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:
2.98/5 rDev -31.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5 | $$$
Deschutes is a great brewery to visit AFTER you've had a great meal.
They have a decent happy hour with some tasty appetizers; they have an on-again-off-again bacon Mac'n'Cheese that cures the beer-induced munchies better than almost anything I know.
The atmosphere of the Portland location is pretty nice; a fire for the chilly Fall/Winter/Spring days, and a large window section that opens up to outside on the warm Spring/Summer/Fall days.
You would think for a Pacific Northwest brewery they would have a heftier selection of pasture raised meats/wild fish/etc, but the protein/meal section of the menu leaves a lot to be desired. Tried their "classic burger" as a benchtest and it failed every test in the book; overdone (when asked for medium rare), poor quality meat, stale bun, lackluster toppings, etc.
Great beer, though - can't complain there. So yeah - go on a full stomach, order appetizers as you see fit, and have at the beer = recipe for success with Deschutes.
01-03-2013 00:37:29 | More by demuzik
3.28/5 rDev -24.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
09-27-2008 21:00:41 | More by jjboesen
3.5/5 rDev -19.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | $$
Meh. This is a tourist trap brewpub. They don’t put much special stuff on draft considering it is their flagship brewpub (most of what is on draft you can buy in the store, and when they do put special things on it’s gone very quickly). It’s full of families and people who don’t know much about beer. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There’s nothing wrong with this place. But there’s nothing special about it. Save your time and sobriety for other more interesting places in Portland. Pass.
08-05-2013 04:13:27 | More by Fluffheady
3.63/5 rDev -16.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$$
This place has one of the nicest exteriors you will ever see and inside is not too shabby either, their brewing equipment is about as shiny as it gets, we sat down at the bar during happy hour on a Wednesday night, ordered the sliders for $4.50 and when they came their bite size and three of them, most expensive food in Portland size wise, it was not great either which made it worse, the atmosphere in here is very upscale and nice, everything in here was immaculate, they have a cool inventory of frisbees, shirts, glassware, bottles, etc. when you walk in the door too, service was very weak, there was probably too many people to be working in the first place, and then to boot they were all just standing around talking to each other rather than concentrating on the customers, saw a few other guests get anxious about it too, I had just had the 2005 vintage of Mirror Mirror out of the bottle a week before the trip but wanted to try it fresh on tap, so I ordered a snifter, they only filled it about a quarter of the way, literally five to six ounces for $5.25, another thing I was not particularly happy about with this place, the beer was good though but I prefer it with some age and out of the bottle I think, all else aside, they do have about eight brews that of their own that I have never seen or even heard about it, we tried them all and the only one that stuck out being above average was the bock, all their beers on tap only, there is about sixteen to eighteen of them if I remember correctly, cool place but a little expensive for me, I would still go back, recommended
06-09-2009 00:27:00 | More by Floydster
3.65/5 rDev -15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
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.
06-22-2013 03:36:09 | More by jera1350
3.78/5 rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Another stop on my Portland tour.
It's open and friendly restaurant atmosphere. Lots of wood and this great wooden arches carved with scenes of the northwest. Somewhat impersonal though admittedly we didn't sit at the bar.
All the classic Deschutes offerings as well as some brewpub specials. I had the Big Rig Bitter, followed by the Bachelor Bitter on cask. Both excellent brews. The food was hit or miss. I had a very nicely done asparagus ravioli. But they had taken that classic misstep of fancying up the pub classic mac&cheese to rather unpalatable levels.
The server was well versed and friendly, but still impersonal. I didn't get the sense of 'beer geek' from her that I got from just about every other server I had during my time in PDX.
I'll still visit here my next time in PDX, if only to see what specials they have on tap. But there's too many other excellent and friendly places in the area to really devote much time here.
05-29-2010 17:46:24 | More by goatgoat
3.79/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
3.83/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
My first stop on my first trip to Portland, and it was a nice one!
A really large place with ornate wood carvings throughout. It was easy to get a spot as we arrived before noon on a Tues.
We took a spot at a table in the bar area, overlooking the several 25+? taps, there was also a window looking into the copper brewing setup. A very pleasing ambiance for a beer place.
On tap they had all the regulars from Deschutes, a bunch of brewpub one-offs, a couple casks, and some special releases, etc.
I had the '09 Mirror Mirror and my GF got the Sour Saison.
Food ordered was tasty, I had a Chicken sandwich of some kind. Server was nice and helpful, pretty much what you ask for in a server.
Enjoyed my experience here a lot, I wish I could have stayed longer and had a few pints, but there was so much more to do in the short time we were visiting.
07-21-2011 18:38:13 | More by tjensen3618
3.85/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
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.
10-24-2011 20:59:03 | More by Bfarr
3.93/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
11-05-2011 06:21:33 | More by bbb099
Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland, OR
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