Deschutes Brewery & Public House
Active Beers: 75
Beer Ratings: 361
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 5
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 128 | Reviews: 87 | Show All Ratings:
4.29/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped in with my boss, our plan was to have a beer or two and then go somewhere else for dinner. So much for plans, we had such a good time; we ended up staying for over 4 hours!
The long bar is to your left as you enter. There are dining areas to your right. I liked the high ceilings and all the windows as they give this place a very open, airy feeling.
We sat at the bar and received really excellent service from the three bartenders that were manning the bar. They all had plenty of beer knowledge, made good suggestions, were free with samples and were also very friendly and funny.
They had 6 regulars on tap plus an additional 6 or so rotators. They also offered some good bottle selections. I really enjoyed the fresh squeezed IPA, The Hop Henge and a big red whose name escapes me.
The food was great. I liked their take on wings, loved the big pretzel and really liked their soup.
All-in-all, a great experience for us. I realize Portland has a ton of good places and I think this one is in the top echelon. .
03-17-2014 18:17:03 | More by Redrover
British Columbia (Canada)
4.28/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
I will go here every time I'm in Portland...and will encourage others to do the same!
The beer selection was solid, the food delicious and the place, polished. The pub has all of the elements that foster a good time that you want to experience for a long time.
08-10-2013 01:24:28 | More by Coastal_Brew
3.5/5 rDev -19.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | $$
Meh. This is a tourist trap brewpub. They don’t put much special stuff on draft considering it is their flagship brewpub (most of what is on draft you can buy in the store, and when they do put special things on it’s gone very quickly). It’s full of families and people who don’t know much about beer. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There’s nothing wrong with this place. But there’s nothing special about it. Save your time and sobriety for other more interesting places in Portland. Pass.
08-05-2013 04:13:27 | More by Fluffheady
3.65/5 rDev -15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
The atmosphere here is very large and new with Pacific Northwest flair, but it does feel quite a bit touristy, unlike the other beer places in Portland.
A wide variety of Deschutes beers, but there was literally only one beer available that I could not get in bottles in MN. Not exactly the unique experience we were looking for. People can buy your beers half way across the country, if you want people to visit your taproom, you should probably offer up some unique beers or what's the point?
Had the mixed bar nuts which were awesome. Coated in a beer syrup, they were very sweet and satisfying.
The service was okay. Sat at the bar and waited several minutes before being helped. One of the bartenders decided to fill up a bunch of samplers several minutes after we got there instead of taking our order, but whatever. My wife went with a coffee as we just came in from the rain. The bartender asked if she needed a refill (she had half a cup left) and she said sure. He came back to say that they were brewing a fresh pot, but failed to bring her the rest of the cup she already had. We waited five to ten minutes more, but still no coffee. Left a minimal tip and left.
A nice and new place, but lacks the uniqueness of so many other Portland establishments. I'll pass next time.
06-22-2013 03:36:09 | More by jera1350
4.53/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
I was excited to visit here on my short visit to Portland as Deschutes is one of my favorite breweries. I was not disappointed. Had a 6-beer flight of mainly IPAs which were brewpub-only releases, each unique and excellent. I did leave off the casked Fresh Squeezed IPA, and the waiter was raving about it and ended up throwing it on my flight for free just so I could try it. Also had a burger which was very good. I would definitely recommend visiting, especially if you know and are a fan of their regular releases. I can't wait to visit next time I'm in Portland.
05-18-2013 23:03:51 | More by HarmonMW
4.89/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
Really great food and fantastic beer all had in a great place. The crab burger was stellar and my favorite experimental Hop-U-Py Portland were had here.
I love visiting the pubs to indulge in the experimental brews and savor delicious food. Breads are top notch having been made with spent grain from the brew process. Add to that Borlen beef (fed spent grain) and masterful chef creations with a glass (or few) to go with your grub. The logde-like decor with wood carvings and hanging hop vines are absolutely perfect!
Bravely done Deschutes
01-24-2013 06:36:39 | More by OMsweetOM
2.98/5 rDev -31.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5 | $$$
Deschutes is a great brewery to visit AFTER you've had a great meal.
They have a decent happy hour with some tasty appetizers; they have an on-again-off-again bacon Mac'n'Cheese that cures the beer-induced munchies better than almost anything I know.
The atmosphere of the Portland location is pretty nice; a fire for the chilly Fall/Winter/Spring days, and a large window section that opens up to outside on the warm Spring/Summer/Fall days.
You would think for a Pacific Northwest brewery they would have a heftier selection of pasture raised meats/wild fish/etc, but the protein/meal section of the menu leaves a lot to be desired. Tried their "classic burger" as a benchtest and it failed every test in the book; overdone (when asked for medium rare), poor quality meat, stale bun, lackluster toppings, etc.
Great beer, though - can't complain there. So yeah - go on a full stomach, order appetizers as you see fit, and have at the beer = recipe for success with Deschutes.
01-03-2013 00:37:29 | More by demuzik
4.88/5 rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
went here on date and tried the classic 6 sampler along with the red Chair. i liked the red chair, chainbreaker,amber and the white IPA. not a big fan of porters so nothing personal deschuttes it was a good beer just not one of my favorites. the red chair was very tasty. it was hoppy but still very crisp and with a nice mellow finish. the restaurant has a very nice decor inside and feels like being inside a snow lodge somewhere in tahoe. i enjoyed the adventure. next time i go out with a group of friends it will be here
12-29-2012 17:54:13 | More by PdxBeerGeek
4.28/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The only "drag" on the atmosphere here is that it can get extremely packed at night. It almost doesn't matter the night, there will generally be a good sized crowd at deschutes after 7pm.
Even with the crowds that will happen, Deschutes is well worth going to. They have a good amount of their own taps available at any time. It is usually never a problem getting a hold of a bartender when needed.
The food is very good. You can get a lot of different things off their food menu and I've yet to have something bad.
Deschutes is pretty much in my do-not-miss places when I'm in Portland.
07-03-2012 00:15:28 | More by KDawg
4/5 rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Convenient downtown pub - pretty large space that definitely functions first and foremost as a dining room.
The bar area is pretty big, and quite crowded - a long bar surrounded by some light seating and standing tables in the main bar area.
We didnt eat but the menu looks like "upscale bar food" - solid looking burgers and sandwiches, entrees, and some small plates.
A ton of deschutes taps - some pub-only IPA's that were indistinguishable from the typical deschutes hop profile. Nothing really special on tap, but a lot of solid stuff, no doubt.
Happening place on a weekend night - a total change of pace from a lot of the other portland breweries, for better or for worse
04-04-2012 03:47:54 | More by dirtylou
Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland, OR
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