Deschutes Brewery & Public House

BEER AVG
3.84/5
Deschutes Brewery & Public HouseDeschutes Brewery & Public House
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(503) 296-4906 | map
deschutesbrewery.com

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Added by msubulldog25 on 04-25-2008

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PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Ratings:
304
Reviews:
113
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
4.47%
 
 
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2.76/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of bmwats
2.8/5  rDev -34.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 5

if you enjoy being treated with contempt, you're in luck. here's your destination.

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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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3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of EarForBeer
3.09/5  rDev -27.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Photo of jjboesen
3.28/5  rDev -22.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located amid the gentrifying heart of the Pearl District, and right on the (southbound ) track of the streetcar line (always convenient for any Portland pubcrawl), Deschutes is a recent additionn to Portland's beer scene - as if they needed one.

The decor is somewhat reminsicent of a Pacific Northwest hunting lodge with plenty of wood and local decor. Upon entry is the packed bar area opposite a larger dining room - also packed. The crowds were probably the reason for the poor service; it was 20 minutes before I got my first beer.

But the beer is the thing: Deschutes offers six "Classic Brews" that include their delicious Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter and Obsidian Stout; also on tap were several "Pub Exclusive," which are rotated and a seasonal. Topping it off are two casks. Nice, well-rounded selection. The food was decent enough - and even offers elk. (Hear that Sarah Palin?)

I would have liked it better if it weren't so crowded and the service were better. Incidentally, I returned two days later for a late lunch (and to give it another chance); no such luck - service still sucked, so I went to Bridgeport. Great beer, but you can find it elsewhere in Portland.

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Photo of DanoBear
3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I'm not a fan of Deschutes...just being honest. We went for other breweries but figured we should stop in since Portland = Deschutes. Beer was as expected but food was great. We each had pub style food but there were plenty of other "nicer" options. I had an elk burger for the first time. Atmosphere was cool northwest.

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Photo of EmilyKay
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of JBDE16
3.49/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of guityler83
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.25

Deschutes was a find on a trip to Portland and I'm a huge fan of the beers (Mirror Pond is probably my favorite Pale Ale). The public house is in a busy walking area in the city and with in a few block radius of about 5 other breweries so it made for a nice little walking tour.

When we walked in it was near the dinner rush so all the seating was taken including the bar so we grabbed a few stools in the bar-ish area with a large wooden table top that stretched he length of the walkway. Not the most comfortable spot but it would do. The service was slower then average since it was so busy - it took about 15 minutes to get our first round and another 10 after we finished to get another. We didn't get food so I can't comment on that ( but it was looking good )

The beer selection was slightly higher then average with there flagship beers 6 or 7 one off batches and a few bottle only releases. I went with a flight of Brewer's Choice which was mostly the one off batches, which included a Belgian single, a couple IPAs, a saison and couple others I can't recall. All very fresh and great on this day of beer tours.

The decor/vibe was plane jane.. I had higher hopes i suppose. Very mutch a restaurant feel with not much character except for the brick walls and view of the brewing settup behind the bar.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Junichi
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of Floydster
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

This place has one of the nicest exteriors you will ever see and inside is not too shabby either, their brewing equipment is about as shiny as it gets, we sat down at the bar during happy hour on a Wednesday night, ordered the sliders for $4.50 and when they came their bite size and three of them, most expensive food in Portland size wise, it was not great either which made it worse, the atmosphere in here is very upscale and nice, everything in here was immaculate, they have a cool inventory of frisbees, shirts, glassware, bottles, etc. when you walk in the door too, service was very weak, there was probably too many people to be working in the first place, and then to boot they were all just standing around talking to each other rather than concentrating on the customers, saw a few other guests get anxious about it too, I had just had the 2005 vintage of Mirror Mirror out of the bottle a week before the trip but wanted to try it fresh on tap, so I ordered a snifter, they only filled it about a quarter of the way, literally five to six ounces for $5.25, another thing I was not particularly happy about with this place, the beer was good though but I prefer it with some age and out of the bottle I think, all else aside, they do have about eight brews that of their own that I have never seen or even heard about it, we tried them all and the only one that stuck out being above average was the bock, all their beers on tap only, there is about sixteen to eighteen of them if I remember correctly, cool place but a little expensive for me, I would still go back, recommended

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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 Fatehunter
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

We had a couple brews here and a little food. It was all good as was the service. The selection is solid, but lacking if you want sours or Belgian style brews. If you haven't been you should go, it's an institution in PNW brewing.

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Photo of schroeder1200
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Cool place right in downtown Portland. Was super busy when I was there. There was some good beers, this is a good brewery even if it has been a little underwhelming lately. A few things unique to the place they don't bottle. Ultimately though, it falls short of being a beer destination to plan a vacation around.

Some of the single hop, cask varieties are ok, I tend to like more barrel aged selections and those seem few and far between. Food was decent, good salmon.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of goatgoat
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Another stop on my Portland tour.
It's open and friendly restaurant atmosphere. Lots of wood and this great wooden arches carved with scenes of the northwest. Somewhat impersonal though admittedly we didn't sit at the bar.

All the classic Deschutes offerings as well as some brewpub specials. I had the Big Rig Bitter, followed by the Bachelor Bitter on cask. Both excellent brews. The food was hit or miss. I had a very nicely done asparagus ravioli. But they had taken that classic misstep of fancying up the pub classic mac&cheese to rather unpalatable levels.

The server was well versed and friendly, but still impersonal. I didn't get the sense of 'beer geek' from her that I got from just about every other server I had during my time in PDX.

I'll still visit here my next time in PDX, if only to see what specials they have on tap. But there's too many other excellent and friendly places in the area to really devote much time here.

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Well it was an interesting place at best, big open area, some barrels strewn about, big wooden beams with hard carved totem things. The place was very busy as expected. Decent bartops, old wood, 18ish taps on, 2 casks, all their own beers. Decent selection but nothing really special. Handful of bottles, lots of stainless and copper throughout. Bartenders were typical, fairly attentive and helpful, friendly. Didn't get any food, typical beer prices though. Tap list in general was a bit meh, but decent bottles to purchase. No water provided until I asked.

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