Deschutes Brewery and Public House

210 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR, 97209, United States
(503) 227-4349
Latitude: 45.52447, Longitude: -122.68217

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  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Wifi Available
Cask Beer
Indoor Smoking
Available Parking
Beer Pricing: $$$
Public Transit
Proper Glassware
Outdoor Seating
Family Friendly
Selection: 4.66 | Atmosphere: 4.41 | Service: 4.22 | Food: 4.00
88.5
out of 100
Overall Beer Mapping Score
Based on 8 reviews.
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4.4
out of 5
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Brad (103)
Wednesday 26th of July 2017 01:22:17 PM
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About twenty of their own beers on tap, with many of them being vintage or limited release. I had an IPA and the quintessential Black Butte Porter. Both were good. Full, hearty food menu, which is relevant because the location felt to me much more like a restaurant with a great beer selection than a brewpub that serves food. That’s not intended as a knock. The bar was jammed with a young happy hour crowd and there was a line to get a table.
Selection: 4.25 | Atmosphere: 3.75 | Service: 3.75 | Food: 4.25
78.3
Overall

JamesYKM (13)
Sunday 2nd of January 2011 02:47:43 AM
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Deschutes was everything I expected it to be and more. The inside of the building is just stunning with exposed wood beams, wood carvings and more. I was there on a Saturday night and they were very busy. I was able to get a beer at the service bar with very little waiting but the wait time for a table was over 30 minutes and the bar was packed. I eventually got a seat at the bar, about the same time a table became available. As expected the quality of all their beers was excellent. I ordered a taster tray of 6, then had a pint of both their cask conditioned ales and a glass of the Abyss. All were excellent as were the mussels ordered.

This might seem odd but I was very impressed by the fixtures in the bathroom. To start with they had the original urinals that start at the floor and are about 5 foot tall and 3 foot wide. I had only seen one of these prior to my visit to Portland and both Deschutes and Bridgeport had a pair of them. Someone at the bar told me that they had a "Save the Urinals" campaign in Portland when these old buildings were being renovated. The second notable item was the hand dryers, which were similar to a toaster that you put your hands into.

The last of the items I thought were interesting was a metal trough on the wall high above the bar back for patrons to try to "shoot" quarters into. If successful they come down a tube and into a bowl. I was tempted to buy a roll of quarters and amuse myself awhile longer.

Definitely a must stop while in Portland.
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 5 | Service: 5 | Food: 4.5
100.0
Overall
Wednesday 4th of November 2009 01:28:27 AM
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I've been a long time fan of Deschutes and this last year was my first bad experiences at their Bond St brewpub (in Bend, OR) and the Portland experience was very much the same.

Overall the place is good; well above average.

But the beers have suffered. Where these brewing locations used to be an excuse to brew the most exotic and esoteric beer imaginable, now they have become bastions of brewing countless iterations of less-than-interesting beers with the one stipulation that nothing should be high gravity. Where once you could find casked, crazy belgian styles pushing 20% ABV or three different kinds of stouts at any given time, now you find five versions of light-bodied black "IPAs", several pale ales and a handfull of organic and lighter ales. In two words: decent but boring.

The food has suffered greatly over the past year. What used to be top-notch, monsterous portions for very little $$ has become, better-than average, small portions at double the price of what they were in early 2008.

The service has been decent and competent, but these places are becoming so busy that there is no personal touch to dining there anymore. Service is simply a means to get people in and out of the doorWhat used to be a pleasant pub atmosphere is now a loud, hectic, crowded experience.

I'm happy Deschutes is enjoying hard-earned success. But they are very quickly transitioning into a commercial brewery that simply dabbles in the restaurant and pub experience. The pubs are seemingly more a place to market their brand name than a place to experience the brewpub roots that staged the company to become what it is today.

