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Deschutes Brewery & Public House

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Deschutes Brewery & Public HouseDeschutes Brewery & Public House
BA SCORE
97
world-class

199 Ratings
Ratings: 199
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%
Active Beers: 42
Beer Ratings: 391
Beer Avg: 3.85
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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Sunday - Monday 11am-10pm
Tuesday - Wednesday 11am-11pm
Thursday - Saturday 11am-12am

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Photo of KDawg
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

KDawg, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -8%

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

dirtylou, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -8%

My first stop during the Portland beercation. Deschutes' pub has a quasi early-American industrial look combined with a contemporary mountain lodge. Atmosphere is nice, but seems to draw a pretty bad / hipster crowd. Lots of room, and necessarily so considering there seem to be lots of people at any given time. Semi-family oriented, so it's not exactly the kind of gloomy, beerfly, laid-back place that I tend to gravitate to. Service was helpful and typically on the ball. Great selection of beer on tap, all Deschutes of course, and 18 or so nice brews to chose from including some brewpub exclusives. Food menu was very good, and I had a difficult time choosing what I wanted because it all sounded amazing. And what I ended up getting on my initial visit--Yellow Belly Burger or something--was indeed very messy and good. Prices were reasonable. Hope to revisit soon!

Rifugium, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of suncrust
3.94/5  rDev -9.4%

Located in the Pearl District near other major tourist highlights of downtown Portland, sits the easily marked Deschutes Pub. This place was a freakin' zoo. Epically swamped. Jammed packed full of people and felt unorganized and overly chaotic from start to finish.

Decor was like a ski lodge or mountain pub. Big thick wooden beams, thicker tables, and a wintery feel. Very put together and less make shift like most other PDX breweries. More serious, family and group focused.

Bar area had some tall tables and standing areas, with about 20 stools across the bar. Large windows behind the servers exposed the actual brewery. The twenty-some taps stretched the length of the bar with clear doors below showing the tangled web of tap lines and rows of stacked kegs. The open kitchen area on the side that gave it a steak-house, higher classed snobbishery that I didn't quite understand. More insight to the behind the scenes craziness?

Bartenders were far too busy to talk or even breathe, aside from grabbing your drink order. They seemed angry and stressed... and I don't blame them. Pretty skilled at pouring multiple pints at once, while running around doing a million other things and jumping back to each pint before it overflowed. Mad skills.

Beer selection was the staple Deschutes brews plus some seasonals and new concoctions. Deschutes makes full-bodied beer that isn't too heavy, has a complexity and crispness, and some of the best drinkability out there. Balanced, refreshing and lots of character. They are continuing to expand their roster with new-styles (new Gluten free beer was just tapped) and phenomenally sought after specialities.

Overall, I really like their beer, but would prefer to grab a pint at a local pub that is less chaotic and has a better atmosphere. Most of their stuff is bottled... and some of the one-offs get tapped around the greater Seattle area anyway. The brewpub itself was just average at best. Didn't try the food.

The Abyss was on nitro when I was there. Creamy excellence in a glass. That was a real treat.

suncrust, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of LittleDon
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%

Visit on 11/10/11.

Packed for a mid-week night given the relatively balmy November evening (upper 40's, no rain). Sat in the bar area with a colleague on one of the long narrow platforms opposite the bar. Great rustic vibe with lots of carved pine and brick. Very warm and inviting. Service was quick and attentive despite the crowd. I had two beers (Inversion and Odysseus) and the Corned Beef. Beers were very fresh, the Inversion being much better than what I remembered from the bottle. The sandwich was excellent, as were the sweet potato fries. This place has just about everything going for it. In my opinion one of the top five places I've been to overall. Definitely worth a return visit.

LittleDon, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of bbb099
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%

I was really excited and had high expectations for this one considering most of my friends are deschutes fans, but I came out slightly disappointed. The atmosphere is of a high-class restaurant: the kitchen is out in the open with waiters and waitresses trying out the chef's latest recipe, flat-screen tvs set on all four corners, with nice mountain/outdoorsy decorations. Service was fine and I appreciate that the waiter was honest with which beer he likes and does not. A lot of people would probably love the food, but I am a fan of bar/restaurant that does the classics well without trying to be too edgy and changing the recipe too much. While the pesto-beef burger with pork belly on top was good, it was difficult to eat the incredibly tall sandwich without making a mess.

