For the craft beer lover, a visit to Portland means tasting plenty of delicious, locally brewed beer. Full Sail, Rogue, Widmer Brothers, Bridgeport and Deschutes all call Oregon home. While you may be tempted to say that you do not have enough time to try all of Oregon’s best brews, we say you have not budgeted your time properly. Beer makes time for you, so it is about time you return the favor. In other words, if you are planning a trip to Portland, don’t miss their fabulous local brews.
The Deschutes Brewery is located all the way out in Bend, Oregon, about 175 miles southeast of Portland on the edge of Deschutes National Forest. If you are planning on seeing Crater Lake and Mount Hood, Bend is located between the two on US 97. If you are not traveling out that way, don’t worry. Deschutes operates a pub in Portland, so you can sample their beers on tap from the friendly confines of the Pearl District.
With 18 beers on tap and a full menu featuring many items made with local ingredients, the Deschutes Brewery Public House is the perfect place to go for food, drinks or both. Order up a flight of sample size beers because you will not be able to decide which one(s) you will want. L&A is fond of the Inversion IPA, Chainbreaker White IPA and Black Butte Porter, but really, all of their beer is quite good and should not be missed.
Deschutes is open from 11am to 10pm Sunday through Tuesday, until 11pm Wenesday and Thursday and until midnight on weekends.
So much beer, so little time.
We recommend Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest: A Beer Lover’s Guide to Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia by Lisa M. Morrison