Blog Tag: Deschutes Brewery

Beer + Food Carts + Bands = The Awesome Deschutes Street Fare!

It's back, it's awesome, and it kicks off at 5pm tonight! Details from the press release are below, plus some of my favorite images from years past. I'll be there are usual, weighed down with camera gear, so stop by and say hi! A benefit for the Meals on Wheels People, Street Fare will feature some of Portland’s most popular food carts. These well-known vendors will pair their delicious dishes to match perfectly with Deschutes Brewery’s beers,... Read More »

2013 OBF Week Preview

The biggest brew fest of the Portland season returns this Wednesday for a five day run at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Here are the pertinent details on the 26th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival for those just interested in the facts: Location: Main entrance at S.W. Oak Street and Naito Parkway in downtown Portland Dates: July 24 - 28, 2013 (always the last full weekend in July) Times: Wednesday through Saturday: taps are open from Noon... Read More »

Happy Hour Weekly Planner – N/NE Portland Edition

Although many folks tout the Northwest’s cold and wet winters as a reason we have such great beer and pub culture, I do not find myself excited to seek out a killer happy hour deal when I punch out and it is already pitch black by 4:30. Therefore, I have held back this post until the sun returned, the days got longer and the mercury routinely rose above 60. The stars have now aligned, so... Read More »

The Bigger Picture: Deschutes Brewery and the Deschutes River Recordings

"Welcome to the riverside high wire: live, unadorned, far from a studio safety net." "Brew, drink, repeat" has been our mantra for the past 8 years. It's a simple, closed, beer-filled circle. It's a very high level view of the craft brewing and drinking community, so we're going to dig a little deeper. Beer is, at it's core, a business. Simply stated, if a brewery can't support itself through beer sales, it will inevitably cease... Read More »

2012 Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery

September 4, 2012
Jubelale hits the shelves for the 25th year this October. Deschutes Brewery is now covering 16 US states, so those of us lucky enough to get this will see it in bottles and on draft through December. As usual, the artwork for the bottle is fantastic. In fact, this year's artwork is a design comprised solely of previous years label art through collaging bits and pieces together to form an entirely new piece. Bend Artist Kaycee Anseth Townsend said,... Read More »

Black Butte Reserve from Deschutes Brewery Returns to Celebrate 24 Years!

For those of you that know Black Butte Reserve XXIV from Deschutes Brewery, you've probably already got a few in your cellar. For those that don't know this beer, or only treat yourself to one each year, keep reading. The annual Black Butte Reserve beer is one of the most complex beers that leaves Bend Oregon. With its myriad of enticing ingredients, and its high-viscosity body, it almost defies description. Black Butte XXIV is layer upon... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Collage from Deschutes Brewery and Hair of the Dog Brewing

Normally, when two competing companies get together in America, they're up to no good: dark rooms, whispering, and talks about screwing the consumer. In the beer industry however, the process and outcome is very different. Collage, for example, is a blend of four vastly different beers from two vastly different breweries. Alan Sprints from Portland's Hair of the Dog brewed batches of Adam and Fred at Deschutes brewery in Bend. In turn, Deschutes Brewery crafted... Read More »

Two Upcoming Big Portland Beer Releases

Coming soon is the much anticipated collaboration between Deschutes Brewery and Hair of the Dog Brewing: Collage. This beer answers the question: What would happen if we blended Hair of the Dog's Adam and Fred with Deschutes Brewery's Dissident and Stoic? Oh, and what if we aged everything in a variety of barrels?" Well, I for one am glad that someone asked that question. I'm even more happy that the two great breweries decided to... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery

The "White IPA" style on the label should be a giveaway: this is not your normal IPA. But don't let that scare you: this is an excellent beer. As with every other Deschutes Brewery beer, this ale has gone through many iterations and tests at the Deschutes Proving Grounds (DPG)—aka the Deschutes brewpubs. Deschutes Brewery is not afraid to ask consumers for their opinions on new recipes and they are not afraid to change these... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Deschutes Brewery Bond Street Pub in Bend Oregon

Congratulations to Deschutes Brewery for the reopening of their Bond Street Pub in Bend Oregon! Doubling their size and rebuilding from almost the ground up, they've spared no expense to make their patrons feel at home—and quite frankly, a little spoiled. I took a walk around the Bond Street Pub a couple of weeks ago before their official grand reopening on February 1st. They still had a bit of work to do, but I captured... Read More »

