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 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 kt620498
5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

On a recent vacation to the Northwest I was able to make my way here. While I certainly can not pick one specific place that stood out as my favorite, this location certain has to be close. It is located in downtown Portland, just a few blocks off the main drag of West Burnside, and is very easy to get to. First thing you notice as approaching this brewpub is the lovely brick fa├žade, and large windows. Once inside the atmosphere is very open, tall ceilings and a lot of open space. I must say that the wood work inside this establishment is simply amazing, it really gives the brewpub a great outdoors type feel. Which I would imagine comes from the breweries hometown in Bend, Oregon. We took a seat at the bar, which gives you a great view of the copper tanks located inside the brew room. My first pint was their Echo Negro Black IPA which was a treat to drink, and my second pint was their Inversion IPA, which was good, but the Echo Negro was far superior. The food was amazing, I had the french onion soup and a pulled pork sandwich; both, as I said were amazing. If you're a French onion soup aficionado then you won't be let down here. During our entire stay in Portland which lasted four days, there were only a few places that even came close to the caliber of this brewpub. I would recommend this place to anyone, if you are traveling to Portland make sure you get here, you won't be let down.

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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 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 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 Kubishark
4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This place is big and loud and kinda jarring at first since I tend to prefer more intimate comfy and cozy places. So busy we had to wait for 30 minutes or so to get in and get a table. Well that wait turned out to be well worth it, and my hesitations about the grand scale of the place soon melted away. This place was packed for a reason. Delicious beer and delicious food, friendly and interesting staff, and a cool space to hang out. If I ever visit Portland again, I'm going here again 100%.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The best brewpub I have come across on my trip to seattle/portland area. The building was located downtown, near many other tourist stops (voodoo donut, rogue public house, powells city of books). The restaurant and bar area were very large, you could tell this place saw a lot of customer traffic. The decor was interesting, with a mix of industrial and hunting lodge. I really enjoyed the intricately carved wooden gates that were scattered throughout.

Service was very friendly and efficient, food was a notch above typical bar food. What really impressed me was the beer selection. They had 18 of their own beers on tap. Yes, 18. That is probably twice any brewpub I have ever been to. It was a nice mix of their standard offerings, seasonals, and brewpub only treats. I can't recall the last time I got a sampler at a brewpub, but this place called for it. Loved all of their beers I tried, this is as good as ay brewpub I have ever visited.

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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 csiewert
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is amazing looking... sliding doors open up for the summertime and open the place up amazingly. The atmosphere is really trying to emulate the look and feel of an old timey brewpub, but accommodating lots of people and 21st century innovations... and it pulls it off. There is a small brewery in the back that you can look at through glass when you're bored. The beer selection is great and rotates regularly. you'd have to go at least 4 times just to try them all... then they'd switch up on you and you'd have to go back. The food is pretty good and has some specialties that incorporate some of their beers. The service was very attentive and prompt, which I appreciate. Right by multiple local mass transit stops so it is easy to get there from anywhere.

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Photo of Lane_in_ID
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Had lunch here on 6/25/15. Great brewpub. So many beers on tap, food was really good, cool decor. The urinals are HUGE. Parking is a drag in the Pearl District. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Adoxander
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Deschutes Brewery and Public House is located in the Pearl District, one of my favorite areas in Portland. Inside are large windows proudly displaying brewtanks in front of a lively, spacious bar. There is a family friendly restaurant as well. The interior is well finished with beautiful wood carvings in between towering wooden arches. The restaurant is adorned with the many awards that Deschutes has won for their excellent beers over the years. The list of available brews is quite long, and most of their beers are great.

I often will try a sampler whenever I go to a new brewpub, in order to get a feel for their different offerings. I did the same at Deschutes and was surprised and pleased that they let you select any 6 of their beers to try, instead of a more traditional method of preselecting beers. I chose beers I was likely to enjoy and was pleased with most of my choices, most notably the Hop Henge experimental IPA.

The happy hour menu also represents a great value with mostly standard restaurant fare, but good quality at good prices. I will definitely go back for more.

