Oregon is a big player in the craft beer scene. You can find beer from several of their breweries in bars and stores in other states, making odds pretty high you’ve come across their beers before. Easily one of the most recognizable and widely distributed of these beers from Oregon is Deschutes Brewery. Robbie and I went to their Public House for lunch during a whirlwind weekend trip to Portland (their main brewery is in Bend). And OMG. The food was ridiculously delicious, and so was the beer. We were short on time so I was only able to try one beer while we were there, but I picked up several to try back at home! And goodness, it was challenging figuring out how to stuff them into my suitcase for the flight back to LA.
Deschutes is a family and employee owned company based in Bend, OR since 1988. They are on a mission to deliver the finest beers in the world, build a healthier society, make every visit to their pubs and breweries an awesome experience, and celebrate the culture of beer. Seems to me like they are living up to and exceeding their goals. Yay Deschutes!
Portland Public House
The distinctly Northwestern Portland Public House features 26 beers on tap, including the Deschutes mainstays, seasonal beers, and some brewed onsite exclusively for the Portland location.
The restaurant serves up classic pub food made from local ingredients, bringing a taste of Central Oregon to downtown Portland. The dishes were created by Chef Jill Ramseier and were made to pair perfectly with their beer (some of the dishes even use Deschutes beer). This isn’t your standard pub fare. Even non beer drinkers will love coming to Deschutes for the food alone. And on top of that, the Public House is located in a great area surrounded by tons of shopping. Definitely a must-see on any Portland visit.
Of the 26 beers on tap at the Portland Public House, six of them are currently brewed onsite and are available only at this location. Click here for a list of all the beers on tap. I think it goes without saying that if you visit the Portland location, you should probably try the beer you can’t get anywhere else. Buuuuuut since it was my first experience with Deschutes (and having a boyfriend from Oregon, I know we’ll be back), I went with one of their year-round mainstays: the Pacific Wonderland Lager.
Pacific Wonderland Lager, pilsner, ABV 5.5%. Citrus, floral and herbal hop flavors, with a delicate malt body and crisp, clean lager finish.
From the Deschutes website: “We’ve always believed the best way to respect tradition is to brew the unexpected. So when we set out to create a sessionable lager befitting of the Pacific Northwest, our sense of exploration led us to this dry-hopped wonder befitting of everyday adventure. Citrusy Tettnang Mandarina hops combine with the crisp, bright character of a traditional lager to deliver a beer that is truly refreshing, and undoubtedly worth sharing.”
I loved the Pacific Wonderland Lager! Very light, crisp, and refreshing, it was the perfect companion for a warm Portland afternoon. And it paired beautifully with my dungeness crab lunch.
On our lunch menu:
- Dungeness Crab Roll
Pacific crab tossed with onion, celery, lemon and mayonnaise in a seared East Coast-style bun
- Brewery Pretzel
Creamy white cheese, Black Butte Porter stone ground mustard
- House Salad
Sweet field greens with seasonal garnishes, candied malt, choice of Fresh Squeezed IPA vinaigrette, smoked blue cheese or hopped buttermilk dressing
And they were all AH-MAZE-ING!!! Just writing this post is making me hungry and wanting to eat that meal again.
PORTLAND PUBLIC HOUSE LOCATION:
210 NW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 12am
There is a small gift shop onsite selling Deschutes merch, gift cards, bottled beer, growler fills, and kegs.