Tuesday, November 22, 2011
TIMBER!; An imposing dining area adorned with enormous wood carvings that detail pioneer life in the pacific northwest as well sky high totems welcome to you a little cloud of Portland's fabled "beervana". Deschutes' Portland Brewpub is located in that veritable Bermuda Triangle of tourism known as the Pearl District. Spitting distance from such gotta-see stalwarts as Powells City of Books and Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade, this slice of Oregon pride is highly recommended on your list of places to take your noisy, restless, here-for-the-holidays family.
BURGER; 3 choices, all of them with attributes to beat the band. As per usual, I opt for the classic burger, listed at Deschutes as the Brewery Burger. A juicy, hand formed Coleman Ranch 1/2 lb patty, well seasoned and dripping with Tillamook cheddar supports sweet, ripe tomato, thinly sliced red onion and tender butter lettuce leaves. The bun is house made, with a soft, pillowy texture that compliments everything it's supporting. At 12 bucks, it's a tad pricey, but certainly worth the cost if you care about locally sourced ingredients, especially the beef.
FRIES; Fresh yukon golds or sweet potatoes cooked with care and attention, sourced locally and well seasoned. I enjoy the salad option as well. A heap of beautiful field greens dressed with a beer based house made dressing will bring me joy any day of the week.
SERVICE; Abundant and stoked that you showed up. Beer smart and enthusiastic, these servers are a well oiled machine, keeping beers full, water glasses topped off, and bellies satiated. Very friggin kid friendly with a bar area that is equally as cacophonous as the young nieces and nephews you brought with you. Beer and wine only.
WHERE; 210 NW 11th Ave, Portland www.deschutesbrewery.com