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.
Last week we visited Pittsburgh, the other "bridge city", and had a blast introducing our beers to craft beer fans who had never heard of us before and others who knew us quite well. We want to thank everyone we met, especially those who partnered with us on some really fun events. Check out the PHOTOS we took throughout the week, including some shots from our Hats Off to Homebrewers event at Hop Farm Brewing Company and our time spent helping the Friends of the Riverfront. And if you're trying to track down a pint or six-pack of Black Butte Porter or one of our other beers, don't forget to use our Beer Finder Tool. Cheers!
“The Kids” (Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter) were ready to venture to new lands in the mid-west and decided to plant some roots in Ohio. They heard that Ohio was very knowledgeable when it came to craft beer and with all of the pre-prohibition brewing history in places like Over-the-Rhine, we wanted to learn more so...we boarded a plane and flew into the Dayton, OH airport.
We are excited to announce the dates and cities for our fourth year of “Base Camp for Beer Fanatics”, a week of specialty beer tastings, beer and food pairings, pub crawls, and overall celebration of craft beer goodness. This year, we will be bringing our brewers, ambassadors and damn tasty brews to the following locations:
We're stoked to partner with Outdoor Research this year by keeping their Tiny House taps flowing with damn tasty beer! And Woody can't wait to camp alongside Tiny House in early February up at Mt. Bachelor. Follow the tour on Instagram and Twitter by searching #ORTinyHouseTour. Now we just need some snow.
Before the Jubelale season comes to an end, we want to share the slideshow that this year's artist, Avlis Leumas, put together. It's always interesting to see how the artist brings their concept to life and to know what inspired them along the way. We hope you enjoyed this year's amazing artwork as much as you enjoyed the beer. Long live Ollie. Cheers!