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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Photo of mabermud
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

This is my third time visiting this fine establishment with my wife and two boys in tow. This time around on tap, I had a Fresh Squeezed and an Obsidian Stout on nitro. The options on tap, including cask + nitro, are excellent. The establishment is up-scale, and makes you feel like you are in an up-scale dining establishment. The staff there are helpful and are looking to please the customers. I have been here for dinner in the past, but this time we were eating lunch. Once again, expectations were met, and the food was nothing less than exceptional. Great location, fine food, and fine beer = A place I will keep visiting.

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Photo of Port_Seat
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I tend to bring my friends here who are not as well versed in beer, but it's still a place I'd bring even the most hardcore beer geeks! I love the selection of pub only beers they have rotating, always something interesting available. Highly recommend for any PDX beercation!

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Photo of BenHesk12
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped by the public house on a brief trip to Portland in spring of 2014. I liked this place! Deschutes has been my go-to 6 pack good beer for years and it was great to catch up on some of their new beers and experiments. Typical brewery atmosphere with all the solid deschutes beers and many great seasonals. Food was on par for a brewery. Not much else to say!

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Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

It is now a tradition for my group to go to the Deschutes brewpub in Portland every year after Oregon Brewers Festival. Of course, this means I've only ever been there when it was packed to the gills, but frankly I think that adds to the atmosphere.

They have about 20 taps lined up, including two cask offerings. Most of these are brews that they also offer in bottles, but there are a few pub-only choices. I went with the cask Stock Ale, which was a fine beer indeed. They had Black Butte XXVI on tap while I was there, which is still a bit young but quite tasty indeed.

Service at the bar was quite prompt and friendly despite the chockablock nature of the crowd in there; I was impressed. The atmosphere was great with a lot of beer lovers having a good time. The Pearl is a great neighborhood for a place like this; I always have a good time at the brewpub.

I enjoyed the food there, although a compatriot of mine had egregiously over-salted ribs. But, really, I don't go to Deschutes for the food.

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Photo of Mothergoose03
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was stop #18 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here on a Saturday morning to enjoy their beers and to have lunch. The pub is located in corner building in a very busy section of the downtown area, and parking was difficult. We thought that we were early for the lunch hour, but we were sooo wrong. A 30 minute wait was needed before we were seated. (The bar area was jammed so I didn’t even try to get a beer to drink while waiting.)

The interior is nicely decorated to go with a beer pub theme, but because of the largeness of the place and the din of the large crowd I did not get a feeling of comfort that I like to have for a casual meal. We ordered the standard sampler flight of 6 beers (18 were available) to go along with our food. All of the beers was very well made, and all of them were better than average. The Two Step IRA was the most notable (we liked it better than Fresh Squeezed). The food was also very good.

Because of how busy this place was and the size of the noisy crowd we did not enjoy ourselves as much as we would have liked. However, the beer and the food are good enough reasons to come back here again, but we’d try to find a slack time to do so.

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Photo of Redrover
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I stopped in with my boss, our plan was to have a beer or two and then go somewhere else for dinner. So much for plans, we had such a good time; we ended up staying for over 4 hours!

The long bar is to your left as you enter. There are dining areas to your right. I liked the high ceilings and all the windows as they give this place a very open, airy feeling.

We sat at the bar and received really excellent service from the three bartenders that were manning the bar. They all had plenty of beer knowledge, made good suggestions, were free with samples and were also very friendly and funny.

They had 6 regulars on tap plus an additional 6 or so rotators. They also offered some good bottle selections. I really enjoyed the fresh squeezed IPA, The Hop Henge and a big red whose name escapes me.

The food was great. I liked their take on wings, loved the big pretzel and really liked their soup.

All-in-all, a great experience for us. I realize Portland has a ton of good places and I think this one is in the top echelon. .

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Photo of Coastal_Brew
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I will go here every time I'm in Portland...and will encourage others to do the same!
The beer selection was solid, the food delicious and the place, polished. The pub has all of the elements that foster a good time that you want to experience for a long time.

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Photo of Fluffheady
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Meh. This is a tourist trap brewpub. They don’t put much special stuff on draft considering it is their flagship brewpub (most of what is on draft you can buy in the store, and when they do put special things on it’s gone very quickly). It’s full of families and people who don’t know much about beer. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There’s nothing wrong with this place. But there’s nothing special about it. Save your time and sobriety for other more interesting places in Portland. Pass.

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Photo of jera1350
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

The atmosphere here is very large and new with Pacific Northwest flair, but it does feel quite a bit touristy, unlike the other beer places in Portland.

