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Deschutes Brewery & Public House

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Deschutes Brewery & Public HouseDeschutes Brewery & Public House
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Based on:
158 Beers
47,026 Hads
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 100
Visits: 250
Avg: 4.25
pDev: n/a
Taps: 18
Bottles: 5
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

210 NW 11th Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97209
United States
phone: (503) 296-4906

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @deschutespdxpub

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Reviews: 100 | Visits: 250
Reviews by benito:
Photo of benito
4.08/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I love Deschutes. They make great beer. The public house has exceptional food. Two of my favorite nights I've had since moving to Portland last summer have taken place, in part at least, at Deschutes. One of those was the Abyss release party. The table next to mine left and abandoned what we estimated to be 50 oz of untouched Abyss on the table. Fearless beer advocates (and stingy bastards) that my friends and I are, we asked our servers if we could snag their leftovers. Holy, we found ourselves in Abyss heaven. If that doesn't endear a place to you, then what does?

The food is exceptional--from the house made soft pretzels to the house-cured meats plate to the special Abyss-inspired menu they served at the release party. The service, as I suggested, is good humored and attentive.

In addition to the regular Deschutes lineup, they often tag on seven or eight in-house brews (not bottled or available elsewhere) and one or two that have been sent over from the Bend pub. Their Fresh Hop Mirror Pond and Fresh Hop "Goschie's Sterling" were two of the best beers of last fall; currently, they're offering a delicious beer called Black Pearl Ale, that straddles the line between mild and porter. And, of course, The Abyss is on tap.

I do not, however, like the Pearl. I am glad the Pearl District exists. I am glad that an otherwise ignored part of Downtown has been economically jumpstarted. And I am glad that this has been done without negatively impacting low-income communities, like so gentrification so often does. But I just don't like the vibe. I'm always keenly aware of when I've crossed into that part of town, and even a good--actually, exceptional--brewpub rubs me a little bit the wrong way. Maybe I'm too influenced by my socialist-leaning and hipster friends, but I bristle at the yuppy excesses and prices of everything Pearl. And therein lies my love/hate relationship with the Deschutes Public House.

Move this place to any other part of Portland and it would be heaven on earth.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Well it was an interesting place at best, big open area, some barrels strewn about, big wooden beams with hard carved totem things. The place was very busy as expected. Decent bartops, old wood, 18ish taps on, 2 casks, all their own beers. Decent selection but nothing really special. Handful of bottles, lots of stainless and copper throughout. Bartenders were typical, fairly attentive and helpful, friendly. Didn't get any food, typical beer prices though. Tap list in general was a bit meh, but decent bottles to purchase. No water provided until I asked.

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Photo of WoostaBia
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of FLBeerGuy
5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Fargrow
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of domdomdomdom
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of schroeder1200
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of abkaroll
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of dwagner003
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Visited Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland, OR on Thursday August 30, 2015.

The public house was packed on a Thursday night and there was a waiting line, but we got a table for 2 in about 10 minutes. There were tables outside, but we took an inside table.

There was a nice selection of beers available, many on draft. I had two pints of the Black Butte Porter, which were excellent. The waitress was very helpful. She answered all of our questions and was very friendly.

Although they were packed, we received our drinks quickly. The food was also served quickly. We enjoyed a leisurely dinner, and did not feel rushed.

I had the crab roll, which was very tasty. My friend had the Elk burger which was good as well.

There are many brewpubs in Portland (which is great for beer lovers). Deschutes is one that I will want to go back to again. I hope to go back and try their Obsidian Stout. The beer was great, and the food was good for a brewpub. Beer selection was good too.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

The classic stop in downtown PDX. This place is REALLY busy even during the week and even at off time. the atmosphere is fairly "corporate: feeling but still cool. The beer selection was excellent, within seemingly 15 (?) different offerings on tap. The downside is that those options all seemed to be different variations of pale ales. Aside from Black Butte, the recent anniversary beer and a pilsener, everything was a pale ale/red ale/IPA/DIPA. Was surprised that Obsidian wasn't available. I would have also liked to have seen more barrel aged options available.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

We were in town for the Oregon Brewer's Festival, this was a must-stop on our list of breweries to hit - and they certainly didn't disappoint. A very nice selection of brews to pick from including rarities. The food kicks ass too. The bartender was quick and helpful. Absolute blast. Wish this NC boy lived closer.

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Photo of MIrvine
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4.25/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Lane_in_ID
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Had lunch here on 6/25/15. Great brewpub. So many beers on tap, food was really good, cool decor. The urinals are HUGE. Parking is a drag in the Pearl District. Highly recommended.

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Photo of donnierickles
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of SFCraft
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of tommyguz
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of johnyb
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Geoffq
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of guityler83
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.25

Deschutes was a find on a trip to Portland and I'm a huge fan of the beers (Mirror Pond is probably my favorite Pale Ale). The public house is in a busy walking area in the city and with in a few block radius of about 5 other breweries so it made for a nice little walking tour.

When we walked in it was near the dinner rush so all the seating was taken including the bar so we grabbed a few stools in the bar-ish area with a large wooden table top that stretched he length of the walkway. Not the most comfortable spot but it would do. The service was slower then average since it was so busy - it took about 15 minutes to get our first round and another 10 after we finished to get another. We didn't get food so I can't comment on that ( but it was looking good )

The beer selection was slightly higher then average with there flagship beers 6 or 7 one off batches and a few bottle only releases. I went with a flight of Brewer's Choice which was mostly the one off batches, which included a Belgian single, a couple IPAs, a saison and couple others I can't recall. All very fresh and great on this day of beer tours.

The decor/vibe was plane jane.. I had higher hopes i suppose. Very mutch a restaurant feel with not much character except for the brick walls and view of the brewing settup behind the bar.

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Photo of stumac
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of HankBuddy
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

High energy, Friday lunch crowd during a mid-April rain storm. Mostly full house, but cheerful, helpful service.
I chose the Red Chair NWPA (nitro), which turned out to be outstanding - nicely hopped, full delicious flavor. Highly Recommended! Maybe it was where we were seated, but I cannot remember seeing a very wide selection of draft brew offerings. There was a bottle menu that was very extensive, and had some great strong ale and seasonal choices.
Good menu selection for food. Great pub burger. Very attentive and helpful staff. I have not been to the main facility in Bend, but our experience here was excellent!

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Photo of JIMMER
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland, OR
94 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.