Anyhow, let's get to the beers. The variety of beers was satisfactoy, there was about 20 or so different types on tap. I liked almost all of them though I have had most of the beers there countless times as they are available almost everywhere. Unfortunately, no single beer stood out as the best ones are the usual such as obsidian stout that you can find in stores. Worth visiting, but I might go to a microbrewery next time I visit Portland instead of coming back.

bbb099, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of Bfarr
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%

A big family style resteraunt in the Pearl District just a block over from Powell's books so you have an extra reason to go. Nice looking interior with some nicely carved archways, it really lacks any sort of welcoming feel. It's busy all the time so they know they don't have to make any sort of attempt to get you to come back. They only carry their beer which is okay because they have several experimental beers available for something different. Service from my server was lackluster but some of the other staff seemed more helpful. I will say though, you MUST have the yellow-bellied burger. It's $15 but worth every penny.

Bfarr, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of dmgnyc
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%

This is how you do a brewpub. My first visit to Portland, and was thrilled to know that Deschutes was a 10 minute walk from my hotel, on the cusp of the Pearl District, right around the corner from the legendary Powell's Bookstore.

Very large, wood-heavy spot with a long bar, high ceilings, and plenty of tables both inside and on the sidewalk. About 20 beers to choose from, ranging from their standards to exclusive creations like the low abv, shandy-esque "Bicycliste," to the "Dissident," a 10% Flanders Brown sour that was still only four dollars for a very generous goblet of same. It was delicious.

I recall flights of six being around 7 dollars, with a handy write-in sheet that made it easy to choose. But what really sets this place apart from your average brewpub is the quality of the food. Fantastic soft pretzels, spicy sausages, and a very respectable burger were all to be had, and reasonably priced. Very good service as well.

The only noticeable flaw was the curiously horrendous music blaring over the p.a. The "Dissident" will make up for my being subjected to P.O.D.'s "Alive" and Nickelback in 2011, but just barely. WTF guys!?

dmgnyc, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of dtivp
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%

My first trip to Portland would not have been complete without a trip to Deschutes. I didn't have time to drive to bend, however, the brewpub in Portland was a great experience.

The Brewery and Public House was a very large place, a large bar area and a very large restaurant area. There was also a small sidewalk area for outside seating. The decor was very ornate with lots of wood, very fitting for the North West. We arrived early and beat the crowd and landed a nice window table. The atmosphere was excellent.

Selection was very good with approximately 20-25 Deschutes on tap including the year rounds, a nice mix of seaonals, a few one offs and a few pub exclusives. Including a cask and nitro tap selections.

Service was excellent, our server, Nicole, was friendly efficient and was very knowledgeable on the beer. You have to love a girl whose favorite beer styles are porters and stouts.

Food selection was very good the clam and sausage appetizer is excellent. Nice selection of sandwiches and entrees.

Over all we had a great experience and I highly recommend you stop in if your in Portland, get there early.

dtivp, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of cbarrett4
5/5  rDev +14.9%

This is without a doubt the best service of any busy brewpub in Portland. I have not once sat in the restaurant side because these bartenders are among the nicest and most attentive in the Pearl District.

Another plus: all of the rotating selections. Every time I return there is something new and EXCITING on tap. Black Butte XXIII, Mirror Mirror lost barrel, Abyss, experimental IPAs, XPAs, Blondes, Saisons, Trippels, Quads, wheat, CDA... the list is endless. And they are all GOOD.

This is the first place I take my out of town friends and family when they arrive in Portland for a visit.

On another note: I didn't rate the food because I am vegan, so I have really only had pretzels with no butter or cheese (yay for mustard!) or modified pizzas.

They have two TVs in the bar (and more in the restaurant) for sports games if you are into that.

