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Active Beers: 7
Beer Ratings: 142
Beer Avg: 3.91
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
70 SW Century Dr
phone: (541) 728-0749
Brewery Tours are held Monday thru Friday starting at 4:00 PM
Bier Hall Hours:
Reviews by slander:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Okay, so navigated in from directional landmarks offered up. I spy the US Bank, turn here, and now you go around back and wind what way, okay, hey, grain silo, a clue, a clue! Parked in the lot, Phil unloading his coffee from earlier sometime, and me lovin’ on an old Jeep Grand Wagoner (I would be so badass driving one of those). Okay, this is absolutely our last place, we need to escape Bend…
Warehousey building; don’t enter through the ‘brewers & employees only’ entrance ‘cause you ain’t them (Use the next door down, stupid). It’s an open industrial tasting room in a mammoth space, or off a mammoth space anyway. A pair of phat pieced slat beer hall tables running vertically & another pair running horizontally along side pointing to the open garage bay door here, and 4 raised roundies to the rear of there to another garage bay door.
A small straight pieced slat topped bar done up like the tables in the corner with seating for 7 on hightop chairs, offering views of, well yeah. Barback wall holds a 12 tap panel on stainless steel with 6 logo handles & 6 guest taps on a logo block. A mountainy mural done on wood plank fence like piece above, and glassware concealed somewhere (shelved below the bar). Pieced bar overhang with glassware dangling, snifters & wine glasses for Sangria. Soda & tea coolered on the end, and through the far corner lies kitchenings back there; starters, salads, sandwiches, panini, a few wraps, and desserts.
Concrete floorings of gray, beige walls over wood plank wall lowers, and a black ceilings with ducts & drop track spots. Ski, skate, & kayak prints about; mountains, rivers, snow, & water. Snow shoes mounted, a kayak over the windows to the brewery side, and a blackboard listing tap selections between windows on both ends. Shirts, growlers, bottles, soap, and other swag on the rear wall.
6 house beers; they don’t do a sampler so we had to drink big boy glasses. Luckily, it was just as described in ‘Drinking with a dirty smoker’, chapter 2, pages 23-26, “You can drink their beer when they goes outside to smoke, and they will do so often”, so I got to try 4 of them (Descender IPA, 7%, a nice goddamn IPA; Good & Worthy Belgian Rye, 4.5%, yes, spicy rye, Belgian yeast; Mountain Rescue Pale Ale, 5.5%, dry hopped, good hoppy bitterness; 29er India Brown Ale, 5.5%, nice maltiness, roasty chocolate, good hop bite), but I didn’t get at the other 2 (Sweet As Pacific Ale, 6%; Sweet As Belgian, 6%). And then 6 guest taps; 4 of them American craft beer selections (Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout, Full Sail Berliner Weisse, Rogue First Growth Dirtoir Black Lager, Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red), the remainders being a sole import (Radeberger Pils), and the Magmita Sangria. Okay, sure, yeah, a pinch of the Full Sail Berliner unsolicited is in order, thank you. Of the 4 house beers I tried, the Mountain Rescue Pale Ale & 29er India Brown Ale were the best of ‘em.
It’s like a cool little courtyard off to one side of the complex; sharing some space with a theatre pub, coffee shop, & wine maker/shop; they are in a cluster of good. And they’ve got an outside lawn space of badass around the bend, with 10 tables, a fire pit, & a small bar. It looks like they’re grilling corn. I like grilled corn.
Not a pretty brewpub, but it’s all about the beer, I suppose. And really, it’s more a functional brewery with an afterthought of a tasting room if I had to guess. I mean, you can look out into the brewery side from the tasting room; they’ve got a lot of space to grow into. Bocce & cornhole play on weeknights, and a pool table in the big room where the brewery lives. Hey, seems they’ve got a few bottled 22’s for sale (Mountain Rescue Pale Ale & Descender IPA).
A couple of decent beers, inked cute girls and good tunes; Clapton, Eagles, Beatles, and a pretty kickin’ acoustic Petty ‘Learnin’ to Fly’; makes for a pretty good afternoon. Okay, Phil, drink up. We need to be making tracks for Portland...
11-20-2012 13:14:46 |
More by slander
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here for Saturday afternoon lunch.
