Deschutes Brewery & Public House

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Based on:
158 Beers
47,129 Hads
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 100
Visits: 250
Avg: 4.25
pDev: n/a
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

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Photo of demuzik
2.98/5  rDev -29.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5

Deschutes is a great brewery to visit AFTER you've had a great meal.

They have a decent happy hour with some tasty appetizers; they have an on-again-off-again bacon Mac'n'Cheese that cures the beer-induced munchies better than almost anything I know.

The atmosphere of the Portland location is pretty nice; a fire for the chilly Fall/Winter/Spring days, and a large window section that opens up to outside on the warm Spring/Summer/Fall days.

You would think for a Pacific Northwest brewery they would have a heftier selection of pasture raised meats/wild fish/etc, but the protein/meal section of the menu leaves a lot to be desired. Tried their "classic burger" as a benchtest and it failed every test in the book; overdone (when asked for medium rare), poor quality meat, stale bun, lackluster toppings, etc.

Great beer, though - can't complain there. So yeah - go on a full stomach, order appetizers as you see fit, and have at the beer = recipe for success with Deschutes.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.28/5  rDev -22.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located amid the gentrifying heart of the Pearl District, and right on the (southbound ) track of the streetcar line (always convenient for any Portland pubcrawl), Deschutes is a recent additionn to Portland's beer scene - as if they needed one.

The decor is somewhat reminsicent of a Pacific Northwest hunting lodge with plenty of wood and local decor. Upon entry is the packed bar area opposite a larger dining room - also packed. The crowds were probably the reason for the poor service; it was 20 minutes before I got my first beer.

But the beer is the thing: Deschutes offers six "Classic Brews" that include their delicious Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter and Obsidian Stout; also on tap were several "Pub Exclusive," which are rotated and a seasonal. Topping it off are two casks. Nice, well-rounded selection. The food was decent enough - and even offers elk. (Hear that Sarah Palin?)

I would have liked it better if it weren't so crowded and the service were better. Incidentally, I returned two days later for a late lunch (and to give it another chance); no such luck - service still sucked, so I went to Bridgeport. Great beer, but you can find it elsewhere in Portland.

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Photo of guityler83
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.25

Deschutes was a find on a trip to Portland and I'm a huge fan of the beers (Mirror Pond is probably my favorite Pale Ale). The public house is in a busy walking area in the city and with in a few block radius of about 5 other breweries so it made for a nice little walking tour.

When we walked in it was near the dinner rush so all the seating was taken including the bar so we grabbed a few stools in the bar-ish area with a large wooden table top that stretched he length of the walkway. Not the most comfortable spot but it would do. The service was slower then average since it was so busy - it took about 15 minutes to get our first round and another 10 after we finished to get another. We didn't get food so I can't comment on that ( but it was looking good )

The beer selection was slightly higher then average with there flagship beers 6 or 7 one off batches and a few bottle only releases. I went with a flight of Brewer's Choice which was mostly the one off batches, which included a Belgian single, a couple IPAs, a saison and couple others I can't recall. All very fresh and great on this day of beer tours.

The decor/vibe was plane jane.. I had higher hopes i suppose. Very mutch a restaurant feel with not much character except for the brick walls and view of the brewing settup behind the bar.

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Photo of Fluffheady
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Meh. This is a tourist trap brewpub. They don’t put much special stuff on draft considering it is their flagship brewpub (most of what is on draft you can buy in the store, and when they do put special things on it’s gone very quickly). It’s full of families and people who don’t know much about beer. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There’s nothing wrong with this place. But there’s nothing special about it. Save your time and sobriety for other more interesting places in Portland. Pass.