This is a fantastic large scale brewpub.

cbarrett4, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of oregonskibum
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%

Review based on many stops at the pub. I usually sit in the bar or restaurant for lunch. Rarely there for dinner.

A: I knock the place down a bit here. Thu-Sat evenings are a zoo and a little on the meat-market side. It can be very loud in the restaurant. Even at an early lunch, the music is typically turned up enough that it's hard to have a conversation with someone. The TVs in the restaurant section seem out of place. The decor is nice, kind of upscale NW (which is perfect for the Pearl District).

Q: Deschutes has really impressed me in the past couple years with the quality of their beers. From time to time there are misses, but overall, their beers fresh on tap are excellent.

Serv: Generally good. Most of the servers try to keep up, but you can expect a little bit of a wait if it's super busy. Escape from work on a Tuesday afternoon around 3:00 though, and service is pretty good at the bar.

Sel: It's not the best overall selection of beer in the city, but for a brewery (and not a beer bar), I can't think of any place that has as many house taps as Deschutes. They are constantly rotating and frequently have beers on that aren't even listed on BA. Plus they run experimental beers through the pub, so there's almost always something interesting available for tasting. And then from time to time, they through on something out the cellar. Nothing like finding an old BBXXI on tap some afternoon.

Food: good. Interesting. But expensive. I don't eat here a lot, but it's always been solid when I have.

Val: a little on the spendy side, especially the food. But it is in the Pearl.

oregonskibum, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of tjensen3618
3.83/5  rDev -12%

My first stop on my first trip to Portland, and it was a nice one!

A really large place with ornate wood carvings throughout. It was easy to get a spot as we arrived before noon on a Tues.
We took a spot at a table in the bar area, overlooking the several 25+? taps, there was also a window looking into the copper brewing setup. A very pleasing ambiance for a beer place.

On tap they had all the regulars from Deschutes, a bunch of brewpub one-offs, a couple casks, and some special releases, etc.
I had the '09 Mirror Mirror and my GF got the Sour Saison.

Food ordered was tasty, I had a Chicken sandwich of some kind. Server was nice and helpful, pretty much what you ask for in a server.

Enjoyed my experience here a lot, I wish I could have stayed longer and had a few pints, but there was so much more to do in the short time we were visiting.

tjensen3618, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%

Atmosphere: Good atmosphere, although it is a large place so it can get loud at times. More of a family atmosphere than I had envisioned, though, since young children were present at an adjacent table. Wood carvings, a bar section on one side and more of a restaurant with families on the other.

Quality: No complaints.

Service: Staff is busy, and the hostesses made us wait longer than she had to due to a mix up. However, the server was good.

Selection: Largest selection of beers by a brewer I have ever seeen. Food selection was also quite decent.

Food: The food was good, and there were some interesting menu items.

Value: Better value on the beer than on the food.

DaftCaskBC, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.79/5  rDev -12.9%

Smack dab in downtown Portland, although my iphone map led me somewhere in East Portland, but I digress. Huge place, much bigger than the one in Bend, wood all over the place, cool carvings, big long bar, big glass allows you to see some brew equipment. Largest urinals anywhere.

This most recent time I was there, the brewer's reserve selection or whatever its called wasn't the greatest, but I like that it has never been the same thing. Porter/stout and the saison were decent. Whatever the ipa, it was horrible. Screwed up my tasting order. Didn't fix it. Picked up a case of XXIII relatively easy though. Place always seems packed, even though it probably accomodates over 300, but it is downtown. Smelled lovely. Great woodworking carvings. Weird bi-level tables in the bar area, someone let me know what that is all about. Pizza?

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%

Went on a relatively short vacation to Portland and had to stop by this place while I was in town.

Atmosphere: The place is pretty cool. You can tell that the place is centered around beer but it was also tastefully decorated, and very large. We got here around lunch time and it was pretty busy, but not overly so.

Quality: Everything seemed very fresh and quality, beer and food included.

Service: The service was excellent. Our waiter was a pretty good guy and seemed to know a lot about the beer Deschutes had to offer on tap at the time.

