de Garde Brewing

de Garde Brewingde Garde Brewing
de Garde Brewingde Garde Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

114 Ivy Ave
Ste A
Tillamook, Oregon, 97141-8043
United States

(503) 815-1635 | map
degardebrewing.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.27
Beers:
101
Ratings:
5,456
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.63
Ratings:
156
pDev:
9.94%
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4.57 by REVZEB from Illinois on Sep 13, 2021
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4.63/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75
by slander from New York

We survived the Festival of Dark Arts and bid Astoria adieu. I’m really kind of pissed off that I didn’t get to see the goddamn Goonies rock. As such, when I say “there’s a place I want to see, we should head back to Portland the loooong way around”, I shouldn’t get a fight, right? Obvi, I know what’s best for everyone; this is the way to play and soon they’ll know and agree and I’ll be hailed champion, but right now they want to debate the jaunt. And then the flip comes. Oh, so suddenly going to de Garde makes for a Tillamook hook for cheese and you agrees with mes, eh? Such is Sunday; running down the coast on Davo’s birthday...

It’s a funny little place with a slanted roof; just a single room tasting space fronting the brewery, I presume (I say that because we never actually saw the brewery proper). White walls with timber uprights, crossbeams, and hop lined rafters to the front & rear. Vertical paneled windows on the larger side wall, and the far smaller wall of the same with a panel garage door to an outside space. Black painted concrete floors, slant rafter ceiling, & drop glass ball single bulb lamps at alt heights & sizes.

Concrete slab topped ‘L’ shaped bar to the rear, barrel stave base, & phat wood beam foot bar. Seating for 4 on plastics. Barback wall is light blue with a 3-door bottle cooler on center. A row of 12 wood handle taps to the left on a white vertical slat tile backing piece over stainless. Draft selections are printed on horizontal slat boards above (beer, description, ABV, pricing for 6 & 12oz pours). Bottles to go shelved to the right including a Block 15/de Garde Amusement Series box set to go which I’m sure contains no suck. The bottles to go list sits alongside vertically on the wall there. Barrels, hops, baby lights, barrel bands, & a wooden man in a blue suit with a goat on his head on the ledge above the barback.

Nearly a dozen barrel top sized roundie tables mostly raised; a few larger and 1 lower. Outside, 4 tables under the slanted wood awning with sky lights. Wood barrels, some plantings, alt brick lay ground, & mounted lamps.

Map pieces to both sides of the door with stars and a colorful horizontal turquoise/orange rust metal piece above the door. Buvez Les Bieres De Garde (Brasserie Arnould Mochez) poster framed in the corner, a few more b/w prints, & a 4x6 painting on the far wall. Signed guest magnums & other 750’s, and the Pink Delirium elephant, unless I’m seeing shit. Light art, merch in the corner, brewery tins (hello, Tired Hands, nice to see you this far from home), and a large de Garde paddle.

12 taps; 6 house beers (Ivy, Spont Wild Ale aged in oak for 2 years, 6%; The Orchard, Spont Wild Ale aged in oak for 2 years with Peaches, Nectarines, & Apricots, 6.5%; The Bluest, Spont Wild Ale aged in oak for 2 years with Blueberries, 7%; The Kriek, Spont Wild Ale aged in oak for 2 years with Montmorency & Morello cherries, 7%; The Law of Winter, Spont Wild Ale aged in oak for 3 years with Cider Apples, Vanilla Beans, Cinnamon, Allspice, Ginger, & Orange Zest, 6%; Winter Amusement, Amber Saison blended with a Wild Red Ale, de Garde & Block 15 collab, 8%), and 6 guest taps; 5 beers (Baird Brewing Jubilation Ale, Winter Ale with Japanese Figs & Cinnamon Twigs, 7%; Fort George Cathedral Tree, Pilsner in oak barrels, 4.8%: Lindemans Jonge Lambik, Young Traditional Lambic, 5%; Moonraker Cool Cool, NE IPA, 7%; Block 15, Cosmic Cold Brew, Dry Coffee Stout, 7%), and a cider (Baird & Dewar, Farmhouse Cider 2017, 7.1%).

