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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
210 NW 11th Ave
phone: (503) 296-4906
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Main Brewery listing (Bend, Oregon) is here:
Sunday - Monday 11am-10pm
Tuesday - Wednesday 11am-11pm
Thursday - Saturday 11am-12am
(Place added by: msubulldog25 on 04-25-2008)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
On my way out of Portland today (alas), I had occasion to stop by this latest addition from Deschutes. I have no doubt this place will do JUST fine...
As one comes in the 11th Street front door, one is immediately impressed by the size of this brewpub and it's high ceilings. The place is large and airy and the wood sculpted figures very impressive. I sat at the bar where service was pretty good, albeit not the most well informed. There was a new irish stout on tap the day I was there, and I asked the bartender how it compared to the Abyss. He indicated that he wasn't much of a dark beer drinker, and hence hadn't tried it and didn't know. This struck me as a bit odd, as I'd think you'd try something as popular as the Abyss, just so you could talk to people about it if nothing else. In any event, the Irish Stout was a nice beer, but (understandably) paled in comparison to the Abyss.
The selection here is pretty interesting, consisting of the usual Deschutes beers and some "unique to the brewpub" specials as well. I wasn't wowed by anything I tried on this particular day, but what I had was solid. Hopefully I'll see some more interesting selections in the future.
Located as it is in the trendy pearl district of Portland, I have no doubt this place will do just fine. The bartender mentioned the place is packed on weekend nights, and even on a late Monday afternoon it was pretty busy. The atmosphere is pretty high end for a brewpub, with great decorations and some interesting, subtle touches. For instance, the two flat screen TV's above the bar were framed by oil painting frames. It's an unusual and nice touch.
This is a very solid place that I have no doubt will do very well in Portland. I'll certainly be back.
06-10-2008 04:52:29 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
As a Bendite, I find myself down at (the original) Deschutes every week or two. After 20 years, they've finally expanded! Portland was the obvious choice, and they pulled it off wonderfully.
Very large (especially compared to their meager Bend public house) remodeled auto shop. Huge paned windows with big open rafters. Beautifully designed and really comfortable.
We sat outside (had our dog with us). About 6 tables on the side of the building along the sidewalk. Service was quick. The gal was friendly and beer-knowledgable.
Beer was good. I love how they've got some different offerings than the Bend location. Get a sampler for maximum enjoyment.
Food unfortuatly was not up to par with their Bend location. The menu looked great, and enough different offerings, but I think they need a new chef, linecook training/oversight, or both. Had oysters (they were tiny and so drowned in minionette that I couldn't taste the oysters, even after shaking all the minionette off). The cuban sandwich was dry. The pickle I had was shriveled and soggy, not to mention funky tasting. The ahi tuna was not high quality (chewy and tasteless) though it was cooked nice n' rare how i like it and how they recommend it. Sorry Deschutes, I've loved your food up until this meal. Based on the other reviews I've seen I think this is not a fluke meal... Also, no daily specials??
Don't forget to take a bathroom break, you'll walk right back there and see an impressivly high wall of GABF medals and other awards. The bathrooms are ultra modern, clean, and the Mens room has a skylight that also reveals the bottom of the massive grain silo on the roof.
I'll definitly be back to Deschutes for more, especially the beer! I also trust that they will improve the food situation. They did just open last month, so i'll give them another shot later in the summer.
06-09-2008 23:13:48 |
More by SurlyDuff
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I'm so happy that Portland's newest brewpub opened (in late April 2008) just a 10-minute walk from my office. The space is a gutted and remodeled 90-year-old auto garage, sandwiched between NW 10th & 11th on Davis in the Pearl District's 'Brewery Blocks'.
It's got a casual feel with exposed structural timbers, huge west- and south-facing windows and two crimson-painted walls covered with framed photos, festival posters and original artwork (from Deschutes' bottle labels). It's partial carpeted with black and green 'tartan'-prints and has a massive framework of ornately-carved salvaged wood beams subdividing the dining space (beavers and otters and ducks...oh my! ). A few widescreen TV's, tuned to CNN or ESPN, dot the walls. As eclectic as it sounds, the feel does, in fact, work... Even the bathrooms are well-planned, with a spacious, skylit men's room showcasing huge porcelain urinals, a rather 'sexy' concrete sink/trough and a view of the underbelly of a rooftop-mounted grain silo. Be sure to check out all the GABF medals and awards mounted (literally rising to the ceiling) on the wall adjacent to the restrooms, as well as a good view into the small on-site brewery.
The beers are solid Deschutes offerings: 6 or 7 standards, 4 or 5 'Pub Exclusives' and a couple casks. The six I tried on this day (served in a numbered wooden paddle) were: Bachelor Bitter, Armory XPA, Black Butte Porter (cask), Altitude Amber, St. Abe Belgian and 2005 Mirror Mirror Barleywine. All were served at proper temperature, absolutely no complaints. Taps total 16 (or 18 counting the two cask offerings) and the 'X'-tap that has been a trademark of the Bend Pub has been brought to Portland, too. Pint costs (20 oz.) are $4.25, with 1/2 pints for $2.50 and 6 pc. samplers (4 oz. each - your choice) for just $6.
