New Years Eve, 1988; it seems like a month ago this week started. The busiest week in the brief history of the brewpub, far busier than any that preceded it. Everyone’s tired. But everyone’s still game for what is to come. I’m tired, really tired, but relieved that people still want to come out and see us. I’m tired because my Christmas day was largely spent with a hot water hose held on the cone of one fermenter we are still trying to get started. Fortunately, I have a great wife and great parents that kept me company for a large part of that day. Even more fortunately, it seems like we might survive this week, and this first year (6-months really) and, although we’re battered, we’re still here, still in business. I’m excited for our new bookkeeper who is starting in a week. It’ll be the third we’ve had in the first 6 months and I don’t need to be hiring another one. So many things to do and all I can think about is getting some rest. Oh well, no one asked me to be here. I guess I’ll keep going and look for things to improve. We got our beer to the Mountain (Bachelor) and they seem to be happy. I haven’t skied yet, but, then again, don’t think I’ll have time this winter. We have a city league team that I’m on and I think I can get to the race, then come right back to the pub, if I time it right. It’ll be nice to ski, but I’d sure like a warm up run, or two….
We're looking forward to getting out to Ohio and Kentucky next month to introduce craft beer fans to our damn tasty brews from Oregon. Starting January 24th and ending on Super Bowl Sunday, we'll have two teams from the brewery out and about doing tastings and events in over 25 different towns/cities. Stay tuned for those details as they come together and we'll see you after the holidays. Cheers!
Last month we headed to Nebraska for a week of launch events to introduce Deschutes Brewery beer to the craft beer fans of the Midwest! Since we had never been to "...The Good Life" State, we decided to take "The Kids" along for the ride....and some sightseeing.
Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter pair very well with sports so our first stop was the TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. This baseball stadium is the home field of the College World Series and has been since 2011. Due to an agreement with the NCAA, the games will remain there each year until at least 2035. With seating for 24,000, it's a great place to watch the series in the summer, the Creighton University Bluejays in the Spring and the Omaha Nighthawks (United Football League) in the Fall. After hearing "hey, batta, batta, batta, batta," about 100 times from "The Kids," we decided to head on to our next adventure.
For the 8th release of The Abyss, we interviewed Deschutes Brewery founder, Gary Fish, and assistant brewmaster, Ryan Schmiege, and had them talk about the history, ingredients and motivation surrounding our beloved imperial stout. We hope you learn something new and that it helps you enjoy The Abyss even more whether this is your first year trying it or if you are an old pro and have conducted your fair share of vertical tastings. Cheers!
We've had a ton of fun over the past few years hosting beer dinners and "meet the brewer" events during Philly Beer Week. And after shipping a few truckloads of beer out to Philly again this summer, we decided to stop teasing our fans and keep the beer flowing all year round. Now we are back with our own "beer week" we like to call Base Camp for Beer Fanatics. Over 20 special events are scheduled across the greater Philadelphia area including 3 beer dinners, 5 beer & cheese pairings, brewer's luncheons, and our signature Beer-lesque night. We hope you'll join us as we pour our Damn Tasty beers in one of the nation's best beer-drinking cities.
A couple of weeks ago our team made the annual trek out to Denver, Colorado for the granddaddy of beer fests, the Great American Beer Festival, otherwise known simply as GABF. We joined over 600 breweries on the Colorado Convention Center floor, pouring 20 of our damn tasty beers for around 49,000 craft beer fanatics. The Brewers Association folks who put on the festival say over 3,100 different beers were poured, one ounce at a time, for thirsty festival goers. But that’s not all…
That's right, Deschutes Brewery is coming to Nebraska for the first time, October 15 to 18. We've arranged a few small gatherings to introduce ourselves and share our passion for craft brewing. Come out and try a few of our favorite brews like Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Chainbreaker White IPA, and Jubelale and chat with some of our crew. Woody, our giant wooden bar on wheels, will also be cruising around so honk if you see him!