Ignore the strip mall location and you'll be pleasantly surprised at the McMenamins Oak Hills Brewpub. Three outdoor picnic tables offer fresh air and an uninspiring view of the parking lot. Inside, the seven-place bar offers the best spot to read the tap handles and run down the beer list that includes 11 McMenamin's draught beers. A green chalkboard over the bar displays the current draught selection. No smoking is allowed at the bar so tasting of all the flavors will be unimpeded. Nearby, six small and six large wooden tables with dark wood padded chairs are filled with diners and drinkers alike. Additionally, nine booths offer very comfortable seating. The decor features dark green printed carpet surrounded by dark green walls. Numerous plants hag from the 10-foot maroon ceiling. Tasty pub food emanates from the open kitchen just behind the bar. Farther back, windows offer a public view into the brewhouse, with its hallmark custom painted brew vessels.
Four wines join a single hard cider on the tap lineup. Normally, one cask beer and one nitrogen-dispensed beer are on-line. The cask-conditioned McMenamin's Hammerhead is a hazy amber with a great hop flavor that dominates the substantial maltiness. The house Porter is nitrogen-pushed and served cold, rather than at "cellar temperature." Beneath the fine head lies a rich and chocolaty flavor and creamy mouthfeel. The Rogue Brutal Bitter asserts an intense hoppy aroma and flavor where the sharp bitterness lasts well into the finish. Half-gallon growlers stand poised over the bar for those customers wishing to continue the flavor experience later at home.
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - July
Oak Hills Brewpub
14740 NW Cornell Rd. Suite 80