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.
Are you excited or what? You just found that Reserve Series beer you've been looking for and after purchasing this high ABV (alcohol by volume) 22 ounce bottle, you get home, look at the label, and notice that it says: "Best After" January 2016. You think to yourself: "WHAT?!?, I have to wait a year before I am able to drink this beer?" Then the internal conversation begins inside your own head, "Should I drink this now, or add it to my cellar?"
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.
If only I could easily impart to you the significance of this word to my time spent brewing at the Bend Public House.
If you are a regular to our pub, you have probably tasted or at least heard of Bachelor Bitter. It’s the local’s favorite. It’s the staff favorite. It’s the beer that must always be on tap or else coasters will be thrown at you if you dare walk through the bar. It’s heavenly on cask. It means something so significant to us yet so difficult to translate to others. I guess this isn’t too much of a surprise. Afterall, it is named after a single dude, followed by a term which most people find off-putting.
Bitter? Why would I want to drink something bitter?
To celebrate the official release of Zarabanda, our collaboration with renowned Chef José Andrés, we threw a party at one of his restaurants so we could pair this Spanish inspired saison with a few of his ridiculously tasty dishes. And since we had both Gary Fish, Deschutes Brewery's founder, and José in the same room at the same time, we jumped at the opportunity to have them talk about their friendship, how this collaboration came together, and what this beer is all about.Cheers to friendship! Cheers to Zarabanda!
It's down right cold here in Bend this week and we are reminded of our super fun and WARM trip out to Tucson a couple of months ago. We took "The Kids" (Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale) out there for a week of beer events and to meet some amazing fans! While we were there, we had the chance to do a bit of exploring just outside of the city.
It's official. Thirsty fans in our Nation's Capital can now quench their palates with their favorite brews from Bend, Oregon. Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Fresh Squeezed IPA are now on tap in the greater DC area and we have a few parties lined up to kick things off. Our new collaboration with Chef Jose Andres, Zarabanda, is also on tap and available in bottles so you might want to check that out too! We hope you'll join us at one or all of the following events next week to help us celebrate this momentous occasion!
We're excited to announce today that we'll start selling beer in our nation's capital and the surrounding areas starting next month! After many visits to SAVOR and throwing a few parties at places like ChurchKey and Scion over the years, we're finally sticking around. The recent release of Zarabanda, our collaboration with Chef Jose Andres, also jump started the process since we had to make sure this fabulous saison was available in his restaurants.
The wait will finally be over for our fans in Western Michigan when we start selling our beer there on October 6th. We're excited to enter yet another great Midwestern state after launching Ohio, Kentucky, and Wisconsin earlier this year. And, although our core line up of beers (Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Inversion IPA, and Jubelale) will only be available in the greater Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing areas for now, we look forward to expanding into the rest of the state in 2015. So, from one great beer state to another, we say cheers! See you soon and we hope you'll come out for one or more of our kick-off events.