Chainbreaker IPA from Deschutes Brewery

Those of you that came out to my Of Pints and Men beer photography show at Gigantic Gallery, got a sneak peek at Chainbreaker White IPA graciously donated by Deschutes Brewery. In fact, we kicked an entire 13 gallon keg in a matter of a few hours! I'm so proud of us. But playing around with an IPA is a dangerous proposition. It's obvious that we take pride in our huge floral and citrusy IPAs here... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Beer Shrapnel

January 13, 2012
Shrapnel from the annual New Year's Eve Tasting. La Ferme de la Ville Provision (2011), Belgian Farmhouse, Block 15 La Folie (2011), Sour Brown, New Belgium Clutch (2011), Dark Sour, New Belgium Kriek (2011), Barrel Aged Kriek, Cascade Brewing The Dissident (2010), Oud Bruin, Deschutes Brewery Love Buzz (2011), Barrel-Aged Brett Saison, Anchorage Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel LSD, Bourbon Barrel Strong Ale, Lompoc Brewing 14 (2010), Barrel Aged Blend, Firestone Walker Labyrinth (2011), Rye Barrel Aged Black Ale, Uinta Brewing Abyss (2010), Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Deschutes Brewery Abyss (2011), Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Deschutes Brewery Bourbon... Read More »

Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery

“You will find no cloying, mouth-puckering bitterness here. In its place is a straight-up, succulent, citrus punch to the nose.” Brewer John Abraham Traditionally, a Northwest Style Pale Ale is very hoppy: big floral aroma, huge citrus taste, and a giant bitter backbone. Deschutes Brewery has bucked that tradition with their version of the Northwest Pale ale, Red Chair. Now this beer is still hoppy, but retains none of the bitterness usually associated with this... Read More »

2011 Abyss Release Party at Deschutes Portland Pub

October 30, 2011
Nov. 15, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House 210 NW 11th Ave., Portland (503) 296-4906 We promised details, and he they are!  You'll see me there for a four year vertical.  If you haven't had the willpower to store away bottles for the last three years, this will be your only chance to try all four years side by side. From the official press release: 2011 marks the sixth release of... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Abyss 2011 from Deschutes Brewery

October 28, 2011
Sorry for the cell-phone-nature of this photo, but I had limited time due to things like being required to drink a (different) vertical of beer, write about it, and photograph the process. Oh, the horror! I know, there could be worse ways to spend my time. Regardless of how I spend my time, free time can be very scarce. Unfortunately, you are the ones that have to pay the price by being subjected to that... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Hop Trip from Deschutes Brewery

October 20, 2011
Fresh hop beers are meant to be consumed as fresh as possible, keeping the floral and spice characters from receding into oblivion. This year, Deschutes Brewery's Hop Trip is on the shelves in six packs. Get 'em now and enjoy some of the last bits of the lost Northwest summer! Read More »

Of Pints and Men, a Beer Art Show at Gigantic Gallery!

Photography by Matt Wiater Paintings by Ian Seniff Cheers Deschutes! I am very excited to announce that two of us from are being featured in the show "Of Pints and Men" at Gigantic Gallery.  Ian Seniff and I are taking part in this month's exhibit, which includes photography, paintings and illustrations all about beer. I will be showing photography from several breweries: Amnesia Brewing, BridgePort Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Full Sail Brewing, Hair of the... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Fresh Hop Mirror Pond from Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond next to it's first-time-bottled fresh hop counterpart. Oh yeah, Otto wants your attention too.  And a treat. In Fresh Hop Mirror Pond, light herbal and grassy notes come through from the fresh hops. These new hop additions also seem to cut down on the usual sweetness of Mirror Pond, leaving the body feeling a bit lighter, though there are no changes to the malt bill.  While dry-hopping with fresh hops won't increase the... Read More »

Fermented Photo: 2011 Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery

September 9, 2011
Details about this year's Jubelale are starting to leaking out, even thought the beer won't hit the shelves until October.  Jubelale rears it's beautiful head around Oregon in many shapes and sizes around Oregon throughout the year.  A few weeks back, Tonip Lebuj (Jubelale aged in Pinot Barrels) was on tap at the Portland Pub.  Two weeks ago, bottles of Jubel 2010 (the Once in a Decade Reserve Series version)  mysteriously reappeared in Portland. Vintages of this... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Deschutes Brewery Street Fare

Normally, it's easy to look our Fermented Photo feature and say 'Yep, that's a beer.' This week, it's bit more cerebral. Nope, no beer in the photo. In fact, if this photo weren't on a beer site, you'd be saying to yourself, "That's a pretty girl doing some pretty music." Or something similar, and probably even a bit more poetic. But this is a beer site. So I can guarantee that I had a beer... Read More »