Selection: The beer selection was very good. I dig pub-only offerings and there were quite a few of those on tap here. A pretty wide selection of styles. My only disappointment is the lack of limited release offerings, but it was mostly just bad timing on my part.

Food: Slightly upscale pub grub, but very tasty. Definitely not disappointing in this category.

Overall, I really enjoyed visiting the Portland pub and would absolutely come back. I'm planning on making it back to Portland at some point and this will be on the must stop list.

zhanson88, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of colonelforbin
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%

Top notch facility in Portland, OR. I think this place is just a couple years old. The building itself and the interior are very well done. Lots of wood and a great layout. Atmosphere is great. We sat in one of the booths but I checked out the bar area as well. Very nice. Pretty spacious but I imagine it gets crowded. It was on a weekend afternoon when I was there.

Deschutes makes excellent beers so the quality at the public house is outstanding. I was lucky enough to be there when they were doing a five (or four?) year vertical of Abyss. What a treat. They seem to have some pub only selections as well, in addition to their regular offerings, which is always nice to see.

Service was solid. Pretty well run staff, as it sort of has to be for a place of this size.

I will definitely try to get back here next time I am in Portland. Highly recommended.

colonelforbin, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of OregonHopmonster
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%

Having long been a fan of visiting the Bend brewpub, I was very excited when the Portland location opened. While I have enjoyed this outpost, I still prefer the original Bend pub.

The atmosphere here is much more restaurant than pub. Obviously a ton of money was spent to convert this space into the restaurant that it is. While the woodcarving in particular is impressive, the overall ambience suffers from this over-conceptualiztion.

I feel the menu has suffered from the same issues. Bend has what has to be considered a classic American brewpub menu. In Portland, every menu item has been re-imagined in some way to make it special, and it doesn't always work. I do, however, really enjoy both the soft pretzel appetizer and the French onion soup.

The beer selection is of course the highlight at Deschutes. There are always a few single batch specialties on tap, and I have really enjoyed the way Deschutes has allowed their creative process to be on display when developing new recipes for planned bottlings- various incarnations of Hop Henge, the CDA that would become Hop in the Dark, and most recently their experiments at a quad have been fun to taste in progress. It is also of note that they put a symbol next to each beer that was brewed on the Portland system, sometimes including staples such as Black Butte (a friend who is a devotee of Black Butte claims he can tell the difference).

My two biggest issues with this pub are more symptoms of their success than anything else. First, at least at dinner and on weekends the place is always packed- a wait for a table should be expected. Second, the prices are a bit steep for a brewpub. But since they are still filling the seats who can blame them?

Overall this is a destination brewpub- for beer geeks from out of town this is a must stop, particularly if you have also not been to and are not planning on going to Bend. As a local, however, I am much more likley to pop in for a quick one and to see what is new on tap than I am to have a meal or enjoy an evening session.

OregonHopmonster, May 23, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

With a new baby, it is hard to find a place where the whole family will have a good time. Today was a nice sunny NW day, so we headed to the Pearl to sit outside at Deschutes.

Food - Ok, not bad, but nothing special. I had the sausage sampler, which was the special. My wife had a fancy pizza. It wasn't my style.

Service - Nice and friendly, but it can be a bit slow.

Price - Reasonable.

Beer - This is why we are here right. Deschutes makes some of my favorites beers. These include Abyss, Hop Henge, Hop trip, and Dissident. I love coming in to try the one-offs. These are how Deschutes decides what might make it into the next rotation.

Atmosphere - It can get pretty busy, but this is a place I can take the whole family, including the baby, and it works out great.

HuskyinPDX, May 20, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%

A: Walked in on a Saturday as they opened. Grabbed seats at bar. Pretty laid back.

Q: All Deschutes beer are quality products and this was no different.

S: Our server was prompt and friendly. Recommended a new IPA project which was pretty good

S: They had 2 casks, most of their main staples and 2 others I had not seen outside the pub. I was a little let down on the selection. They did NOT even have good stuff to go. I wanted at least one thing high octane in bottle or draft.

