Deschutes Brewery & Public House
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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.
04-14-2010 22:20:10 | More by Oxymoron
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.
04-05-2010 00:40:16 | More by Adoxander
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.
03-26-2010 23:36:09 | More by spointon
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!
03-23-2010 17:07:36 | More by hopsbreath
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.
03-13-2010 20:43:18 | More by fairdinkum2
4.65/5 rDev +6.9%
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. :)
03-11-2010 23:39:38 | More by djbreezy
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
02-18-2010 04:04:31 | More by Dogbrick
United Kingdom (England)
4.55/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
11-30-2009 11:01:39 | More by Clembo1957
4.13/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
11-21-2009 03:55:42 | More by portlandjeff
4.22/5 rDev -3%
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.
09-09-2009 19:19:04 | More by wolffman17
Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland, OR
96 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.