About once a week, we speak with a beer fan who is concerned about the "floaties," flakes, or sediment they've found in their craft beer. "Is it bad?" "Will this make me sick?" and "this looks gross" are a few of the comments we read or hear.
In recent news, we've heard that craft beer fans want a beer to fuss over. Not only do you want a beer that is delicious, but you are interested in high quality ingredients, a wonderful aroma, and a beer with a beautiful look and color. As you pour your beer into the perfect glass, you see white flakes that you weren't expecting and some not so positive thoughts come to mind unless you've done some previous research about the subject.
Let's talk gas. Beer has it...and it shows up visually in the form of bubbles.
When you order a pint at your local watering hole, it will most likely be served using CO2 or carbon dioxide. During fermentation, yeast in the tank/vessel eat sugars from the liquid (called wort or sweet barley tea) and naturally there are two bi-products from this process...alcohol and CO2. Before the beer goes from the fermentation vessels to a brite tank (where the beer settles before bottling), or directly to racking for kegging, it is often force carbonated to give the beer fizz, flavors and aromas.
A foeder (pronounced FOOD-er) is really a large wooden vat used to age wine, but recently, many breweries like New Belgium Brewing, Epic Brewing Company, Crooked Stave and more have got a hold of them to age their sour beers and large amounts of it.
Here at Deschutes, our off-site barrel warehouse has been growing, and with over 3,000 barrels, it seemed natural to add some foeders into the mix. We've been collecting a few here and there but most recently, we had the opportunity to obtain this little 25 bbl french oak foeder made by Sequin Morreau and we're the only brewery in the WORLD to have this particular one.
Each and every year, Girl Scouts come to the brewery to get us signed up to help out their troops, and to receive some delicious bite-size morsels we all know as...Girl Scout Cookies! Then the idea came to mind: what if we paired these said cookies with our delicious beers? This could be a match made in malt, hops and cookie dough.
Beer, chicken wings, and football pair perfectly together, and with the "The Big Game" coming up this weekend, we thought it would be fun to do a Deschutes beer and wing pairing that you could mimic at home.
Everyone has their favorite wings and their favorite wing spot and these spots almost always have beer! When we asked Central Oregon fans on Facebook to list their wing favorites, the recommendations were far and wide from fried to baked and from regular Buffalo Hotwings, to Honey Cajun BBQ.
So the family has come and gone this Holiday Season and all that remains of their visit is COOKIES! Lots of cookies! There are oatmeal raisin, sugar, peanut butter, chocolate chip, chocolate chunk chocolate, and snickerdoodles galore. Rather then go on a binge and eat all of them in one sitting, we've got a recommendation for you. How about a Deschutes Beer & Cookie Pairing with your friends? Get out your cookie sheets, sample glasses and head on down to your mix and match 6-pack store for your favorite Deschutes beers. We had a ton of fun eating and sipping and sipping and eating and we hope you will too! Here is our version of a "Cookie Sheet!" Cheers & Hoppy Holidays!
Last month we headed to Nebraska for a week of launch events to introduce Deschutes Brewery beer to the craft beer fans of the Midwest! Since we had never been to "...The Good Life" State, we decided to take "The Kids" along for the ride....and some sightseeing.
Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter pair very well with sports so our first stop was the TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. This baseball stadium is the home field of the College World Series and has been since 2011. Due to an agreement with the NCAA, the games will remain there each year until at least 2035. With seating for 24,000, it's a great place to watch the series in the summer, the Creighton University Bluejays in the Spring and the Omaha Nighthawks (United Football League) in the Fall. After hearing "hey, batta, batta, batta, batta," about 100 times from "The Kids," we decided to head on to our next adventure.
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.