In a word, stunning. A virtual Oregon Beer Museum. I would give a 10 for ambiance if I could. Whether you are a local or a visitor, this should absolutely be on your must-visit list. First let me cut to the chase: this is more about the place and less about the beer. I was torn on what to rate them for selection because, well, itís all Deschutes. Which is fine, but I thought they might have more of their specialty stuff lying around. They had probably 12 taps. They did have their new (very highly rated) XX Porter flowing. That was a real treat. But not even a drop double IPA, which would have been nice. Everything else was pretty standard, but good. Bottom line: you need to come here and just SEE it. Amazing. Also, the food was some of the best pub grub Iíve ever had and prices were quite reasonable, unlike say Pike Brewery in Seattle. Probably one of the best Reuben sandwiches Iíve ever had, and Iím a freak for Reubens. Service was OK, but not special. Because the place is so big, it has a big staff and does high volumes. So my guess is it will be hard to get really good personalized service, especially if you want to get any juicy tidbits of info about the beers. One of the quirky things hereóIím curious to see how long this lastsóis a small copper chute that comes out of the wall about 9í above the back bar. Its purpose? You are supposed to throw tip money at it (coins). If you hit the chute, it funnels down and comes back out into a spittoon, the bar tip jar. I saw people throw coins from 20í away. Itís all fun until someone loses an eye.
Didnít realize I hadnít rated this before. Visited on Sunday the 19th. Was able to get a seat in about 15 minutes, which was surprising given the fact that the public house is usually packed and it was Fatherís Day. Iíll take it though.
This is a really well-designed pub, with a lot of woodwork and a similar brick aesthetic as the addition to the Bend pub. Iíve usually had good service here, and the food is always excellent. (On my recent visit, i had the arugula salad with gorgonzola, bacon lardons, strawberries, and vinagrette).
The beer is typical Deschutes - which mean itís of high quality - but because this is its own brewery, and one much smaller than Bend, there are fewer specials on tap. Never been a problem for me, however.
Still, I really enjoy visiting here, and would do so more often if there was a better chance of getting a seat in under an hour.
A nice little neighbourhood bar with a busy movement of customers. The beers are somewhat standard fare and nothing exciting but itís a nice atmosphere. We got there as the Timber Army spilled out into the streets. Ordered a Bruin Ale - which is okay.
Visited after lunch on a Thursday in March 2016. The place was a big beer hall and rather crowded. I made my own flight with six beers. The beers were decent or better. The service was friendly and good, I got one sample for free, thanks! Located very close to my hotel, Marc Spencer. (around five minutes walk) A nice place to visit in Portland.
DuffMan (335) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | March 21, 2016
Same spacious layout as the Bend location, perhaps a little more casual. Extremely busy. Not as many limited releases/specials as they had in Bend. A bit disappointing really.
Big modern brewpub in the Portland rustic/industrial style. Not the most personality Iíve ever seen in a brewpub, but not bad for a mainstream place. Very helpful, friendly bartenders. Big taplist, maybe a third to a half brewed on premises, including some "pub exclusives". Focus is definitely on the hoppy beers. You can do a pre-picked flight or make your own. Small food menu, but covered the bases. Elk burger was fantastic. Normal prices. Great place.
Great place in downtown Portland Or. Great atmosphere, excellent beer, good food and service. Can tend to get very crowded, I found luck during off hours. They have a huge selection of their own beers, tons of IPAs and decent food and service.
Visited on a Monday night in November 2015. Huge dining hall with ornate decorations festooned around. It looks great and is clearly popular with the local crowd as we had to wait a couple of minutes for a table. Tried a sampler tray which had a mostly special beers on. Food was excellent and prices not too steep. If you want to try Deschutes beer and are in Portland then this is the place to go!