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Deschutes Brewery & Public House

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Deschutes Brewery & Public HouseDeschutes Brewery & Public House
BA SCORE
96
world-class

186 Ratings
Ratings: 186
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Active Beers: 78
Beer Ratings: 454
Beer Avg: 3.81
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 csiewert
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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 -3.7%

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
Photo of gkunkle
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

gkunkle, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of MagyarPuska
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

MagyarPuska, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of jpro
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

jpro, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of TastyTaste
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

TastyTaste, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

yemenmocha, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of shivtim
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

shivtim, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of goatgoat
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

goatgoat, May 29, 2010
Photo of squaremile
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

squaremile, May 18, 2010
Photo of sleazo
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

sleazo, May 01, 2010
Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

plaid75, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of Oxymoron
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%

For my very first every visit to Portland we stopped by the Deschutes Public house for tasters and a little appetizer. We couldn't get a confirmation on if a portion of the beer sold at Deschutes was made on location or if they trucked it in from Bend, but at least they did brew on location.

The lay out if very nice and upscale. A huge open room with bench style seating and chairs on the other side. Slightly chilly out they kept the garage doors down but would be cool to see them open during the summer days. Also very impressive wooden decorative pieces. And a kitchen on the back end.

The beer menu was good with a lot a variety including seasonal beers. I was hoping for beers that would have been specific to the Public House location but it was all beers that not only you could get from any Deschutes location. Still a good selection. Ended up getting tasters.

The menu was pretty extensive. A good selection and variety. The fish looked really good. But were just there for tasters so we ordered the cheese plate. Three selections of cheese with a hard bread and some crackers. Pretty good. The service was limited overall. The waitress knew enough to get by but was not really knowledgeable. She was a bit slow as well. But that is ok we were not in a hurry so it worked out all right. Overall it was a good visit.

Oxymoron, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of Adoxander
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%

The Deschutes Brewery and Public House is located in the Pearl District, one of my favorite areas in Portland. Inside are large windows proudly displaying brewtanks in front of a lively, spacious bar. There is a family friendly restaurant as well. The interior is well finished with beautiful wood carvings in between towering wooden arches. The restaurant is adorned with the many awards that Deschutes has won for their excellent beers over the years. The list of available brews is quite long, and most of their beers are great.

I often will try a sampler whenever I go to a new brewpub, in order to get a feel for their different offerings. I did the same at Deschutes and was surprised and pleased that they let you select any 6 of their beers to try, instead of a more traditional method of preselecting beers. I chose beers I was likely to enjoy and was pleased with most of my choices, most notably the Hop Henge experimental IPA.

The happy hour menu also represents a great value with mostly standard restaurant fare, but good quality at good prices. I will definitely go back for more.

Adoxander, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of spointon
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%

I visited the Deschutes Public House in Portland on 3/25/2010.

This place is located in a cool area of downtown Portland called the Pearl district. Lots of restaurants and shops nearby, including the legendary Powell books.

Parking was on the street and could be a challenge at busy times I think. Upon entering, the bar is straight ahead on the left and the entire rest of the place is one huge dining room. Lots of woodwork throughout (douglas fir and other huge pine beams dominate).

There was a wide selection of Deschutes beers on tap, and I was happy to see that a sampler tray of six 4 oz pours was available, and that I could select which six beers I wanted in the sampler. Very cool. All of the beers I tried were very well made and tasty.

Service was very friendly but just a bit slow at times. Not a deal breaker by any means though.

The food was really quite good. I had the buffalo stroganof and it rocked.

All in all this is a great place with very fair prices that I will visit every time I come to Portland.

spointon, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of hopsbreath
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

I actually visited the Pearl District Brew Pub back in December but never got around to reviewing it. This review is based on my memory and not notes but I think that is OK because I am not reviewing the beer from memory.

The inside of the place is top notch. It's a big open air downtown-meets-industrial-meets-outdoors theme. There is raw wood, stainless, steel and hip Portland chic decor throughout. Definitely not a typical bar and I would not be hesitant to do a business lunch here.