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Photo of puck1225
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Went here on my our last evening in Portland, and my wife and I had a great time. The beer was great and loved the food. Service was great, but noticed food service was much faster than drink service. Had an Armory XPA from cask along with the Stoic from the tap. Set outside and enjoyed the great weather (much better than my part of Texas in July!) and people watching. Portland is great for people watching. Had a great time!

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Photo of fredandboboflo
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Was there for the third release of The Abyss.

While the place was obviously pretty crowded for such a release, it was neither cramped nor absurdly loud, in fact the most laid-back and relaxing such a buzzing place could possible be. The lack of extraneous music certainly helped this aspect of the atmosphere. Just a lot of people enjoying a great brewpub.

I only had the Hop Trip and two pulls of the fresh Abyss. The Hop Trip wasn't my favorite sort of IPA, but was still certainly a very worthy effort, and the fresh Abyss on tap was phenomenal.

Service was as pleasant as possible, clearly very knowledgeable, simply on top of things in every way, admirably so for such a hopping atmosphere.

Despite my failure to try much, there were something like the six regulars on tap and about 6 seasonals/brewpub only releases. Rough numbers, there may have even been a few more, but either way, certainly a nice selection.

For food, it was the special Abyss release night menu, which yielded an ox tail pastry served with an Abyss sauce. While not particularly helpful to calculate the normal food line-up, it was certainly very tasty.

Prices reasonable and right on par with other brewpubs in the area. The Abyss was pricey, but that's sort of a different issue altogether.

Great spot.

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Photo of smcolw
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

If you like cavernous, warehouse-like bars where you can see the piping in the ceiling, the brewery at one end, an open air kitchen, the entire bar and every single table at the same time, this may be your kind of place. It is loud with absolutely no sound dampening at all. SportsCenter is playing above the bar and the place is packed on a Thursday night--a half hour wait for a table of two. It's not my style.

The food and beer, however, are my style. While the menu might be interchangeable with nearly every other brewpub in the U.S., Deschutes does a very nice job with it. My wife and I had steamers (actually they were little necks) which was superior in every way. We tried to guess what was in the broth and were stunned how wrong we were. My meat-lovers pizza was made well.

I hate reviewing service because it can be so unpredictable. A bad night in the kitchen can result in the appearance of bad service. All that said, our waiter was one of the best I've ever had. He was knowledgeable and phenomenally efficient. We were never ahead of him for our requests.

We came here for the beer, which was also exceptional. The bar had over a dozen taps. I was able to try four of them (one was my wife's). All were near the top of their styles.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

This was easily one of my best brewery/taphouse restaurant experiences. Great selection of beers, huge restaurant area with incredible food. Two Abyss varients available for to go purchase. Awesome environment!

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Photo of colonelforbin
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Top notch facility in Portland, OR. I think this place is just a couple years old. The building itself and the interior are very well done. Lots of wood and a great layout. Atmosphere is great. We sat in one of the booths but I checked out the bar area as well. Very nice. Pretty spacious but I imagine it gets crowded. It was on a weekend afternoon when I was there.

Deschutes makes excellent beers so the quality at the public house is outstanding. I was lucky enough to be there when they were doing a five (or four?) year vertical of Abyss. What a treat. They seem to have some pub only selections as well, in addition to their regular offerings, which is always nice to see.

Service was solid. Pretty well run staff, as it sort of has to be for a place of this size.

I will definitely try to get back here next time I am in Portland. Highly recommended.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Really glad that we got this in Portland. Definitely one of my favorite places to grab a beer, particularly for the seasonal stuff and one offs.

The interior is awesome and large. You'd think it couldn't possibly fill up but it does. The bar has nice tables with cool elevated platforms for food or to rest your chin on (just kidding).

The wood carvings and decor are pretty darn cool.

Food is fine. Nothing legendary but it's good. The food and service have been consistent every time I'm in there.

Good selections of merchandise and beer for sale.

I wish there was more seating in the bar and less in the restaurant, but that's because I come there for beer more than a meal. :)

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

OK, first let me say that I'm not much on blogging, but Deschutes Brewery in Portland deserves well earned praise. My wife and I spent the last night of a 3 day work weekend there with the intention of "bar hopping". This place was too good to consider leaving. Jen and Grant behind the bar took such good care of us, giving samples, asking preferences, etc. They could fit right in down South in Alabama where we're from. (Sorry, no accent in blogging.) Actually everyone we met in Portland treated us like old friends and were very helpful with suggestions, esp BA member msubulldog25.

