Deschutes Brewery & Public House

Deschutes Brewery & Public HouseDeschutes Brewery & Public House
Deschutes Brewery & Public HouseDeschutes Brewery & Public House
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1044 NW Bond Street
Bend, Oregon, 97701
United States

(541) 382-9242 | map

Notes: Monday - Thursday 11am-11pm
Friday and Saturday 11am-12am
Sunday 11am-10pm
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 146
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

As a Bend local, the Deschutes Public House (on Bond street, not the same location as the main brewery) is our hangout every couple weeks, and we're not even close of being bored of!

They have a good dozen of their beers ontap, including a Nitro and 2 cask brews. Seasonals come in every few months, and the Nitro and cask ales are rotated weekly.

The food you ask? The foods great! I've never had a bad meal there. Every night they have themed specials dishes (pizza, sausage, pasta, burger) theres a new one nightly.
One night they will have a pesto/artichoke pizza, the next they will have bacon/goatcheese. New specials every night make this local happy!
They also have a full menu, not just pub-fare.

Prices are quite resonable for a resort-town like Bend.

Don't expect to find a table at Deschutes between 5-8 unless your prepared to wait 30-45 minutes. That goes for any night of the week! Lots of local there (which is real good thing, if youv'e ever been to Oregon!).

No smoking allowed here too, which is great. All in a all, the best beer in town, great food, good pub atmosphere, and friendly beer-knowledgable staff.

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Photo of xoqx
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

We specifically chose Bend, OR as a stop on a road trip to visit this brewpub. I routinely peruse their rotating tap list on their website, which is always loaded with many fine brews that can only be sampled at the brewpub. Even the usual suspects (Batchelor ESB, Mirror Pond) they have on nitro or cask conditioned on the hand pump).

Before I write the rest of this review, let me put the most important thing first. Bring your own sealable containers to this brewpub. The only beers that have in bottles ready to carryout are the ones easily found in the 12 western states in which they distribute. They have branded, fancy growlers to take home, but they’re $25 each. So bring plenty of bottles to take home their excellent brews.

I was surprised by the atmosphere. I expected something more rustic and less late 80s / early 90s in its feel. That said, the hoards of local (read lucky) pubgoers made for a great overall feel in this bar. The servers and bartenders were all as knowledgeable as you would expect and require from such an establishment. The quality of their food is fine, and the quality of their beer is off the charts. The selection, based on the number of beers they have and the frequency with which they rotate is amazing. They also have a large selection of glassware and pubwear for sale.

This brewpub makes me want to move to Bend. Seriously.

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Photo of winpig3
3.75/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

I made a diversion on my roadtrip through Oregon specifically to visit Deschutes Brewery. Based on the excellent bottled beers I've tried, namely Mirror Pond and Black Butte, I was looking forwards to seeing the brewery. The weathered brick exterior looked cool and gave the impression of a well-used pub but the interior reminded me more of a strip-mall sports bar.

The pub is smaller than I'd expected which is not necessarily a negative but in my head I was expecting something akin to Great Lakes Brewery. Small establishments are great places to hunker down and have a few brews but it all seemed too busy a place for its size... not that doing a lot of business is a bad thing. The bar was crowded with not much room between the stools, the high-tops, and the prep-area.

The host and wait-staff were fun and friendly. The bartender knew his beers and imediately asked whether I wanted that on CO2 or nitro. I tried their Inversion IPA and ordered lunch at the bar. My ruben sandwich was good pub fare. My buddy's chicken-bacon sandwich came out kind of raw, so he opted to set the bird aside and convert his lunch into a BLT. Overall, I liked Deschutes. The beers were good; I think the food could be better; and I look forwards to stopping again in Bend, Oregon to try things again.

