(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 canít swing a dead cat without hitting a brewery/brewpub.
The food at Deschutes is solid. My "gyro" burger and my wifeís burger were both really good.
Overall this place definitely needs to be at the top of anyoneís "to-visit" list on a Portland trip.
Visited after dinner on a Tuesday. Big sprawling spot on a corner in downtown. A bunch of wood everywhere, and a huge bar and dining room. The place was packed with locals, tourists, business people, really all sorts of folks. I was lucky enough to secure a spot at the end of the bar, and the bartender was attentive and knowledgeable. 14 beers on draft, regular rotation as well as quite a few seasonals and brewpub only one-offs. All of the food coming out looked solid, though I didnít eat. Worth a stop, particularly if you are a Deschutes fan like me.
82 = ★★★Ĺ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
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 Iíve had. I canít complain.
I was so impressed by Deschutes places in Bend I decided that weíll 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.
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. Youíre at Deschutes and itís one of the most trustworthy brewery around. Everything they do is good, yet theyíre 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 youíve never heard of. The amped-up black butte was worthy of its smaller brother, the pils was one of the best Iíve had in the last few months. The prices remain democratic. Perhaps not the friendliest place, itís just too big, but a place Iíd dine in frequently given the chance.
Very cool spot. Big beer hall with plenty of character, even if itís manufactured. Flight of 6 available for $9, not bad. Found a few beers I hadnít 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.
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. Didnít eat. Part of the brewery setup visible from the restarant area. Service so-so. Fairly big selection of beers. Didnít 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. Couldnít get the free WiFi working. If I had the chance Iíd go back again.
bhensonb (581) Woodland, California | December 12, 2009| Updated July 25, 2014
Fresh wood beams; carved wood.Spacious. Crowded all to heck. 17 taps and 2 casks. Greatg venue, if you can find a place to sit.