Deschutes Brewery & Public House

Deschutes Brewery & Public HouseDeschutes Brewery & Public House

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

210 NW 11th Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97209
United States

(503) 296-4906 | map

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Added by msubulldog25 on 04-25-2008

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Photo of AylwinForbes
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Just a couple of blocks from Rogue towards the more populous part of town and on a busier street, this giant facility has something of the feel of a Spaghetti Factory; there seems to be an affinity with families with children. Still, we were able to sit outside, another benefit of relaxed Portland vs uptight Chicago, away from the echoing warehouse.

Cask conditioned ales provide a bonus and the range is good; you can get a six-sampler flight if you want served on one of those neat little wooden paddles.

Service was fine. We just felt it lacked atmosphere which is saying nothing about the quality of beer available.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Visiting Portland for the weekend and felt it was necessary to go out to dinner with my girlfriend. I have been very impressed with Deschutes from the beginning and figured the public house would be a nice way to tie it all together from drinking and getting a feel for the atmosphere.

A: The public house is a very large open restaurant with many bar/restaurant aspects to it. There are large carved wood gateways that are works of art alone. We were seated away from the bar and towards the middle of the restaurant. It was rather loud, but its a brew pub essentially. A nice place to sit and eat and drink a few beers.

Q: The overall quality of the place is very high. This isn't just some slack off brew pub, they put a lot of effort into getting the feel just right. The beer is good, the food is good, and in general there was very little lacking.

S: The place was a mad house on a Saturday night, but the service was fair. I went to the bar and got a Black Butte XX while we were waiting and the bar keep asked me right away what I wanted and had it to me in just a few seconds. The server was good too, he was very busy, and only really forgot a few things. For the most part he was polite, and steered me away from a rather subpar meal. For that I'm appreciative.

S: The beer selection here is great, the full line up of Deschutes stuff is there as well as a few different beers like the sagebrush classic pils, the d straat dubbel, black butte xx and a cask version of the mirror pond, which i recommend highly .

F: The food was very good. My girlfriend had the lobster ravioli and i had the honey porter pork loin. Both were cooked well and there was a fair amount of time put into preparation and the final display of the food. It was tasty, my pork was a little on the dry side, but everything else was delicious. It was a tad on the spendy side. Twenty bucks for an actual dinner with no salad was a little upsetting.

Overall this isn't a bad place to go drop a few dollars on some fine beer and almost as fine food. The people are friendly and they understand beer very well.

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Photo of GJ40
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped in while in town for the Oregon Brewer's Festival. Deschutes is new since my last visit to Portland so it was high on my list.

The space and decor are very impressive. It's a big area that feels even bigger due to the very high ceilings. They have a long bar and lots of tables. And the tables near the bar each have a second level for additional dining space. The decor is very rustic and authentic for such a new place. It's got exposed wooden beams, red walls and several elaborately carved wooden sculptures of wildlife scenes.

They offer 12+ of their own beers on tap and 2 in the cask. I went with the Inversion IPA and was very impressed. I really didn't expect it to be so good.

There's one especially unique thing at the bar. They have a tipping system where there's a copper bin about 15 feet above the center of the bar. Then below that is a pipe coming out of the wall that leads into a metal pot. You're supposed to throw quarters up into the bin and they come down through the pipe into the pot. It's a blast but when our group of four tried it, there were quarters flying everywhere while the people tried to work below. It was quite a site but I wouldn't be surprised if it's removed soon. One of our party had two separate instances where his quarter landed in the pitchers they use to collect extra beer. Try it while it lasts.

This is a great place to enjoy a good beer at the bar or a night out with friends. Check it out.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped by this fine establishment for lunch while visiting Portland with the GF. Seated quickly (wasn't too crowded) and ordered a pint of their Obsidian Stout on Nitro-tap. Fantastic, and the lady's Mirror Pond Pale wasn't bad either. Server was prompt and friendly, and quick to discuss their menu and beer selection, as well as letting me know their beer on Cask (at the time, it was the Bachelor ESB, which I also tried). Decor was very inviting, I wish I could've stuck around and seen the place lit up at night...big windows, huge wooden carvings of bear and elk, and tall ceilings.

My elk burger was huge and delicious, and the appetizer of pita chips and some kind of queso-jalapeno dip was also quite tasty. Try the house dressing if you get a side salad, it's very good. For a "pub" fare, it doesn't get much better than this. Prices were reasonable for the Portland area, two lunches and 3 beers were around $55 with tip. Of course the selection is limited to Deschutes beers, but if you can't find something in that line-up you don't like, you need to check your tastebuds. Walked out with a purchased bomber of Black Butte XX. Great place.

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Photo of elniko
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Stopped in on recent trip to Portland after walking into Pearl district.

Sat in the bar and had two different set of six beer samplers at a very reasonable cost of $6.50 each. All of the beers were solid to excellent. Unfortunately we had just eaten before stopping but that didn't stop my wife and I from ordering the pretzel and cheese dipping sauce which quite frankly was the best I've ever had in my life. Looking at other meals that patrons ordered and the menu I feel comfortable stating that the food here is excellent.