The Stoic from Deschutes Brewery: An American Quad

Let's start this off by admitting that I know very little about the Belgian Quadrupel style.  I've had several versions, La Trappe Quadrupel, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Trappistes Rochefort 10, Allagash Grand Cru, and so forth. However, compared to the amount of Portland and Oregon based beer that I have to drink for this site, the numbers are very small. There are very few Quadrupel style ales brewed in the Portland and even fewer bottled.... Read More »

Deschutes Street Fare on Thursday

Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House 210 NW 11th Ave. Portland, OR Portland Pub (503) 296-4906 The 2nd Annual Street Fare, featuring street cart vendors, Deschutes Brewery beer and live music guarantee to wow you, your friends, and even your mother! Join us on August 18th as we shut down the street in front of our Pub from 5-9 PM for our most excellent party of the year! Proceeds benefit Morrison Child and Family Services and the entry... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Deschutes Brewery Black Butte XXIII

Generation 23 melds cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, orange peel, and chilies all aged in bourbon barrels to create a masterpiece of creative brewer whimsy.  Available in bottles and on draft.  Get it before it's gone, which will be soon. Read More »

New Beer Brings the Best of Two Regions Together

25 April 2011 - Bend, Oregon– Deschutes Brewery and Boulevard Brewing Company today announced that they will release two versions of a new collaboration beer later this summer. The style, which is described by brewmasters Steven Pauwels of Boulevard and Larry Sidor of Deschutes as a White I.P.A., combines Boulevard’s expertise in making Belgian-style witbiers with Deschutes' mastery in brewing hop-forward ales. The ale will be made at both breweries and released simultaneously throughout each... Read More »

Looking Ahead: Upcoming Portland Bottle Releases

Looking for something new on the shelves? Here are a few releases that will be hitting the stores, well, sometime. While not new to draft lines, this is the first year that Hopworks' Galactic Imperial Red is being bottled. Draft description: "Our Galactic Imperial Red boldly goes where no Red has gone before. We gave it all the Centennial and Cascade hops we've got to bring the floral and citrus flavor and aroma to Warp... Read More »

Fermented Photo: 2010 Deschutes Brewery Abyss

December 3, 2010
Straight on the heels of Deschutes Brewery's release of The Dissident, out comes the Abyss.  With larger quantities than The Dissident, this beer should be a bit easier to find both at the pubs and in stores.  Wait too long though, and it will be gone just the same. Read More »

Fermented Photo: The Dissident

The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery. Gone as quickly as it appeared, selling out in under three hours at the Portland Pub. Sporadic cases have hit a few stores, good luck! Read More »

The Dissident 2010

Three things that make me think that this release is getting pretty damn close: Tweet from Deschutes today: "The Dissident sure smells good. Having a little tasting session with the brewers to determine the perfect blend for 2010." Label approval (uh, see above) 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... Read More »

Deschutes Brewery Announces Jubelale Release

Any murmurings on Deschutes Brewery's Jubel Ale release should signify a change of season.  After all, it is their Winter ale.  As the press release below denotes, this beer will be hitting the shelves in October.  In fact, Portlander's often see these releases even earlier than the printed date, so I'd expect to see these in September around here.  It's pretty early for a Winer Ale release and I have to wonder if a beer this good... Read More »

Scenes From The Deschutes Brewery Street Fare

I'll put up another post about last week's Deschutes Brewery Street Fare when we get some hard numbers: attendance, money raised, etc.   For now, enjoy some photos from what ended up being one of my favorite events this year: Deschutes beer, delicious food, great music, and an energetic crowd! Check out the rest of the photos here. Read More »

Upcoming Deschutes Brewery Events

August 5, 2010
Below are a couple of beer events on the horizon from Deschutes Brewery.  The Street Fare event is next week in Portland, and looks like a lot of fun: wide variety of food and beer, music, and a great cause: Morrison Child and Family Services. And—as if you need an excuse to go to Bend—check out the Little Woody Festival (bourbon barrel-aged beer festival) in early September.  Details below... As always, keep an eye on... Read More »

The OLCC v. Homebrewers Continues

A new interpretation of an old law came to light when the Oregon Liquor Control Commission cancelled the homebrew contest at the State Fair, causing quite a stir in the Oregon Beer Community.  In fact, I was fielding questions from as far away as North Carolina once news of the issue spread across the country.  The problem revolves around the legality of homebrewers being exempt from requiring a manufacturers license when there beer is sampled in a... Read More »

R.I.P. Deschutes Black Butte XXII Bottles

June 28, 2010
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... Read More »