A wide variety of Deschutes beers, but there was literally only one beer available that I could not get in bottles in MN. Not exactly the unique experience we were looking for. People can buy your beers half way across the country, if you want people to visit your taproom, you should probably offer up some unique beers or what's the point?

Had the mixed bar nuts which were awesome. Coated in a beer syrup, they were very sweet and satisfying.

The service was okay. Sat at the bar and waited several minutes before being helped. One of the bartenders decided to fill up a bunch of samplers several minutes after we got there instead of taking our order, but whatever. My wife went with a coffee as we just came in from the rain. The bartender asked if she needed a refill (she had half a cup left) and she said sure. He came back to say that they were brewing a fresh pot, but failed to bring her the rest of the cup she already had. We waited five to ten minutes more, but still no coffee. Left a minimal tip and left.

A nice and new place, but lacks the uniqueness of so many other Portland establishments. I'll pass next time.

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Photo of HarmonMW
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

I was excited to visit here on my short visit to Portland as Deschutes is one of my favorite breweries. I was not disappointed. Had a 6-beer flight of mainly IPAs which were brewpub-only releases, each unique and excellent. I did leave off the casked Fresh Squeezed IPA, and the waiter was raving about it and ended up throwing it on my flight for free just so I could try it. Also had a burger which was very good. I would definitely recommend visiting, especially if you know and are a fan of their regular releases. I can't wait to visit next time I'm in Portland.

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Photo of OMsweetOM
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Really great food and fantastic beer all had in a great place. The crab burger was stellar and my favorite experimental Hop-U-Py Portland were had here.

I love visiting the pubs to indulge in the experimental brews and savor delicious food. Breads are top notch having been made with spent grain from the brew process. Add to that Borlen beef (fed spent grain) and masterful chef creations with a glass (or few) to go with your grub. The logde-like decor with wood carvings and hanging hop vines are absolutely perfect!

Bravely done Deschutes

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Photo of demuzik
2.98/5  rDev -29.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5

Deschutes is a great brewery to visit AFTER you've had a great meal.

They have a decent happy hour with some tasty appetizers; they have an on-again-off-again bacon Mac'n'Cheese that cures the beer-induced munchies better than almost anything I know.

The atmosphere of the Portland location is pretty nice; a fire for the chilly Fall/Winter/Spring days, and a large window section that opens up to outside on the warm Spring/Summer/Fall days.

You would think for a Pacific Northwest brewery they would have a heftier selection of pasture raised meats/wild fish/etc, but the protein/meal section of the menu leaves a lot to be desired. Tried their "classic burger" as a benchtest and it failed every test in the book; overdone (when asked for medium rare), poor quality meat, stale bun, lackluster toppings, etc.

Great beer, though - can't complain there. So yeah - go on a full stomach, order appetizers as you see fit, and have at the beer = recipe for success with Deschutes.

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Photo of PdxBeerGeek
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

went here on date and tried the classic 6 sampler along with the red Chair. i liked the red chair, chainbreaker,amber and the white IPA. not a big fan of porters so nothing personal deschuttes it was a good beer just not one of my favorites. the red chair was very tasty. it was hoppy but still very crisp and with a nice mellow finish. the restaurant has a very nice decor inside and feels like being inside a snow lodge somewhere in tahoe. i enjoyed the adventure. next time i go out with a group of friends it will be here

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Photo of KDawg
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The only "drag" on the atmosphere here is that it can get extremely packed at night. It almost doesn't matter the night, there will generally be a good sized crowd at deschutes after 7pm.

Even with the crowds that will happen, Deschutes is well worth going to. They have a good amount of their own taps available at any time. It is usually never a problem getting a hold of a bartender when needed.

The food is very good. You can get a lot of different things off their food menu and I've yet to have something bad.

Deschutes is pretty much in my do-not-miss places when I'm in Portland.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Convenient downtown pub - pretty large space that definitely functions first and foremost as a dining room.

The bar area is pretty big, and quite crowded - a long bar surrounded by some light seating and standing tables in the main bar area.

We didnt eat but the menu looks like "upscale bar food" - solid looking burgers and sandwiches, entrees, and some small plates.

A ton of deschutes taps - some pub-only IPA's that were indistinguishable from the typical deschutes hop profile. Nothing really special on tap, but a lot of solid stuff, no doubt.

