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

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 151
Photo of snaotheus
4.18/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.29/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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.

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Photo of fmakalidude
4.03/5  rDev -13.1%
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 Sabtos
4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of rustyjaw
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
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 shaemmerle
4.64/5  rDev 0%
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 edhizdeid
4.53/5  rDev -2.4%
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 +1.1%
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 GreatStoutman
4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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 John_M
4.31/5  rDev -7.1%
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 Stardusthotel83
4.36/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Nice long scenic drive to get there no matter where you're coming from. Friendly staff, nice outdoor spot to drink in the sun. Its a small brewery so I thought the setup was was great for the size. Plenty of parking being in a smaller industrial area.

That photo might be there old spot on main street. Ive only been once and its now in an industrial area by the Air Museum.

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Photo of gandres
2.93/5  rDev -36.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Visited: May 6, 2015
Vibe: not a lot of people at the brewery, the set-up of the tasting room is like a snobbish winery
Quality: Very good beers, at least the 2 I tasted
Service: brewer was attenttive
Selection: 6 beers on tap mostly sour with 3 guest
Overall: a brewery for snobbish singles with no kids, not really for beer geeks with kids

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Photo of Nachojon
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is the best place in the world. I love the people, the hangar, the air, the drive, the beer, the barrels, the beer, the tables, the bar, the glassware, the swag, the beer, the people.

Don't ever go here, it's not for you.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

On the smaller side, but clean and welcoming. The staff was very friendly and the beers of course are top notch. Wish they had a taster sampler, but I was happy with trying a few 6 oz beers. Can't wait to go back in the future

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Photo of Steffano
4.55/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Every beer drinker should experience this place at least once. Beautiful scenery, a large space, laid back atmospere with awesome beer, as a california resident, probably the best brewery I've ever been to.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Chill, small, inviting environment. No minors allowed on premises. The staff can give tours of the barrel room if you're interested. Usually lots of friendly beer geeks around, often sharing beers from other breweries they've brought with them. Nice vibe.

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Photo of JamLand
4.69/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I visited de Garde recently on a vacation through the Pacific Northwest.

V: A pretty chill vibe for one of the most renowned breweries on the planet. My only knock would be to set up more tables outside, but they may not be able to.

Ser: Good service, but nothing unique to speak of.

Sel: Great selection, because the majority of their beers are great. I loved the onsite list and wished I had more people to share bottle with/could drink more myself. They only had a few bottles available to go during my visit, but it was getting close to their quarterly anniversary so I'm sure they were saving some bottles for the big event.

Overall, a must stop if you visit anywhere near Tillamook. I cannot recommend this brewery highly enough.

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Photo of itsThatBoyE
4.53/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Went on a Friday night and to the Q3 2015 party. Excellent beers of course, chill vibe, very friendly and prompt service. Out in the middle of nowhere and not much to do besides look at barrels, but still fun.

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Photo of didgeboy
4.76/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Amazing craft brewer(s) that are unapologetic about their sours (the way it SHOULD be!). Serious commitment to quality, in their ingredients and their final wares. Staff is knowledgeable and very friendly as are the patrons who frequent. On my visit the gentleman sitting next to us offered to share his 750ml with us, as it was too much beer for one person. He offered several other the same and was not looking to "mooch" from anyone. Classy people because of a classy establishment.

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Photo of rrock44
4.19/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Pretty quaint place. A few seats/tables indoors and a few outdoors. Friendly staff. A bit of a wait to get a beer - one person handles cash and pours drinks. I am sure the quality is good because the line was out the door (very popular spot). If you love sours this is a great stop. I learned sours aren't really my thing. But it was cool they had a guest tap.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.8/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Nice little place on the beautiful Oregon coast.
Excellent beer all around. Haven't had a subpar offering yet.
Always a wide selection of taps and in-house bottles.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.36/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I made the trip down to Tillamook yesterday just to visit de Garde and it was absolutely worth it. They had about 6 beers on tap plus a selection of bottles only available for sampling in the tasting room. As one might expect, the beers are fantastic. I sat outside and read my book and had a truly wonderful experience.

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Photo of scottedwin
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

If your visiting Portland I would highly recommend making the drive here. The drive is beautiful..we went to the coast up a little north to Cannon beach and then drove south along the coast to get to tillamook...the views are breathtaking. De garde itself is in an odd spot with a massive abandoned Aircraft hanger lurking just a couple hundred yards away and the foggy mountain landscape looking east. The selection was top notch and did not disappoint. The staff was friendly and knowledgable. Make the trip it's worth it. By far one of the best brewery experiences we had while visiting Oregon.

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Photo of cptbenjamin
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Incredible beers, cool atmosphere and a tour by the head brewer made this stop by far my favorite! The onsite bottles list was awesome and I would love to see more breweries take this lead.

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Photo of Thepleasantimbiber
4.51/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

This brewery is a strange one to rate in terms of "vibe"; though the physical space of the brewery is very clean and minimal(only a very small bar and a few small tables/barrels), the location of the brewery, surrounded by fog shrouded mountains and next to an abandoned aircraft hanger, is lugubriously beautiful. The beers inside are phenomenal, and the prices are shocking compared to what most breweries charge. The service is fantastic, everyone I spoke to was very knowledgable about the beers that were on tap. Tap offerings are few, as are the bottles. It's definitely worth making a trip to visit this place, the surrounding landscape is beautiful, making the drive you'll likely have to make to get there not so bad.

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de Garde Brewing in Tillamook, OR
Brewery rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 4879 ratings