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Photo of variousartists
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Good location, downtown, not difficult to find. I grew up in Oregon and Bend/SunRiver was always one of my favorite areas. You can't beat their beers here. They even offer Bud Light on tap (hahaha). I've actually heard people order it there, no joke. Inversion IPA, Black Butte Porter, Obsidian Stout, and Mirror Pond PA, are four must tries. Food is good however not outstanding, but the beer more than makes up for it. Service is good and the employees actually really know beer. Prices are reasonable. So if you are in the Bend area, this is the first place to go.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A place I had been anticipating visiting since first sampling their
Black Butte Porter upon first coming to Oregon, and especially now after falling in love with their Jubelale.

There is restaurant style seating around the outside of the estbalishment and then a central bar. The bar was of pretty good length with some tall bar tables in that area as well. The beers were served in 10 oz. "half pint" sizes and 20 oz. Imperial Pints. The beer was at a pretty sparkling price, $3.75, for the quality and for the city of Bend, where we found the prices at many of the little shops high.

The selection was quite good. They offered their standard beers: mirror pond, black butte, and bachelor ESB. But the pub also featured their wet hop ale, their Obsidian Stout on Nitro (a real treat, even for a guy who generally detests nitro taps), and a cask conditioned Mirror Pond along with a cask conditioned Wee Heavy. Very impressed with the special selectiong variety.

The atmostphere was about what was expected and very clean. The service was incredibly friendly, but, both fortunately and unfortunately for the bartender, the place was packed he was running from end to end of the bar for both the patrons and the waittresses bring orders in.

We did not try the food, but found the menu impressive at least from the standpoint of selection and variety.

Overall, the Deshutes Pub is one place I look forward to returning to the next oppurtunity that I get. A real pleasure from a very professional operation creating quality products.

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Photo of beercollector
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Each summer I have meetings in Bend. Any trip to Bend needs a stop a Deschutes. There is the outter dining area with some windows and then an inner area near the bar. I like the inner area to watch the people and servers and to see the shirts used as decoration above the bar.

This is a pub with multiple choices. Do I go with Mirror Pond or Black Butte. And the food is very good by pub standards. And while the place cna be crowed and you may have to wait it is always worth it.

The staff really keeps up with the pace and crowd but do not try to rush you. I've mainly had the burgers and beer and this is fine for a late afternoon break from meetings.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Funny, I always imagined this place to be much larger, when in fact I've lived in houses larger than this brewpub. A cozy but fun layout, the bar area is way too small but we managed to get seats during peak hours so it was alright. The central fireplace certainly put out enough heat. They had a couple seasonals on (Dead Eye Stout, a slightly maltier version of the Obsidian) and the Old Samhain (a decent old ale.) The bartender was friendly and service was as good as it could be with the large crowd. I didn't try the food or the house-brewed root beer, but since my parents now live in Bend I'm sure I'll be back again to give this place another shot, maybe in the afternoon when there's a bit more room.

Note: they had more damn merchandise on the walls than any place I've ever seen. I don't know if this is good or bad, but if you're a product hound this is for you. They also have cool (albeit expnsive) growlers.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.75/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I have a problem with the Deschutes Brew Pub. Deschutes is reputed to brew some of the best beers in the great northwest, and I’ve enjoyed a number of their beers at peak moments with great enthusiasm. But every time I visit their brewpub they serve me some distinctly ho-hum beers. What accounts for this discrepancy?

Deschutes Brewing enjoys a widespread reputation for being a triumphant pioneer in the craft brewing revolution. Founded in 1988, it was one of a handful of micros to take flight in Oregon before the idea of craft brewing had been fully embraced by the beer drinking public at large. It was a big risk back then. It’s big business today.

In the new century, Deschutes has emerged as about the 20th largest brewery in the country, a remarkable success. Their ascent has been built on a roster of standout beers and a slow, steady, and smart marketing platform that maintains distribution within the range of quality control. The brand loyalty they’ve established within the western United States is astounding. Deschutes is said to have the number one best selling stout (Obsidian), pale (Mirror Pond), and porter (Black Butte) in the Pacific market. And they’ve done it all without talking chameleons or “twins”.

