About once a week, we speak with a beer fan who is concerned about the "floaties," flakes, or sediment they've found in their craft beer. "Is it bad?" "Will this make me sick?" and "this looks gross" are a few of the comments we read or hear.
In recent news, we've heard that craft beer fans want a beer to fuss over. Not only do you want a beer that is delicious, but you are interested in high quality ingredients, a wonderful aroma, and a beer with a beautiful look and color. As you pour your beer into the perfect glass, you see white flakes that you weren't expecting and some not so positive thoughts come to mind unless you've done some previous research about the subject.
Assistant Brewmaster Veronica Vega, Brand Ambassador Chad Hester, and Executive Chef Jeff Usinowicz, tell you everything you need to know about our newest year-round Bond Street Series release, Pinedrops IPA, now available in six-packs. We promise you'll be thirsty after watching this.
Let's talk gas. Beer has it...and it shows up visually in the form of bubbles.
When you order a pint at your local watering hole, it will most likely be served using CO2 or carbon dioxide. During fermentation, yeast in the tank/vessel eat sugars from the liquid (called wort or sweet barley tea) and naturally there are two bi-products from this process...alcohol and CO2. Before the beer goes from the fermentation vessels to a brite tank (where the beer settles before bottling), or directly to racking for kegging, it is often force carbonated to give the beer fizz, flavors and aromas.
A foeder (pronounced FOOD-er) is really a large wooden vat used to age wine, but recently, many breweries like New Belgium Brewing, Epic Brewing Company, Crooked Stave and more have got a hold of them to age their sour beers and large amounts of it.
Here at Deschutes, our off-site barrel warehouse has been growing, and with over 3,000 barrels, it seemed natural to add some foeders into the mix. We've been collecting a few here and there but most recently, we had the opportunity to obtain this little 25 bbl french oak foeder made by Sequin Morreau and we're the only brewery in the WORLD to have this particular one.
We're super excited to announce that we're setting up shop in your town for one day! That's right, we're bringing our outdoor pub of epic proportions to each of the cities below for an all out block party. Crafted from reclaimed wood and steel, our Street Pub will be a one-stop-shop to try several of our beers – from the coveted Reserve Series rarities (think The Abyss) all the way to year-round favorites like Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. Pair those beers up with culinary creations from our Executive Chef, Jeff Usinowicz, and live local music – and you have a street party that’s truly “crafted for community.”
Each and every year, Girl Scouts come to the brewery to get us signed up to help out their troops, and to receive some delicious bite-size morsels we all know as...Girl Scout Cookies! Then the idea came to mind: what if we paired these said cookies with our delicious beers? This could be a match made in malt, hops and cookie dough.
Are you excited or what? You just found that Reserve Series beer you've been looking for and after purchasing this high ABV (alcohol by volume) 22 ounce bottle, you get home, look at the label, and notice that it says: "Best After" January 2016. You think to yourself: "WHAT?!?, I have to wait a year before I am able to drink this beer?" Then the internal conversation begins inside your own head, "Should I drink this now, or add it to my cellar?"
If you're reading this, it is either due to the suggestive title, or maybe you just really want to know the differences between tasting beer and still wine (wine without bubbles). As the saying goes, "it takes a lot of beer to make great wine." This is because after tasting high abv (alcohol by volume) wine all day, winemakers sometimes just want to drink a beer. The same may be said for brewers too. After making beer after beer, and tasting a sample from every batch, it may be nice to sit at the home at the end of the day and slowly sip on a glass of wine. Whether you prefer beer, wine or both, you may often wonder to yourself... "I know it's ok to swirl, sip and spit wine to taste it, but is that how to taste beer too?" Well, we did a bit of "research" and came up with some answers for you!
This creative outlet is where our brewers are able to dream. It is where we are given the free reign to try something we've never done before, fail, learn, and present to you, in rare, barrel-aged, small-batch offerings, our pickled brewer hearts in the form of a waxed-dipped 22 oz bottle. They are a thank you to our pub patrons for making our pubs a part of their lives, and for believing in our crazy ideas. The Pub Reserve Series is the only one of its kind where we are not bound by pesky deadlines outside of what we place on ourselves. Where we truly hand select the best of our efforts, and let the beer either take its time or shout “IT’S TIME”!
Beer, chicken wings, and football pair perfectly together, and with the "The Big Game" coming up this weekend, we thought it would be fun to do a Deschutes beer and wing pairing that you could mimic at home.
Everyone has their favorite wings and their favorite wing spot and these spots almost always have beer! When we asked Central Oregon fans on Facebook to list their wing favorites, the recommendations were far and wide from fried to baked and from regular Buffalo Hotwings, to Honey Cajun BBQ.