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Deschutes Brewery & Public House

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Deschutes Brewery & Public HouseDeschutes Brewery & Public House
BA SCORE
97
world-class

198 Ratings
Ratings: 198
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%
Active Beers: 42
Beer Ratings: 391
Beer Avg: 3.85
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @deschutespdxpub

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Sunday - Monday 11am-10pm
Tuesday - Wednesday 11am-11pm
Thursday - Saturday 11am-12am

(Place added by: msubulldog25 on 04-25-2008)
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Photo of Mukroc
2.76/5  rDev -36.6%

Mukroc, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of demuzik
2.98/5  rDev -31.5%

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.

demuzik, Jan 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31%

Bearman13, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of jjboesen
3.28/5  rDev -24.6%

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.

jjboesen, Sep 27, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

mahanson, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Fluffheady
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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.

Fluffheady, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

jordanimal, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Floydster
3.63/5  rDev -16.6%

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

Floydster, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of jera1350
3.65/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

jera1350, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

tobelerone, Jul 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

gfunk1121, Oct 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Pearlstreetbrewingco, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of goatgoat
3.78/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

goatgoat, May 29, 2010
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3.79/5  rDev -12.9%

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?

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 11, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -12%

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.

tjensen3618, Jul 21, 2011
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3.84/5  rDev -11.7%

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!

BenHesk12, Aug 07, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

Mothergoose03, Jun 27, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

Bfarr, Oct 24, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

bbb099, Nov 05, 2011
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3.94/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

AylwinForbes, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of suncrust
3.94/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

suncrust, Dec 29, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -9.2%

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

barleywinefiend, May 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8%

stogirelli, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

berlinabb, Dec 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8%

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!

Rifugium, Dec 30, 2011
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Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland, OR
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