I’d been familiar with a number of Deschutes beers from my forays through Portland and beyond, but the opportunity to drink at the source held much promise for me. Or so I thought. I’ve since had no less than 13 pints at the Deschutes Brewery Brewpub and the pattern of mundane sleepers has been inexcusably persistent. I’ve heard that brewers from the main brewery on Simpson Ave. regularly rotate brewing stints at the brewpub for several months at a stretch. This allows for customer contact, experimentation and diversity of technique and scale. Such a regimen is quite sensible, even wise.

But at this point I’ve drunk beer at nearly every brewpub in the state and Deschutes, with its monumental reputation and marketing reach, earns no more than passing grades for the actual quality of its product in comparison to those of other craft brewers. I’m talking about beer where it counts: in pints on-tap at the pub where it’s brewed. And with four other brewpubs in town, Deschutes can no longer lay claim to brewing the best beer in Bend.

The Deschutes Brewpub is still enormously popular. Tourists and locals alike fill the place to capacity every night, year round. The house is reputed to gross more than two million dollars in annual revenue and it’s not uncommon to wait up to thirty minutes for a table during peak hours.

But I’m compelled to draw some reluctant conclusions. One of the following is likely to be true: A) Deschutes grew too big for its britches, shifted its resources to the Simpson Ave. plant to achieve an economy of scale, and came to produce only six packs for the region while neglecting draught for the town. This is suggested to me by the bartenders who can’t for their lives tell me which beers if any are actually brewed on premises at the pub. B) They send their best beers to the richest markets and serve only stale, leftover stock in-house. C) Deschutes is stuck with recipes that were powerfully innovative during the heady birth of micros in the 1980’s, while the world has since grown up around them and surpassed their pioneering efforts with a flood of competitive innovation.

If I had to choose, I’d say the latter scenario is most likely. I’m certainly not the only beer tourist on the Cascadian Trail and with no undue encouragement I’ve elicited similar opinions from fellow travelers. Deschutes’ beers are often quite satisfying. I’m a big Obsidian fan and there’s room in my fridge for a six of Mirror Pond. But I sense a pallor of complacency with every pint I’m served at the pub, and I feel like my patronage is taken for granted with the Deschutes legacy, rather than earned with a consistently strong product.

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Photo of Shaw
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This brewpub is easy to find in downtown Bend. It was within walking distance of my motel. It's a big place, well-lighted and non-smoking throughout! There are TVs all around and lots of brewania on the walls. It wasn't very crowded on a Tuesday night in early October, but the sound system was a bit too loud for normal conversation.

They have the complete selection of Deschutes brews, of course, including ones that are probably only available here. I had several different brews. They were all average to above average. The true standouts are Black Butte Porter and their Obsidian Stout, which was available cask-conditioned on a nitro tap.

I had the hazlenut-encrusted salmon, which was good, though not great. Their beers are the reason to visit.

If you're in Bend, make sure you swing by this place.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is not the brewery but the pub on Bond Street..though they apparentlly do some brewing here to, as the equipment is visible through a glass partition, they were brewing a stout.
Well this place was totally crowded on a Saturday night..very good service though despite the crowds. The bar people seemed very attentive to any new customer behind the hordes at the bar.
Very classy looking establishment..theres a small restaurant style eating area at the front before you get to the bar..which is long .
opposite wall from the bar is the kitchen..they do some rather tasty looking food..some of it quite exspensive..I had the regular hot wings which were good and cheap.
The selection as far as beers go was all Deschutes with two beers Cask conditioned.
Overall a nice place though crowded..though its nice to see a micro so popular.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

At the edge of the downtown blocks lies the Descutes Brewing Public House, a nice place to stop by for a bite and brew, especially if you like thier solid line of beers. The decor of the place is comfortable and fairly cozy, and is somewhat influenced by that ski mountain resort style that seems to be taking over Bend. A fairly large selection of food is available, including the usual pub fair, but also some fancier stuff evolved from or compatible with pub grub. Everything we tried was very good. The service was attentative and very friendly. You’ll find all of thier usual and seasonal beers on tap, but nothing least when we were there. All in all, a good pub for eating and drinking, and certainly worth a visit.

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Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Bend, OR
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