GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 364
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 7 | Show All Ratings:
3.76/5 rDev -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 Blue 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 -10.8%
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 johnmichaelsen
3.94/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Okay, so navigated in from directional landmarks offered up. I spy the US Bank, turn here, and now you go around back and wind what way, okay, hey, grain silo, a clue, a clue! Parked in the lot, Phil unloading his coffee from earlier sometime, and me lovin’ on an old Jeep Grand Wagoner (I would be so badass driving one of those). Okay, this is absolutely our last place, we need to escape Bend…
Warehousey building; don’t enter through the ‘brewers & employees only’ entrance ‘cause you ain’t them (Use the next door down, stupid). It’s an open industrial tasting room in a mammoth space, or off a mammoth space anyway. A pair of phat pieced slat beer hall tables running vertically & another pair running horizontally along side pointing to the open garage bay door here, and 4 raised roundies to the rear of there to another garage bay door.
A small straight pieced slat topped bar done up like the tables in the corner with seating for 7 on hightop chairs, offering views of, well yeah. Barback wall holds a 12 tap panel on stainless steel with 6 logo handles & 6 guest taps on a logo block. A mountainy mural done on wood plank fence like piece above, and glassware concealed somewhere (shelved below the bar). Pieced bar overhang with glassware dangling, snifters & wine glasses for Sangria. Soda & tea coolered on the end, and through the far corner lies kitchenings back there; starters, salads, sandwiches, panini, a few wraps, and desserts.
Concrete floorings of gray, beige walls over wood plank wall lowers, and a black ceilings with ducts & drop track spots. Ski, skate, & kayak prints about; mountains, rivers, snow, & water. Snow shoes mounted, a kayak over the windows to the brewery side, and a blackboard listing tap selections between windows on both ends. Shirts, growlers, bottles, soap, and other swag on the rear wall.
6 house beers; they don’t do a sampler so we had to drink big boy glasses. Luckily, it was just as described in ‘Drinking with a dirty smoker’, chapter 2, pages 23-26, “You can drink their beer when they goes outside to smoke, and they will do so often”, so I got to try 4 of them (Descender IPA, 7%, a nice goddamn IPA; Good & Worthy Belgian Rye, 4.5%, yes, spicy rye, Belgian yeast; Mountain Rescue Pale Ale, 5.5%, dry hopped, good hoppy bitterness; 29er India Brown Ale, 5.5%, nice maltiness, roasty chocolate, good hop bite), but I didn’t get at the other 2 (Sweet As Pacific Ale, 6%; Sweet As Belgian, 6%). And then 6 guest taps; 4 of them American craft beer selections (Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout, Full Sail Berliner Weisse, Rogue First Growth Dirtoir Black Lager, Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red), the remainders being a sole import (Radeberger Pils), and the Magmita Sangria. Okay, sure, yeah, a pinch of the Full Sail Berliner unsolicited is in order, thank you. Of the 4 house beers I tried, the Mountain Rescue Pale Ale & 29er India Brown Ale were the best of ‘em.
It’s like a cool little courtyard off to one side of the complex; sharing some space with a theatre pub, coffee shop, & wine maker/shop; they are in a cluster of good. And they’ve got an outside lawn space of badass around the bend, with 10 tables, a fire pit, & a small bar. It looks like they’re grilling corn. I like grilled corn.
Not a pretty brewpub, but it’s all about the beer, I suppose. And really, it’s more a functional brewery with an afterthought of a tasting room if I had to guess. I mean, you can look out into the brewery side from the tasting room; they’ve got a lot of space to grow into. Bocce & cornhole play on weeknights, and a pool table in the big room where the brewery lives. Hey, seems they’ve got a few bottled 22’s for sale (Mountain Rescue Pale Ale & Descender IPA).
A couple of decent beers, inked cute girls and good tunes; Clapton, Eagles, Beatles, and a pretty kickin’ acoustic Petty ‘Learnin’ to Fly’; makes for a pretty good afternoon. Okay, Phil, drink up. We need to be making tracks for Portland...
11-20-2012 13:14:46 | More by slander
4.08/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here for Saturday afternoon lunch.
An odd but kind of cool place. An industrial building behind a bank, they had some food and beers set up on a grass area, but we opted to go inside. They had a small bar, some benches, a few bar tables and stools. They have large garage door like walls that open. They also had the cycle pub parked outside, that looks fun, pedal around town while sipping a beer, awesome!
