Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Hopworks Urban Brewery Revisited

2944 SE Powell Blvd
Happy Hour 3-6 p.m. daily, 9-close Sunday-Thursday, 10-close Friday-Saturday

My friend did a happy hour review of HUB already, but sadly I wasn't with her. My boyfriend and I decided to try their late night happy hour, and we really enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed how almost every menu item was organic or made in-house. It really seemed to add to the freshness and flavor. I apologize for the quality of the pictures--I forgot my camera so these are phone photos.

Interestingly enough, I actually ordered the same thing as my co-blogger did last time! Luckily my boyfriend ordered a lot of food, so I do have some new items to discuss. I ended up ordering a slice of their veggie pizza ($2.25) and the house salad ($2.75). The pizza was just okay to me (a little on the lukewarm side), but the house salad was awesome! One of the best house salads I have had--I think it was because of the ample amount of house-made balsamic vinaigrette. Homemade salad dressing really makes a huge difference.

My boyfriend ordered the black pepper and garlic beer sausage ($3.75). This was much bigger than we expected, and it came with really good house-made potato chips. He really enjoyed it. He also got the warrior wings, which also came with chips ($3.75), and the fries ($2.75). The fries were my least favorite item. They weren't bad, but they weren't great, and they were really the only thing we didn't finish. We also had some problems with the wings. The first batch didn't seem quite done (the server asked whether we wanted them off the bill or a new order, which I thought was nice). The second batch were good (very spicy!), but they were difficult to eat because of the way that they are presented. They give you the entire wing rather than separating it into two pieces like most places do. There was also a ton of sauce, which made for a very messy boyfriend! The flavor was good, though, and the chips below the wings had some of the sauce on them, which was a nice treat. The wings were served with blue cheese dressing and celery.

The organic beer was the real star here ($4.25). I got the Totally Radler, which was 70% lager and 30% lemonade. I had never had this combination before, and it was light and refreshing. I could definitely see myself drinking these on a regular basis. My boyfriend got the special Ace of Spades IPA. At 9.2% alcohol content, this was one strong beer. He loved it so much that he got a growler to go.

I guess waiting to eat until 9 p.m. made me extra hungry. I couldn't keep myself from ordering the root beer float ($3.75). This was made with organic ice cream and homemade root beer. I actually drank the whole thing, which is rare for root beer floats (they usually make me feel sick about halfway through). I noticed that you can also order a float made with stout, which I think would be gross, but who knows?

The service here was pretty great, too. Our server seemed to have a ton of tables, and it was really busy, but we still got plenty of attention.

Overall, I was really pleased with my experience at HUB. I would definitely go back again.

Food: Meets
Drinks: Exceeds
Service: Exceeds
Ambiance: Meets (a little too loud)
Value: Meets


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