|Deschutes Brewery and Public House
210 NW 11th Avenue | Portland, OR 97209
Portland, Oregon is regularly rated among America’s top craft beer cities. According to oregoncraftbeer.org, it’s estimated that 53% percent of all draft beer consumed in Oregon is brewed in Oregon. There are currently 58 breweries in Portland and 84 in the Portland metro area.
I recently had a chance to visit Portland, Oregon, and while I did not visit all 84 Portland-area breweries, I did manage to check out 14 stand out breweries.
Deschutes Brewery is a family and employee-owned brewery founded in 1988 in Bend, Oregon. Deschutes Brewery and Public House, Deschutes’ second location opened in Portland’s Pearl District in 2008, offering great beer and delicious food in a relaxed urban atmosphere.
The 26 taps at the brewpub serve mainstays like Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter, as well as seasonal and experimental beers developed and brewed on site. I enjoyed Acid Test, a 5% ABV ale where fruit forward hops meld with acidity. A light malt base lets the bright citrus, tropical and melon hop flavors pair up with a clean lactic tartness.
All food served in the brewpub is made from scratch with local ingredients when possible. Beer snacks include Beer Nuts, Sweet Fire Cheese, and Favamame. Small plates include Garlic Rosemary Fries, Pig Wings, and Northwest Clams. Sandwiches include Double Mushroom Cheeseburger, Elk Burger, and Dungeness Crab Roll. Entrees include Margherita Fettuccini, Spicy Fried Chicken and Waffle, and Fish & Family Salmon.
I highly recommend the Roasted Tomato Soup served with jalapeno pesto and artisan bread with the Quinoa Burger served with chipotle aioli, Face Rock Creamery aged white cheddar, red onion, greens and roasted peppers. Another delicious option is the Black Butte Porter Mac and Cheese served with porter-soaked sun dried tomatoes and caramelized onions.
The restaurant is open Sunday to Thursday 11 AM to 11 PM and Friday to Saturday 11 AM to midnight. Beers are available to go in growlers and bottles. There is metered street parking in the bustling Pearl District neighborhood.