I sat down recently with Amanda Benson, Deschutes Brewery’s Sensei of Sensory Satisfaction (thank you Geof Hasegawa, Mastermind of Keg Movement). We talked about all things tasting. I had no idea how much fun the ritual of tasting could be. I also had no idea how much there is to talk about (I thought we were tasting!). Swirling. Sniffing. But no swishing allowed. I learned that beer tastings with friends are the perfect setting to determine who spends too much time at the movies eating buttered popcorn and who ate wet cardboard as a nutritional supplement in first grade.
Thanks to our friends over at Draft Magazine, you can enter to win a trip to one of our Base Camp Weeks in Portland, Seattle or Denver. What is Base Camp you may ask? It’s a place where Deschutes offers beer fanatics a spot to “pitch a tent” of sorts – and find their footing with the cornerstone of Mirror Pond Pale Ale.
We were happy to hear over the 4th of July weekend that we were named Grand National Champion at the United States Open Beer Championships by winning three gold and five silver medals. We are honored to win this award for the second time in three years and congratulate all of our fellow brewers who also brought home the hardware.
Deschutes Brewery descends on Boise for its Base Camp Week of specialty beer tastings, food & beer pairings, parties and, of course, appearances by Woody, the giant beer barrel on wheels. A Deschutes ambassador will be on hand to provide some in-the-trenches insight into our courageously crafted brews.
As you may have heard, our brewmaster for the past eight years, Larry Sidor, will be leaving us at the end of the year to pursue a lifelong dream of owning his own business. Here’s a question and answer session we recently had with Larry to give a little insight into his time at Deschutes and his brewing experience.
Raft the Rogue River with NW Rafting Co. & Deschutes Brewery Brewer & Barrelmaster, Jake Harper!!!
Just as barrelmaster, Jake, steps out of the box everyday when he uses French Oak, Rye Whiskey, & Bourban Barrels in the brewing process, you too should try something bold this summer. Step out of the comfort of everyday life and join us on a rafting trip of a lifelime. You won't be disappointed.
Deschutes Brewery beer in South Dakota? You bet!
And all I can say to that is, “About time!” In my opinion, South Dakota should have been the first state we expanded to outside of Oregon due to the remarkable resemblances between the two states.
1. Both states are on the 45th parallel which gives them similar climates — except that it’s way colder in South Dakota.