Collaborating with Goose Island

Collaborating with our friends at Goose Island Brewing Company was a lot of fun and our Belgian-style ale aged in Muscat barrels was truly amazing, if we do say so ourselves.

Focused on Fresh Beer

A few folks from our Sensory Panel took some time to talk about our sensory program, commitment to consistently delivering fresh beer to our fans, and why we include a "best by date" on our labels. After you watch this short film, let us know if you have any questions in the comments section below.

Deschutes River Recordings: Blitzen Trapper's Eric Earley

Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Earley

This week we released the second episode of Deschutes River Recordings, featuring Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Earley. Eric performed “Up on Cripple Creek” right along the Metolius River, a tributary of the Deschutes, located not far from our home base in Bend, Oregon.

Eric, a native Oregonian and Portland resident, has always had close ties to the river. Tucked away in Oregon’s southeast corner is the Donner und Blitzen River, the inspiration for his band’s name. German soldiers crossed the remote river during a thunderstorm and aptly named it Donner und Blitzen (thunder and lightning). Before his success, Eric bounced around different rehearsal spaces, staying with friends, and was, as he describes, “basically homeless.” Often, he found himself wandering along the banks of the Willamette River in Portland, which inspired the story for “Black River Killer” off the album Furr. The catchy ballad recounts a murderer’s journey from the Sunset Strip up to Oregon. In another song off the band’s latest album American Goldwing, Eric croons, “I’m weary from this river, it flows far, but never nearer to my home,” challenging the notion of the river as place of respite.



Deschutes River Recordings: Eric D. Johnson

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Over the last six months we’ve been working hard to create the Deschutes River Recordings, a unique partnership between musician and cause. We’re dedicated to keeping the Deschutes River healthy and clean and to supporting independent music in the Northwest, so this summer we invited Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats, Laura Gibson, and Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper to Central Oregon to perform river-inspired songs along our beloved waterway.

We’re incredibly proud of this collaboration and we’re thrilled to present you with the first in the Deschutes River Recording series: Eric D. Johnson performing “Ballad of Easy Rider.” The original song, performed by The Byrds and written by Roger McGuillan and Bob Dylan, is upbeat and lighthearted, but Eric slows way down on his epic ballad. Contemplative and almost spiritual, this song echoes our deep connection and respect for the river.

Deschutes Brewery Landmarks film, music by The Cave Singers

Deschutes Brewery just released this film that not only shows the great state of Oregon really well, it includes a soundtrack, Beach House, by The Cave Singers from their album Welcome Joy.

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