Deschutes Brewery & Public House
Active Beers: 75
Beer Ratings: 344
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 5
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 86 | Show All Ratings:
3.79/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Smack dab in downtown Portland, although my iphone map led me somewhere in East Portland, but I digress. Huge place, much bigger than the one in Bend, wood all over the place, cool carvings, big long bar, big glass allows you to see some brew equipment. Largest urinals anywhere.
This most recent time I was there, the brewer's reserve selection or whatever its called wasn't the greatest, but I like that it has never been the same thing. Porter/stout and the saison were decent. Whatever the ipa, it was horrible. Screwed up my tasting order. Didn't fix it. Picked up a case of XXIII relatively easy though. Place always seems packed, even though it probably accomodates over 300, but it is downtown. Smelled lovely. Great woodworking carvings. Weird bi-level tables in the bar area, someone let me know what that is all about. Pizza?
07-11-2011 20:31:35 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went on a relatively short vacation to Portland and had to stop by this place while I was in town.
Atmosphere: The place is pretty cool. You can tell that the place is centered around beer but it was also tastefully decorated, and very large. We got here around lunch time and it was pretty busy, but not overly so.
Quality: Everything seemed very fresh and quality, beer and food included.
Service: The service was excellent. Our waiter was a pretty good guy and seemed to know a lot about the beer Deschutes had to offer on tap at the time.
Selection: The beer selection was very good. I dig pub-only offerings and there were quite a few of those on tap here. A pretty wide selection of styles. My only disappointment is the lack of limited release offerings, but it was mostly just bad timing on my part.
Food: Slightly upscale pub grub, but very tasty. Definitely not disappointing in this category.
Overall, I really enjoyed visiting the Portland pub and would absolutely come back. I'm planning on making it back to Portland at some point and this will be on the must stop list.
07-05-2011 02:27:50 | More by zhanson88
4.66/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Top notch facility in Portland, OR. I think this place is just a couple years old. The building itself and the interior are very well done. Lots of wood and a great layout. Atmosphere is great. We sat in one of the booths but I checked out the bar area as well. Very nice. Pretty spacious but I imagine it gets crowded. It was on a weekend afternoon when I was there.
Deschutes makes excellent beers so the quality at the public house is outstanding. I was lucky enough to be there when they were doing a five (or four?) year vertical of Abyss. What a treat. They seem to have some pub only selections as well, in addition to their regular offerings, which is always nice to see.
Service was solid. Pretty well run staff, as it sort of has to be for a place of this size.
I will definitely try to get back here next time I am in Portland. Highly recommended.
06-17-2011 18:04:08 | More by colonelforbin
4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Having long been a fan of visiting the Bend brewpub, I was very excited when the Portland location opened. While I have enjoyed this outpost, I still prefer the original Bend pub.
The atmosphere here is much more restaurant than pub. Obviously a ton of money was spent to convert this space into the restaurant that it is. While the woodcarving in particular is impressive, the overall ambience suffers from this over-conceptualiztion.
I feel the menu has suffered from the same issues. Bend has what has to be considered a classic American brewpub menu. In Portland, every menu item has been re-imagined in some way to make it special, and it doesn't always work. I do, however, really enjoy both the soft pretzel appetizer and the French onion soup.
The beer selection is of course the highlight at Deschutes. There are always a few single batch specialties on tap, and I have really enjoyed the way Deschutes has allowed their creative process to be on display when developing new recipes for planned bottlings- various incarnations of Hop Henge, the CDA that would become Hop in the Dark, and most recently their experiments at a quad have been fun to taste in progress. It is also of note that they put a symbol next to each beer that was brewed on the Portland system, sometimes including staples such as Black Butte (a friend who is a devotee of Black Butte claims he can tell the difference).
My two biggest issues with this pub are more symptoms of their success than anything else. First, at least at dinner and on weekends the place is always packed- a wait for a table should be expected. Second, the prices are a bit steep for a brewpub. But since they are still filling the seats who can blame them?
Overall this is a destination brewpub- for beer geeks from out of town this is a must stop, particularly if you have also not been to and are not planning on going to Bend. As a local, however, I am much more likley to pop in for a quick one and to see what is new on tap than I am to have a meal or enjoy an evening session.
