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.
The artwork for this year's Jubelale label is a collage made from cut-out pieces of previous years' labels by the talented Kaycee Anseth. It seems everyone has a favorite Jubelale label or memory. What's yours? Is it the cabin from 1999? The original wreath from 1988? Or...
Brewing Black Butte anniversary beers requires a bit more than malt, hops, water and yeast. Here, the brew house is staged for Black Butte XXIV brewing.
It was rare to see a blender at our weekly brewer's meeting. Usually, several bombers of barley soda make the trip from the brew master's private fridge to provide us inspiration for our next big idea. Margaritas? Definitely not.
The lukewarm reputation of American beer during the 20th century was due in large part to Prohibition. From 1920 to 1933 Americans could not enjoy their beverage of choice. In desperation, bootleggers watered down their black market beer to increase profits, altering the palette of Americans for decades to come. At least 800 breweries were shut down in the United States during Prohibition, and independent breweries continued to close for the next fifty years.
It's hard to believe but it's been two years since Alan Sprints from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company came over to Bend to brew Fred and Adam at our brewing facility for our first collaboration project. The Dissident and The Stoic were later brewed and all four beers were then transferred into a variety of oak barrels.
The enduring quality of Deschutes Brewery’s Reserve Series is no more apparent than with the 6th release of The Abyss. This imperial stout is the heart and soul of the Reserve Series. It built the house and raised the wax-topped roof. Then brought the house down. The Abyss is the wheelhouse and the lighthouse. It epitomizes great accomplishments. Its success is the bar to measure all other adventures.