Deschutes Brewery & Public House
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4.06/5 rDev -6.7%
The deschutes brew house is one cool place to be in portland. From the street you can see the brewing equipment as well as wooden barrels of what I presume may be aging beer. If you are touring Portland this is a place you will have to stop. The atmosphere is very cool, decorations borrowed from the rustic themes of Bend, Oregon where deschutes is headquartered. Quality of the beer is of course incredible. They have all the regulars on tap as well a bunch of the rare and aged beers. There are lots of bottles available for those who don't live in the area and would like to take something home with them. At the time I was there there was just a slight buzz in the air, clearly a popular place but not the kind of place that leaves your ears ringing at the end of the evening.
11-21-2010 00:28:07 | More by gkunkle
4.1/5 rDev -5.7%
The food that I had was much nicer than average bar food but doesn't aspire to be anything overbearing. They did have other offerings but I'm a simple man that likes to judge places by comparing their Burgers to each other and this one is one of the best burgers I have had in ages. Fries were great, burger was properly cooked to my liking, and was spectacular. Got a beer sampler to see which ones struck my fancy, and I liked most of them. Had two beers with my meal and was completely satisfied. Their IPAs were really good. I really liked when we had questions about the beers the waiter went and asked the on-site brewer for answers if he didn't know right off the top of his head. Overall a friendly and enjoyable place with great beer. Prices were consistent with those of other brewpubs, but this one really set itself apart with an amazing atmosphere and great food.
11-08-2010 04:18:49 | More by MagyarPuska
4.4/5 rDev +1.1%
Made a stop here while in Portland for a conference last October... Very easy to get to via public transportation / a short walk. Stepping into this place, the first thing I thought was "Wow, this place is huge!" I bellied up to the bar and chatted with the bartender about the selection of fresh-hopped beers... just let me tell you, going to Portland during / right after hop harvest is friggin' awesome. I started off with a Hop Trip, then had a couple of fresh-hopped Inversion IPAs (holy crap, they were good) and ended things with the flagship Black Butte porter - all were served in shaped pint glasses. They had quite a variety of their beers on tap, and two cask selections (neither of which were of the "fresh-hopped" variety on my visit, which was kind of disappointing - oh, well). I had the fish and chips, which was good, but a touch pricey in my opinion. Patrons at the bar were an easy going bunch - several of whom were out of towners, but good vibes all around for the most part. The staff was attentive, quick, knowledgeable and friendly. Also, they have quite the merch shop on the way out... t-shirts, hoodies, glassware, etc, if you're into that sort of thing. I'd say its a must visit if you're in Portland.
09-14-2010 20:17:48 | More by jpro
4.8/5 rDev +10.3%
The best brewpub I have come across on my trip to seattle/portland area. The building was located downtown, near many other tourist stops (voodoo donut, rogue public house, powells city of books). The restaurant and bar area were very large, you could tell this place saw a lot of customer traffic. The decor was interesting, with a mix of industrial and hunting lodge. I really enjoyed the intricately carved wooden gates that were scattered throughout.
Service was very friendly and efficient, food was a notch above typical bar food. What really impressed me was the beer selection. They had 18 of their own beers on tap. Yes, 18. That is probably twice any brewpub I have ever been to. It was a nice mix of their standard offerings, seasonals, and brewpub only treats. I can't recall the last time I got a sampler at a brewpub, but this place called for it. Loved all of their beers I tried, this is as good as ay brewpub I have ever visited.
08-16-2010 13:07:48 | More by TastyTaste
4.5/5 rDev +3.4%
My favorite brewpub/restaurant of my visit to Portland for sure. House made veggie burger was delicious, and I liked the local blue cheese option as a topping.
The expected range of Deschutes beers were available, in addition to rare offerings that you can't get outside Oregon. It was nice to see a broader range of beers from their brewers.
