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.
If only I could easily impart to you the significance of this word to my time spent brewing at the Bend Public House.
If you are a regular to our pub, you have probably tasted or at least heard of Bachelor Bitter. It’s the local’s favorite. It’s the staff favorite. It’s the beer that must always be on tap or else coasters will be thrown at you if you dare walk through the bar. It’s heavenly on cask. It means something so significant to us yet so difficult to translate to others. I guess this isn’t too much of a surprise. Afterall, it is named after a single dude, followed by a term which most people find off-putting.
Bitter? Why would I want to drink something bitter?
Did you know that we give back a dollar for every barrel of beer we sell? That means the more you drink the more money we give to the community. In 2014, our community involvement program was able to reach more deserving nonprofits than ever before with a total donation of more than $285,000. This year we are looking forward to increasing our impact not only with our growing funds for giving, which will be $335,000, but also with the enhanced partnerships we are creating to help these organizations gain exposure in their communities.
To celebrate the official release of Zarabanda, our collaboration with renowned Chef José Andrés, we threw a party at one of his restaurants so we could pair this Spanish inspired saison with a few of his ridiculously tasty dishes. And since we had both Gary Fish, Deschutes Brewery's founder, and José in the same room at the same time, we jumped at the opportunity to have them talk about their friendship, how this collaboration came together, and what this beer is all about.Cheers to friendship! Cheers to Zarabanda!
It's down right cold here in Bend this week and we are reminded of our super fun and WARM trip out to Tucson a couple of months ago. We took "The Kids" (Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale) out there for a week of beer events and to meet some amazing fans! While we were there, we had the chance to do a bit of exploring just outside of the city.