F: Was good and reasonable

barleywinefiend, May 17, 2011
Photo of jds16
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%

Lots of beautiful wood, friendly staff who didn't mind my wife and I lingering for a 2 hour lunch. The beers were outstanding as I expected, but I was really impressed by the large number of offerings on tap.

My wife and I both had great meals, and we really appreciated the care taken on the menu to tell us what farms various meats came from--it gave us a sense that they took as much care with selection of meat as they do with the ingredients in their beers.

Also a very nice selection of merch at the front, including a "my favorite little pint" onesie we bought for our baby daughter.

All around, great experience.

jds16, May 08, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%

This is Deschutes. They make amazing beer. End of story. I was lucky enough to visit when the 2010 Abyss was still pouring, as well as the Black Butte XII. These beers are among my favorites, and I was very lucky to have them that night. In addition, the year-round Deschutes line-up is pretty amazing, so you can't really go wrong. As far as food goes, I ate an Elk Burger that was INCREDIBLE (I still think about it, months later...), but also had an appetizer of prawns that were simply pathetic. My girlfriend and my other friend who were dining with me felt the same way about the prawns, but enjoyed their entrees. Service was fine, and the atmosphere was pretty cool. Reasonable prices paired with good eats and incredible drinks make this one of my favorites.

greenmonstah, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%

If you like cavernous, warehouse-like bars where you can see the piping in the ceiling, the brewery at one end, an open air kitchen, the entire bar and every single table at the same time, this may be your kind of place. It is loud with absolutely no sound dampening at all. SportsCenter is playing above the bar and the place is packed on a Thursday night--a half hour wait for a table of two. It's not my style.

The food and beer, however, are my style. While the menu might be interchangeable with nearly every other brewpub in the U.S., Deschutes does a very nice job with it. My wife and I had steamers (actually they were little necks) which was superior in every way. We tried to guess what was in the broth and were stunned how wrong we were. My meat-lovers pizza was made well.

I hate reviewing service because it can be so unpredictable. A bad night in the kitchen can result in the appearance of bad service. All that said, our waiter was one of the best I've ever had. He was knowledgeable and phenomenally efficient. We were never ahead of him for our requests.

We came here for the beer, which was also exceptional. The bar had over a dozen taps. I was able to try four of them (one was my wife's). All were near the top of their styles.

smcolw, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Lothore
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%

Went when I was in portland a few months ago. This place has a large dining area with a partially sectioned off special bar area. Around 15 taps including a few draft only selections. The dry hopped PA I got was excellent and the service was very quick. Prices were right in line with the area. The bar and restaurant were downtown and jam packed when I went but I was still able to get beer whenever I needed one. The atmosphere was very nice and they had a lot of deschutes merchandise. The growler was especially cool looking and I picked one up on the way out.

Lothore, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of csiewert
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

This place is amazing looking... sliding doors open up for the summertime and open the place up amazingly. The atmosphere is really trying to emulate the look and feel of an old timey brewpub, but accommodating lots of people and 21st century innovations... and it pulls it off. There is a small brewery in the back that you can look at through glass when you're bored. The beer selection is great and rotates regularly. you'd have to go at least 4 times just to try them all... then they'd switch up on you and you'd have to go back. The food is pretty good and has some specialties that incorporate some of their beers. The service was very attentive and prompt, which I appreciate. Right by multiple local mass transit stops so it is easy to get there from anywhere.

csiewert, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%

My jam during the World Cup. Well, at least one game. But it'd be more often if I lived in P-town.. The bartenders here are always nice and friendly with a bit of knowledge. The place itself is interesting: high ceilings, lots of swag up front, a cute host staff, sexiness, a big bar with 15ish taps. It's almost a little staid.
There's just a certain distance, and maybe it comes from the distance from brewery to brewpub. Anyway, Deschutes makes great stuff, and the brewers at the brewpub are making some excellent stuff as well. Always exciting to go back in there. Both times I've been in the XXII was on tap, and last weekend, the new Dissident was on tap with a couple other sours: a wild cherry black butte and a berliner weisse. and other boring stuff, too.

dragonWhale, Nov 26, 2010
Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland, OR
97 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.