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Photo of Floydster
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

This place has one of the nicest exteriors you will ever see and inside is not too shabby either, their brewing equipment is about as shiny as it gets, we sat down at the bar during happy hour on a Wednesday night, ordered the sliders for $4.50 and when they came their bite size and three of them, most expensive food in Portland size wise, it was not great either which made it worse, the atmosphere in here is very upscale and nice, everything in here was immaculate, they have a cool inventory of frisbees, shirts, glassware, bottles, etc. when you walk in the door too, service was very weak, there was probably too many people to be working in the first place, and then to boot they were all just standing around talking to each other rather than concentrating on the customers, saw a few other guests get anxious about it too, I had just had the 2005 vintage of Mirror Mirror out of the bottle a week before the trip but wanted to try it fresh on tap, so I ordered a snifter, they only filled it about a quarter of the way, literally five to six ounces for $5.25, another thing I was not particularly happy about with this place, the beer was good though but I prefer it with some age and out of the bottle I think, all else aside, they do have about eight brews that of their own that I have never seen or even heard about it, we tried them all and the only one that stuck out being above average was the bock, all their beers on tap only, there is about sixteen to eighteen of them if I remember correctly, cool place but a little expensive for me, I would still go back, recommended

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Photo of jera1350
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

The atmosphere here is very large and new with Pacific Northwest flair, but it does feel quite a bit touristy, unlike the other beer places in Portland.

A wide variety of Deschutes beers, but there was literally only one beer available that I could not get in bottles in MN. Not exactly the unique experience we were looking for. People can buy your beers half way across the country, if you want people to visit your taproom, you should probably offer up some unique beers or what's the point?

Had the mixed bar nuts which were awesome. Coated in a beer syrup, they were very sweet and satisfying.

The service was okay. Sat at the bar and waited several minutes before being helped. One of the bartenders decided to fill up a bunch of samplers several minutes after we got there instead of taking our order, but whatever. My wife went with a coffee as we just came in from the rain. The bartender asked if she needed a refill (she had half a cup left) and she said sure. He came back to say that they were brewing a fresh pot, but failed to bring her the rest of the cup she already had. We waited five to ten minutes more, but still no coffee. Left a minimal tip and left.

A nice and new place, but lacks the uniqueness of so many other Portland establishments. I'll pass next time.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

We had a couple brews here and a little food. It was all good as was the service. The selection is solid, but lacking if you want sours or Belgian style brews. If you haven't been you should go, it's an institution in PNW brewing.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Well it was an interesting place at best, big open area, some barrels strewn about, big wooden beams with hard carved totem things. The place was very busy as expected. Decent bartops, old wood, 18ish taps on, 2 casks, all their own beers. Decent selection but nothing really special. Handful of bottles, lots of stainless and copper throughout. Bartenders were typical, fairly attentive and helpful, friendly. Didn't get any food, typical beer prices though. Tap list in general was a bit meh, but decent bottles to purchase. No water provided until I asked.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
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?

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Photo of tjensen3618
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

My first stop on my first trip to Portland, and it was a nice one!

A really large place with ornate wood carvings throughout. It was easy to get a spot as we arrived before noon on a Tues.
We took a spot at a table in the bar area, overlooking the several 25+? taps, there was also a window looking into the copper brewing setup. A very pleasing ambiance for a beer place.

On tap they had all the regulars from Deschutes, a bunch of brewpub one-offs, a couple casks, and some special releases, etc.
I had the '09 Mirror Mirror and my GF got the Sour Saison.

Food ordered was tasty, I had a Chicken sandwich of some kind. Server was nice and helpful, pretty much what you ask for in a server.

Enjoyed my experience here a lot, I wish I could have stayed longer and had a few pints, but there was so much more to do in the short time we were visiting.

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Photo of BenHesk12
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped by the public house on a brief trip to Portland in spring of 2014. I liked this place! Deschutes has been my go-to 6 pack good beer for years and it was great to catch up on some of their new beers and experiments. Typical brewery atmosphere with all the solid deschutes beers and many great seasonals. Food was on par for a brewery. Not much else to say!

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Photo of Mothergoose03
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was stop #18 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here on a Saturday morning to enjoy their beers and to have lunch. The pub is located in corner building in a very busy section of the downtown area, and parking was difficult. We thought that we were early for the lunch hour, but we were sooo wrong. A 30 minute wait was needed before we were seated. (The bar area was jammed so I didn’t even try to get a beer to drink while waiting.)