Our server messed up our food order but I didn't complain and ate it anyway. He brought me the elk burger with sweet potato fries instead of the lamb burger with some other side dish I can't remember now. I do remember enjoying the burger and fries anyway. He did get our beers right. We had an Arctic Blastanator Weizen Bock with our food and a snifter of Streaking the Quad after we finished eating. I said I wouldn't review the beers from memory but I do remember being very impressed with each beer and believe that the Arctic Blastanator was probably the most banana nuanced beers I have ever had.

I will return to Deschutes upon my return to the city but will have to do it with a bonus check from work or with something to celebrate. I found the receipt in my wallet the other day, and it looked like this; two burgers + four beers = $55...before the tip...for lunch!

hopsbreath, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of fairdinkum2
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Had tried a few Deschutes products in bottles, so I was very keen to try some on tap from this location.

Great looking place. A mix of industrial and pacific nothwest charm. Open design with very high roof. (Keeps the noise level down when it's busy). Love the wood carvings on the arches.

Long bar. Great variety of ales on tap and in casks. Tried the Hop Henge, Streaking The Quad and the Amoury XPA. Can't say the Quad was as good as some of the Belgians I've tried, but pretty good. The Hop Henge is killer.

Friendly staff, happy to pour samples and they even sell flights.

Didn't eat anything. (I'm just here for the beer.) Bought a few bottles of their limited series and I'll be looking forward to trying these - Jubel 2010, Black Butte XXI and Mirror Mirror.

Pretty good experience.

fairdinkum2, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%

Really glad that we got this in Portland. Definitely one of my favorite places to grab a beer, particularly for the seasonal stuff and one offs.

The interior is awesome and large. You'd think it couldn't possibly fill up but it does. The bar has nice tables with cool elevated platforms for food or to rest your chin on (just kidding).

The wood carvings and decor are pretty darn cool.

Food is fine. Nothing legendary but it's good. The food and service have been consistent every time I'm in there.

Good selections of merchandise and beer for sale.

I wish there was more seating in the bar and less in the restaurant, but that's because I come there for beer more than a meal. :)

djbreezy, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of Dogbrick
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

Visited twice during our long weekend in Portland - first for lunch directly from the airport, then again a couple days after the Jubelale 2010 release (we missed out on bottles). The Public House is located on 11th and Davis, and there is metered parking available all over the place.

Inside there is a gift shop right next to the host stand, and once past that area the space opens up a lot. The bar is on the left side offering a view of brewing equipment behind glass. There is table seating in the rest of the area. The look and feel is kind of a hybrid lodge/industrial, with lots of wood and a stone fireplace coupled with exposed pipes and brushed metal. It works. The bar has a chalkboard showing what beers are available.

As for the beers, Deschutes offers a sampler for $7.50 and you can pick which beers you want. The menu seemed to be pretty up to date as far as what beers were available. Not surprisingly all the beers are well-made, and they run the gamut from Organic Amber to a Black IPA to the Porter and everything in between. My favorite beer of the trip was the Jubelale 2010 on draught on the second visit.

The server at lunch was knowledgeable on their beers and even gave recommendations on brewpubs in the Mt Hood area where we were visiting a couple days later. Any suggestions are welcome on a first visit to Portland where you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a brewery/brewpub.

The food at Deschutes is solid. My "gyro" burger and my wife's burger were both really good.

Overall this place definitely needs to be at the top of anyone's "to-visit" list on a Portland trip.

Dogbrick, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of Clembo1957
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%

I made two visits to Deschutes during my recent week long visit to Portland and had slightly different impressions over the two visits. Our first visit was early in the week and it was fairly quiet, we sat near the bar and the friendly server went through the beer list with us explaining some of the beers and making recommendations. I had a Beer Sampler tray and a pint and i was highly impressed with the beers and the helpfulness of the staff. I was also impressed with the building though when empty i suspect it could have a cold impersonal feel. I was impressed with the wooden carvings around the arches.

Our second visit was slightly different, the pub was much busier the server in a rush to get us out and less knowledgable about the beers. However i was highly impressed with Deschutes and its beers. Food was good quality and reasonably priced.

Clembo1957, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of portlandjeff
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%

I love deschutes, and used to visit the pub in Bend whenever I got the chance (and still do). So when I heard they were opening up here in Portland, I was really excited.

