GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
Active Beers: 11
Beer Ratings: 461
Beer Avg: 3.63
Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
3.76/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
August 17, 1:30-3pm
Well, we WERE going to go for a hike during our last hours in Bend, but wife didn't feel like it and SHE suggested a last brewpub stop - who am I to disagree??? Got ever so slightly turned around with our google mapping but eventually found the big red warehouse towards the back of a small and new-ish business complex. Open garage doors to the main brewery face the parking lot, taproom is to the left, down a short path that includes a winery tasting room and an open area set up for an outdoor concert. The "Bier Hall" is pretty spartan, actually - the corner of the warehouse with the same tall ceilings and concrete floors. Decor is less 'beer' and more 'local/outdoors' - surf/ski equipment, skateboards etc. Minimalist, I guess. We sat at one of several long 'communal' tables, on the end nearest the breezy courtyard; a few tall 4-seaters and a half dozen or so stools at the bar. Room was less than half full...subdued vibe but for some cool classic rock at a reasonable volume level.
We both wanted some food with our beer, so I decided on the "Bacon²" (halved jalapeños stuffed with bacon, cream cheese...and more bacon!) and S had the pretzel. Those bacon peppers had just enough heat and were really good (...despite my sweating scalp and flushed face - I'm a spiciness lightweight!). Really liked the molten cheese/mustard that came with it, but the pretzel was *way* too flaky & dry for us.
We visited Goodlife mostly for the beer(!), as my wife is a fan of their Descender IPA (canned & available in Portland) and I've liked what I'd had to date. 10 GL taps were on: 5 "regulars" (Descender, Mountain Rescue, Sweet As!, Redside and 29er) and 5 "Super Rare Offerings" (in celebration of Bend Brewfest): Good & Worthy Belgian Rye, Evil Sister Imperial Wheat, Pass Stout (Syrah Barrel-Aged), Scottish Heart (2011 Scotch/Wee Heavy) and Cherry Kriek. They also had Oskar Blues G'Knight as a guest tap. We both *LOVED* Good & Worthy - at 4.5% ABV, it was *perfect* for the warm weather and that plate of peppery heat; would gladly have this again and again! Mt. Rescue was solid, Evil Sister (sample) was very good. We ended on the Pass Stout, which had a robust red wine character - not alcoholic heat really - quite tasty. All in all, I was impressed with the quality and range of Goodlife's beers...
Service was just OK. As mentioned above, the room was half full at best and the 3-4 servers were sort of milling around at times, not checking on or engaging customers. We sat for a while waiting to order food and then again waiting for a next beer...and then again waiting for the check... at around 2:30pm, a brewer came around asking if we wanted to join a free guided tour, but our food had just arrived so we declined.
Glad we visited, would probably return. If anything, this reinforced my opinion that Goodlife is making very good beer. Cheers!
PS: Only one (unisex) bathroom in the taproom, but quite possibly larger than our bedroom at home - seriously it's huge! But maybe could have planned for 2 of them? It wasn't crowded when we were there, but if the room was filled, having only one toilet would be egregious...
08-21-2013 16:45:05 | More by msubulldog25
3.57/5 rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Stopped by the brewpub right at opening bell on Sunday.
Not really a lot to the bier hall I thought. It's pretty minimalistic from a decor standpoint, with some large picnic tables and a few tables and chairs in the modest size hall. There's also a bar area straight back from the door, holding roughly 10 seats or so, and where I sat on this Sunday morning. The brewery and bottling/canning line seemed to take up most of the space, but no matter... it was a comfortable enough spot to hang our with a beer or three.
On this particular day, they had 9 beers on tap (the brown ale had just blown), which consisted of 4 core beers and 5 seasonals. I got the seasonal sampler plate, which was a bargain at $8 (served in 4 or 5 ounce sample glasses). On the other hand, I wasn't particularly "wowed" by any of the seasonals, though I did enjoy the pass stout, aged in syrah barrels. None of the others I sampled were terrible, but I just wasn't thrilld by the kriek, the evil sister, the belgian pale ale or the imperial scottish ale. I got a glass of fresh descender as a palate clenser, and frankly, it was far better then any of the seasonals (IMHO). The descender continues to be the best beer I've had from these guys, by far.
As for service, it was pretty good. The young woman serving me was pleasant, friendly and quick with a drink (even though a fairly good size crowd was on hand shortly after opening). Prices were also pretty reasonable I thought. In addition to the sampler, my 10 ounce glass of descender was a paltry $3.25 (as I recall).
I had just eaten before arriving, so (unforatunately) I couldn't order anything off the menu. However, the wings and bacon jalalpeno bites sounded delish, and I'll definitely order one or both next time in town.
While I wasn't hugely impressed by any of the limited release beers I tried, I'm a big enough descender fan that I'd still make this a must stop on any future visits to Bend. Fresh descender.... mmm....
08-19-2013 18:56:09 | More by John_M
GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall in Bend, OR
89 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.