It was about that time to hit the road once more and since we've spent ample time on the west coast lately, we decided to hit up the midwest for some tasty BBQ and fabulous hospitality in the "Paris of the Plains" also known as Kansas City!
After a week of hanging out with craft beer fans at pubs, restaurants, bars, liquor stores, and bottle shops, "The Kids," Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter, decided to play the tourist card and hit up some local landmarks around town.
This week we’re recognizing our friend and super fan, Jimmy Barr, creator of the Unofficial Black Butte Porter fan page. Although he lives in North Eastern Pennsylvania where he can’t even buy a six-pack of what he calls “pure awesome in a bottle”, he has helped spread the good word for the past 5 years on Facebook. So, to show our appreciation, we’ve turned our Facebook page into the “Unofficial Jimmy Barr Fan Page” and have "promoted" him to be our Official Director Of Unofficial Social Media.
They call it the City of Angeles. Los Angeles. The most populated city in California and the second most populated city in the Unites States right behind New York City. Thousands upon thousands of people flock to LA for many different reasons. It's a mecca for international trade, culture, fashion, science, sports, technology, healthcare, medicine, and of course, ENTERTAINMENT!
Ah, the IPA!
Hop forward, hop backward, hop side to side. White IPAs, Black IPAs, Red IPAs, Brown IPAs, Rye IPAs, Belgian IPAs, Session IPAs, Double IPAs, Triple IPAs, Experimental IPAs, Imperial IPAs, 90 Minute IPAs & 120 Minute IPAs (shout out to Dogfish Head for those last two).
Let’s talk IPA aroma and taste…
Do you like citrus?
How about orange, grapefruit, mandarin, tangerine, pineapple, lemon and lime?
Or, are you way more down to “earth?”
How about woody, cedar, grassy, sandalwood, piney, fresh, wet, rose, catty, herbal and spicy?
We are ecstatic to be in Wisconsin this week to spend time with our fans who have asked the question over and over again..."when will Deschutes beer be in Wisconsin?" Well, we're finally here to stay!
Last but certainly not least, we'd like to announce our fifth custom beer brewed for Oregon Manifest's Bike Design Project, an Amber Ale. Brewed to pair with Huge Design x 4130 Cycle Works’ yet-to-be-revealed bike design and the historical west-coast city that inspired it.
Land of the free and home of the red, white, and brew. Whether you’re floating the river, barbecuing, or simply spending some quality time with friends and family, there’s nothing better than cracking open a craft beer and taking it all in. Are you hosting a BBQ or attending a pot luck to celebrate Independence Day? How about COOKING WITH BEER?? We've got a few different pairing options perfect for any backyard chef or indoor baker.
Black Bock for Chicago. Belgian IPA for New York City. Cascadian Dark Ale for Portland. And for Seattle, we give you a Belgian-Style Table Beer! Another bike designed beer for Oregon Manifest's Bike Design Project. We believe this brew will pair brilliantly with TEAGUE x Sizemore Bicycle’s yet-to-be-revealed bike design and the city that inspired it.
You never know who may walk into the pub and change the direction of a beer.
Some nothing special weekday in Bend, I was asked to come out to meet some enthusiastic fans of our beer, who also happened to be home brewers. When I got to their table, they were happily enjoying a couple classic pub burgers and frosty pints (I was somewhat jealous). It was evident that the enthusiastic one was the son of the father/son pair, Joe Bussmann: a beginning homebrewer and lover of craft beer. As he proclaimed his love for the beers, how they like stopping in on their trips to Bend, and how he is starting to homebrew, his no bullshit father, George Bussmann, was giving him the old “yaaa…yaaaa” look. I asked what brought them over and they said they were cranberry farmers from Sixes, Oregon and they were out here on business.