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Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House

Deschutes Brewery


Deschutes Brewery was founded in 1988 as a brew pub in Bend, Oregon. A pub in Portland’s Pearl District opened in 2008. Still family and employee owned, the brewery is known for a diverse line-up of award winning beers including Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From the beginning, the focus has been on crafting the best beer and food using only the finest ingredients. Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 28 states, the District of Columbia, and around the world from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River. 


  • Winner of the 2015 Oregon Sustainability Award in the Business Category.
  • Named as a “Green Power Partner” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Community and Environmental Giving

  • Working with the Deschutes River Conservancy, Deschutes Brewery leases unused water rights keeping 1 billion gallons of water in the Deschutes River, annually.
  • For every barrel of beer sold, Deschutes Brewery donates $1 dollar to charity.
  • The Portland Pub donates $1 to a local non-profit for every pint sold on Tuesdays.

Employees (Co-Owners)

  • Employees who work over 1000 hours per year are automatically enrolled in the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
  • Health and retirement benefits are included with full-time employment at both the bottling facility and the two Pubs.
  • An active Sustainability Committee encourages and educates employees on environmentally conscious living, and acts as a think-tank to improve sustainable processes throughout the Pubs and bottling facility.
  • All employees are encouraged to actively participate in offering more efficient and sustainable solutions through the Brewery’s Process Improvement program.

Energy and Water

  • 100% of energy used at the Portland Pub is purchased from renewable resources.
  • The Portland Pub uses low flow toilets and automatic hand dryers and is upgrading all lighting to energy efficient LED bulbs.


  • Spent grain is sent to local cattle ranchers, who use it to finish feed their cattle and then return it to the Pub in the form of steaks and burgers. Spent grain is also used in baked goods.
  • Eliminated disposable plastic cups by switching to reusable kids cups, and offering a free stainless steel water bottle to all employees.
  • Non-curbside plastic is picked up by B-Line and biked to a local recycling facility.


  • Offer staff a pre-tax deduction for monthly Trimet passes.
  • Free bike tune-ups are available to all employees.
  • A bike buddy and carpool guide encourages alternatives to single-passenger car commuting.


210 NW 11th Ave. Portland, OR 97209