Deschutes Brewery & Public House

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3.81/5
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Deschutes Brewery & Public HouseDeschutes Brewery & Public House
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1044 NW Bond Street
Bend, Oregon, 97701
United States

(541) 382-9242 | map
deschutesbrewery.com

Notes:
Monday - Thursday 11am-11pm
Friday and Saturday 11am-12am
Sunday 11am-10pm

BEER STATS
Beers:
193
Reviews:
15,915
Ratings:
58,125
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PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.26/5
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
146
pDev:
15.73%
 
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Photo of slander
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

In this lifetime, I would never have thought I woulda seen this place. And what it took to get here; being Phil first detouring to Eugene and then cruising 15 painfully slow mph through a park for dozens of miles the 242 through. Scenic up & down, fields of lava rocks, peaks snowcapped in the distances, the mountain sisters 3, and Bend out the other side. Checked into the hidden hotel well concealed and passed, and set out a-walking…

Ah, the thing on the end of a strip of the strip. Entered and pushed through to the bar in the back where one does. To the right, a straight copper sheet topped bar, with a bit of a wood lip, panel base, & piping foot rail to the right, seating for a dozen on cushy orange stools, and a shorty bar extension on the front end for a pair of Davo’s. A pair of ‘T’ towers on bar center, logo handles, each holding 8 taps. The barback holds shelved growlers to both sides of a pair of windows looking in on the brew room space behind there. In one of the windows, a wood sign describing the cask beers listed below it. The counter space holds 2 handpumps, as well as glassware and more below with booze. Logo neons fronting glassware, and I think a single handle. Boards above list beers on tap; standards & brewer’s creations/seasonals. A barrel logo’d between the boards and house mirrors on the end of the bar, and flats in the corners. Drop suction cup lamps over the bar and adjacent seating.

Angled 2-sided copper topped bar counter pieces with a wood framed separator adjacent to the bar. Seating for 6 on each side on stools. 8 hightops riddled about behind it, corner fireplace with a flat above and kitchen views, and across the way way, the end of bar brewery views. GABF medals line the wall to the rear. Block slate floorings, slat wood ceiling with recessed & track spots, and some panel wood walls, others fabric framed on wood trim.

Back up front, half an “A” front room; wood rafter uprights, crossbeams of phat, & an angled slat wood ceiling with spinny fans & drop suction cup lighting. Panel front windows, corner flats, pub signage, & a large logo bottle opener mounted. 8 tables & booths on one side below Deschutes pics & prints on wood trim fabric done walls; and a cushy waiting area on the other side. Coolered beer in between, & and T shirts displayed over the far brick cut throughs to the newish side room dining area. Some burgundy painted walls, some brick, and a far wall of rock face. Ducts, spinnys, tracks & spots. Open kitchen running the length of the room on the inside wall, 30 tables & booths throughout, and slight curbside seating. Cool steel hop vines lining the stairwell upstairs and around. 10 tables there, a few on the balcony, and a party room to the rear. It’s an impressive expansion space; light bright & airy. They tripled the seating with this addition, and did a nice job of it.

6 house standards and 12 brewer’s creations/seasonals. Sampler of 6 of your choice on a little paddle numbered & slotted. Between our visit this night and tomorrow, I took in a good amount of ‘em (Inversion IPA, good mouthful, assertive west coast IPA, does not suck; Black Butte Porter, chocolatey & roasty beautiful, it is the Black Butte after all; Chainbreaker White IPA, a Wit & northwest IPA hybrid, more of a hopped up Wit; Obsidian Stout on nitro, roasty espresso bitter chocolatey love; Bachelor Bitter, big maltiness, bitter finish; Pine Mountain Pils, nice crisp bite; Zymergre, a low gluten beer, Pilsner style, tasty; Roggen Bier, spicy rye pleasantness, thick, viscious; Altbierior Motive, grainy, and not malty sweet like I like my Alts, pleasant though; Belgian IPA, Belgian yeast yumminess, nice hoppiness; Deschutes Cream Ale, light, hoppy, highly quaffable; Los Muertos, their day of the dead beer, a dark wheat sour with tamarind, lightly soured with lacto bacilius, I like; and the Black Butte XXIV, which just went on. It’s big bourbony madness, tasty, inky, bourbon). And a bunch more I didn’t get to try. There were also 2 cask offerings (Vanilla Porter, I don’t understand why you’d fuck with the Black Butte Porter, it’s got a pinch of cherry to it, and a Raspberry Ale, which is the Mirror Pond Pale Ale raspberried up, pleasant, and easy enough). Black Butte Porter, Pine Mountain Pils, Belgian IPA, & Obsidian Stout were my faves

