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de Garde Brewing

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de Garde Brewingde Garde Brewing
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4.31/5
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5,788 Ratings
de Garde Brewingde Garde Brewing
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

6000 Blimp Blvd
Ste A
Tillamook, Oregon, 97141-8043
United States

(503) 815-1635 | map
degardebrewing.com

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Added by oregone on 05-10-2013

BEER STATS
Beers:
78
Reviews:
625
Ratings:
5,788
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.65/5
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
139
pDev:
10.32%
 
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Photo of fmakalidude
4.03/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4

De Garde specializes in sours. Obscure but very cool location on the Oregon Coast. Limited selection because it's not needed. Fruity and colorful sour ales. Be prepared to wait in line in the middle of farmland, behind a warehouse for some of the best sours Oregon has to offer.

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Photo of dub2gsx
4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This breweries beer is a step above most that I have been to and tested in a tasting room. My only reason to not give this brewery a higher rating is because it has a small tasting room. The only other reason would be that they do not offer a lot to try on tap. Yes I know this brewery is all about the rarity and exclusive offerings but it is frustrating to be told you can't take home a delicious beer when you can see it in front of your face.

Now to the beer..

The beer is exceptional. If you enjoy intense flavor profiles you will love their offerings. Many are tart, sour, full of amazing flavor. You just have to try the beer to understand. Before I tried them for the first time I really didn't understand beer could have that much flavor.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Here is another one of those absurdly remote breweries, but this is one where I didn't realize that was the case until I made the trip myself. I used to picture de Garde being on a quaint, cozy small town-style street next to a Christmas themed store with a light dusting of snow, where shoppers would casually walk by, and students were drinking coffee while looking out of the windows of the book store across the street...

Little did I know that de Garde is 1.5 hours West of Portland, through a forest that's this close to being mountainous, and in a pastoral landscape behind a blimp hangar, 15 minutes from the coast. If you're hotly anticipating the funk, you won't even have to wait until you arrive--you'll get plenty of barnyard goodness wafting off the grazing cows that abound this area, which are almost certainly helping to supply the nearby vaunted Tillamook cheese industry.

It might be wise to check social media beforehand to see if they are releasing something special, or you can do like we did and go in blind, and be surprised that, "oh hey, there's a Side Project collab dropping today, and there's a line before open!" It might be a little busier than normal on such days, but even still, it wasn't anything absurd, with maybe 15-20 people max 15 minutes before open. I've been in longer lines to buy widely distributed beer on a Monday in Ohio.

Once they opened the door, the line moved efficiently, mainly because the draft list is small, and so is the to-go bottle list. Almost everyone present seemed pretty experienced, or at least knew exactly what they wanted to drink and to go, and got it and promptly left or found a spot to sit. Once you do get your initial draft pours and to-go bottles, this is the point in time that is perfect to take a look at the in-house bottle list. Take your time to choose wisely while the initial rush dies down--there are so many in-house bottles to try that your belly simply will not allow you to have them all if you're attending with one other person. However, the great thing is, the crowd is highly likely to be very much beer-share happy, so you will find people to share your bottle with who will likely have something to share with you. If not an in-house bottle, then something they brought from elsewhere.

The interior is small but makes good use of the space with barrels, benches and high tops to sit at, broken up by posters of beer festival and breweries, as well as shelves of coveted empty bottles. The short hall to the bathroom affords a view of the foudres, the bottling line, and if you lean in, the insane amount of barrels they have in here! There is outdoor seating as well, if you can stomach the ever present smell of farms and open pastures, and the occasional cacophony of a few lead-footed farmers pushing their diesel engines to max decibels. It's an otherwise peacefully fitting setting for the style they brew--it's pleasant to drink a farmhouse ale surrounded by actual farms, livestock, hills and mountains--and other extreme beer geeks.

All in all, this place is a great time! Oh, and the wild beer is second to none!

