Frequently Asked Questions

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There are microbreweries and craft breweries. What’s the difference?

It’s a size thing. Though both pour premium ingredients, passion and experimentation into the work, micros typically serve local audiences only and produce less than 15,000 US beer barrels per year. Craft Brewers take that same commitment to a wider audience.

Where are Deschutes Brewery beers available?

Deschutes Brewery currently distributes in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Washington D.C., British Columbia, and Alberta. To find out exactly where our beer is sold in the states listed, please use our BEER FINDER TOOL.

How can I get Deschutes beers if I do not live in one of the states listed above?

We suggest hopping in the car and driving to the nearest state where we distribute or calling a friend who lives in one of the states above and asking them to ship some your way. You could also check out Brewforia or Made in Oregon. These websites ship beer to various states.

Can I order beer directly from Deschutes Brewery?

We wish we could but due to state and federal distribution laws, Deschutes Brewery cannot sell or ship beers to consumers over the phone or via the internet.

Is Deschutes Brewery going to expand distribution to the East Coast or Eastern Canada?

Deschutes Brewery is slowly expanding eastward as capacity allows so we can supply the freshest beer to our customers.

I heard Deschutes Brewery is owned by (insert name of large domestic brewery here), is this true?

Deschutes Brewery has always been family owned and operated. An Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) was set up in 2013 so employees now own a percentage of the company. "We are not owned by, or selling to, any large brewer or other entity, nor do we have any plans to. We’re having too much fun to change." — Gary Fish, Founder and President

Are Deschutes Brewery beers vegan?

Yes! We do not use animal products in the cellaring or brewing process. The clarifying agent we use in our brewhouse is made from Irish Moss, a red algae. However, experimental beers brewed at our pubs sometime use lactose, isinglass, honey or other specialty ingredients, but we call it out in the description listed on the menu.

Do your beers have GMOs?

Our packaged products are made using hops, water, yeast, malted barley and wheat. The only preservatives we use are hops and any additional ingredients we use are natural too, like sweet orange peel, coriander, cocoa nibs, figs, dates, molasses, etc. No common GMO products like corn, rice or soy products touch our bottled beer, so we are GMO free and even vegan! For a list of the actual grain, yeast and hop bill of our beers, go to www.deschutesbrewery.com/brews and click on the "homebrew" tab.

If your question remains, please go to the Contact Us form with your question and you will receive an answer within the week.