Attention all craft beer enthusiasts who live to discover bold brews and push the sensory envelope. A new member of the Deschutes Brewery Bond Street Series is set to debut in mid May and will be available in 22oz. bottles through September. Red Chair IPA is named after the oldest operating lift at Mt. Bachelor, a classic old school double that locals flock to on fresh powder mornings. This beer has been wildly popular with our pub regulars, who always seem to know when we have hit on something special. Red Chair will be the latest in a volley of experimental hop beers originating at our Bond Street pub in downtown Bend.
Given the wild reception and enthusiasm shown by the public for the likes of The Abyss, The Dissident, Hop Henge, and Hop Trip, we are confident that there is no shortage of folks out there who appreciate innovation. Clearly people understand and appreciate the importance, or dare we say, the absolute necessity of our continuing to be experimental and cutting edge.
Red Chair is a bright copper beauty (think freshly minted penny) with a solid head and perfect lacing that typifies Deschutes ales. It has a plush body with satiny caramel flavors derived from seven varieties of malt including British crystals, German pilsner, and domestic versions of cara-pils and Munich. Despite all of this, Red Chair is still a hop forward ale, but not in the way many have gotten used to. You will find no cloying, mouth puckering bitterness here. In its place a straight up succulent citrus punch to the nose. This is due to the experimental nature of some of the hops, as well as, how late in the process they were added.
To say that the seemingly contradictory elements of caramel maltiness and citrusy hops get along would be an understatement; they coexist in blissful harmony. Red Chair would pair exceptionally well with hot-n-sour soup, enchiladas with mole sauce, or thin crust margarita pizza. But don't take our word for it, get a little experimental yourself and enjoy this wonderful beer with any food you see fit, or all by itself.
John "Abe" Abraham, Brewer