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.
This week we’re recognizing our friend and super fan, Jimmy Barr, creator of the Unofficial Black Butte Porter fan page. Although he lives in North Eastern Pennsylvania where he can’t even buy a six-pack of what he calls “pure awesome in a bottle”, he has helped spread the good word for the past 5 years on Facebook. So, to show our appreciation, we’ve turned our Facebook page into the “Unofficial Jimmy Barr Fan Page” and have "promoted" him to be our Official Director Of Unofficial Social Media.
We are ecstatic to be in Wisconsin this week to spend time with our fans who have asked the question over and over again..."when will Deschutes beer be in Wisconsin?" Well, we're finally here to stay!
You never know who may walk into the pub and change the direction of a beer.
Some nothing special weekday in Bend, I was asked to come out to meet some enthusiastic fans of our beer, who also happened to be home brewers. When I got to their table, they were happily enjoying a couple classic pub burgers and frosty pints (I was somewhat jealous). It was evident that the enthusiastic one was the son of the father/son pair, Joe Bussmann: a beginning homebrewer and lover of craft beer. As he proclaimed his love for the beers, how they like stopping in on their trips to Bend, and how he is starting to homebrew, his no bullshit father, George Bussmann, was giving him the old “yaaa…yaaaa” look. I asked what brought them over and they said they were cranberry farmers from Sixes, Oregon and they were out here on business.