Deschutes Brewery & Public House
Active Beers: 77
Beer Ratings: 423
Beer Avg: 3.82
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 5
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 155 | Reviews: 88 | Display Reviews Only:
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
On my journey to find Hop Henge on tap, I went to the source.
Along with having Hop Henge on tap the also had special cask condition beers (which cahnge as they run out). The had the normal Deschutes beers flowing like Mirror Pond and Balck Butte along with seasonals.
Food was ok but not top $$$ for what you pay for it.
Bar was loud but not reasonable, could easly have a conversation without yelling.
Service was good and my server always made sur my beer never was empty and was very knowlegable about beers that they had on tap.
If your in Portland and love Deschutes and great place to go...especially when Hop Henge is on tap!
03-29-2009 15:41:12 | More by madtappers
4.63/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The interior of this place is absolutely ginormous. Looking up at the ceiling makes you feel like you're in a warehouse. Its such a cool place with a really great feel.
Lots of Deschutes beers on tap, I had the HopHenge which was awesome. Happy hour every day from 4-7 gets you a buck or so off of a rotating beer. It happened to be the Black Butte Porter when I was there.
Service was exceptional. Our waitress was just plain awesome. She was all about letting us sample everything and even said that if we didn't like our food after on bite that she would trade it for something else. She was truly great.
Food was excellent by the way. They had a elk burger that looked great. I got a flatbread pizza that was great as well.
ANother plus is that they sell their beer to go and have a little gift shop. They had bombers of Hop Henge going for $5. What a deal! This place is a great place for lunch or dinner or just some drinks at the huge bar.
02-19-2009 18:55:30 | More by indiapaleale
4.3/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
fairly big and open space inside, maybe a bit prefabricated, but none the less inviting and cozy (I was at the bar). Some times I got the feeling of a grandiose environment...high ceilings, garage door access to dining room (of course only for warmer weather). Otherwise a nice place inside.
Menu, beers, and staff all seemed genuine and accommodating. Bartender I had was very nice and talkative and seemed very knowledgeable of the beers they offer. Supplied me with a few samples and information about the beers. Everything seemed of good quality right along with the service.
Selection was good for beers and food, so I thought. Even the presentation of the food I ordered was rather pleasant and I finally got to drink an "Abyss!" I thought the food I had was banging good! It was a tomato bisque soup (if I remember right) and I got a pretzel with some top notch cheese mustard sauce.
Value is good! I debated about $$ or $$$ for a bit and maybe this place leans towards "a bit pricey" but that is no reason not to go...a must if you are in the area!
01-10-2009 02:38:10 | More by Magpie14
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I stopped by on my cross country road trip some Austin TX to Seattle WA.
There is a nice restaurant bar feel to the place which doesn't exactly ring pub but is similar to a brewpub I frequented in Austin so it was pretty comfortable.
I grabbed a seat at the bar where a bartender quickly made sure I had a menu and asked if I wanted anything to drink. I hadn't decided yet so he wandered off to help other people. When he came back I was torn between a couple which he gave me several small sampler glasses to help me decide.
They carry all their regular offerings plus some special pub only offerings giving it to a diverse line up.
I ended up ordering the fish and chips which was simply the best I have ever had. It was simply amazing. They also have a mustard of their own which is killer.
The beer is priced good but the food seemed a little pricey.
01-03-2009 18:48:10 | More by midaszero
4.08/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
I love Deschutes. They make great beer. The public house has exceptional food. Two of my favorite nights I've had since moving to Portland last summer have taken place, in part at least, at Deschutes. One of those was the Abyss release party. The table next to mine left and abandoned what we estimated to be 50 oz of untouched Abyss on the table. Fearless beer advocates (and stingy bastards) that my friends and I are, we asked our servers if we could snag their leftovers. Holy, we found ourselves in Abyss heaven. If that doesn't endear a place to you, then what does?
The food is exceptional--from the house made soft pretzels to the house-cured meats plate to the special Abyss-inspired menu they served at the release party. The service, as I suggested, is good humored and attentive.
In addition to the regular Deschutes lineup, they often tag on seven or eight in-house brews (not bottled or available elsewhere) and one or two that have been sent over from the Bend pub. Their Fresh Hop Mirror Pond and Fresh Hop "Goschie's Sterling" were two of the best beers of last fall; currently, they're offering a delicious beer called Black Pearl Ale, that straddles the line between mild and porter. And, of course, The Abyss is on tap.
