Deschutes Brewery, Portland

Just got some information from Deschutes about some upcoming beer releases over the next few months.  While Hop in the Dark will be debuting in bottles on the shelves this month, Black Butte XXII will be out at the end of June and The Dissident will be out in September.  More details as the release dates approach and I can get my hands on some.  For now, here's plenty of information so that you can get the dates on your calendars and money in your account!

Hop in the Dark Cascadian Dark Ale

When: Available May – September 2010 Where: Available in all 15 states where Deschutes is sold What: Bond Street Series (22-ounce bottles and draft) Beer Geek Information: 6.5% ABV, 70 IBUs Info: What takes 22 brews and more than a year of experiments to reach perfection? Deschutes Brewery’s newest Bond Street Series release: Hop in the Dark Cascadian Dark Ale (C.D.A.). C.D.A. is a new style of beer that emerged recently in the Pacific Northwest, more widely known as a Black I.P.A.  There has been a significant movement and debate in the region to call the style C.D.A., and Deschutes Brewery leads the way with Hop in the Dark.  This ominous looking liquid combines prominent Northwest hops with roasted malts to create a black tinted India Pale Ale type beer. Hop in the Dark aromas come from Cascade, Amarillo, Citra and Centennial hops that float over a gentle undercurrent of velvet malt complexities.  Deschutes Brewery invites beer lovers to take the plunge – a hop, if you will – into this new Dark Cascadian Ale.

Black Butte XXII

When: June 27th Where: Available in all 15 states where Deschutes is sold What: Reserve Series (22-ounce wax-dipped bottles and draft) Beer Geek Information: 11% ABV Info: First brewed to celebrate our 20th anniversary, our extreme cousin of Black Butte Porter is back for a third performance in 2010.  Generation XXII melds cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, orange peel, and chilies all aged in bourbon barrels to create a masterpiece of creative brewer whimsy.  Released on Deschutes Brewery’s anniversary, this beer will help us celebrate at the parties we are holding in Bend and Portland (see below).

The Dissident

When: September Where: Available in all 15 states where Deschutes is sold What: Reserve Series (22-ounce wax-dipped bottles and draft) Beer Geek Information: 9% ABV Info: Eighteen months in isolation, The Dissident is a distinctive Flanders-style brown ale, with a fruity aroma and flavor.  Our only wild yeast beer, brettanomyces and lactobacillus impart its characteristic sour taste.  Lavished with whole western Washington cherries - pits, stems and all – (which, by the way, our brewmaster picks out personally during family vacations, to the tune of much eye-rolling from his children).  It’s our wildest, most expensively pampered beer.