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.
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.
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.
Healthy rivers are very important to us at Deschutes, especially since it’s one of the main sources we tap into to make great beer. If we don’t have clean rivers, our beer and the craft beer industry in Oregon wouldn’t be where it is today.
“…no other factory in the world mixes its chocolate by waterfall….” -Willy Wonka