Hop in the Dark, the Challenge

Some beers are simply brewed and bottled.  Others take a different route, a route that beings almost two years ago, in a land far, far away... In October of 2008, Deschutes Brewery introduced the first version of it's Hop in the Dark, a Cascadian Dark Ale.  Though it wasn't know by that moniker quite yet, this first generation IPA brewed with dark malts was a hit with the masses and brewer Larry Sidor decided that Deschutes should... Read More »

Beer Release: Hop in the Dark, Deschutes Brewery

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... Read More »

Upcoming Bottle Releases from Deschutes Brewery

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... Read More »

Two Creative Oregon Breweries Come Together to Craft an All-New Brew

Alan Sprints working his cauldron at Hair of the Dog. Just got this press release and I thought I'd pass it along.  How nice of me, right?  But this isn't just any release: it's a collaboration between Deschutes Brewery and Hair of the Dog!  And it's not just a collaborative brew in the usual sense: it's two new brews from each brewer that will be barrel-aged separately and then blended in early 2011!  I'd pre-order right now if it... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Twilight Summer Ale

April 16, 2010
Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery. As a summer seasonal, Twilight Ale will be available from April until September in 6-packs, 12-packs and on draft. Beer Geek Information: 5% ABV, 35 IBUs. Read More »

Fermented Photo: Jubel 2010, Deschutes Brewery

Jubel 2010, Deschutes Brewery. Every winter, I track this beer down—which sometimes requires a trip to bend. As noted below, it's usually around every winter on draft as Super Jubel, but it's finally making it's appearance in Deschute's Reserve Series bottles (though it was bottled ten years ago before the Reserve Series was born). Jubel 2010 is a deeply dynamic presentation of the flavors found in our festive winter seasonal, Jubelale. Available on tap around... Read More »

Press Release: Deschutes Brewery Releases Reserve Series Jubel 2010

BEND, Ore. – Deschutes Brewery, the sixth largest craft brewery in the nation, announces the release of its first Reserve Series beer for the New Year and decade, Jubel 2010. Jubel 2010 is a deeply dynamic presentation of the flavors found in its festive winter seasonal, Jubelale. Available on tap around the holidays at its pubs as “Super Jubel,” February 2010 marks only the second time the Brewery has ever bottled this immortal libation. The... Read More »

Beer Release: Hop Henge Experimental IPA

Deschutes Brewing has released the next version of their Hop Henge Experimental IPA.  As you'd expect, this monster is big on hops: huge aroma, giant floral taste, and a whopping bitterness to balance out the malt blend.  This is an IPA pushed to the edge of balance supporting  8.75% ABV and 95 IBUs.  For an IPA lover, this is a great creation, and fairly complex rather then just a hop bomb.  Sure, it's a showcase... Read More »

Cellaring Beer and the 2010 New Year's Day Tasting

Another year is upon us, and that means another Annual New Year's Day Tasting for my family.  Overall, the tasting went great, but there were a few mistakes made that we can look forward to cleaning up next year.  In this article, we're going to talk a little bit about cellaring beer--the whats, whens, and whys.  First though, let's go through this years tasting list: Abyss (2007), Deschutes Brewing, Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Abyss (2008),... Read More »

Fermented Photo: 2009 Deschutes Abyss

2009 Deschutes Abyss. The lines stretched around the building on the release day.  Doesn't anyone have anything to do at 2:00pm on a Tuesday?  Don't I have anything to do?  Well, yes.  I was planning to swoop in, pick up a handful of bottles, and be back at work within 30 minutes—just like I did at the Dissident release.  Instead, I saw the line, circled the building in my car, wept, and went back to... Read More »

2005 and 2009 Deschutes Mirror Mirror Barleywine!

2009 Deschutes Brewery Mirror Mirror Barleywine Picked up a few bottles at Deschutes Brewery downtown, took a few photos to remember them by, and stashed them in the basement--to be opened in the distant future. But all is not lost, I have the taste of Mirror Mirror on my tongue without opening a bottle. This deliciousness was made possible by the brewery by offering up 2005 and 2009 Mirror Mirror on draft! Yep. All is... Read More »

Tonight's Deschutes Tasting at Moon and Sixpence

December 18, 2008
Tonight, the Moon and Sixpence is holding a tasting of rare Deschutes Brewery beer. The list is below. Get 'em while you can! Big Red, 9% ABV, 10oz, $3.75 2007 Super Jubel Ale, 9.5 ABV, 10oz, $3.75 Jubel Ale (Nitro), 6.8 ABV, 20oz, $5.00 2008 Black Butte XX, 11 ABV, 10oz, $4.75 2008 Abyss, 11 ABV, 10oz, $4.50 Dissident, 11 ABV, 10oz, $4.75 Mirror Pond, 5.4 ABV, 20oz, $4.50 Moon and Sixpence2014 NE 42nd AvePortland,... Read More »