Quality was good, I had tried a bottle of their Pale the night before, and it was dissapointing (bad/old bottle I think). But the double IPA I had on tap here was quite good.
Service was nice. Attentive, friendly, and pretty quick.
Selection was about 15 beers, only 5 of them were theirs, but the rest were other craft beers from Oregon, a Belgian, and Guinness.
Food was filling, with large portions, standard pub grub, a bit of a limited menu though.
Prices were standard for food, but the beer was a really good value, my snifter of DIPA was only $4.
Overall, I enjoyed my visit to GoodLife, I'd definitely come back. And maybe next time I'll take a ride on the cycle pub!
08-19-2012 23:05:42 | More by flexabull
3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
GoodLife opened last summer and offers some tasty brews and typical pub grub food. Overall, a very welcoming addition to the Bend brewpub scene.
They are tucked back in a newer industrial/commercial warehouse area off Century Drive. There is a spacious (mostly empty) brewhouse, with a small corner of the warehouse partitioned off as a pub. They also have an outdoor beer garden and patio area. Decor and atmosphere is blah, but the staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and the beers are quite good.
Went there on one night, which apparently was a quiz/trivia night...couldn't find a table. Seems weird that they have an enormous building and empty space...but made the pub area so tiny. The other nights I visited (including their first week back in the summer), there were open tables. Hopefully they do well and survive, their beer's certainly good enough and the beer garden has potential to be great for live music (like the Roots festival last year, for example)
01-17-2012 21:21:59 | More by SurlyDuff
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited multiple times during Xmas/New Year's break.
Located on the west side of Bend near 10 Barrel and Cascade Lakes breweries, Good Life is the most recent addition to the thriving Bend beer scene. The sign near the street is rather small, the facility is located behind the US Bank, and in a complex with a wine shop and coffee roastery. The tasting room proper is fairly small, long picnic tables give it a faux-Munich bier hall vibe. Given the popularity of the brewery, especially with locals, an overflow area inside the brewery has been created, with a pool table the only form of entertainment (ie. no video poker machines). The main entertainment area is a fenced-off beer garden at the rear of the building, a nice grassed off area that provides a nice view of summer fireworks, along with hosting concerts and other special events.
The beer is the main attraction here, and it is of good quality. Head Brewer Curt Plants is carefully developing his portfolio instead of trying to develop a melange of beers too soon. When I visited they had a Pale Ale, IPA, American Stout and Scotch Ale on tap, all of good quality. They also feature a nice range of guest taps, including Boneyard, Bend Brewing and Firestone Walker. Prices are about average, though the Thursday locals night, featuring $2.50 pints of the house beers and $7 growler fills, is certainly a good deal.
Unfortunately the food options leave something to be desired. We sampled a Farmer's Plate that apparently featured processed cheese and what tasted like Hillshire Farms Summer Sausage, along with boxed crackers. Given the number of quality creameries in the area (Tumalo Farms) and the natural affinity of cheese with beer, this item needs a serious rethinking. On a positive note, the sandwiches, especially the paninis, are pretty good. I had a grilled cheese featuring Gruyere, Granny Smith apples, and walnuts that was quite tasty. The big selling food item is bacon, especially the bacon wrapper jalapeno poppers, and bacon is featured on several sandwiches, which can't be bad.
The service, especially the management, is top notch, very enthusiastic. Given the large building, and the high quality of the beers they are producing (the first batch of 22 oz. bottles of their signature Mountain Rescue Pale Ale are forthcoming shortly), I expect big things from this up and coming brewery. Highly recommended for an apres-ski beer, it's a scant distance from the main road to Mount Bachelor.
01-02-2012 00:11:38 | More by jdense
3.8/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Located not far from 10 Barrel in an industrial park. Walking in we didn't see the beer hall but noticed a young women selling beers at the gate to a field with tables and chairs. So we grabbed a pint of their pale ale and their summer ale-$5 for the two of them! We drank them while sitting outside in their chairs and really enjoyed the peacefullness.
Didn't have any food, but we did find the hall which is locted within the brewing facility. Looked nice but industrial.
We would come back to this brewery and enjoy a beer outside.
08-22-2011 15:03:01 | More by bradybeer
GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall in Bend, OR
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.