The interior is nicely decorated to go with a beer pub theme, but because of the largeness of the place and the din of the large crowd I did not get a feeling of comfort that I like to have for a casual meal. We ordered the standard sampler flight of 6 beers (18 were available) to go along with our food. All of the beers was very well made, and all of them were better than average. The Two Step IRA was the most notable (we liked it better than Fresh Squeezed). The food was also very good.

Because of how busy this place was and the size of the noisy crowd we did not enjoy ourselves as much as we would have liked. However, the beer and the food are good enough reasons to come back here again, but we’d try to find a slack time to do so.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5

A big family style resteraunt in the Pearl District just a block over from Powell's books so you have an extra reason to go. Nice looking interior with some nicely carved archways, it really lacks any sort of welcoming feel. It's busy all the time so they know they don't have to make any sort of attempt to get you to come back. They only carry their beer which is okay because they have several experimental beers available for something different. Service from my server was lackluster but some of the other staff seemed more helpful. I will say though, you MUST have the yellow-bellied burger. It's $15 but worth every penny.

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Photo of bbb099
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was really excited and had high expectations for this one considering most of my friends are deschutes fans, but I came out slightly disappointed. The atmosphere is of a high-class restaurant: the kitchen is out in the open with waiters and waitresses trying out the chef's latest recipe, flat-screen tvs set on all four corners, with nice mountain/outdoorsy decorations. Service was fine and I appreciate that the waiter was honest with which beer he likes and does not. A lot of people would probably love the food, but I am a fan of bar/restaurant that does the classics well without trying to be too edgy and changing the recipe too much. While the pesto-beef burger with pork belly on top was good, it was difficult to eat the incredibly tall sandwich without making a mess.

Anyhow, let's get to the beers. The variety of beers was satisfactoy, there was about 20 or so different types on tap. I liked almost all of them though I have had most of the beers there countless times as they are available almost everywhere. Unfortunately, no single beer stood out as the best ones are the usual such as obsidian stout that you can find in stores. Worth visiting, but I might go to a microbrewery next time I visit Portland instead of coming back.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

The classic stop in downtown PDX. This place is REALLY busy even during the week and even at off time. the atmosphere is fairly "corporate: feeling but still cool. The beer selection was excellent, within seemingly 15 (?) different offerings on tap. The downside is that those options all seemed to be different variations of pale ales. Aside from Black Butte, the recent anniversary beer and a pilsener, everything was a pale ale/red ale/IPA/DIPA. Was surprised that Obsidian wasn't available. I would have also liked to have seen more barrel aged options available.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Just a couple of blocks from Rogue towards the more populous part of town and on a busier street, this giant facility has something of the feel of a Spaghetti Factory; there seems to be an affinity with families with children. Still, we were able to sit outside, another benefit of relaxed Portland vs uptight Chicago, away from the echoing warehouse.

Cask conditioned ales provide a bonus and the range is good; you can get a six-sampler flight if you want served on one of those neat little wooden paddles.

Service was fine. We just felt it lacked atmosphere which is saying nothing about the quality of beer available.

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Photo of suncrust
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Located in the Pearl District near other major tourist highlights of downtown Portland, sits the easily marked Deschutes Pub. This place was a freakin' zoo. Epically swamped. Jammed packed full of people and felt unorganized and overly chaotic from start to finish.

Decor was like a ski lodge or mountain pub. Big thick wooden beams, thicker tables, and a wintery feel. Very put together and less make shift like most other PDX breweries. More serious, family and group focused.

Bar area had some tall tables and standing areas, with about 20 stools across the bar. Large windows behind the servers exposed the actual brewery. The twenty-some taps stretched the length of the bar with clear doors below showing the tangled web of tap lines and rows of stacked kegs. The open kitchen area on the side that gave it a steak-house, higher classed snobbishery that I didn't quite understand. More insight to the behind the scenes craziness?

Bartenders were far too busy to talk or even breathe, aside from grabbing your drink order. They seemed angry and stressed... and I don't blame them. Pretty skilled at pouring multiple pints at once, while running around doing a million other things and jumping back to each pint before it overflowed. Mad skills.