This building itself is very nice and has some beautiful wood sculptures. I also thought it was quite cool that a garage door could be opened letting the cool Portland air come into the brewpub.

This was an outstanding place and if I ever go back to Portland I fully intend on coming here with an empty stomach.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is a big place but on a Wednesday Afternoon it was pretty full. The high ceilings and lots of wood make it pleasant and airy. Lots of cool art around including big carved logs that represent Eastern Oregon scenes. The beers are solid with the usual Deschutes line up plus a few experimental beers plus a cask ale. I liked the fact that Deschutes has stepped up its game to the point where it produces the most sought after beer in the PNW (Black Butte XX which I got a bottle of from my waiter). The service was great with a real friendly waiter who gave us lots of tips about Portland. Food was very good with my girlfriend and I splitting yam fries and a veggie burger. The prices seemed reasonable but being Canadian I might be biased due to our high cost of beer. All in all a great place.

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Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

On my way out of Portland today (alas), I had occasion to stop by this latest addition from Deschutes. I have no doubt this place will do JUST fine...

As one comes in the 11th Street front door, one is immediately impressed by the size of this brewpub and it's high ceilings. The place is large and airy and the wood sculpted figures very impressive. I sat at the bar where service was pretty good, albeit not the most well informed. There was a new irish stout on tap the day I was there, and I asked the bartender how it compared to the Abyss. He indicated that he wasn't much of a dark beer drinker, and hence hadn't tried it and didn't know. This struck me as a bit odd, as I'd think you'd try something as popular as the Abyss, just so you could talk to people about it if nothing else. In any event, the Irish Stout was a nice beer, but (understandably) paled in comparison to the Abyss.

The selection here is pretty interesting, consisting of the usual Deschutes beers and some "unique to the brewpub" specials as well. I wasn't wowed by anything I tried on this particular day, but what I had was solid. Hopefully I'll see some more interesting selections in the future.

Located as it is in the trendy pearl district of Portland, I have no doubt this place will do just fine. The bartender mentioned the place is packed on weekend nights, and even on a late Monday afternoon it was pretty busy. The atmosphere is pretty high end for a brewpub, with great decorations and some interesting, subtle touches. For instance, the two flat screen TV's above the bar were framed by oil painting frames. It's an unusual and nice touch.

This is a very solid place that I have no doubt will do very well in Portland. I'll certainly be back.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

As a Bendite, I find myself down at (the original) Deschutes every week or two. After 20 years, they've finally expanded! Portland was the obvious choice, and they pulled it off wonderfully.

Very large (especially compared to their meager Bend public house) remodeled auto shop. Huge paned windows with big open rafters. Beautifully designed and really comfortable.

We sat outside (had our dog with us). About 6 tables on the side of the building along the sidewalk. Service was quick. The gal was friendly and beer-knowledgable.

Beer was good. I love how they've got some different offerings than the Bend location. Get a sampler for maximum enjoyment.

Food unfortuatly was not up to par with their Bend location. The menu looked great, and enough different offerings, but I think they need a new chef, linecook training/oversight, or both. Had oysters (they were tiny and so drowned in minionette that I couldn't taste the oysters, even after shaking all the minionette off). The cuban sandwich was dry. The pickle I had was shriveled and soggy, not to mention funky tasting. The ahi tuna was not high quality (chewy and tasteless) though it was cooked nice n' rare how i like it and how they recommend it. Sorry Deschutes, I've loved your food up until this meal. Based on the other reviews I've seen I think this is not a fluke meal... Also, no daily specials??

Don't forget to take a bathroom break, you'll walk right back there and see an impressivly high wall of GABF medals and other awards. The bathrooms are ultra modern, clean, and the Mens room has a skylight that also reveals the bottom of the massive grain silo on the roof.

I'll definitly be back to Deschutes for more, especially the beer! I also trust that they will improve the food situation. They did just open last month, so i'll give them another shot later in the summer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I'm so happy that Portland's newest brewpub opened (in late April 2008) just a 10-minute walk from my office. The space is a gutted and remodeled 90-year-old auto garage, sandwiched between NW 10th & 11th on Davis in the Pearl District's 'Brewery Blocks'.

It's got a casual feel with exposed structural timbers, huge west- and south-facing windows and two crimson-painted walls covered with framed photos, festival posters and original artwork (from Deschutes' bottle labels). It's partial carpeted with black and green 'tartan'-prints and has a massive framework of ornately-carved salvaged wood beams subdividing the dining space (beavers and otters and ducks...oh my! ). A few widescreen TV's, tuned to CNN or ESPN, dot the walls. As eclectic as it sounds, the feel does, in fact, work... Even the bathrooms are well-planned, with a spacious, skylit men's room showcasing huge porcelain urinals, a rather 'sexy' concrete sink/trough and a view of the underbelly of a rooftop-mounted grain silo. Be sure to check out all the GABF medals and awards mounted (literally rising to the ceiling) on the wall adjacent to the restrooms, as well as a good view into the small on-site brewery.

