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Deschutes Brewery & Public House

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Deschutes Brewery & Public HouseDeschutes Brewery & Public House
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BEER AVG
3.83/5
Based on:
162 Beers
49,325 Hads
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 104
Visits: 264
Avg: 4.24
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 | map
www.deschutesbrewery.com

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Reviews: 104 | Visits: 264
Reviews by benito:
Photo of benito
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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 DanJan
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Been here many times, most recently for the release of Abyss 2015 and its variants. Always enjoyed it, either for a quick beer or a couple hours of dinner and brews. I love the wood carvings throughout and the overall warmth the place exudes. Staff is friendly and quick and the food is excellent. I only wish they offered some more different beers. While you can taste most anything Deschutes brews, there's not a lot of experimental or one-off stuff. But that's really my only complaint. Stop by if you ever have the chance.

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Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of DanoBear
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I'm not a fan of Deschutes...just being honest. We went for other breweries but figured we should stop in since Portland = Deschutes. Beer was as expected but food was great. We each had pub style food but there were plenty of other "nicer" options. I had an elk burger for the first time. Atmosphere was cool northwest.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of gandres
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Monday before Christmas, December 21, 2015
Place is packed.
Parking is a challenge
Beers are excellent, but you can easily get in stores
Not really worth the hassle is you are not staying in downtown Portland

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Photo of dmk82
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BDeibs
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Cool place right in downtown Portland. Was super busy when I was there. There was some good beers, this is a good brewery even if it has been a little underwhelming lately. A few things unique to the place they don't bottle. Ultimately though, it falls short of being a beer destination to plan a vacation around.

Some of the single hop, cask varieties are ok, I tend to like more barrel aged selections and those seem few and far between. Food was decent, good salmon.

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Photo of mklisz
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mwar
3.9/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of kristinc
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of StyrmanAllan
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of kdlsantos
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
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 -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of FLBeerGuy
5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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

Photo of domdomdomdom
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of schroeder1200
3.73/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of abkaroll
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of dwagner003
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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 -7.3%
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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Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland, OR
94 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.