Beer selection was the staple Deschutes brews plus some seasonals and new concoctions. Deschutes makes full-bodied beer that isn't too heavy, has a complexity and crispness, and some of the best drinkability out there. Balanced, refreshing and lots of character. They are continuing to expand their roster with new-styles (new Gluten free beer was just tapped) and phenomenally sought after specialities.

Overall, I really like their beer, but would prefer to grab a pint at a local pub that is less chaotic and has a better atmosphere. Most of their stuff is bottled... and some of the one-offs get tapped around the greater Seattle area anyway. The brewpub itself was just average at best. Didn't try the food.

The Abyss was on nitro when I was there. Creamy excellence in a glass. That was a real treat.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
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

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My first stop during the Portland beercation. Deschutes' pub has a quasi early-American industrial look combined with a contemporary mountain lodge. Atmosphere is nice, but seems to draw a pretty bad / hipster crowd. Lots of room, and necessarily so considering there seem to be lots of people at any given time. Semi-family oriented, so it's not exactly the kind of gloomy, beerfly, laid-back place that I tend to gravitate to. Service was helpful and typically on the ball. Great selection of beer on tap, all Deschutes of course, and 18 or so nice brews to chose from including some brewpub exclusives. Food menu was very good, and I had a difficult time choosing what I wanted because it all sounded amazing. And what I ended up getting on my initial visit--Yellow Belly Burger or something--was indeed very messy and good. Prices were reasonable. Hope to revisit soon!

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Convenient downtown pub - pretty large space that definitely functions first and foremost as a dining room.

The bar area is pretty big, and quite crowded - a long bar surrounded by some light seating and standing tables in the main bar area.

We didnt eat but the menu looks like "upscale bar food" - solid looking burgers and sandwiches, entrees, and some small plates.

A ton of deschutes taps - some pub-only IPA's that were indistinguishable from the typical deschutes hop profile. Nothing really special on tap, but a lot of solid stuff, no doubt.

Happening place on a weekend night - a total change of pace from a lot of the other portland breweries, for better or for worse

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Photo of fairdinkum2
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

On my way out of Portland today (alas), I had occasion to stop by this latest addition from Deschutes. I have no doubt this place will do JUST fine...

As one comes in the 11th Street front door, one is immediately impressed by the size of this brewpub and it's high ceilings. The place is large and airy and the wood sculpted figures very impressive. I sat at the bar where service was pretty good, albeit not the most well informed. There was a new irish stout on tap the day I was there, and I asked the bartender how it compared to the Abyss. He indicated that he wasn't much of a dark beer drinker, and hence hadn't tried it and didn't know. This struck me as a bit odd, as I'd think you'd try something as popular as the Abyss, just so you could talk to people about it if nothing else. In any event, the Irish Stout was a nice beer, but (understandably) paled in comparison to the Abyss.

The selection here is pretty interesting, consisting of the usual Deschutes beers and some "unique to the brewpub" specials as well. I wasn't wowed by anything I tried on this particular day, but what I had was solid. Hopefully I'll see some more interesting selections in the future.

Located as it is in the trendy pearl district of Portland, I have no doubt this place will do just fine. The bartender mentioned the place is packed on weekend nights, and even on a late Monday afternoon it was pretty busy. The atmosphere is pretty high end for a brewpub, with great decorations and some interesting, subtle touches. For instance, the two flat screen TV's above the bar were framed by oil painting frames. It's an unusual and nice touch.

This is a very solid place that I have no doubt will do very well in Portland. I'll certainly be back.

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Photo of Lothore
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The deschutes brew house is one cool place to be in portland. From the street you can see the brewing equipment as well as wooden barrels of what I presume may be aging beer. If you are touring Portland this is a place you will have to stop. The atmosphere is very cool, decorations borrowed from the rustic themes of Bend, Oregon where deschutes is headquartered. Quality of the beer is of course incredible. They have all the regulars on tap as well a bunch of the rare and aged beers. There are lots of bottles available for those who don't live in the area and would like to take something home with them. At the time I was there there was just a slight buzz in the air, clearly a popular place but not the kind of place that leaves your ears ringing at the end of the evening.

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Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland, OR
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