to ruin anyone’s time there? RESPONSE: This is Kevin King, owner and brewer at Amnesia. First of all, how i run my business is none of your fucking business. Second, get a fucking babysitter... Third, how many breweries did your parents take you to when you were a minor? Finally quite frankly, i really don't like children in MY BREWERY!!!!!!! CHEERS ASSHOLE.
I used to come here fairly frequently. I loved their spicy brat with any of their delicious IPAs. No more...
My wife and I were recently sitting at the bar finishing our beers, almost ready to leave. There were about 4 other people there that sunny afternoon. All of a sudden we hear someone around the corner in the back ranting about someone he'd apparently recently fired. Example phrases were "I'm glad I fired the b*tch. She's just a f*cking c*nt." Everybody in the place was shocked, and the waitress/bartender was clearly embarrassed. My wife got up and peered around the corner to tell whoever it was (turned out to be the owner) that everyone in the place could hear him and that he might want to keep it down a little if he was going to use such offensive words. The owner's wrath immediately turned on my wife, as he shouted at her "This is my f*cking place and I can say whatever the f*ck I want to." Then he yelled at her to get out and that she was 86ed from the place. As we got up to leave, after she walked out and I was headed to the door, I heard him call her a "c*nt" and I turned and told him calmly "That's my wife you're talking about, and she does not deserve to be treated like that." His (not unexpected) response was "F*ck you, you're 86ed too. Get out of my bar."
Later, when I saw he was away, I went back in to tip the waitress. She looked horrified at what had happened and apologized. I told her it wasn't her fault and that I was just sorry she had to work for someone like that.
I've never been 86ed before. I'm a nice guy, and I wouldn't be angry if I'd gotten kicked out for being a dick. I used to love this place, but I will never go back, even if we somehow get the apology we deserve. I can't support a person that treats people like that. Besides, there's PLENTY of great beer in Portland. Right up the street there's a new place, Prost! that serves awesome German beer and even better spicy brat sandwiches. Don't waste your time at Amnesia unless you're into abuse and supporting abusers.
The $9 hamburger on a cold bun takes 40 minutes and is made by a guy - I'm not kidding - who takes the trash out, handles the meat, handles the bun, wipes his hands on his dirty jeans, clears tables, handles meat, handles lettuce, wipes hands on jeans, clears tables ... you get the idea. Way, way overpriced. Castagna, with fresh cut fries is a buck or two more.
I personally don't see what the owner has to do with anything. (I've never seen him be rude and I'm there three times a week) Their seasonal beers are incredible, as is the porter and both IPAs. I enjoy a burger from time to time...but I normally go there after work for a quickie and it always brightens my day. The staff is great and the music on saturdays is pleasant. No frills good beer.
My favorite joint in town.
The best thing about this place is getting a Pitcher of Copacetic IPA for 13 bucks and stumbling back up the street to my house when consumed. I love that I can get Torufkey or Boca instead of sausage or burgers on the grill too. MMMMMM.. Did I mention that Copacetic IPA has a VERY HIGH ABV? fantastic.
Copacetic is the best beer in Portland. And yes the burgers are $8, but they are f*ing good. I hate when people dominate the tables and you feel like a stalker when you're trying to find someplace to sit. I've always heard good fun music there, the last 80 times I was there, but this weekend this bartender chic was playing opera and it was horrible. I think you should listen to that when you are at home, alone. Anything else would have been fine with me. Bad music there can totally make you want to get out of there. I think the bartenders there are cool usually, the lesbian chic, the long dark haired dude, and the guy with the blond short hair are all cool. I really love that place. It's best in the summer. It seems like they are always out of propane in the winter.
I've had ok times here in the past...but it sucks when it's crowded. As we approached the only half-unoccupied table in the joint, the fucks at the opposite end of the table got up and MOVED their personal belongings so they could commandeer the whole table. Hey assholes: don't sit in the big outdoor patio if you want a private table.
I'd also like to mention that $8 for a so-so burger and a wee handful of potato chips is pretty pricey.
I have a complaint about Amnesia, which I heretofore considered a pretty nice place for a beer.
I spent about three pleasant hours this past Saturday with two friends at the bar, having great beer and conversation, before an incredibly unpleasant end to the evening.
At around 11pm, the sound system played an awful, droning noise that stretched on for over ten minutes. It was a grating noise and certainly not conducive to a good time at this or any bar. I went to the bar and asked if it was possible to change the music, and the utterly dismissive bartender flatly said she didn't control the music.
This prompted an angry, profane outburst from one of my friends, and he was rightly ejected from the premises, but that's not the point of my comment. The point I'm trying to make is that our very pleasant evening patronizing this establishment came to a screeching halt because (1) the 'music' being played, and I am not exaggerating, was so bad that it seemed intentionally annoying, as if the staff wanted to empty the bar (and if so, they succeeded -- other patrons also bolted due to this aural assault), and (2) when I asked the bartender, in a not-unpleasant manner, to change it, she did nothing at all to help and acted like I was an idiot for asking.
Utterly insulted by this experience, I will not be back.
Found it when we hunted down The Rebuilding Center. Good beers, not much on the food menu, but I liked the hunter friendly art. Where in the hell did the unopened love letters painting go. I loved that one, bring it back please, political correctness be damned, that painting said a lot to the wannabes.
Some friends and I stopped in for a quick beer and stayed the whole night. They had two different IPAs, our favorite plus others beer on tap. The sausages were tasty and well done. If you like brewpubs this hard to find place is worth the hunt.
I like this place a lot. I grew up in a blue collar town, and this bar feels like home to me. It's simple and cool, and the beer is some of the best I've ever had on tap. The IPA and the ESB have the perfect amount of hop, sweet, and clean finish. No sour smack at the beginning, no over-doing it on the floral hop, no dead yeast down-turn at the end. Having been to breweries along the left coast and WV and PA, I can say with certainty that this guy makes good beer.
Don't go if you want to sidle up to the owner. The guy was real quiet but nice to my boyfriend and wasn't interested at all if I tried to join in on the conversation. So be it. Either he's a jerk, or he's shy, or he just takes time to get to know. Some of the best guys I know take a long time to warm up. I don't go to bars to hang out with the owner or brewer. I go to drink beer.
I really like the local artist bit on the walls too. It's not over-stated or pretentious. If you guys see this review, it would be cool if you'd put up a website with info about your rotation of artists. I saw a photo spread there one time and didn't write the artist's name down. And it's been haunting me, so get your shit together and build a simple site about what you do? (Quit worrying about scaring off the hipsters. They'll come and go whether you like it or not.)
I've been to Amnesia a lot. I have never even seen the owner but maybe I wasn't looking....the bartenders are hot young 20 somethings who are friendly and laid back. The food menu isn't that great, especially if you're vegetarian but the beer is worth the trip even if you're not from Nopo. There isn't a huge selection but what they brew is damn tasty. The Desolation IPA is as good as any other brewpubs if not better. I have been going there since it opened and it is definitely one of my regular spots. Check it out sometime, but only if you are serious about beer....
Why is the guy that owns this place always so rude to all the patrons? I have never been rude or obnoxious there. I always spend money as does my wife. We always get treated like crap by this guy. His wife is nice but he is a Prick! I will not go back. He should just stay in the back and brew the beer. Let his wife run things up front.