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: 119 | Reviews: 87 | Show All Ratings:
5/5 rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
On a recent vacation to the Northwest I was able to make my way here. While I certainly can not pick one specific place that stood out as my favorite, this location certain has to be close. It is located in downtown Portland, just a few blocks off the main drag of West Burnside, and is very easy to get to. First thing you notice as approaching this brewpub is the lovely brick façade, and large windows. Once inside the atmosphere is very open, tall ceilings and a lot of open space. I must say that the wood work inside this establishment is simply amazing, it really gives the brewpub a great outdoors type feel. Which I would imagine comes from the breweries hometown in Bend, Oregon. We took a seat at the bar, which gives you a great view of the copper tanks located inside the brew room. My first pint was their Echo Negro Black IPA which was a treat to drink, and my second pint was their Inversion IPA, which was good, but the Echo Negro was far superior. The food was amazing, I had the french onion soup and a pulled pork sandwich; both, as I said were amazing. If you're a French onion soup aficionado then you won't be let down here. During our entire stay in Portland which lasted four days, there were only a few places that even came close to the caliber of this brewpub. I would recommend this place to anyone, if you are traveling to Portland make sure you get here, you won't be let down.
07-26-2009 05:20:19 | More by kt620498
5/5 rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is without a doubt the best service of any busy brewpub in Portland. I have not once sat in the restaurant side because these bartenders are among the nicest and most attentive in the Pearl District.
Another plus: all of the rotating selections. Every time I return there is something new and EXCITING on tap. Black Butte XXIII, Mirror Mirror lost barrel, Abyss, experimental IPAs, XPAs, Blondes, Saisons, Trippels, Quads, wheat, CDA... the list is endless. And they are all GOOD.
This is the first place I take my out of town friends and family when they arrive in Portland for a visit.
On another note: I didn't rate the food because I am vegan, so I have really only had pretzels with no butter or cheese (yay for mustard!) or modified pizzas.
They have two TVs in the bar (and more in the restaurant) for sports games if you are into that.
This is a fantastic large scale brewpub.
08-07-2011 23:26:16 | More by cbarrett4
4.89/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
Really great food and fantastic beer all had in a great place. The crab burger was stellar and my favorite experimental Hop-U-Py Portland were had here.
I love visiting the pubs to indulge in the experimental brews and savor delicious food. Breads are top notch having been made with spent grain from the brew process. Add to that Borlen beef (fed spent grain) and masterful chef creations with a glass (or few) to go with your grub. The logde-like decor with wood carvings and hanging hop vines are absolutely perfect!
Bravely done Deschutes
01-24-2013 06:36:39 | More by OMsweetOM
4.88/5 rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
went here on date and tried the classic 6 sampler along with the red Chair. i liked the red chair, chainbreaker,amber and the white IPA. not a big fan of porters so nothing personal deschuttes it was a good beer just not one of my favorites. the red chair was very tasty. it was hoppy but still very crisp and with a nice mellow finish. the restaurant has a very nice decor inside and feels like being inside a snow lodge somewhere in tahoe. i enjoyed the adventure. next time i go out with a group of friends it will be here
12-29-2012 17:54:13 | More by PdxBeerGeek
4.83/5 rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visited Deschutes' new location on Friday May 9th for lunch. I actually haven't been to their Bend location, so I can't make any comparisons.
We arrived right when they opened at 11am, and were the 2nd table to be sat. This gave me time to explore the huge dining area and take pictures of everything. Our server Kari was awesome, attentive, and friendly.
Atmosphere was great, cool place that has that busy and fun vibe to it, plenty to look at and explore in the restaurant.
I got a sampler, six samples, 4oz a piece. The sampler system there was very smart, you write down what you want on a piece of paper numbered 1-6. They bring you a wooden holder with numbers in the bottom of each one, which correlate to the paper so there can't be any mistakes by the server.
The beer was excellent. The six samples I had were mostly on tap stuff I couldn't get in bottles from CA. St. Tanith and Mirror Mirror Barleywine stood out as favorites.
Food was also excellent, I know the two reviews before mine have called the food into question, but seriously, everything my party got was excellent. We had the turkey sandwich (amazing) a side of fries (really good) and a bbq chicken pizza (also good). Perhaps the fact that we ordered when it wasn't busy helped the quality of the food. I can only imagine how busy the kitchen gets at noon.
When we came in we couldn't imagine the place would fill because they have so many tables, but when we left a little after noon the place was entirely packed out and had a full waiting room of people as well as people waiting outside.
Overall this was honestly probably the best restaurant experience of my entire life. Thanks Deschutes!!!
05-16-2008 11:16:28 | More by Bubba83
4.8/5 rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
08-16-2010 13:07:48 | More by TastyTaste
4.75/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
This place is amazing looking... sliding doors open up for the summertime and open the place up amazingly. The atmosphere is really trying to emulate the look and feel of an old timey brewpub, but accommodating lots of people and 21st century innovations... and it pulls it off. There is a small brewery in the back that you can look at through glass when you're bored. The beer selection is great and rotates regularly. you'd have to go at least 4 times just to try them all... then they'd switch up on you and you'd have to go back. The food is pretty good and has some specialties that incorporate some of their beers. The service was very attentive and prompt, which I appreciate. Right by multiple local mass transit stops so it is easy to get there from anywhere.
01-14-2011 16:47:31 | More by csiewert
4.72/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.68/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Was there for the third release of The Abyss.
While the place was obviously pretty crowded for such a release, it was neither cramped nor absurdly loud, in fact the most laid-back and relaxing such a buzzing place could possible be. The lack of extraneous music certainly helped this aspect of the atmosphere. Just a lot of people enjoying a great brewpub.
I only had the Hop Trip and two pulls of the fresh Abyss. The Hop Trip wasn't my favorite sort of IPA, but was still certainly a very worthy effort, and the fresh Abyss on tap was phenomenal.
Service was as pleasant as possible, clearly very knowledgeable, simply on top of things in every way, admirably so for such a hopping atmosphere.
Despite my failure to try much, there were something like the six regulars on tap and about 6 seasonals/brewpub only releases. Rough numbers, there may have even been a few more, but either way, certainly a nice selection.
For food, it was the special Abyss release night menu, which yielded an ox tail pastry served with an Abyss sauce. While not particularly helpful to calculate the normal food line-up, it was certainly very tasty.
Prices reasonable and right on par with other brewpubs in the area. The Abyss was pricey, but that's sort of a different issue altogether.
11-18-2008 03:06:01 | More by fredandboboflo
4.68/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland, OR
96 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.