Deschutes Brewery & Public House
Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 111
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: 16 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 49 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by slander:
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
In this lifetime, I would never have thought I woulda seen this place. And what it took to get here; being Phil first detouring to Eugene and then cruising 15 painfully slow mph through a park for dozens of miles the 242 through. Scenic up & down, fields of lava rocks, peaks snowcapped in the distances, the mountain sisters 3, and Bend out the other side. Checked into the hidden hotel well concealed and passed, and set out a-walking…
Ah, the thing on the end of a strip of the strip. Entered and pushed through to the bar in the back where one does. To the right, a straight copper sheet topped bar, with a bit of a wood lip, panel base, & piping foot rail to the right, seating for a dozen on cushy orange stools, and a shorty bar extension on the front end for a pair of Davo’s. A pair of ‘T’ towers on bar center, logo handles, each holding 8 taps. The barback holds shelved growlers to both sides of a pair of windows looking in on the brew room space behind there. In one of the windows, a wood sign describing the cask beers listed below it. The counter space holds 2 handpumps, as well as glassware and more below with booze. Logo neons fronting glassware, and I think a single handle. Boards above list beers on tap; standards & brewer’s creations/seasonals. A barrel logo’d between the boards and house mirrors on the end of the bar, and flats in the corners. Drop suction cup lamps over the bar and adjacent seating.
Angled 2-sided copper topped bar counter pieces with a wood framed separator adjacent to the bar. Seating for 6 on each side on stools. 8 hightops riddled about behind it, corner fireplace with a flat above and kitchen views, and across the way way, the end of bar brewery views. GABF medals line the wall to the rear. Block slate floorings, slat wood ceiling with recessed & track spots, and some panel wood walls, others fabric framed on wood trim.
Back up front, half an “A” front room; wood rafter uprights, crossbeams of phat, & an angled slat wood ceiling with spinny fans & drop suction cup lighting. Panel front windows, corner flats, pub signage, & a large logo bottle opener mounted. 8 tables & booths on one side below Deschutes pics & prints on wood trim fabric done walls; and a cushy waiting area on the other side. Coolered beer in between, & and T shirts displayed over the far brick cut throughs to the newish side room dining area. Some burgundy painted walls, some brick, and a far wall of rock face. Ducts, spinnys, tracks & spots. Open kitchen running the length of the room on the inside wall, 30 tables & booths throughout, and slight curbside seating. Cool steel hop vines lining the stairwell upstairs and around. 10 tables there, a few on the balcony, and a party room to the rear. It’s an impressive expansion space; light bright & airy. They tripled the seating with this addition, and did a nice job of it.
6 house standards and 12 brewer’s creations/seasonals. Sampler of 6 of your choice on a little paddle numbered & slotted. Between our visit this night and tomorrow, I took in a good amount of ‘em (Inversion IPA, good mouthful, assertive west coast IPA, does not suck; Black Butte Porter, chocolatey & roasty beautiful, it is the Black Butte after all; Chainbreaker White IPA, a Wit & northwest IPA hybrid, more of a hopped up Wit; Obsidian Stout on nitro, roasty espresso bitter chocolatey love; Bachelor Bitter, big maltiness, bitter finish; Pine Mountain Pils, nice crisp bite; Zymergre, a low gluten beer, Pilsner style, tasty; Roggen Bier, spicy rye pleasantness, thick, viscious; Altbierior Motive, grainy, and not malty sweet like I like my Alts, pleasant though; Belgian IPA, Belgian yeast yumminess, nice hoppiness; Deschutes Cream Ale, light, hoppy, highly quaffable; Los Muertos, their day of the dead beer, a dark wheat sour with tamarind, lightly soured with lacto bacilius, I like; and the Black Butte XXIV, which just went on. It’s big bourbony madness, tasty, inky, bourbon). And a bunch more I didn’t get to try. There were also 2 cask offerings (Vanilla Porter, I don’t understand why you’d fuck with the Black Butte Porter, it’s got a pinch of cherry to it, and a Raspberry Ale, which is the Mirror Pond Pale Ale raspberried up, pleasant, and easy enough). Black Butte Porter, Pine Mountain Pils, Belgian IPA, & Obsidian Stout were my faves
And din. Started with the French onion soup, oh, gooey Gruyere, how I love you so. And then the house salad (field greens, shaved fennel, flagline ale cranberries, & candied malts in a crazy good vinaigrette). Phil had the hop hummus and wild boar meatloaf, which he felt needed something more. Meatloaf is not the answer. Ever.
Christender served, brought me pinches of the asks, and could talk to his game, and other games in town. Oddly, the comments card showed up already filled out with glowing ‘fantastic’ after ‘fantastic’, but I would have checked them boxes anyway. Good food, and hell, I drank fresh Obsidian & Black Butte. Deschutes! Did not disappoint.
11-20-2012 13:10:41 | More by slander
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This was stop #26 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here on a Monday afternoon to enjoy their beers and to have lunch. The pub is located in a downtown storefront-like setting among other commercial businesses. The interior is setting is two different arrangements depending on whether you sit in the front are or in the bar area. (I think there is also a large dining area off to the side too.) To us, the bar area is more fitting of a pub vibe, but where we were seated was okay too.
We ordered a sampler flight of 6 (our choice here) of the 17 beers that were available, and only one of them was a repeat (intentional) of the beers that we had at the Portland pub location. (Fresh Squeezed IPA was the repeat beer, and it did not impress me at either location, at least it didn’t live up to the amount of hype that I’ve read. However, it is a good IPA.) All of the beers were very well brewed to style or better, and we felt that the Not the Stoic Belgian-style Quad was exceptional. Our food selections were also very good.
We enjoyed this pub more than the Portland location because it was smaller with less hustle and bustle, and less noisy. The beers at each location rated out with identical scores under our rating system. This is a great pub and is highly recommended.
06-27-2014 14:50:58 | More by Mothergoose03
Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Bend, OR
95 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.