This review continues my adventures up near Newberg, Oregon at a microbrewery called Barn Door Brewing. Formerly known as Deception Brewing, the brewery underwent a rebranding last year and was renamed based on the memory of a barn that had been in the owner’s family for generations (go to their website and read the story, it is a neat look at a slice of American history). While the core of the business and brewery have not changed, the updated tap list and spruced up tap room make this a standout business in an area more known for its wine than beer. So grab a brew, sit back, and pick the hay out of your hair while enjoying my review of this well built nanobrewery.
- Beer – A small but balanced tap list explores a variety of styles and brewing elements here. From light and dry options such as a Kolsch to the ever-present IPA, the brews on tap scored above average on taste and composition. I even appreciated the creativity that went into some of the beers (Habanero pale ale anyone?), and hope they continue that trend by adding some new styles on top of what is a solid core line up. Score: 3.5/5
- Brewery – Small and cozy with modern touches, the tap room boasts a handful of tables scattered around the room and a small bar off to one side, with view into the small brew floor at the back. In nicer weather, there is also a patio out the front door where you can relax and enjoy the Oregon sunshine. They do not have a kitchen on site, but it does look like food trucks stop by from time to time. Open Thursday through Monday, be sure to check their hours before planning a trip as they have limited hours most of those days. Score: 3/5
- Ambiance and Entertainment – A handful of televisions tuned to various sporting events allowed me to watch my alma mater’s football team play in their bowl game when I stopped in. In fact, this would be a lovely spot for an afternoon of enjoying craft beer while watching whatever event is on. Add in lots of board games (managed to play a rousing game of Battleship while here), giant Jenga, and the occasional live event, sometimes even with music, and Barn Door certainly provides a decent amount of entertainment options for your visit. Score: 3/5
- Location – Facing a busy highway with a giant brewery sign painted on the roof makes it very easy to find, and they have plenty of parking behind the building. Dundee is not a very large town, so your nearby options are a little limited, though there are an abundance of wineries and tasting rooms close at hand, and Newberg is only a short drive down the road. Score: 2.5/5
- Customer Service – I was one of only a few people in the room when I stopped in, so the service was excellent. I had a great chat with the bartender who explained some of the history of the brewery, as well as made a few good beer suggestions. They offer a locals discount if you are from the area, which is a great way to get that repeat traffic. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience. Score: 3/5
Total Score: 15/25
Favorite Beer: Squeeze the Lemon – 5.1% IPA
Final Thoughts: If your brewery hopping plans involve traveling south of Portland, I suggest making a stop at in Dundee at Barn Door Brewing. I enjoyed their beers as well as all the other aspects of my visit, and certainly look forward to visiting again to see what is new on tap.