Happening place on a weekend night - a total change of pace from a lot of the other portland breweries, for better or for worse

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My first stop during the Portland beercation. Deschutes' pub has a quasi early-American industrial look combined with a contemporary mountain lodge. Atmosphere is nice, but seems to draw a pretty bad / hipster crowd. Lots of room, and necessarily so considering there seem to be lots of people at any given time. Semi-family oriented, so it's not exactly the kind of gloomy, beerfly, laid-back place that I tend to gravitate to. Service was helpful and typically on the ball. Great selection of beer on tap, all Deschutes of course, and 18 or so nice brews to chose from including some brewpub exclusives. Food menu was very good, and I had a difficult time choosing what I wanted because it all sounded amazing. And what I ended up getting on my initial visit--Yellow Belly Burger or something--was indeed very messy and good. Prices were reasonable. Hope to revisit soon!

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Photo of suncrust
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Located in the Pearl District near other major tourist highlights of downtown Portland, sits the easily marked Deschutes Pub. This place was a freakin' zoo. Epically swamped. Jammed packed full of people and felt unorganized and overly chaotic from start to finish.

Decor was like a ski lodge or mountain pub. Big thick wooden beams, thicker tables, and a wintery feel. Very put together and less make shift like most other PDX breweries. More serious, family and group focused.

Bar area had some tall tables and standing areas, with about 20 stools across the bar. Large windows behind the servers exposed the actual brewery. The twenty-some taps stretched the length of the bar with clear doors below showing the tangled web of tap lines and rows of stacked kegs. The open kitchen area on the side that gave it a steak-house, higher classed snobbishery that I didn't quite understand. More insight to the behind the scenes craziness?

Bartenders were far too busy to talk or even breathe, aside from grabbing your drink order. They seemed angry and stressed... and I don't blame them. Pretty skilled at pouring multiple pints at once, while running around doing a million other things and jumping back to each pint before it overflowed. Mad skills.

Beer selection was the staple Deschutes brews plus some seasonals and new concoctions. Deschutes makes full-bodied beer that isn't too heavy, has a complexity and crispness, and some of the best drinkability out there. Balanced, refreshing and lots of character. They are continuing to expand their roster with new-styles (new Gluten free beer was just tapped) and phenomenally sought after specialities.

Overall, I really like their beer, but would prefer to grab a pint at a local pub that is less chaotic and has a better atmosphere. Most of their stuff is bottled... and some of the one-offs get tapped around the greater Seattle area anyway. The brewpub itself was just average at best. Didn't try the food.

The Abyss was on nitro when I was there. Creamy excellence in a glass. That was a real treat.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visit on 11/10/11.

Packed for a mid-week night given the relatively balmy November evening (upper 40's, no rain). Sat in the bar area with a colleague on one of the long narrow platforms opposite the bar. Great rustic vibe with lots of carved pine and brick. Very warm and inviting. Service was quick and attentive despite the crowd. I had two beers (Inversion and Odysseus) and the Corned Beef. Beers were very fresh, the Inversion being much better than what I remembered from the bottle. The sandwich was excellent, as were the sweet potato fries. This place has just about everything going for it. In my opinion one of the top five places I've been to overall. Definitely worth a return visit.

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Photo of bbb099
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was really excited and had high expectations for this one considering most of my friends are deschutes fans, but I came out slightly disappointed. The atmosphere is of a high-class restaurant: the kitchen is out in the open with waiters and waitresses trying out the chef's latest recipe, flat-screen tvs set on all four corners, with nice mountain/outdoorsy decorations. Service was fine and I appreciate that the waiter was honest with which beer he likes and does not. A lot of people would probably love the food, but I am a fan of bar/restaurant that does the classics well without trying to be too edgy and changing the recipe too much. While the pesto-beef burger with pork belly on top was good, it was difficult to eat the incredibly tall sandwich without making a mess.

Anyhow, let's get to the beers. The variety of beers was satisfactoy, there was about 20 or so different types on tap. I liked almost all of them though I have had most of the beers there countless times as they are available almost everywhere. Unfortunately, no single beer stood out as the best ones are the usual such as obsidian stout that you can find in stores. Worth visiting, but I might go to a microbrewery next time I visit Portland instead of coming back.

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Photo of Briken
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5

A big family style resteraunt in the Pearl District just a block over from Powell's books so you have an extra reason to go. Nice looking interior with some nicely carved archways, it really lacks any sort of welcoming feel. It's busy all the time so they know they don't have to make any sort of attempt to get you to come back. They only carry their beer which is okay because they have several experimental beers available for something different. Service from my server was lackluster but some of the other staff seemed more helpful. I will say though, you MUST have the yellow-bellied burger. It's $15 but worth every penny.

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Photo of dmgnyc
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is how you do a brewpub. My first visit to Portland, and was thrilled to know that Deschutes was a 10 minute walk from my hotel, on the cusp of the Pearl District, right around the corner from the legendary Powell's Bookstore.