An odd but kind of cool place. An industrial building behind a bank, they had some food and beers set up on a grass area, but we opted to go inside. They had a small bar, some benches, a few bar tables and stools. They have large garage door like walls that open. They also had the cycle pub parked outside, that looks fun, pedal around town while sipping a beer, awesome!
Quality was good, I had tried a bottle of their Pale the night before, and it was dissapointing (bad/old bottle I think). But the double IPA I had on tap here was quite good.
Service was nice. Attentive, friendly, and pretty quick.
Selection was about 15 beers, only 5 of them were theirs, but the rest were other craft beers from Oregon, a Belgian, and Guinness.
Food was filling, with large portions, standard pub grub, a bit of a limited menu though.
Prices were standard for food, but the beer was a really good value, my snifter of DIPA was only $4.
Overall, I enjoyed my visit to GoodLife, I'd definitely come back. And maybe next time I'll take a ride on the cycle pub!
08-19-2012 23:05:42 |
More by flexabull
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
GoodLife opened last summer and offers some tasty brews and typical pub grub food. Overall, a very welcoming addition to the Bend brewpub scene.
They are tucked back in a newer industrial/commercial warehouse area off Century Drive. There is a spacious (mostly empty) brewhouse, with a small corner of the warehouse partitioned off as a pub. They also have an outdoor beer garden and patio area. Decor and atmosphere is blah, but the staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and the beers are quite good.
Went there on one night, which apparently was a quiz/trivia night...couldn't find a table. Seems weird that they have an enormous building and empty space...but made the pub area so tiny. The other nights I visited (including their first week back in the summer), there were open tables. Hopefully they do well and survive, their beer's certainly good enough and the beer garden has potential to be great for live music (like the Roots festival last year, for example)
01-17-2012 21:21:59 |
More by SurlyDuff
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited multiple times during Xmas/New Year's break.
Located on the west side of Bend near 10 Barrel and Cascade Lakes breweries, Good Life is the most recent addition to the thriving Bend beer scene. The sign near the street is rather small, the facility is located behind the US Bank, and in a complex with a wine shop and coffee roastery. The tasting room proper is fairly small, long picnic tables give it a faux-Munich bier hall vibe. Given the popularity of the brewery, especially with locals, an overflow area inside the brewery has been created, with a pool table the only form of entertainment (ie. no video poker machines). The main entertainment area is a fenced-off beer garden at the rear of the building, a nice grassed off area that provides a nice view of summer fireworks, along with hosting concerts and other special events.
The beer is the main attraction here, and it is of good quality. Head Brewer Curt Plants is carefully developing his portfolio instead of trying to develop a melange of beers too soon. When I visited they had a Pale Ale, IPA, American Stout and Scotch Ale on tap, all of good quality. They also feature a nice range of guest taps, including Boneyard, Bend Brewing and Firestone Walker. Prices are about average, though the Thursday locals night, featuring $2.50 pints of the house beers and $7 growler fills, is certainly a good deal.
Unfortunately the food options leave something to be desired. We sampled a Farmer's Plate that apparently featured processed cheese and what tasted like Hillshire Farms Summer Sausage, along with boxed crackers. Given the number of quality creameries in the area (Tumalo Farms) and the natural affinity of cheese with beer, this item needs a serious rethinking. On a positive note, the sandwiches, especially the paninis, are pretty good. I had a grilled cheese featuring Gruyere, Granny Smith apples, and walnuts that was quite tasty. The big selling food item is bacon, especially the bacon wrapper jalapeno poppers, and bacon is featured on several sandwiches, which can't be bad.
The service, especially the management, is top notch, very enthusiastic. Given the large building, and the high quality of the beers they are producing (the first batch of 22 oz. bottles of their signature Mountain Rescue Pale Ale are forthcoming shortly), I expect big things from this up and coming brewery. Highly recommended for an apres-ski beer, it's a scant distance from the main road to Mount Bachelor.
01-02-2012 00:11:38 |
More by jdense
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Located not far from 10 Barrel in an industrial park. Walking in we didn't see the beer hall but noticed a young women selling beers at the gate to a field with tables and chairs. So we grabbed a pint of their pale ale and their summer ale-$5 for the two of them! We drank them while sitting outside in their chairs and really enjoyed the peacefullness.
Didn't have any food, but we did find the hall which is locted within the brewing facility. Looked nice but industrial.
We would come back to this brewery and enjoy a beer outside.
08-22-2011 15:03:01 |
More by bradybeer
GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall in Bend, OR