The new space is way bigger than bend, but with a completely different feel. Fitting for it's location in the pearl district, this pub is decidedly more upscale, a bit pretentious, and a little "cold". I'll take the more cozy, lodgy feel of the bend pub over this any day. Other than being kind of cavernous and plain, the atmosphere is generally negatively impacted for my tastes by the crowds in this place. It's loud, full, and not very intimate.

The quality here is top notch. I love the deschutes beers, and am always impressed by their pub-only selections. The food has always been really good for me as well. I love the garlic burger, the elk burger, and venison chili. I haven't tried any of the larger entrees, but everything I've seen come out of the open kitchen looks great.

Service here is pretty decent. When it gets real busy, table service can be slow (to serve) and rushed (when they are there with you). The bar section has always been better for me.

The selection here is great (for a bar that only serves their beers). You can expect to find you favorite standard deschutes beers, but you'd be missing out not trying the pub only creations and special releases that are always in rotation. Generally the pub-only and special release beers outnumber the standard beers 2-1. A perfect proportion if you ask me.

Food is really good. While not always cheap, I think you get more and better quality food for your money than a lot of places.

For the good brews and tasty food, in a trendy neighborhood with a reputation of being on the pricier side of portland, I think the value is pretty solid. I've never had buyers remorse at deschutes.

In closing, other than the atmosphere, I love this place, and I think the atmosphere is probably the most subjective aspect of a place like this - I really like the place over-all, you might like it even more so.

portlandjeff, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of wolffman17
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%

Can't go to Portland without checking out the Deschutes brewpub. Big place in downtown, walking distance from numerous other beer spots, restaurants, shops, etc. Good vibe, though it's so big that it doesn't exactly feel cozy. Unlike the exterior, the interior has a sort of lodge feel with it's wood, open space, fire place, and high ceilings. All kinds of beery merchandise to buy on your way out.

The bartender was attentive and helpful. There wasn't much talk of their beer, but on numerous occasions he suggested different places for us to visit while in town which was useful.

The beer was great with Miss Spelt, cask King Cone (fresh hop), and Hop Henge #4 being the highlights. The #4 was a variation of the normal version - dry-hopped with Amarillo. It seemed incredibly fresh and held its own against other IPAs sampled in Portland.

Extensive menu, though we stuck to the oysters. Recommended.

Hard to go wrong with Deschutes. Solid lineup with no lack of interesting choices.

wolffman17, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of jdense
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%

Located in the trendy Pearl District, Deschutes spared no expense in their first non-Bend outpost. Beautiful woodwork provides a true Northwest feel. Of course, the beers are the star here. While all the Deschutes staples are readily available, several brewpub only offerings are poured ala the Public House in Bend. On one visit I had a delicious Dubbel-style, another a Black IPA. The food is all of excellent quality, though a bit on the spendy side. The service was attentive, especially at the bar. Despite the growing spectre of Deschutes nationally, an absolute must visit for the traveling BA when in Beervana.

jdense, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of jkdrummer
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

Our first night in Portland was a quick walk from Downtown to the Pearl district for a trip to Powels and of course Deschutes. The place is beautiful, full of large knotty pin beams and large tables. The selection of beer varies but I tried to sample only beers I couldn't get outside of that building. Fantastic tap selection too, like 20 or so. Great for families too. Service could be better. The food was a notch above other pubs but a little pricey, stick with the specials. Highly recommended.

jkdrummer, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of pentathlete
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%

Located in the Pearl District, near a favorite haunt: Powell's City of Books, this is one open, airy, flat-out pleasant place to enjoy a brew or six.

While visiting family, I took a few folks out to Deschutes. After a flight of tasters, we moved onto pints. Deschutes makes damn fine beer and whatever they make, the Public House seems to have it on draft.

We didn't buy any food that night, but we did enjoy some excellent service. We had a little confusion on a beer that I wanted to try and they gave me a pint on the house. They treat their customers as if they want to keep them. Imagine?!

The only drawback, and this is purely a personal thing, was the age level of the clientele. I felt a little out of place, but I had no problems. There was a bit of the meat market vibe going on, and while I am a well-aged cut of beef, I'm a bit too marbled to be playing those sorts of games. (This could be because we went there rather late in the evening, too.)

pentathlete, Aug 16, 2009
Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland, OR
96 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.