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Photo of Sour_Lord
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of rustyjaw
4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

A small space, split into 3 rooms. Taproom in front, and two rooms for seating adjacent, outdoor seating along the front of the space too. Sparse but bright and inviting interior with a collection of signs on the walls from various wild ale, lambic and guezue breweries around the world. Lovely place, great beer, and friendly informative staff. On the way to the restroom, you pass by their small but breathtaking room full of huge barrels.

6 taps, all wild ales (of course), 4 beers had the same base with different fruits/herbs, one of those was just the base with no additives. Excellent quality beer, all tart and on the dry side.

Also, 750 ml bottles of most of the taps were available to go. And a few beers not on tap were also available in bottles.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.84/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of shaemmerle
4.64/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Helpful staff, pleasant vibe, and an outstanding on-site bottle list. This brewery is one of my favorite American breweries, and I'm looking forward to seeing how they continue to grow.

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Photo of shoegaze
4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mattmarka1
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of KalbHOMEBREWS
4.61/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

some of the best sours in the country, hands down.

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Photo of ThirstyHungryLife
4.43/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of tblack4d
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of lupercmda
4.44/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of HaoleToYouToo
4.59/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of cd34
4.72/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of crob3888
4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of edhizdeid
4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Located in an industrial in Tillamook, I could have almost missed the place if I had not known what I was looking for. Inside, the place is no frills but has a good atmosphere. The 6 De Garde taps are what people are coming here for and they do not disappoint. I was particularly happy with "The Unblended". Quite close to a Belgian lambic. There are also 4 guest taps and a on site De Garde botles menu that was quite nice to pick from. The staff was super friendly and offered to take me and the other patrons on a tour of the premises explaining in details what they were up to.
The "to go" selection was succinct but not a surprise, so no complain from me here.
This place is definitely worth a visit for anyone into Wild Ales. The quality and love put into their beer is obvious and it should be tried once in person if you have the chance.

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Photo of stevesbeer
4.69/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Really came in with low expectations with having read that only four bottles were available to take home with us, but when I saw how big the list was of what you can enjoy by stopping in I was taken aback a bit. Awesome staff on Thursday after the 4th of July. Great service and awesome list of things you can drink there!

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Photo of cultclassic89
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

The de Garde beers are world class, no doubt about it. But the taproom leaves a lot to be desired. With that said, they're clearly not hurting for sales and maybe its best they focus on keeping up the quality of the brews instead of curating a pretty bar that is kid friendly.

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Photo of BMMillsy
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of cherche
4.13/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of John_M
4.31/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Have stopped by the tasting room and brewery for several events, but yesterday was the first time I dropped in for a non-event visit.

I have to say I really like the low key vibe of the tasting room. The draft options are printed on a chalk board, and there are some brewery related decorations, but there's definitely a minimalist vibe to the place. As you walk in, there's the small, main bar area to the left where you order your beer, with 3 or 4 table and chairs as well. To the right, are several more rooms where one can hang out and enjoy a beer or three. This place is really out in the sticks, but given the fame of dG beers, even on a lazy late morning in June, there were a fair number of folks visiting the tasting room.

That being said, the two employees working the bar were quick with a drink, were engaging and helpful, and so things went very smoothly in the tasting room. The draft list this day was pretty typical; they had 6 dG beers on tap, as well as 4 guest beers (the new 3 way IPA, Alesmith Hammerhead speedway, a 3 fontein blond, etc.). On this day I ordered a 6 ounce glass of the peche and biere blue, along with a glass of hammerhead. The peche and blue were both outstanding of course, and I appreciated the glass size options (6 ounce and 12 ounce pours, priced at $3 and $6 a glass for the dG stuff). I would add that in addition to the draft options, they also have an impressive list of "on premise only" bottles you can enjoy, along with usually several "to go" bottle options (the Hose and Beire blue on this day - the peche had just run out, unfortunately).

Shrug. This place is great, obviously, and is a place that any fruited wild ale lover should add to their bucket list.

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Photo of Raimalise
2.73/5  rDev -41.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Photo of tshanahan
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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de Garde Brewing in Tillamook, OR
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