And din. Started with the French onion soup, oh, gooey Gruyere, how I love you so. And then the house salad (field greens, shaved fennel, flagline ale cranberries, & candied malts in a crazy good vinaigrette). Phil had the hop hummus and wild boar meatloaf, which he felt needed something more. Meatloaf is not the answer. Ever.

Christender served, brought me pinches of the asks, and could talk to his game, and other games in town. Oddly, the comments card showed up already filled out with glowing ‘fantastic’ after ‘fantastic’, but I would have checked them boxes anyway. Good food, and hell, I drank fresh Obsidian & Black Butte. Deschutes! Did not disappoint.

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Photo of John_M
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

It's been a long time since I last visited the Bend version of Deschutes. The place was little more than a diner back in the 90's, but now the place is practially a palace.

The Public House is good size, with multiple dining rooms and then a bar area straight back from the front door on Bond St. The place has a solid look to it (lots of stone, wood and copper), and the bar area is fairly sizeable (there's a back bar area where folks waiting for a dinner table can hang with a beer till their reservation opens up). There are also a couple of flat screen TV's over the back area of the bar, and there's no dout this is comfortable and very pleasant spot to hang with a beer.

As for selection, on this particular they had 19 different beers on tap, which included 2 cask options. They also have a number of different beers to go in a cold box, which was the only way you could sample the Black Butte XXV, as it was no longer on tap. The selection otherwise was pretty good, though there was nothing on the menu that had me salivating. Maybe because it was summer time, the draft list was mostly made up of lower alcohol beers, with no real standouts I thought. I ended up going with the fresh squeezed IPA, which was fine, though it paled in comparison to what I'd sampled a few minutes earlier over at boneyard. Still, I know Deschutes is fully capable of making great beer, so I'll just chalk up my experience to bad timing on my part.

Service was likewise OK. The bartender was certainly professional and knowledgeable, but a bit distant as well. Granted, it was fairly busy, but he just didn't come across as the most friendly or engaging individual, and it was impossible to ask him anything (or engage him in conversation), other than to ask for another beer.

Shrug. I had an OK time here, but after the warmth and friendliness of some of the other places I visited in town, the Deschutes Public house left me a bit cold. Unless I knew for a fact they had some beer on draft that I really wanted to sample, I'm not sure I'd want to come by here again.

One last comment. LIke it's counterpart in PDX, the Bend Public House is extremely popular, with what appeared to be a nearly hour long wait for a table the Saturday evening I stopped by. I lucked out and got a spot right away at the bar, but I'd think twice before just heading over for dinner on a Friday or Saturday evening (unless you don't mind a "short" wait for a table). Just something to keep in mind for anyone planning to visit this popular brewpub.

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Photo of PapaGoose03
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was stop #26 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here on a Monday afternoon to enjoy their beers and to have lunch. The pub is located in a downtown storefront-like setting among other commercial businesses. The interior is setting is two different arrangements depending on whether you sit in the front are or in the bar area. (I think there is also a large dining area off to the side too.) To us, the bar area is more fitting of a pub vibe, but where we were seated was okay too.

We ordered a sampler flight of 6 (our choice here) of the 17 beers that were available, and only one of them was a repeat (intentional) of the beers that we had at the Portland pub location. (Fresh Squeezed IPA was the repeat beer, and it did not impress me at either location, at least it didn’t live up to the amount of hype that I’ve read. However, it is a good IPA.) All of the beers were very well brewed to style or better, and we felt that the Not the Stoic Belgian-style Quad was exceptional. Our food selections were also very good.

We enjoyed this pub more than the Portland location because it was smaller with less hustle and bustle, and less noisy. The beers at each location rated out with identical scores under our rating system. This is a great pub and is highly recommended.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of flagmantho
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

I stopped by the Deschutes brewpub while I was on a recent pilgrimage to Bend and had three beers and a late lunch. I can't wait to return!

