On a recent outing Jeanette and I stopped in a Rock Bottom Brewery. It was a nice sunny day so we took advantage of their outside seating. Fun to drink beer and eat and see city life pass by. Jeanette and I both ordered a nice IPA they had brewed. We also had some excellent nacho to munch on. I you are in the neighborhood it is a nice place to visit.
We got out for a brewpub visit on an early Saturday evening. This time Jeanette and I check out Fat Head Brewery on the edge of the Pearl district. Fat Head opened in November and this is their first west coast location. They followed one of the standard formulas for Portland brewpub – find an old building in a good location, gut it and do a build-out with modern amenities while keeping some of the old buildingness. Fat Head added a nice mix of tables, booths and bar seating to make a comfortable environment to enjoy a beer and to socialize. On the beer side they offer a selection of their own brewed beers and an extensive guess list. Plus they put their own flare on standard pub food. We tried their quesadilla and a pepperoni pizza. Both were good but not the best we have had. We also checked out what others around use were having and it all looked good. We tried a couple of their brews with a porter, brown and very floral hoppie IPA. All were good but nothing I would hurry back to have again. So Fat Head is a nice place that I would go back to if I were in the neighborhood but not what it takes to make it exceptional for a Portland brewpub.