I may have mentioned a recent work trip to Portland, OR. Well, even on the road, a girl’s gotta eat, and part of the joy I take in work travel is finding local gems to try. With that in mind, my colleague and I hit up Deschutes Brewery in the Pearl District for dinner.
I was exceptionally pleased with both the beer and food at Deschutes. The food was interesting, upscale pub food. We split a soft pretzel with a delicious creamy cheese dip to start, then I had a bison burger with pork belly “bacon” on top for my entree. It was accompanied by a half-and-half mix of regular and sweet potato fries that were just excellent. Deschutes could have served mediocre beer and earned high marks on food alone.
But they didn’t do that. In fact, the beer was also quite excellent. We each ordered a brewer’s choice sampler and agreed there wasn’t a dud in the six beers on the tray. The beers we tried were:
- Desert Heat
- Fruit Strip NWPA
- Fresh Squeezed IPA
- Dissociator Doppelbock
- Smoked Oyster Stout
Seriously, every one of these beers was good. My favorite may have been the Desert Heat despite its terrible menu description (“Complex fruity esters pair up with citrus and tropical notes that are so powerful, they will Van Dammage your palate.” Ugh.).
I highly recommend Deschutes for your next lunch, dinner, or beer binge on a visit to Portland. Everything was excellent. I know I’ll be on the lookout for Deschutes beers locally here in Boston from now on.