(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.
The interior is large and surprisingly lively even on a hot and sunny day. We made the mistake of sitting on the sidewalk, and later realized that inside was actually better. Anyway, the highlight was they had on a very good low ABV hoppy ale (called Dry-Hopped Table Beer) and that was really good yum. The other beers we tried were alright, nothing special. In any other town of course this would be an awesome place but the bar in Portland has become high and the old school breweries are getting beaten by the young blood. Regardless, there are actually not that many good beer establishments in the Pearl and this is a worthwhile stop for sure.
This is a bigger sized brewpub with lots of dining area which we enjoyed, since the bar area was full. It was a Monday night and things were bustling, but not slammed packed. There was a good array of quality beer to choose from. Service was helpful and the salmon mac and cheese was tasty along with perhaps the best hummus plate I’ve had. I can’t complain.
I was so impressed by Deschutes places in Bend I decided that we’ll visit the Deschutes in Portland too. And it was a good choice. There was nothing wrong with it. A huge and crowded brewpub in the centre of Portland. The service was OK, food good and beers tasty. So absolutely nothing wrong. Well, there was no wi-fi. But if you have a chance visit Deschutes in Bend.
Visited March 2017. I think Deschutes is one of the best ’big’ breweries in the states. It was welcomed (and sort of unsurprising) to learn that it operates a very professional mega-brewpub operation. The Portland outpost is a huge space that seemed packed with tourists and casuals. Staff didn’t seem overwhelmed and were very quick to serve. The expansive tap list featured a pleasingly diverse lineup of core beers and brewpub exclusives. Everything, as expected, was well executed and generally tasty. No faults here. A pleasant - if impersonal and somewhat corporate - drinking experience.
Visited early evening Wed July 1, 2015. Had a 5-10 minutes waiting list, even though the place is pretty big. Me and my friend got a table after a while, I had a 6 sample tray, she had the one beer. Didn’t eat. Part of the brewery setup visible from the restarant area. Service so-so. Fairly big selection of beers. Didn’t look at the food menu. Walked over from Tugboat, not far. After walked to Fat Heads, not far either. Also very close to Rogue. Very central, parking might be hard. Couldn’t get the free WiFi working. If I had the chance I’d go back again.
I greatly enjoyed my visit at Deschutes. Their enormous and spacey restaurant is located in the old brewery district in what is now a beautifully restored (awesome windows) industrial loft with very high ceilings. It was a bit disappointing to fall upon such early closing times, but we later came for lunch and the place was pretty much packed. The food was excellent, well-thought, tasty, in perfect size and more than a few interesting choices featured in the menu. The beer selection is nothing short of stunning. You’re at Deschutes and it’s one of the most trustworthy brewery around. Everything they do is good, yet they’re not afraid of venturing into national brewing trends and doing it much better than most. So you have at least 15 beers on tap, 2 on cask and many of them you’ve never heard of. The amped-up black butte was worthy of its smaller brother, the pils was one of the best I’ve had in the last few months. The prices remain democratic. Perhaps not the friendliest place, it’s just too big, but a place I’d dine in frequently given the chance.
Very cool spot. Big beer hall with plenty of character, even if it’s manufactured. Flight of 6 available for $9, not bad. Found a few beers I hadn’t tried, but most of the beers are commonly found in stores/bars.
This is a must stop on any visit to Portland. During me recent travels there it was suggested by some locals that these guys were the big guys in town and that somehow that made them less cool...less "worthy"...well they make great beers...and yes...their place in very neat in a "big brewpub" way...but so what. They still have good food...great beer (large selection) and large but very interesting "digs"...especially for any craftbeer tourists visiting Portland.