Let us be thankful for those small, quiet places that brew beer simply for the love of beer while we still have them!
Selection: 4 | Atmosphere: 3.5 | Service: 4 | Food: 3.5
76.7
Overall
Tuesday 15th of September 2009 09:24:50 PM
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Dorandbob provided an excellent description of the brewery. I visited on September 9, 2009. They've been open just over a year and everything still looks immaculate. When I visited they had 18 beers on tap plus two cask ales. I tried a sampler in which they give you a sample tray sheet and you pick the six you want to sample. I chose the Inversion IPA, Black Tie IPA, Hop Henge IPA (95 IBUs!), Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Bachelor Bitter, and Great Lakes Organic Ale. The Black Tie IPA is a wonderful dark IPA that had a nice hint of coffee. All were excellent but I thought the Inversion IPA was the best. I also tried the King Cone (a dark pale ale) and St Abe Belgian. We didn’t have lunch there but the dishes heading out of the kitchen all looked great. The service was great and they brewed a root beer for the non-drinkers. We got to the brewery from the free streetcars that run through the Fareless Square. Definitely will go back the next time I'm in Portland.
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 4.25 | Service: 4.5 | Food: N/A
91.7
Overall

bobcat78 (210)
Wednesday 24th of September 2008 09:47:48 PM
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Very impressive building, great atmosphere for a drink. Nice bar and huge dining area. Tried a number of beers, as expected at a Portland brewery, nice amount of hops. Inversion IPA, Black Butte Porter and Obsedian Stout all were as good as expected. Also had a good selection of cask ales for a number of the regular beers.

Also had the most impressive growler I have ever seen. Very nice craftsmanship- appeared to be a carved steel or pewter handle. It is huge, I would have loved to purchase one, but had no way to get it home. Definitely want to go back here some day.
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4.25 | Service: 4 | Food: N/A
85.0
Overall

BrewDad (256)
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 03:01:09 PM
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They just opened a few weeks ago this place was huge. They brought Bend OR to Portland. The atmosphere, brewery everything about the place was BIG. They had a huge bar with 5 bartenders going like crazy to keep the beers and booze flowing. They had an hour wait at times and wow it looked like more when we left. The beers where awesome and the food was the best. Great times to be had here. They will calm down after the first rush but this is going to be a place to go back to often. WOW it was big did I mention they yet?
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 5 | Service: 4 | Food: N/A
93.3
Overall

dorandbob (272)
Friday 15th of August 2008 02:08:01 PM
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The beer is Deschutes regular beer lineup (a good range of ales) as well as several beers brewed at this location. When we visited there was a wood-aged barley wine, a Belgian dubbel style, and a special pils. The brewery (with lovely copper kettles) is visible through several windows behind the bar area.

This is a very large place with tall ceilings that was restored/enhanced from an old brick building that is typical of this former warehouse/light industrial district. The walls are brick and there are many tall windows (with small panes) on the south and west sides, meaning there’s quite good lighting. Also on the south side is a large glass garage door that opens in good weather and leads to a number of tables on the sidewalk. The ceiling is wooden planks and there are a number of old wooden beams. The dining area is outlined by a non-functional frame of wooden beams that defines the space and is reminiscent of the working building this used to be. Carved wooden arches with northwest motifs created by local artists form the ends of the frame. There are tableaus of blue heron, beavers, streams with otter and fish, etc. The bar area is also quite large and has lots of stools and tall tables. On one end of this section is a stone fireplace that exhausts to the ceiling via a copper pipe. The bar area is separated from the dining area by a huge wooden beam used as an additional bar table. Green tartan carpet covers the floor of the dining area but the rest of the floor is simply concrete. The two walls without windows are decorated with beer-related posters, etc. and with historical pictures of this building as well as the local area.

If you are wondering where the restrooms are, just follow the neon sign that says “Over here”.

The food menu looks to be high level pub fare, but we found that the execution didn’t match the descriptions. Not bad food, but not as good as advertised. (However, they haven’t been open for business very long).
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 4.75 | Food: 4.25
91.7
Overall
Saturday 7th of June 2008 10:52:50 AM
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Great beer in a great beer town! I had the Armory XPA and Inversion IPA - WOW. Both had wonderful Northwest hop aromas and flavors. Both were well balanced and very drinkable. My friend had a Belgian Strong Ale. It was fantastic but when a second snifter was asked for, it was gone! She settled for a nitro stout which was also great. The server claimed the XPA and the IPA were brewed on site while the Strong ale and stout came from their Bend brewery. I believe this brewpub has been only open for a couple of weeks, what a great job with the beers!
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 5 | Service: 3.75 | Food: 4.0
91.7
Overall
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The brewery
The brewery
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A typical section of the huge dining area
A typical section of the huge dining area
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The tap handles behind the bar with a glimpse of the brewery
The tap handles behind the bar with a glimpse of the brewery
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The view from across the street
The view from across the street
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