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Deschutes Brewery & Public House

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Deschutes Brewery & Public HouseDeschutes Brewery & Public House

179 Ratings
Ratings: 179
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.74%
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

Main Brewery listing (Bend, Oregon) is here:  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/63 

Sunday - Monday 11am-10pm
Tuesday - Wednesday 11am-11pm
Thursday - Saturday 11am-12am

(Place added by: msubulldog25 on 04-25-2008)
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Photo of shivtim
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.

shivtim, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of goatgoat
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.

goatgoat, May 29, 2010
Photo of squaremile
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.

squaremile, May 18, 2010
Photo of sleazo
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.

sleazo, May 01, 2010
Photo of plaid75
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.

plaid75, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of Oxymoron
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%

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 +8.5%

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 +0.7%

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 -0.5%

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 -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
Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland, OR
96 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.