Service was great and, as might be supposed, the staff knew a lot about the beer being served and were able to make recommendations. There were a number of seasonal and brewpub-only beers available, a fact of which I look forward to taking advantage the next time I visit. I can't speak much to the atmosphere inside, as I drank and dined al fresco and did some people-watching in old-town Bend. Folks are friendly there, I'll give them that!

The reuben I had was so huge that I was unable to finish it, despite a long, lunchless drive from Seattle. Beware! You will have leftovers.

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Photo of acurtis
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

First of all, I was able to get a fresh glass of Black Butte so that was a very good start. I decided to wear my cheesehead into the pub since it worked so well in North Carolina for meeting people here. No dice here, either people are depressed or pretty much indifferent about anything. I was told the latter to be true, since people in here and in Portland have probably seen just about anything. I did a flight and as always their beers were very good. Place was packed that night, and people pretty much kept to their groups. Service was very good and if I ever am in Bend again, I probably would stop.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of flexabull
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

20 years of brewing excellence in downtown Bend.

Arrived late on Friday night. It was slow, with a few people milling about the bar. Have never been all that impressed with the atmosphere, but this place is all about the beer.

Quality is great as people who have tried their beer know.

Service was good. Our bartender was friendly and attentive.

Selection was excellent. I think they had upwards of 15 beers on tap. Plus about 4 brewery only beers on tap.

I've had the food here before, and I remember it being quite good. But I didn't have any this time.

Value is good. Especially considering how good the beer is.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Large, loud but with sufficient space to handle a very large crowd. Good selection of beers including a few available no where else. I did not try the food.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Sabtos
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A moderately long, old-school wooden bar sits adjacent to an Applebee's-like restaurant space. However, the interior is apparently much larger than it looks from the outside, and it seems like there were more tap stations in the place than the two long ones that I saw, as a rack of clean glasses from our bar were being brought elsewhere. Either way, there are tons of beers on tap, far more than the two of us could try in one evening.

The classics that you can find countrywide are obviously available, and it's nice to try them fresher than you may be used to, but the unique on-site only offerings are obviously where it's at. Not only did they have some rarer stuff you don't normally see, like a few years of Dissident, but it was fresh hop season and there were a couple of beers available in that respect, and they were not all IPAs either. Everything was good, to better than good, but nothing was out of the realm of expectation.

Food is also leaning in a family restaurant direction, but does feature some nice, creative and/or healthy options. The white bean chili soup and hummus with artichoke and large, softened carrots were certainly worthwhile, and the pita either seemed authentic or was definitely well-sourced. The menu is pretty large with plenty of options either way.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Hit this up on my way to Hopfest! Way into the inner portions of the city (Bend was bigger than last time I was here!). Bar was overflowing with standing room only at a little after 6pm on a Wednesday night.

Chilled, drank a Hop Trial, nice amber ale while watching the Red Sox/Rays game on TV. Asked to start a tab, bartender said no, but he became a lot cooler when it chilled out. Place wasn't all that big, but it is really cool, lots of wood abound. Loved the selection, so many draft only selections, my favorites were Hop Trial, King Screamer and of course, the best beer of the entire week, Black Butte XXII. Damn those pasilla peppers and orange rind rule in the beer, so sad there won't be any bottles.

Bought a snifter, first quoted $6, then $8, I guess I had the obvious tourist vibe going on. Chili fries thing was excellent. Would definitely stop in again if I was anywhere near this place. Abyss on draft someday . . .

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Photo of Stevedore
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of bradybeer
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

WOW what a difference 18 years make. I made visit here in 1993 and now my wife is able to visit.

We got there when they opened at 11am and grabbed a booth near the bar.

There must have been about 25 beers on tap as we had two 6 beer samplers including Chainbreaker White IPA (so so),Horse Ridge IPA (off the hook good), Pilgrim IPD (Loved it), Scooby's Rye PA (not bad), Twin Pillars Strong (pretty good), the Stoic (outstanding), and a few others. Ordered pints of the Horse Ridge. Didn't eat anything here but did get a couple of Ts and two bottles of Stoic.

Our second favorite brewery on the Bend trip-just beating out Bend Brewing.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Bend, OR
Brewery rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 58,125 ratings