The beers are solid Deschutes offerings: 6 or 7 standards, 4 or 5 'Pub Exclusives' and a couple casks. The six I tried on this day (served in a numbered wooden paddle) were: Bachelor Bitter, Armory XPA, Black Butte Porter (cask), Altitude Amber, St. Abe Belgian and 2005 Mirror Mirror Barleywine. All were served at proper temperature, absolutely no complaints. Taps total 16 (or 18 counting the two cask offerings) and the 'X'-tap that has been a trademark of the Bend Pub has been brought to Portland, too. Pint costs (20 oz.) are $4.25, with 1/2 pints for $2.50 and 6 pc. samplers (4 oz. each - your choice) for just $6.

In two visits (both lunches) food has been good, if not spectacular. First visit was a turkey sandwich, which was fine, with some ho-hum fries. Second visit (today) was a blue cheese & bacon burger that was delicious, served with a good salad of mixed greens. Prices are sorta high ($11.50 for a burger w/ side?), but modest beer prices make them a bit more tolerable.

I like the service; both times, greetings have been prompt and friendly, servers attentive and knowledgeable as to what's available. I understand things can get a bit frenetic during 'happy hours', especially with a 'hot' new pub, but my two noon-time experiences have been relaxed and enjoyable.

All in all, Deschutes' new pub is worthy and deserves the patronage of locals and visitors alike. I hope that the food consistency will improve (as I've read numerous reports of sub-par servings), but my experiences have definitely been good enough to give this pub a whole-hearted recommendation.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I visited Deschutes' new location on Friday May 9th for lunch. I actually haven't been to their Bend location, so I can't make any comparisons.

We arrived right when they opened at 11am, and were the 2nd table to be sat. This gave me time to explore the huge dining area and take pictures of everything. Our server Kari was awesome, attentive, and friendly.

Atmosphere was great, cool place that has that busy and fun vibe to it, plenty to look at and explore in the restaurant.

I got a sampler, six samples, 4oz a piece. The sampler system there was very smart, you write down what you want on a piece of paper numbered 1-6. They bring you a wooden holder with numbers in the bottom of each one, which correlate to the paper so there can't be any mistakes by the server.

The beer was excellent. The six samples I had were mostly on tap stuff I couldn't get in bottles from CA. St. Tanith and Mirror Mirror Barleywine stood out as favorites.

Food was also excellent, I know the two reviews before mine have called the food into question, but seriously, everything my party got was excellent. We had the turkey sandwich (amazing) a side of fries (really good) and a bbq chicken pizza (also good). Perhaps the fact that we ordered when it wasn't busy helped the quality of the food. I can only imagine how busy the kitchen gets at noon.

When we came in we couldn't imagine the place would fill because they have so many tables, but when we left a little after noon the place was entirely packed out and had a full waiting room of people as well as people waiting outside.

Overall this was honestly probably the best restaurant experience of my entire life. Thanks Deschutes!!!

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Photo of dougnboston
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

The beers were terrific. Deschutes is a quality brewer and their beers were all well made. The place is BIG and sound travels ... read noise ... but the bar area is big enough to find a seat or table.

Food was not so good. I was with 4 others and not one of us were impressed. My salmon was over cooked. Medium burgers were cooked through. The Fish and Chips were a bit crispy. That said, nothing was returned and the place has only been open a short time.

I'd go back for the beer and I would give the food another try. Experience may get the kitchen working well.

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Photo of LittleA
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

It was only a matter of time, I suppose, until Bend,OR based Deschutes made it's way to the mother ship of great beer - Portland - with their own pub. Their first outside of Bend does not disappoint if you are a fan of great beer. Now if we can only get the Pelican and Full Sail to open pubs in the City, there would almost be no reason to ever leave!

The new pub is set smack dab in the heart of the new Portland - the upscale unPortland like Pearl District which is set between NW and Downtown. The space is a historic landmark and an impressive building with it's massive, I assume original, douglas fir timbers keeping the roof up. The pub is right across the street from the recently remodeled and beautiful Gerding Theater at the Armory. Powell's Books is one more block to the south. Also, the Portland Streetcar passes right next to the pub heading south as well.

The restaurant and bar flow nicely together in what I would consider to be one large space with a very high ceiling. The clientle was a mix of urban faux grung, surbanites with and without kids, and older theater goers.

The food was marginal at best. I was there with my wife and two daughters (ages 4 and 7). The children's cheeseburger was essenitally the same size as my wife's burger, the children's pasta was about enough for a 2 year old, and the fries seemed wilted and greasy. I had the BBQ Chicken pizza which was ok, nothing special.

The beer on the other hand is hard to beat. I had a couple of Green Lakes Organic Ales which were fantastic. There appeared the be about a dozen beers on taps including a few seasonals. Imperial pint's were $4.25.

All the staff I incountered were very friendly and professional, but they all wore the same black Deschutes shirts (seemed very conformist and corporate to me), I'd lose them.

Overall, a nice place to check out and have a great beer, not a great place to have dinner given all the other better options nearby. Of course the next time I'm at Powell's (or anywhere near the Pearl) I'm sure I'll be pulled in by the always excellent Deschutes ales.

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