Go Deeper into The Abyss


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 Abyss Interview

Learn about the history, ingredients, and motivation behind The Abyss.

Go behind the scenes with Deschutes Brewery founder, Gary Fish, and assistant brewmaster, Ryan Schmiege, as they talk about the genesis and finer points of brewing this world class imperial stout.

Celebrate International Stout Day (Bend)

The Abyss 2013 sneak peak!
Fri, Nov 8
11 am - 11 pm
Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House
1044 NW Bond Street
Bend, OR
(541) 382-9242
It's Stout Day on November 8th! Head on in to our pub in Portland or Bend for a sneak peak sample of The Abyss, a stout float featuring Obsidian Stout on Nitro, and food specials paired with and cooked with Obsidian Stout. Let's celebrate these dark, rich beverages of joy we call the stout! Cheers!!

Celebrate International Stout Day (Portland)

The Abyss 2013 sneak peak!
Fri, Nov 8
11 am - 11 pm
Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House
210 NW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR
(503) 296-4906
It's Stout Day on November 8th! Head on in to our pub in Portland or Bend for a sneak peak sample of The Abyss, a stout float featuring Obsidian Stout on Nitro, and food specials paired with and cooked with Obsidian Stout. Let's celebrate these dark, rich beverages of joy we call the stout! Cheers!!

The Abyss Release Celebration (Portland)

It's our favorite time of year!!
Thu, Nov 14
11 am
Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House
210 NW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR
(503) 296-4906
The Abyss 2013 is here!! Grab a bottle, a snifter, or a vertical flight with previous year's versions at our Bend and Portland Pubs beginning at 11am on Thursday, November 14th. We'll also have a special food menu that will pair perfectly with this dark, delicious beer!

Our specials menu of the day includes:

The Abyss PatÉ -
Chicken liver moussÉ, quince The Abyss gelee, Asian pear-mustard butter, pickled red onions, baguette

Dry aged steak Burger -

The Abyss Release Celebration (Bend)

It's our favorite time of year!!
Thu, Nov 14
11 am
Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House
1044 NW Bond Street
Bend, OR
(541) 382-9242
The Abyss 2013 is here!! Grab a bottle, a snifter, or a vertical flight with previous year's versions at our Bend and Portland Pubs beginning at 11am on Thursday, November 14th. We'll also have a special food menu that will pair perfectly with this dark, delicious beer!

Our specials menu of the day will include:
*Dry-aged ribeye steak served with potatoes au gratin, The Abyss cream with Gorgonzola, fried parsnips

*Wild mushroom and herb tart with herb salad, Gruyere cheese, The Abyss reduction sauce

A Date with The Abyss

I'm going on a date and we have to be home by six. Unfortunately for me, that is six in the morning! Now, normally this would be perfect, but I'm on the graveyard shift and my date is hefty, seductive and Russian. And...requires lots of attention. I've clocked in for my shift at 8 PM and I've been tasked with brewing our Russian Imperial Stout, The Abyss, in the middle of the night. Certainly this is an honorable endeavor.

TheOur 50 barrel gravity fed brew house is only fired up every other week and usually just for Obsidian Stout. It's a favorite place to brew among our staff because we are not at the mercy of intricate software built of indecipherable logic. If you want to move beer, actually called "wort" at the brewing stage, from one vessel to another, you psychically grab a valve and open it. Of course, this also means it's easier to draw immediate and immense amounts of enduring ridicule from fellow brewers when you do this incorrectly...but that's a topic for another day.

The Abyss 2012 Release (Portland Pub)

The Abyss...need we say more?
Thu, Nov 15
11 am - 11 pm
Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House
210 NW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR
(503) 296-4906
We dare you to fall into the depth of The Abyss once again and discover why this dark and mysterious imperial stout has everyone craving more. Far from an empty void, this abyss is filled with dark malts, brewers’ licorice and black strap molasses and is then “dry hopped” with vanilla beans and cherry bark making it rich and complex beyond belief. Aged in bourbon, Oregon oak and pinot barrels, this precious liquid only gets better with age.

The Abyss 2012 Release (Bend Pub)

The Abyss...need we say more?
Thu, Nov 15
11 am - 11 pm
Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House
1044 NW Bond Street
Bend, OR
(541) 382-9242
We dare you to fall into the depth of The Abyss once again and discover why this dark and mysterious imperial stout has everyone craving more. Far from an empty void, this abyss is filled with dark malts, brewers’ licorice and black strap molasses and is then “dry hopped” with vanilla beans and cherry bark making it rich and complex beyond belief. Aged in bourbon, Oregon oak and pinot barrels, this precious liquid only gets better with age.

Journey into The Abyss - St. Louis Craft Beer Week

Come over to Llywelyn's in Webster Groves for some tasty Deschutes brews!
Tue, Jul 31
3 pm - 11 pm
Llywelyn's Pub
17 W Moody Ave
Webster Groves, MO
(314) 962-1515
Come on over to Llywelyn's Pub in Webster Groves to celebrate St. Louis Craft Beer Week with Deschutes Brewery! A rare 2011 keg of The Abyss will be on draft, along with Hop in the Dark - Cascadian Dark Ale, Chainbreaker White IPA and Mirror Pond Pale Ale.
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