Black Butte XXI from Deschutes Brewery

So, we'll wrap this sad tale up with an official statement from Deschutes.  It's true, no Black Butte Reserve Series in bottles this year.  While it is a loss of one of the most anticipated beers of the year, it's great to know that a company like Deschutes Brewery won't  just push out beer that doesn't meet their high standards.  There is a very limited amount on draft at both Bend Pub and tasting room as well as the Portland Pub.  I had some on Sunday, and all I can say is: go get some now!

Statement from Gary Fish, founder and president, Deschutes Brewery:

We will not be releasing our Reserve Series Black Butte XXII in 2010.  This Imperial version of our popular Black Butte Porter has helped to commemorate Deschutes Brewery’s June 27th anniversary since 2008.

The experimental chocolate used in this year’s formulation is coming out of solution and is forming a butter-type layer on the surface of the beer.  While the beer tastes perfectly fine, the visual in the bottle is not up to our long-held commitment to quality and positive customer experience.

Pushing boundaries like we do means that things don’t always turn out the way we expect.  However, we promise to never back away from the line, even when the risk is great.

There will be very limited amounts of Black Butte XXII on draft, only available at the Bend pub, Portland pub and the Bend tasting room.