The Dissident

Three things that make me think that this release is getting pretty damn close:

  1. Tweet from Deschutes today: "The Dissident sure smells good. Having a little tasting session with the brewers to determine the perfect blend for 2010."
  2. Label approval (uh, see above)
  3. Best After date on label: Usually about a year after release, and we're well into that territory.

The last release of this in bottles was in 2008, too long ago.  I was so intrigued by this beer when it came out that I didn't save any to store in the cellar—I drank all six within a few months.  Expect me and everyone else to stock up on this release, so limited quantities will be even more limited.

Early press releases from this summer specified an October release date, but Deschutes likes to release it's beer when it's ready.  Of course, when I get the official word, I'll post it here.

August Press Release:

When: October

What: Reserve Series (22-ounce wax-dipped bottles and draft)

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.

Where: Available in all 15 states where Deschutes is sold