05-23-2011 05:26:17 | More by OregonHopmonster
4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
With a new baby, it is hard to find a place where the whole family will have a good time. Today was a nice sunny NW day, so we headed to the Pearl to sit outside at Deschutes.
Food - Ok, not bad, but nothing special. I had the sausage sampler, which was the special. My wife had a fancy pizza. It wasn't my style.
Service - Nice and friendly, but it can be a bit slow.
Price - Reasonable.
Beer - This is why we are here right. Deschutes makes some of my favorites beers. These include Abyss, Hop Henge, Hop trip, and Dissident. I love coming in to try the one-offs. These are how Deschutes decides what might make it into the next rotation.
Atmosphere - It can get pretty busy, but this is a place I can take the whole family, including the baby, and it works out great.
05-20-2011 08:03:25 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.95/5 rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
A: Walked in on a Saturday as they opened. Grabbed seats at bar. Pretty laid back.
Q: All Deschutes beer are quality products and this was no different.
S: Our server was prompt and friendly. Recommended a new IPA project which was pretty good
S: They had 2 casks, most of their main staples and 2 others I had not seen outside the pub. I was a little let down on the selection. They did NOT even have good stuff to go. I wanted at least one thing high octane in bottle or draft.
F: Was good and reasonable
05-17-2011 01:55:27 | More by barleywinefiend
4.53/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Lots of beautiful wood, friendly staff who didn't mind my wife and I lingering for a 2 hour lunch. The beers were outstanding as I expected, but I was really impressed by the large number of offerings on tap.
My wife and I both had great meals, and we really appreciated the care taken on the menu to tell us what farms various meats came from--it gave us a sense that they took as much care with selection of meat as they do with the ingredients in their beers.
Also a very nice selection of merch at the front, including a "my favorite little pint" onesie we bought for our baby daughter.
All around, great experience.
05-08-2011 04:46:35 | More by jds16
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is Deschutes. They make amazing beer. End of story. I was lucky enough to visit when the 2010 Abyss was still pouring, as well as the Black Butte XII. These beers are among my favorites, and I was very lucky to have them that night. In addition, the year-round Deschutes line-up is pretty amazing, so you can't really go wrong. As far as food goes, I ate an Elk Burger that was INCREDIBLE (I still think about it, months later...), but also had an appetizer of prawns that were simply pathetic. My girlfriend and my other friend who were dining with me felt the same way about the prawns, but enjoyed their entrees. Service was fine, and the atmosphere was pretty cool. Reasonable prices paired with good eats and incredible drinks make this one of my favorites.
04-23-2011 23:56:17 | More by greenmonstah
4.68/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
If you like cavernous, warehouse-like bars where you can see the piping in the ceiling, the brewery at one end, an open air kitchen, the entire bar and every single table at the same time, this may be your kind of place. It is loud with absolutely no sound dampening at all. SportsCenter is playing above the bar and the place is packed on a Thursday night--a half hour wait for a table of two. It's not my style.
The food and beer, however, are my style. While the menu might be interchangeable with nearly every other brewpub in the U.S., Deschutes does a very nice job with it. My wife and I had steamers (actually they were little necks) which was superior in every way. We tried to guess what was in the broth and were stunned how wrong we were. My meat-lovers pizza was made well.
I hate reviewing service because it can be so unpredictable. A bad night in the kitchen can result in the appearance of bad service. All that said, our waiter was one of the best I've ever had. He was knowledgeable and phenomenally efficient. We were never ahead of him for our requests.
We came here for the beer, which was also exceptional. The bar had over a dozen taps. I was able to try four of them (one was my wife's). All were near the top of their styles.
04-23-2011 23:29:31 | More by smcolw
4.06/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Went when I was in portland a few months ago. This place has a large dining area with a partially sectioned off special bar area. Around 15 taps including a few draft only selections. The dry hopped PA I got was excellent and the service was very quick. Prices were right in line with the area. The bar and restaurant were downtown and jam packed when I went but I was still able to get beer whenever I needed one. The atmosphere was very nice and they had a lot of deschutes merchandise. The growler was especially cool looking and I picked one up on the way out.
01-17-2011 04:22:56 | More by Lothore
Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland, OR
96 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.