Medals for five different beers and receiving "Best of Show" trophies for Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Obsidian Stout at the International Brewing Awards (which has been dubbed ‘the Oscars of the brewing industry’) is a great honor for all of us here at Deschutes Brewery. This year’s competition contained 953 beers from 199 different breweries in fifty different countries! Forty distinguished brewers from 17 different countries judging the beers makes this competition stand out from others.
Last Friday we had the privilege of watching the powerful and talented Laura Gibson perform at our pub in Bend. Laura’s performance was the last stop on our monthly First Friday Art Walk and she helped us kick off the release of our well-loved Twilight Summer Ale. Laura’s roots run deep in our own backyard: she spent this past February at Caldera in the mountains of Central Oregon, writing and reflecting on her work. Last summer we traveled with her out to Smith Rock to record the third installment of Deschutes River Recordings, a unique partnership between Northwest musicians and the Deschutes River Conservancy to create songs by the river, for the river. We were thrilled to welcome her back to Bend to perform the latest from her album La Grande (aptly named after a small town in Eastern Oregon).
Once again we’ve set out with “The Kids” to do some sightseeing in a place they’ve never been: Washington D.C.
Not only is this city home to the President of the United States and some great craft beer, but the history here is rich with monuments, museums and statues galore.
Deschutes is considered by many to be a hop-forward brewery and we're certainly not going to argue. We use primarily whole hops in our beers to produce a unique and enticing flavor and aroma. We're not afraid of bitterness, I mean, holy moly, have you ever had an Inversion IPA? We like to experiment with new ways of processing hops (which I can't tell you about) and we revel in trialing new methods of marrying hops and beer...Hop Henge Experimental IPA! So it's a bit of a surprise that several new beers headed your way are, shall we call them, distracted, from our usual hop first, ask questions later modus operandi.
Consider Deschutes River Ale at only 28 IBUs and 4% ABV. Simple, sessionable and satisfying, Deschutes River Ale offers you a chance to nuzzle up to Cascade and Crystal hops without having to call a taxi. Golden in color with light bitterness and appreciable back-end hop goodness, Deschutes River Ale proves flavor and easy drinking can flow together.
Why our Brewers Like It: Easy hop gathers! This whole hop obsession is fantastic for the beer but a pain in the brewer's behind to accomplish! Remember, effort required for one Inversion IPA hop gather = effort required to rake the leaves in your backyard. However, Deschutes River Ale hop gather = using leaf blower to blow leaves to neighbor's yard.
Deschutes River Ale
Bitter Brewer Units (BBU's) 3 out of 10
Note: this scale is entirely made up and unscientific
What happens when you take more than 20 years of experimenting with craft beer and gourmet cooking? You end up with an amazing assortment of culinary wonders that garner flavor and depth from beers like our flagship Black Butte Porter in the recipe itself. Want to savor the experience? We invite you to become a part of the story by trying it first-hand. View the guide on Facebook, Pinterest, or email us for a copy to throw in your kitchen drawer.
Giving back to the community we’ve called home for the past 25 years is part of our core culture here at Deschutes Brewery. What better time to talk about the importance of businesses being involved in charitable giving than today, International Corporate Philanthropy Day (ICPD)? This international advocacy day was originally founded by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, the only international forum of business CEOs and chairpersons focused exclusively on corporate philanthropy. We say every day is for giving back, but if a recognized day like today helps raise awareness, then we’re on board!
As part of the Marketing Department, I was asked to accompany other Deschutes Brewery crew members to Chicago for a huge beer launch. This sounded like an exciting adventure so I thought I’d take “the kids” along for some sightseeing since neither Mirror Pond Pale Ale nor Black Butte Porter had been to the windy city before.
I'm going on a date and we have to be home by six. Unfortunately for me, that is six in the morning! Now, normally this would be perfect, but I'm on the graveyard shift and my date is hefty, seductive and Russian. And...requires lots of attention. I've clocked in for my shift at 8 PM and I've been tasked with brewing our Russian Imperial Stout, The Abyss, in the middle of the night. Certainly this is an honorable endeavor.
Our 50 barrel gravity fed brew house is only fired up every other week and usually just for Obsidian Stout. It's a favorite place to brew among our staff because we are not at the mercy of intricate software built of indecipherable logic. If you want to move beer, actually called "wort" at the brewing stage, from one vessel to another, you psychically grab a valve and open it. Of course, this also means it's easier to draw immediate and immense amounts of enduring ridicule from fellow brewers when you do this incorrectly...but that's a topic for another day.
Hop on the bus to Mt. Bachelor for the ride of your life! Enjoy a day of skiing or snowboarding on the mountain, transportation to and from Bend (from Portland), beverage at the lodge, dinner at the Deschutes Brewery Public House, and damn tasty beers at the pub. All of this for only $99.00 per person! This would be the perfect gift for you or the ski bum in your life...