A real hoppin’ joint. I really liked the wood carved gates and the openness of the restaurant. It was a little like a Hard Rock Cafe though as far as catering to the masses. I’ve drank Deschutes for many years now so It was nice to get to the brewery. Their sampler was one of the best I’ve seen. It included all their specialty beers, high gravities, casks and really anything you wanted that was on tap. Fun place to hang out with non-drinkers too.
Couldn’t make it to Bend, but was very impressed by their space in downtown Portland. Huge place with a surprising number of taps and a great atmosphere. The set up at the bar is weird, and doesn’t really allow for chatting with the staff, but it’s well worth anyone’s time.
Sat at the bar for a few beers. The place is nice, clean and open feeling with big, high ceilings. Service at the bar was very good and the employees seemed to be knowledgeable about the beers and offered samples. Selection was good, all the regular beers with a nice list of pub only one off’s. Prices were decent and pours were good. Nice place overall, I was just a bit disappointed in the quality of the pub only beers, they all seemed to taste the same and a lot of them had a soapy/medicinal quality.
2010-06. Visited on a busy Sunday evening last June, we had a bit of a wait to get in but were happily situated eventually. Outside there was a loud concert going on; inside the rooms were bustling with happy customers. Service was friendly and fairly quick, considering. We tried the elk meatballs in melted goat cheese, the marionberry ginger cobbler, and a couple 6-glass samplers of their own brews. Quite a range of beers were available, my favourite probably being the Hop in the Dark CDA. Glad to have visited but would probably return on a less busy night.
Big and busy place. They had a big selection of own beers on tap and seems that printed beer menu is updated daily. I had a sampler - you can choose any 6 beers. Service was good and quick. There is a separate disk in the hall where you can buy merchandise and bottles to go,
(Visited 02/2010): Visited twice during our long weekend in Portland - first for lunch directly from the airport, then again a couple days after the Jubelale 2010 release (we missed out on bottles). The Public House is located on 11th and Davis, and there is metered parking available all over the place.
Inside there is a gift shop right next to the host stand, and once past that area the space opens up a lot. The bar is on the left side offering a view of brewing equipment behind glass. There is table seating in the rest of the area. The look and feel is kind of a hybrid lodge/industrial, with lots of wood and a stone fireplace coupled with exposed pipes and brushed metal. It works. The bar has a chalkboard showing what beers are available.
As for the beers, Deschutes offers a sampler for $7.50 and you can pick which beers you want. The menu seemed to be pretty up to date as far as what beers were available. Not surprisingly all the beers are well-made, and they run the gamut from Organic Amber to a Black IPA to the Porter and everything in between. My favorite beer of the trip was the Jubelale 2010 on draught on the second visit.
The server at lunch was knowledgeable on their beers and even gave recommendations on brewpubs in the Mt Hood area where we were visiting a couple days later. Any suggestions are welcome on a first visit to Portland where you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a brewery/brewpub.
The food at Deschutes is solid. My "gyro" burger and my wife’s burger were both really good.
Overall this place definitely needs to be at the top of anyone’s "to-visit" list on a Portland trip.
Nice big brewpub, high ceilings, lots of tables and a big bar area. Lots of cool brews on tap and the food was really good (albeit, I was really hungry). I think it is a really cool place, but be prepared to wait, it is very busy.
I do really enjoy deschutes brewery beers, and had bottle varieties for a time, so when I found myself in Portland, I looked up the brewpub. The location was crowded, the service slow, and the food overpriced for what it was. That being said, I still rate it up a bit because they still had their good beers to fall back on and, afterall, if you have a good beer in hand, it isn’t hard to overlook some of the other faults.
Nice bar, the beer selection was excellent - 2 beers on cask, 1 on nitro. many special beers in addition to the regulars. Food is definitely above average for a brewpub. Beer servers are a bit snooty, but they are efficient, and the beer is too good to let that bother you. Yes the restaurant is big and a bit "touristy" for Portland, but still a very fun place and recommended for beer lovers.