OK, first to the beer, the main reason we were there. Tried in no particular order, the Black Butte Porter, The Obsidian Stout, the Inversion IPA, The Armory XPA, and the hands down favorite, Mirror Mirror 09. While all the brews were very good, the Mirror Mirror was fantastic. Also had the bitter on cask, deliscious as well.

Also, the food. Tried the steamer clams and buffalo prawns for appitisers and the lamb burger for entree. All were fantastic, esp the lamb burger.

Service was fast, friendly and we already miss the place. Hope to make it back soon.

Highly reccomend this establishment to anyone who loves good beer and good food. Cheers, Philmont.

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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 indiapaleale
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The interior of this place is absolutely ginormous. Looking up at the ceiling makes you feel like you're in a warehouse. Its such a cool place with a really great feel.

Lots of Deschutes beers on tap, I had the HopHenge which was awesome. Happy hour every day from 4-7 gets you a buck or so off of a rotating beer. It happened to be the Black Butte Porter when I was there.

Service was exceptional. Our waitress was just plain awesome. She was all about letting us sample everything and even said that if we didn't like our food after on bite that she would trade it for something else. She was truly great.

Food was excellent by the way. They had a elk burger that looked great. I got a flatbread pizza that was great as well.

ANother plus is that they sell their beer to go and have a little gift shop. They had bombers of Hop Henge going for $5. What a deal! This place is a great place for lunch or dinner or just some drinks at the huge bar.

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Photo of fastricky
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Yowza! On a road trip thru the PNW when I visited the DB&PH and all I can say so far is anyone living along this stretch is absolutely spoiled by the quality and selection of beer!!

I love this place. Very tasteful interior, and yes, rather large and bustling on a Friday night, but I also went on a Thursday for lunch and it was quiet - both times service was attentive and fine. Some amazing chainsaw carvings into wood, very cool. A large industrial kind of atmosphere, big wood beams with stainless steel ductwork, etc. I really like this kind of look.

The beer - awesome! I had a Nitro Ale, Scotch Ale, IPA, Porter and some other IPA and they were all varying from very good to excellent. Food was also varying from very good to excellent (the venison chili was amazing!!)

When in Portland, this is a must-visit. For additional info for those going to Portland, I also really liked the Bridgeport brewerey, but Deschutes is better. And Rogue of course is another must-visit.

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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 pentathlete
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Located in the Pearl District, near a favorite haunt: Powell's City of Books, this is one open, airy, flat-out pleasant place to enjoy a brew or six.

While visiting family, I took a few folks out to Deschutes. After a flight of tasters, we moved onto pints. Deschutes makes damn fine beer and whatever they make, the Public House seems to have it on draft.

We didn't buy any food that night, but we did enjoy some excellent service. We had a little confusion on a beer that I wanted to try and they gave me a pint on the house. They treat their customers as if they want to keep them. Imagine?!

The only drawback, and this is purely a personal thing, was the age level of the clientele. I felt a little out of place, but I had no problems. There was a bit of the meat market vibe going on, and while I am a well-aged cut of beef, I'm a bit too marbled to be playing those sorts of games. (This could be because we went there rather late in the evening, too.)

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Photo of Clembo1957
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I made two visits to Deschutes during my recent week long visit to Portland and had slightly different impressions over the two visits. Our first visit was early in the week and it was fairly quiet, we sat near the bar and the friendly server went through the beer list with us explaining some of the beers and making recommendations. I had a Beer Sampler tray and a pint and i was highly impressed with the beers and the helpfulness of the staff. I was also impressed with the building though when empty i suspect it could have a cold impersonal feel. I was impressed with the wooden carvings around the arches.

Our second visit was slightly different, the pub was much busier the server in a rush to get us out and less knowledgable about the beers. However i was highly impressed with Deschutes and its beers. Food was good quality and reasonably priced.

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