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Deschutes Brewery & Public House
Active Beers: 68
Beer Ratings: 326
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 5
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
210 NW 11th Ave
phone: (503) 296-4906
PLEASE DO NOT ADD BEERS UNLESS BREWED SPECIFICALLY AT PORTLAND PUB.
Main Brewery listing (Bend, Oregon) is here:
Sunday - Monday 11am-10pm
Tuesday - Wednesday 11am-11pm
Thursday - Saturday 11am-12am
(Place added by: msubulldog25 on 04-25-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 86 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located in the Pearl District near other major tourist highlights of downtown Portland, sits the easily marked Deschutes Pub. This place was a freakin' zoo. Epically swamped. Jammed packed full of people and felt unorganized and overly chaotic from start to finish.
Decor was like a ski lodge or mountain pub. Big thick wooden beams, thicker tables, and a wintery feel. Very put together and less make shift like most other PDX breweries. More serious, family and group focused.
Bar area had some tall tables and standing areas, with about 20 stools across the bar. Large windows behind the servers exposed the actual brewery. The twenty-some taps stretched the length of the bar with clear doors below showing the tangled web of tap lines and rows of stacked kegs. The open kitchen area on the side that gave it a steak-house, higher classed snobbishery that I didn't quite understand. More insight to the behind the scenes craziness?
Bartenders were far too busy to talk or even breathe, aside from grabbing your drink order. They seemed angry and stressed... and I don't blame them. Pretty skilled at pouring multiple pints at once, while running around doing a million other things and jumping back to each pint before it overflowed. Mad skills.
Beer selection was the staple Deschutes brews plus some seasonals and new concoctions. Deschutes makes full-bodied beer that isn't too heavy, has a complexity and crispness, and some of the best drinkability out there. Balanced, refreshing and lots of character. They are continuing to expand their roster with new-styles (new Gluten free beer was just tapped) and phenomenally sought after specialities.
Overall, I really like their beer, but would prefer to grab a pint at a local pub that is less chaotic and has a better atmosphere. Most of their stuff is bottled... and some of the one-offs get tapped around the greater Seattle area anyway. The brewpub itself was just average at best. Didn't try the food.
The Abyss was on nitro when I was there. Creamy excellence in a glass. That was a real treat.
12-29-2011 19:30:22 |
More by suncrust
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visit on 11/10/11.
Packed for a mid-week night given the relatively balmy November evening (upper 40's, no rain). Sat in the bar area with a colleague on one of the long narrow platforms opposite the bar. Great rustic vibe with lots of carved pine and brick. Very warm and inviting. Service was quick and attentive despite the crowd. I had two beers (Inversion and Odysseus) and the Corned Beef. Beers were very fresh, the Inversion being much better than what I remembered from the bottle. The sandwich was excellent, as were the sweet potato fries. This place has just about everything going for it. In my opinion one of the top five places I've been to overall. Definitely worth a return visit.
12-06-2011 23:25:40 |
More by LittleDon
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I was really excited and had high expectations for this one considering most of my friends are deschutes fans, but I came out slightly disappointed. The atmosphere is of a high-class restaurant: the kitchen is out in the open with waiters and waitresses trying out the chef's latest recipe, flat-screen tvs set on all four corners, with nice mountain/outdoorsy decorations. Service was fine and I appreciate that the waiter was honest with which beer he likes and does not. A lot of people would probably love the food, but I am a fan of bar/restaurant that does the classics well without trying to be too edgy and changing the recipe too much. While the pesto-beef burger with pork belly on top was good, it was difficult to eat the incredibly tall sandwich without making a mess.
Anyhow, let's get to the beers. The variety of beers was satisfactoy, there was about 20 or so different types on tap. I liked almost all of them though I have had most of the beers there countless times as they are available almost everywhere. Unfortunately, no single beer stood out as the best ones are the usual such as obsidian stout that you can find in stores. Worth visiting, but I might go to a microbrewery next time I visit Portland instead of coming back.
11-05-2011 06:21:33 |
More by bbb099
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
A big family style resteraunt in the Pearl District just a block over from Powell's books so you have an extra reason to go. Nice looking interior with some nicely carved archways, it really lacks any sort of welcoming feel. It's busy all the time so they know they don't have to make any sort of attempt to get you to come back. They only carry their beer which is okay because they have several experimental beers available for something different. Service from my server was lackluster but some of the other staff seemed more helpful. I will say though, you MUST have the yellow-bellied burger. It's $15 but worth every penny.
10-24-2011 20:59:03 |
More by Bfarr
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is how you do a brewpub. My first visit to Portland, and was thrilled to know that Deschutes was a 10 minute walk from my hotel, on the cusp of the Pearl District, right around the corner from the legendary Powell's Bookstore.
Very large, wood-heavy spot with a long bar, high ceilings, and plenty of tables both inside and on the sidewalk. About 20 beers to choose from, ranging from their standards to exclusive creations like the low abv, shandy-esque "Bicycliste," to the "Dissident," a 10% Flanders Brown sour that was still only four dollars for a very generous goblet of same. It was delicious.