Prices & quality were very reasonable for the area. Deschutes was cleaner, more modern and more spacious than Rogue... yet prices were about the same. Service was good overall, though we did have a minor hiccup on one visit. Overall pleasant, and a must-stop of any visit to downtown Portland.
08-06-2010 03:37:15 | More by yemenmocha
4.25/5 rDev -2.3%
Visited Deschutes for dinner while at a conference in Portland.
It's in the Pearl District, an easy walk from most of the hotels in downtown, and also on the streetcar route. Rogue's Alehouse is a short walk away.
On the inside it's like a huge hunting lodge. Lots of tables, a bar, a couple of eating sections all encompassed by huge wood-vaulted ceilings. The brewing ops are visible. Mixed crowd.
Impressive selection, with 17 from Deschutes on tap, plus 2 on cask. Only 7 of these were of the "standard" bottled variety. The rest were limited or seasonal brews, and included a saison, an IPA, and a Maibock.
Service was great. Our waitress was very friendly, attentive, and informative, and was able to answer beer questions. Our food came out quickly, and was pretty good. I had the fish and chips, which were made with pretty good pieces of halibut. The portions were large... you can take some home.
A very good experience all around.
06-13-2010 22:15:00 | More by shivtim
3.78/5 rDev -13.1%
Another stop on my Portland tour.
It's open and friendly restaurant atmosphere. Lots of wood and this great wooden arches carved with scenes of the northwest. Somewhat impersonal though admittedly we didn't sit at the bar.
All the classic Deschutes offerings as well as some brewpub specials. I had the Big Rig Bitter, followed by the Bachelor Bitter on cask. Both excellent brews. The food was hit or miss. I had a very nicely done asparagus ravioli. But they had taken that classic misstep of fancying up the pub classic mac&cheese to rather unpalatable levels.
The server was well versed and friendly, but still impersonal. I didn't get the sense of 'beer geek' from her that I got from just about every other server I had during my time in PDX.
I'll still visit here my next time in PDX, if only to see what specials they have on tap. But there's too many other excellent and friendly places in the area to really devote much time here.
05-29-2010 17:46:24 | More by goatgoat
4.25/5 rDev -2.3%
This is one of my regular stops but only on weekdays. Basically this is a real first class restaurant establishment that also just happens to be one of the best breweries in the country. The pub is built for the Pearl District and tourist crowd, but it is done so well that I don't really mind. You can always walk in and find the full standard Deschutes lineup and about 12 never before seen never see again beers that are almost always at amazing quality. They are generous with tasting trays, the food is great, the happy hour is great, the servers are nice to look at. Basically the only problem with it is that if you go during dinner time or on a weekend the wait is insane.
05-18-2010 15:30:22 | More by squaremile
4.16/5 rDev -4.4%
Deschutes Brewery and Public House is the proper way to run an establishment tied into a brewery. Located in the Pearl district with plenty of other things to do, this is a great place to stop. The atmosphere is fairly open and modern looking. You can see the brew tanks and into the kitchen. We got a seat at a high bar table and sampled a few of their beers.
They have a pretty good selection here including a few you could not find too many other places in town. I ended up with an ESB, Hop Henge and a Black IPA. All were very fresh and clean tasting.
I was not there for food but what I saw looked decent. This is definitely a good stop for fans of the brewery.
05-01-2010 03:56:35 | More by sleazo
4.13/5 rDev -5.1%
The exterior is welcomes you with a large neon Deschutes sign and the names of their brews emblazened on the building facade.
The interior was cavernous, with a long bar to the left, bar seating in the middle and dining room seating to the right. The bar easily sat 20 patrons.
The draft list included 16 house selections, which were fresh and tasty. Excellent brewpub only selections that are found nowhere else around PDX.
We sat at a high pub table in the bar area and ordered some pub grub, which was tasty. The staff was friendly and attentive.
04-28-2010 19:14:53 | More by plaid75
Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland, OR
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