Deschutes Brewery: The People's Goliath

September 2, 2008
One of the great things about the Portland beer scene is that there is so much beer that never makes it out of Portland. Small seasonal batches pop up here and there and are consumed so fast that by the time you hear about them, they may have already disappeared. It's beer that's brewed specifically for the people of Portland (or anyone visiting at that particular time). Many breweries out here craft their beer on... Read More »

Photos: Deschutes Brewery and Public House (Bond Street, Bend, OR)

Here's another set from last weekend's trip to Bend. Along with the 2008 Bend Brewfest and the main brewing facility of Deschutes Brewing, I also stopped by the Deschutes Brewery and Public House to meet some people and check out their Bond Street operations. Check out the rest of the photos here. Read More »

Photos: Behind the Scenes at Deschutes Brewery in Portland

Here is the next set in our series of Portland Brewery photography. This time, we are at Deschutes Brewery in Portland. We know you love the beer, now see where it is made!Some samples from the set are below. The whole set is available here. Check out the rest of the photos here. Read More »

Beer of the Month - Deschutes Black Butte XX [May 2008]

Deschutes Black Butte XX [May 2008] OK, we're a little late for May, but what's new, right? We had some ideas for May, but I wanted to make sure to get down to Deschutes' New Portland Pub to see if any of there beers spoke to me. Well, after two rounds of the Black Butte XX, not only did the beer talk to me, but so did the walls, and the floor, and the parade... Read More »

Abyss & Coffee Girl

March 13, 2008
Abyss After the release of my "12 Days of Abyss" posts, I was accused of buying, and then drinking, all of the Abyss in Portland. Sure, I drank a lot. But based on unbiased third-party research, it turns out that I only bought and drank 83% of that fateful 2nd small batch delivered to PDX at the end of January 2008. See?But it's not over. On Monday, March 17 Belmont Station will be "tapping two... Read More »

12 Days of Abyss (Final Installment)

Welcome to the Abyss. OK. I tried. It was a dare. Actually, it was a bet. But it was a bet without money, and that's pretty much just a dare. The idea was to buy a case of Deschutes' Abyss and drink one a day for 12 days. Simple. Or so it seemed.In fact, I upped the ante and said, "12 days? I'm not an amateur! I can do this blindfolded by the end of... Read More »

12 days of Abyss (part 4) (DO NOT TYR THIS ATHOME!}

February 26, 2008
Tonight's intake (at home, on the couch, with a sitter):1) Lazy Boy IPA (22oz)2) Stone Old Guardian (22oz)3) Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard (12oz)4) Deschutes' The Abyss (22oz)OK. Normally, I'd segregate and enjoy my beers. Well, it's not like I'm not enjoying my beers, I'm just rushing a little. I haven't had a day off of my day job in 18 days, and my beer collection has been growing since I haven't had the time to... Read More »

12 Days of Abyss (Part 3)

February 7, 2008
So far, I've done a good job of talking about the idea of the beer, now I'm going to talk about the actual beer. Deschutes' The Abyss is categorized as an Imperial Stout. I'm going to slide it into the Russian Imperial Stout category as recognized by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). Out of the bottle and into the glass... Just like an IPA to India, a Russian Imperial Stout was overhopped and had... Read More »

12 Days of Abyss (Part 2)

February 3, 2008
11 bottles of beer in a box, 11 bottles of beer, take one out... You'll notice something strange in the photo below. When I got the case home, there was already one missing. Don't worry, it's not a mistake. Within ten minutes of purchase, I had already given one away. A friend of mine had his last day at work the same day that the Abyss appeared. As a fellow homebrewer and beer lover, I... Read More »

12 Days of Abyss (Part 1)

February 2, 2008
By now, everyone has either uttered the word, or heard it whispered in the dark corners of your favorite bar: abyss. As soon as the word hits the air, it evaporates into a ghost of a rumor, a tall tale, a big fish. It's nice when it's cold enough outside to keep beer cold. Riding on a huge wave of publicity generated by Men's Health magazine recognizing The Abyss as the World's Best Stout, this... Read More »

Open Letter to Deschutes Brewing

November 27, 2007
Dear Deschutes Brewing,I've just read that you will be opening a brewery in the Pearl, here in the beer capital of the world. Too many breweries? Never! I say welcome! A mug from the 2007 Bend Brewfest, a stone's throw from the massive Deschutes brewing operation on the river. We Portlander's love beer, and because we have so many great breweries in town, we can be quite snobbish. So what? We have high standards. While... Read More »