In two visits (both lunches) food has been good, if not spectacular. First visit was a turkey sandwich, which was fine, with some ho-hum fries. Second visit (today) was a blue cheese & bacon burger that was delicious, served with a good salad of mixed greens. Prices are sorta high ($11.50 for a burger w/ side?), but modest beer prices make them a bit more tolerable.
I like the service; both times, greetings have been prompt and friendly, servers attentive and knowledgeable as to what's available. I understand things can get a bit frenetic during 'happy hours', especially with a 'hot' new pub, but my two noon-time experiences have been relaxed and enjoyable.
All in all, Deschutes' new pub is worthy and deserves the patronage of locals and visitors alike. I hope that the food consistency will improve (as I've read numerous reports of sub-par servings), but my experiences have definitely been good enough to give this pub a whole-hearted recommendation.
05-16-2008 22:03:28 |
More by msubulldog25
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visited Deschutes' new location on Friday May 9th for lunch. I actually haven't been to their Bend location, so I can't make any comparisons.
We arrived right when they opened at 11am, and were the 2nd table to be sat. This gave me time to explore the huge dining area and take pictures of everything. Our server Kari was awesome, attentive, and friendly.
Atmosphere was great, cool place that has that busy and fun vibe to it, plenty to look at and explore in the restaurant.
I got a sampler, six samples, 4oz a piece. The sampler system there was very smart, you write down what you want on a piece of paper numbered 1-6. They bring you a wooden holder with numbers in the bottom of each one, which correlate to the paper so there can't be any mistakes by the server.
The beer was excellent. The six samples I had were mostly on tap stuff I couldn't get in bottles from CA. St. Tanith and Mirror Mirror Barleywine stood out as favorites.
Food was also excellent, I know the two reviews before mine have called the food into question, but seriously, everything my party got was excellent. We had the turkey sandwich (amazing) a side of fries (really good) and a bbq chicken pizza (also good). Perhaps the fact that we ordered when it wasn't busy helped the quality of the food. I can only imagine how busy the kitchen gets at noon.
When we came in we couldn't imagine the place would fill because they have so many tables, but when we left a little after noon the place was entirely packed out and had a full waiting room of people as well as people waiting outside.
Overall this was honestly probably the best restaurant experience of my entire life. Thanks Deschutes!!!
05-16-2008 11:16:28 |
More by Bubba83
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
The beers were terrific. Deschutes is a quality brewer and their beers were all well made. The place is BIG and sound travels ... read noise ... but the bar area is big enough to find a seat or table.
Food was not so good. I was with 4 others and not one of us were impressed. My salmon was over cooked. Medium burgers were cooked through. The Fish and Chips were a bit crispy. That said, nothing was returned and the place has only been open a short time.
I'd go back for the beer and I would give the food another try. Experience may get the kitchen working well.
05-13-2008 03:02:34 |
More by dougnboston
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
It was only a matter of time, I suppose, until Bend,OR based Deschutes made it's way to the mother ship of great beer - Portland - with their own pub. Their first outside of Bend does not disappoint if you are a fan of great beer. Now if we can only get the Pelican and Full Sail to open pubs in the City, there would almost be no reason to ever leave!
The new pub is set smack dab in the heart of the new Portland - the upscale unPortland like Pearl District which is set between NW and Downtown. The space is a historic landmark and an impressive building with it's massive, I assume original, douglas fir timbers keeping the roof up. The pub is right across the street from the recently remodeled and beautiful Gerding Theater at the Armory. Powell's Books is one more block to the south. Also, the Portland Streetcar passes right next to the pub heading south as well.
The restaurant and bar flow nicely together in what I would consider to be one large space with a very high ceiling. The clientle was a mix of urban faux grung, surbanites with and without kids, and older theater goers.
The food was marginal at best. I was there with my wife and two daughters (ages 4 and 7). The children's cheeseburger was essenitally the same size as my wife's burger, the children's pasta was about enough for a 2 year old, and the fries seemed wilted and greasy. I had the BBQ Chicken pizza which was ok, nothing special.
The beer on the other hand is hard to beat. I had a couple of Green Lakes Organic Ales which were fantastic. There appeared the be about a dozen beers on taps including a few seasonals. Imperial pint's were $4.25.
All the staff I incountered were very friendly and professional, but they all wore the same black Deschutes shirts (seemed very conformist and corporate to me), I'd lose them.
Overall, a nice place to check out and have a great beer, not a great place to have dinner given all the other better options nearby. Of course the next time I'm at Powell's (or anywhere near the Pearl) I'm sure I'll be pulled in by the always excellent Deschutes ales.
05-04-2008 04:22:28 |
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