de Garde Brewing

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de Garde Brewingde Garde Brewing
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de Garde Brewingde Garde Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(503) 815-1635 | map

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Added by oregone on 05-10-2013

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5/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.36/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.83/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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4.54/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

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4.8/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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4.73/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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4.07/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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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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4.8/5  rDev +3.4%
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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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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5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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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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4.84/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

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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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4.9/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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4.61/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

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

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4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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

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4.44/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.59/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

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4.72/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

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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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de Garde Brewing in Tillamook, OR
Brewery rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 4,281 ratings