I started with The Orchard (because I’m a sucker for the Peach & Apricot beers and this one did not disappoint, more Apricotty than the other fruits but giant Peach just behind that, oaky, tart, and a real mother pucker), and then The Bluest (because, duh, just pure blueberry face here, tart, sweet, juicy, almost Lambic-like, amazing), and wound down with The Kriek (sweet & tart Cherries, oaky, funky, Crazytown). As we were looking to settle up, they put up another beer (The Botanique, Spont Wild Ale aged in oak gin barrels for 2 years with Lavender flowers, 6%). That was real damn nice. Juniper, flowery Lavender, wood, quite pleasant. Beers were all excellent, I’m saying The Orchard for the WIN of WINS but The Blueist was a close second.

Sick bottle list of to go and more so for on premise consumption (De Ranke, Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, Tilquin, Boon, Oud Beersel, Vanburg & DuWulf LambicX PD, Hanssens, De Cam, Lindemans Cuvee Rene & Cuvee Rene Kriek, De La Senne Sparkling Vat, Fantome, ’98 Gales Old Prize Ale, 2015 Orval for $9, 2017 Orval for $8).

Ben says “There’s no Biere de Garde, false advertising, C+”. We have left him along the highway somewhere far from transportation. These beers are done really well; someone knows what they're doing here. I could do some time here and then come back and do some more time here. Just seriously wonderful!

Jul 10, 2021
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4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
by npolachek from New York

Fantastic brewery about an hour and fifteen minutes outside of Portland, Oregon. Solid selection of beers - nice inside section as well as outdoors section. Great staff and selection.

Jun 22, 2021
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4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

kind of a dream realized to go here, apparently a new spot right in the center of this peculiar little town, i think it used to be more rural, but they have quite the space here and it looks like all the production happens on site. i was so thankful they reopened after the virus (or still during i suppose) just in time for our visit. obviously the beer speaks for itself here, but they have created a space that does justice to it, with a neat patio out the side with just a handful of tables, an open and airy feeling inside area with lots of natural light and a very impressive beer cooler, and the brewing and ageing presumably happening in the adjacent side of the building. its a sleepy little town, makes you wonder how they can support a place that sells beers for 30 bucks a bottle, but i guess they get a lot of out of town traffic through here, and have some better prices on site for sure, i was pleased with what we were charged, many of these are once in a lifetime kind of beers, so i dont mind paying. we had a couple of draft pours and were not blown away by the modest selection on this side of the menu, but maybe running a little lean with the reduced capacity due to the virus, no complaints. the bottle selection is absurd, including some of their most legendary offerings at what seemed like reasonable prices, as well as a very heady list of guest beers, lots of lambics and things like that, big time! we loved everything we had here, but were particularly impressed by bottles of the bluest and the blossom, both of which were oh my god good. these guys have some of the coolest fermentation profiles in the wild game, and their revered status among the nerds and traders seems very well earned to me in my experience with their beers. the service here was awesome, killer bottle presentation, information, and professionalism, prompt but not invasive, friendly and unpretentious, i love that in a place with beer this good. plenty of bottles to go too (and we loaded up!). this is a place worth going out of your way for, cool taproom, but world class beer, i hope to back here next time i head out to the coast. easily the beer highlight of our recent trip! absolutely not to be missed.

Jul 07, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
by stevoj from Idaho

Visited the new facility in town for their 6th Anniversary event. Bright and modern, lots of windows and rollup doors. Small bar, tables inside and out, patio. Service excellent. Bring your own food. Excellent sours and a few guest taps.

Mar 02, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25
by oldmankoch from Tennessee

Just a super cool spot.

Nov 22, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
by snaotheus from Washington

Went yesterday with my wife and some of my inlaws. Had a couple beers, bought some to go.

I was surprised that almost half their taplist were guest beers, which was probably important for variety (I don't think de Garde makes standard stuff like an IPA). Their own beer of course focused on wild / sour.

Beers we had were really good. Prices are high, which I would expect from an industry darling.

