With fall quickly approaching, now is the time to fit in that one last summer activity you’ve been itching for. Be it camping in your favorite spot, hitting the beach, or enjoying the last few summer days on your porch, Mirror Pond Pale Ale is a perfect companion. Mirror Pond’s perfectly balanced hops and malts make for an extremely damn tasty beer that doesn't overpower the taste buds.
Just because summer’s ending doesn’t mean the fun has to follow. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Untappd to bring you the “Sip on Mirror Pond” badge. This badge can be yours up until September 20th so don't delay! To unlock it simply check-in to a Mirror Pond Pale Ale and share a photo of your beer so all of your friends can see! Be sure to add the photo when you check-in, though, to get the badge. We would love to hear about your Mirror Pond experience so please include #MirrorPond when tweeting and posting photos on Twitter & Instagram!
August is here which means Street Fare is near! (Yes, we’re poets and we know it) We can’t believe this is already our fourth year shutting down Davis Street in front of our Portland Pub for this amazing event, bringing together some of Portland’s finest food carts, brilliant local indie bands, and our favorite summer brews.
Needless to say, we're pretty stoked to make Outside Magazine's 2013 list of the 100 Best Places to Work in the United States for the first time. We are honored to be recognized alongside an elite list of great companies, including fellow brewer, New Belgium Brewing Co., and local friend, Hydro Flask. We love what we do and strive to deliver damn tasty beer and extraordinary experiences to fans like you each and every day, so we hope you'll raise a pint with us for a toast next time you have one of our beers in your hand!
We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day for our first official Black Butte to Mirror Bike Ride and 25th Anniversary Party! This past Saturday hundreds of cyclists came together to ride the back roads of Central Oregon. The ride started at Black Butte Ranch, outside of Sisters and ended by crossing Mirror Pond at Drake Park in downtown Bend. We met folks who had come all the way from Arizona and Nevada to ride the race and see the landmarks that inspired our damn tasty beer.
Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our #BB2MP Instagram contest! Check out some of the entries below in our Storify. The Black Butte to Mirror Pond Bike Ride is next weekend, Saturday June 22nd. Sign up here.
“The Kids” have been in St. Louis for a while but have never had the opportunity to do any sightseeing. Since the Deschutes Brewery team was in town for Base Camp Week, we decided to put on the sunscreen and take the camera out on the town to learn about a few famous landmarks that makes St. Louis so special.
As a brewer at Deschutes Brewery, I’m often amazed by the array of assignments a workweek can entail.
For example, a random sampling could reveal a day like this:
We descended into the malt room with apprehension and dust masks. How long was this going to take? It was time for a deep clean of our malt room, a three-story nightmare with décor part dungeon/part warehouse. Here, malt is stored and transported to different areas of the brewery which creates endless dust that settles on and saturates everything. No piece of machinery, wall or floor surface is spared from this seemingly permanent residue from brews past. This is basic grunt work, hands and knees floor scrubbing, vacuuming, sweeping, dusting, no degree or experience necessary. Yet it was a team effort with everyone pitching in from Brewmasters to interns. Four hours later we ran out of pizza and had funny coughs. This is part of being a brewer.
photo caption: Brewer Brent Baughman hates dust and Summer Shandy's
A random sampling could also reveal a day like this:
We have been making beer for 25 years but remain students of beer. That might be one of the more fulfilling parts of this job - the never ending learning, head scratching, ah-ha moments. It‘s the fact that creativity if a part of the job description. One would think that being in the business for so long we would have exhausted all styles and variations of styles out there, but just like millions of musicians can still create unique combinations of sounds with the notes available to them, so can our brewers invent their own styles, combine past and present, and resurrect recipes and make them their own. Such is the case with the Deschutes Gose.
Gose is a traditional German beer that belongs to the Berlinerweisse / Witbier family, and similarly takes a fair amount of wheat in the grist bill. It is lightly soured by Lactobacillus and uniquely spiced with coriander and salt. Sounds like a margarita beer, right? Why the heck did it take us so long to brew one?