I do not, however, like the Pearl. I am glad the Pearl District exists. I am glad that an otherwise ignored part of Downtown has been economically jumpstarted. And I am glad that this has been done without negatively impacting low-income communities, like so gentrification so often does. But I just don't like the vibe. I'm always keenly aware of when I've crossed into that part of town, and even a good--actually, exceptional--brewpub rubs me a little bit the wrong way. Maybe I'm too influenced by my socialist-leaning and hipster friends, but I bristle at the yuppy excesses and prices of everything Pearl. And therein lies my love/hate relationship with the Deschutes Public House.
Move this place to any other part of Portland and it would be heaven on earth.
12-22-2008 01:23:30 | More by benito
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Really love this place, and stop by every time I'm in town. Haven't missed it once yet in 10 tries.
Last trip I had a roasted garlic burger that was sublime. I can't say that the mouth of lingering garlicky goodness was particularly complementary of the many brews I imbibed there, but it was perfectly cooked, exceptionally flavored, with all the fixin's fresh, crisp, and flavorfull. This meal experience was right in line with my previous ones. The french onion soup was very well done, and more than once I've lingered over some bolognaise with black butte porter. My wife hated the black butte ice cream, which was fine by me!
I generally go with my favorites here beer-wise. Obsidian, black butte, hop trip, twilight, jubelale. I had the XPA last spring and was impressed, but frankly it gets lost in the great lineup of this brewery. This is one place where I never worry about what beer to have next, as it is always a sound choice.
Efficient service, occasionally hurried, usually quick to fix mistakes. Prices well in line with the quality received. Recommended!
12-14-2008 20:12:36 | More by udubdawg
4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
My timing could not have been better for stopping by this place. We are looking for a place to stop and eat and happened to drive right by in it. Since I was only able to score a single "bomber" of The Abyss I knew that they had to have it on tap. Sure enough they did. The selection was limited to Deschutes beer, which is not a bad thing. I was happy to see and pick up a few beers that I had not seen in my neck of the woods. I had a couple glasses of abyss with their food. It was not typical beer food nor was it fancy resteraunt type. It was excellent and well prepared. The staff was knowledgable and easy to work with. They also had big screen TV's to catch the sportscast. Highly recommended to attend, even if they didn't have The Abyss on tap.
12-08-2008 01:30:43 | More by tbeck
4.1/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The last day of my Portland vacation started here at about 10:00am and with a snifter of The abyss on tap. So needless to say it was a good day. I guess this place is new and just opened not too long ago so it was nice, almost too nice. Carved wood all over the place, it was a little too pretentious for my taste but the beer and the food was amazing. I had a burger and it was phenomenal, I wont say best burger ever but it was very good. the service was good also but nothing special. The beer selection was good. They had mirror pond and somethign else on cask so that was pretty good.
11-26-2008 21:12:52 | More by mugglesandhops
4.15/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Deschutes is elegant and rather ornate, with large wooden columns topped by elaborate etchings of frolicking beavers. A large glass window allows one to peer upon their massive brewing kettles. The highlight of the trip to Portland for my wife was the coin chute. One can tip the bartenders by throwing coins into a metal vent, place high on the wall behind the back bar, that is connected via chute to a coin jar. This often results in bartenders being pelted by drunk change tossers, but they seemed to be accustomed to it--and a tips a tip.
They had the Jubelale and the much coveted Abyss on tap--both were great, especially the limited Abyss, a glorious, creamy Imperial Stout. The service was extremely efficient--two bartenders asked me if I'd been help after I had been. Some people this annoying, but I much prefer it to waiting unnoticed.
The food was quite good. The ginger mussels were delightful, and the Beervlaki a delicious twist on Greek Souvlaki. I can't wait to return to Deschutes.
11-21-2008 22:23:37 | More by Osiris9588
4.68/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Was there for the third release of The Abyss.
While the place was obviously pretty crowded for such a release, it was neither cramped nor absurdly loud, in fact the most laid-back and relaxing such a buzzing place could possible be. The lack of extraneous music certainly helped this aspect of the atmosphere. Just a lot of people enjoying a great brewpub.
I only had the Hop Trip and two pulls of the fresh Abyss. The Hop Trip wasn't my favorite sort of IPA, but was still certainly a very worthy effort, and the fresh Abyss on tap was phenomenal.
Service was as pleasant as possible, clearly very knowledgeable, simply on top of things in every way, admirably so for such a hopping atmosphere.
Despite my failure to try much, there were something like the six regulars on tap and about 6 seasonals/brewpub only releases. Rough numbers, there may have even been a few more, but either way, certainly a nice selection.
For food, it was the special Abyss release night menu, which yielded an ox tail pastry served with an Abyss sauce. While not particularly helpful to calculate the normal food line-up, it was certainly very tasty.
Prices reasonable and right on par with other brewpubs in the area. The Abyss was pricey, but that's sort of a different issue altogether.
11-18-2008 03:06:01 | More by fredandboboflo
Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland, OR
96 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.