About Deschutes Brewery
As co-owners of Deschutes, we are proud to be family and employee owned. We are dedicated to our core values and live them every day by; honoring our customers, delivering quality, working as a team, doing our best and next time doing it better, building a healthier society, celebrating the culture of beer, and owning it!!
We are committed to the craft beer industry and our community by honoring our mission to PROFITABLY DELIVER THE FINEST BEERS IN THE WORLD AND CULTIVATE EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCES.
Deschutes Brewery overlooks the wild and scenic Deschutes River in beautiful Bend, Oregon, home base to our adventurous, award-winning lineup of pioneering beers. You’re welcome to drop in, sample our beers, and meet the beer-obsessed folks who tend them.
Deschutes Brewery Parking
I went on a Sunday afternoon (Oct 2017) so there was plenty of parking. Out front there is visitor parking and even if they were super busy they have buildings and lots next door so I dont imagine finding a spot is impossible – maybe busy at times but not impossible.
Food & Food Trucks @ Deschutes Brewery
There are no food trucks and there is no kitchen (at least not that you can order from in the Taproom). The taproom is more of a get beer or get merchandise or have some samples and wait for a tour type of place.
Deschutes Brewery Hours
While the taproom closes early its purpose isnt to be your main place to hang out and drink beer. That said they give you plenty of time and chances to get in when other places arent even open.
- Monday: 8am-5pm
- Tuesday: 8am-5pm
- Wednesday: 8am-5pm
- Thursday: 8am-5pm
- Friday: 8am-5pm
- Saturday: 12pm-5pm
- Sunday: 12pm-5pm
Deschutes Brewery Tours
Tours are daily and free. They also come with 4 free samples and plenty of time before or after your tour to browse the taproom/shop and either buy more beer to drink there, fill a growler or get some merchandise.
- Tours take place daily @ 1PM and 3PM
- Free guided walking tour of our Bend brewing facility
- Tours take approximately 45 minutes
- Four complimentary beer samples included for guests 21+
- Everyone is welcome in the tasting room and gift shop
- Recommended for ages 12+
- Elevators are available for ADA access
- Limited to 15 guests per tour
- Tours can be booked up to 3 months in advance (visit their site to do it)
Deschutes Brewery Tour Review
A few weeks before I visited Bend (Oct 2017) for a business trip I made sure to secure a spot on the 3PM tour. I knew that with the conference and my travel schedule that was likely my only chance to go (and I was right). I was the first to show up for the tour but by the time I had 2 of my samples the taproom had suddenly become pretty full. I had a 3rd and a quick run to the restroom and I ended up being the last to run to join the large tour of 12-15 people that suddenly had appeared.
Deschutes Brewery Review
The tour started promptly, well as promptly as it could as nature had called and I was answering. Besides me being the last one and holding up the whole tour it moved at a pretty quick pace. We certainly had great insights by Jeff the guide and time for Q&A but we did cover a ton in 45ish minutes. The tour starts in the taproom and then moves outside. From there you head inside and see some of the old expansions that have happened. Jeff is great at bringing in his own experience with Deschutes and beer in general and makes the parts of the tour that dig into the “how beer is made” fun and different from most tours.
As you wind through the brewery you see a mix of new and old everywhere. The community of the people that work there is pretty evident and something honestly I dont recall seeing or getting a feeling of from “just a tour”. I also like that while the tour touches on the overall process it does so in a way that relates to how they do it at Deschutes and isnt just Beer Brewing 101.
Deschutes Brewery Atmosphere
The brewery has a ton of history which is always cool. The tap room is open but has some spots to lean and place your beer. The big winner for me is just seeing all of the growth and different parts of the brewery that were built and added on over the years. So many breweries grow up and destory that history because well, its not easy to save. So when you CAN see it and see it still being used it is really cool.
Deschutes Brewery Service & Staff
Jeff was awesome. He was helping two ladies run the bar and then was my tour guide. Everyone was busy helping people and that included me as I tried to find some options that I wouldnt likely be able to get back in Chicago or outside of Bend. As a tour guide he had the group in stitches and moving at a pretty fast clip. There was always time for questions but honestly there rarely were any.
Final Deschutes Brewery Thoughts
Overall I had a great time, loved the price (free unless you count the cab ride over), and found it fun and interesting. The 4 beer samples also adds something nice as I was able to try some Deschutes that simply doesnt make it (and likely wont) to Illinois. I would highly recommend that you try and catch a tour when in Bend and if you plan it correctly you can hit a number of other local breweries before and after for a fun beer day!
Deschutes Brewery Beer Review
There is a nice mix of popular stuff you can get anywhere and some “special have to visit Bend” type stuff available. The four samples are free so they are small but certainly big enough for you to get a few good sips of each beer and get a good idea for the flavors.
- Hop Trip – Not what I expected but yum and really good
- Hopzeit Autumn IPA – first time Ive tried it and wish I could have more.
- Hop Stack IPA – good IPA
- I had a 4th but didnt check it in so… 🙁