I recall flights of six being around 7 dollars, with a handy write-in sheet that made it easy to choose. But what really sets this place apart from your average brewpub is the quality of the food. Fantastic soft pretzels, spicy sausages, and a very respectable burger were all to be had, and reasonably priced. Very good service as well.
The only noticeable flaw was the curiously horrendous music blaring over the p.a. The "Dissident" will make up for my being subjected to P.O.D.'s "Alive" and Nickelback in 2011, but just barely. WTF guys!?
10-02-2011 18:01:47 |
More by dmgnyc
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My first trip to Portland would not have been complete without a trip to Deschutes. I didn't have time to drive to bend, however, the brewpub in Portland was a great experience.
The Brewery and Public House was a very large place, a large bar area and a very large restaurant area. There was also a small sidewalk area for outside seating. The decor was very ornate with lots of wood, very fitting for the North West. We arrived early and beat the crowd and landed a nice window table. The atmosphere was excellent.
Selection was very good with approximately 20-25 Deschutes on tap including the year rounds, a nice mix of seaonals, a few one offs and a few pub exclusives. Including a cask and nitro tap selections.
Service was excellent, our server, Nicole, was friendly efficient and was very knowledgeable on the beer. You have to love a girl whose favorite beer styles are porters and stouts.
Food selection was very good the clam and sausage appetizer is excellent. Nice selection of sandwiches and entrees.
Over all we had a great experience and I highly recommend you stop in if your in Portland, get there early.
09-21-2011 22:09:25 |
More by dtivp
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is without a doubt the best service of any busy brewpub in Portland. I have not once sat in the restaurant side because these bartenders are among the nicest and most attentive in the Pearl District.
Another plus: all of the rotating selections. Every time I return there is something new and EXCITING on tap. Black Butte XXIII, Mirror Mirror lost barrel, Abyss, experimental IPAs, XPAs, Blondes, Saisons, Trippels, Quads, wheat, CDA... the list is endless. And they are all GOOD.
This is the first place I take my out of town friends and family when they arrive in Portland for a visit.
On another note: I didn't rate the food because I am vegan, so I have really only had pretzels with no butter or cheese (yay for mustard!) or modified pizzas.
They have two TVs in the bar (and more in the restaurant) for sports games if you are into that.
This is a fantastic large scale brewpub.
08-07-2011 23:26:16 |
More by cbarrett4
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Review based on many stops at the pub. I usually sit in the bar or restaurant for lunch. Rarely there for dinner.
A: I knock the place down a bit here. Thu-Sat evenings are a zoo and a little on the meat-market side. It can be very loud in the restaurant. Even at an early lunch, the music is typically turned up enough that it's hard to have a conversation with someone. The TVs in the restaurant section seem out of place. The decor is nice, kind of upscale NW (which is perfect for the Pearl District).
Q: Deschutes has really impressed me in the past couple years with the quality of their beers. From time to time there are misses, but overall, their beers fresh on tap are excellent.
Serv: Generally good. Most of the servers try to keep up, but you can expect a little bit of a wait if it's super busy. Escape from work on a Tuesday afternoon around 3:00 though, and service is pretty good at the bar.
Sel: It's not the best overall selection of beer in the city, but for a brewery (and not a beer bar), I can't think of any place that has as many house taps as Deschutes. They are constantly rotating and frequently have beers on that aren't even listed on BA. Plus they run experimental beers through the pub, so there's almost always something interesting available for tasting. And then from time to time, they through on something out the cellar. Nothing like finding an old BBXXI on tap some afternoon.
Food: good. Interesting. But expensive. I don't eat here a lot, but it's always been solid when I have.
Val: a little on the spendy side, especially the food. But it is in the Pearl.
08-05-2011 03:31:12 |
More by oregonskibum
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
My first stop on my first trip to Portland, and it was a nice one!
A really large place with ornate wood carvings throughout. It was easy to get a spot as we arrived before noon on a Tues.
We took a spot at a table in the bar area, overlooking the several 25+? taps, there was also a window looking into the copper brewing setup. A very pleasing ambiance for a beer place.
On tap they had all the regulars from Deschutes, a bunch of brewpub one-offs, a couple casks, and some special releases, etc.
I had the '09 Mirror Mirror and my GF got the Sour Saison.
Food ordered was tasty, I had a Chicken sandwich of some kind. Server was nice and helpful, pretty much what you ask for in a server.
Enjoyed my experience here a lot, I wish I could have stayed longer and had a few pints, but there was so much more to do in the short time we were visiting.
07-21-2011 18:38:13 |
More by tjensen3618
British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Atmosphere: Good atmosphere, although it is a large place so it can get loud at times. More of a family atmosphere than I had envisioned, though, since young children were present at an adjacent table. Wood carvings, a bar section on one side and more of a restaurant with families on the other.
Quality: No complaints.
Service: Staff is busy, and the hostesses made us wait longer than she had to due to a mix up. However, the server was good.
Selection: Largest selection of beers by a brewer I have ever seeen. Food selection was also quite decent.
Food: The food was good, and there were some interesting menu items.
Value: Better value on the beer than on the food.
07-19-2011 08:12:02 |
More by DaftCaskBC
Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland, OR
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