Aug 26, 2019
 
4.37 by jera1350 from Minnesota on Aug 03, 2019
 
4.65 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Jun 03, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
by Radcpa from Washington

Very modern facility. Clean fairly quiet with plenty of places to sit and chat indoors and outdoors. Selection is De Garde brewed exclusively with a very highly rated brews.

May 31, 2019
 
4.9 by Ajlvt from Washington on Feb 04, 2019
 
4.91 by TrilliumFan from Massachusetts on Dec 01, 2018
 
4.36 by PrynneCabin from Washington on Oct 13, 2018
 
4.83 by jheimbigner from Washington on Aug 08, 2018
 
4.54 by BarleyAndBrett from California on Jul 21, 2018
 
4.8 by Dr_Fox from Utah on May 04, 2018
 
4.73 by Aaron814 from Idaho on Apr 02, 2018
 
4.07 by Needmorebeer312 from Washington on Feb 12, 2018
 
4.5 by kjkinsey from Texas on Feb 10, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4
by fmakalidude from Washington

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.

Dec 04, 2017
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4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
by Sabtos from Ohio

A memorable location of which, until I made the trip myself, its absurd remoteness I was blissfully unaware. I had longingly gazed at this picture on BeerAdvocate, imagining de Garde on a quaint, cozy small town street with a light dusting of snow, next to a Christmas themed store where shoppers would casually walk by while students sipped coffee behind the windows of a book store across the street.

Little did I know that de Garde was actually an hour and a half West of Portland, just beyond the mountainous forest, resting at the edge of a pastoral landscape behind a blimp hangar fifteen minutes from the stunning cliffs of the Pacific coast.

If you're hotly anticipating the funk, you won't even have to wait until you cross the threshold--you'll get plenty of barnyard goodness wafting off the grazing cows that seem to outnumber the people in this area, supplying the vaunted Tillamook cheese industry with what must be some extremely happy dairy.

For those on the fence of coming out all this way, it might be wise to check social media beforehand to see if they are releasing something special, or you can be adventurous like us and go in blind, and then be surprised that, "oh hey, there's a Side Project collaboration 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 waiting fifteen 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, 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 perfect point in time to peruse the in-house bottle list. Take your time choosing 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 solo, or even with a sidekick. However, the great thing about the crowd is they're 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 festivals 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 the back. Outdoor seating is available as well, if you can stomach the ever present smell of open pastures, and the occasional cacophony of a few lead-footed farmers pushing their diesel engines to max decibels.

de Garde has an overall pleasant and peacefully fitting setting to sit and drink a farmhouse ale. It's a real treat to be surrounded by actual farms, livestock, hills and mountains...and other extreme beer geeks. It doesn't hurt that the beer itself is second to none.

Oct 16, 2017
 
5 by Sour_Lord from Missouri on Sep 29, 2017
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4.45/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4
by rustyjaw from California

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.

Aug 27, 2017
 
4.84 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Jul 12, 2017
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4.64/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
by shaemmerle from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 10, 2017
 
4.9 by shoegaze from California on May 16, 2017
 
4.75 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Mar 14, 2017
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4.61/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5
by KalbHOMEBREWS from Colorado

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

Feb 02, 2017
 
4.43 by ThirstyHungryLife from California on Jan 14, 2017
 
5 by tblack4d from Georgia on Jan 07, 2017
 
4.44 by lupercmda from North Carolina on Nov 15, 2016
 
4.72 by cd34 from Illinois on Aug 25, 2016
 
4.33 by crob3888 from California on Aug 07, 2016
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4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
by edhizdeid from Washington

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.

Jul 21, 2016
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4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 5
by stevesbeer from Washington

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!

Jul 15, 2016
 
5 by cultclassic89 from Texas on Jul 10, 2016
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4.33/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
by GreatStoutman from Texas

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.

Jul 05, 2016
 
5 by BMMillsy from Florida on Jul 03, 2016
 
4.13 by cherche from Washington on Jul 01, 2016
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4.31/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
by John_M from Oregon

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.

Jun 27, 2016
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