Very large, wood-heavy spot with a long bar, high ceilings, and plenty of tables both inside and on the sidewalk. About 20 beers to choose from, ranging from their standards to exclusive creations like the low abv, shandy-esque "Bicycliste," to the "Dissident," a 10% Flanders Brown sour that was still only four dollars for a very generous goblet of same. It was delicious.

I recall flights of six being around 7 dollars, with a handy write-in sheet that made it easy to choose. But what really sets this place apart from your average brewpub is the quality of the food. Fantastic soft pretzels, spicy sausages, and a very respectable burger were all to be had, and reasonably priced. Very good service as well.

The only noticeable flaw was the curiously horrendous music blaring over the p.a. The "Dissident" will make up for my being subjected to P.O.D.'s "Alive" and Nickelback in 2011, but just barely. WTF guys!?

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Photo of dtivp
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My first trip to Portland would not have been complete without a trip to Deschutes. I didn't have time to drive to bend, however, the brewpub in Portland was a great experience.

The Brewery and Public House was a very large place, a large bar area and a very large restaurant area. There was also a small sidewalk area for outside seating. The decor was very ornate with lots of wood, very fitting for the North West. We arrived early and beat the crowd and landed a nice window table. The atmosphere was excellent.

Selection was very good with approximately 20-25 Deschutes on tap including the year rounds, a nice mix of seaonals, a few one offs and a few pub exclusives. Including a cask and nitro tap selections.

Service was excellent, our server, Nicole, was friendly efficient and was very knowledgeable on the beer. You have to love a girl whose favorite beer styles are porters and stouts.

Food selection was very good the clam and sausage appetizer is excellent. Nice selection of sandwiches and entrees.

Over all we had a great experience and I highly recommend you stop in if your in Portland, get there early.

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Photo of cbarrett4
5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is without a doubt the best service of any busy brewpub in Portland. I have not once sat in the restaurant side because these bartenders are among the nicest and most attentive in the Pearl District.

Another plus: all of the rotating selections. Every time I return there is something new and EXCITING on tap. Black Butte XXIII, Mirror Mirror lost barrel, Abyss, experimental IPAs, XPAs, Blondes, Saisons, Trippels, Quads, wheat, CDA... the list is endless. And they are all GOOD.

This is the first place I take my out of town friends and family when they arrive in Portland for a visit.

On another note: I didn't rate the food because I am vegan, so I have really only had pretzels with no butter or cheese (yay for mustard!) or modified pizzas.

They have two TVs in the bar (and more in the restaurant) for sports games if you are into that.

This is a fantastic large scale brewpub.

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Review based on many stops at the pub. I usually sit in the bar or restaurant for lunch. Rarely there for dinner.

A: I knock the place down a bit here. Thu-Sat evenings are a zoo and a little on the meat-market side. It can be very loud in the restaurant. Even at an early lunch, the music is typically turned up enough that it's hard to have a conversation with someone. The TVs in the restaurant section seem out of place. The decor is nice, kind of upscale NW (which is perfect for the Pearl District).

Q: Deschutes has really impressed me in the past couple years with the quality of their beers. From time to time there are misses, but overall, their beers fresh on tap are excellent.

Serv: Generally good. Most of the servers try to keep up, but you can expect a little bit of a wait if it's super busy. Escape from work on a Tuesday afternoon around 3:00 though, and service is pretty good at the bar.

Sel: It's not the best overall selection of beer in the city, but for a brewery (and not a beer bar), I can't think of any place that has as many house taps as Deschutes. They are constantly rotating and frequently have beers on that aren't even listed on BA. Plus they run experimental beers through the pub, so there's almost always something interesting available for tasting. And then from time to time, they through on something out the cellar. Nothing like finding an old BBXXI on tap some afternoon.

Food: good. Interesting. But expensive. I don't eat here a lot, but it's always been solid when I have.

Val: a little on the spendy side, especially the food. But it is in the Pearl.

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Photo of tjensen3618
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

My first stop on my first trip to Portland, and it was a nice one!

A really large place with ornate wood carvings throughout. It was easy to get a spot as we arrived before noon on a Tues.
We took a spot at a table in the bar area, overlooking the several 25+? taps, there was also a window looking into the copper brewing setup. A very pleasing ambiance for a beer place.

On tap they had all the regulars from Deschutes, a bunch of brewpub one-offs, a couple casks, and some special releases, etc.
I had the '09 Mirror Mirror and my GF got the Sour Saison.

Food ordered was tasty, I had a Chicken sandwich of some kind. Server was nice and helpful, pretty much what you ask for in a server.

Enjoyed my experience here a lot, I wish I could have stayed longer and had a few pints, but there was so much more to do in the short time we were visiting.

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Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland, OR
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