GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
Active Beers: 11
Beer Ratings: 448
Beer Avg: 3.64
Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by slander:
3.94/5 rDev 0%
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
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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
GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall in Bend, OR
89 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.