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?"
For the 8th release of The Abyss, we interviewed Deschutes Brewery founder, Gary Fish, and assistant brewmaster, Ryan Schmiege, and had them talk about the history, ingredients and motivation surrounding our beloved imperial stout. We hope you learn something new and that it helps you enjoy The Abyss even more whether this is your first year trying it or if you are an old pro and have conducted your fair share of vertical tastings. Cheers!
The enduring quality of Deschutes Brewery’s Reserve Series is no more apparent than with the 6th release of The Abyss. This imperial stout is the heart and soul of the Reserve Series. It built the house and raised the wax-topped roof. Then brought the house down. The Abyss is the wheelhouse and the lighthouse. It epitomizes great accomplishments. Its success is the bar to measure all other adventures.
Deschutes Brewery’s newest enterprise, The Stoic, a Belgian-style Quadruple, has finally arrived! Its five year odyssey from experimental beer to coveted Reserve Series eminence is complete. The finest Belgian brewing philosophies have inspired this contribution to the American Quadruple scene, mingling the four virtues of compelling ingredients, nuanced flavor, sound body, and a composed harmony. The Stoic requires discovery of the truth of the matter.
Well, lots has been going on around Deschutes Brewery lately. Everyone has been so busy; keeping up with communication sometimes does not get the priority it deserves. I am writing here on the day after The Abyss release.