A Reason to Celebrate: The 10th Release of The Abyss

Posted on: December 1st 2015

It’s that time of year again.

Well, almost. And I’m not talking about the chocolate Santa or ugly Christmas sweater time of year – I’m talking about The Abyss time of year. That time of year when we all gather at the Public House, huddled together to watch the snow (or rain) fall, while gently sipping a beer which has warmed our hearts since its initial release in 2006. This winter, we celebrate the 10th release of this very special beer.

This imperial stout is accented with blackstrap molasses, vanilla beans, cherry bark, and brewer’s licorice straight from Italy. The heart and soul of our Reserve Series, The Abyss is partially aged for six months in barrels that once housed Bourbon, Oregon Oak, and Pinot Noir. It is as profound, infinite, and unfathomable as its name suggests.

We appreciate your patience this year as The Abyss 2015 needed more time and we will not release a beer before it’s ready. We have planned for a Merry Abyssmas this year so join in and celebrate with us on December 17th at our pubs (see below) or at events soon in areas where The Abyss will be sold.

Bend Public House:
>Fireside chats with brewer Jake Harper 5pm-7pm
>Veritcal Tasting Flights – 2011,2012,2013,2014,2015
>Paired Culinary Specials prepared by Chef Brian Kerr
>Complimentary Tasting Bar & Snacks
>22oz Reserve Series Wax-Dipped Bottles (6 bottle limit)
>New 2015 Swag

Portland Public House:
>*Specialty Brunch Menu highlighting The Abyss 2015 starting at 9AM!*
>Vertical Tasting Flights – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
>New swag for the 2015 vintage
>22oz bottle sales, with specialty gift boxes available (6 bottle limit)
>Reserve Series gift packages

SPOILER ALERT: In early 2016, we’ll be releasing TWO “remarkably limited” versions of The Abyss.

What? Oh yeah, that just happened.

One rendition is 100% aged in Rye Whiskey casks, and the other in 100% aged in Cognac barrels. Both are extremly limited and hand-selected small batch releases, so follow our social media pages to stay updated on their release.

Although The Abyss can and should be enjoyed the day you bring it home, it also nestles well in your cellar for aging and can be be added as an ingredient to make some decadent brownies.  It’s a great excuse to gather your friends together just to celebrate the changing of seasons, too.

Because, it’s that time of year again, my friends. It’s Merry Abyssmas time.

We’ll see you down at the pub.

–  Kimberly Bowker, Guest Blogger & Deschutes Tour Guide Extraordinare

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46 Responses to “A Reason to Celebrate: The 10th Release of The Abyss”

  1. J.R.
    December 2, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Who distributes this in Denver? I would like to get some, of course! Thanks

    • Gina Schauland
      December 4, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      Republic National is our distributor in Denver. You should be able to find The Abyss in liquor stores that already carry our specialty beers and you can try our beer finder after it is released: http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/find. Cheers!

      • cliff gavic
        March 22, 2016 at 7:14 pm

        Love your website. I live in Sandy Oregon. Your micro beer would be worth the trip down to Bend and home again.

  2. Daryl Kirchen
    December 2, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Do you know of any way I can get my hands on some in Wisconsin? In particular Cognac aged?


    • Gina Schauland
      December 4, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      Not yet because the beer is still in barrels so we do not yet have a yield to break it up for distribution. Please check back when the limited specialty bottles of The Abyss are released. Cheers!

  3. Phil
    December 3, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Will this be available on the 17th everywhere?

    • Gina Schauland
      December 4, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      The celebration is in Oregon at our pubs and tasting room and it should ship that week too so we’re hoping to get it other states as soon as possible. Cheers!

  4. Mac Geer
    December 3, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Will the Abyss be available in the Twin Falls, ID (83301) area, either in the bottle or available by the growler at one of our few growlers stations in this area?

    • Gina Schauland
      December 4, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Yes Mac, The Abyss should be available in your area. Please try asking the beer stewards at bottle shops and other places that already carry our Reserve Series Beers. Cheers!

  5. Bob Evermore
    December 4, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Hi Kimberly,

    Is there a start time for the Abyss release ceremony on December 17th in Bend?



    • Gina Schauland
      December 4, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      11am for The Bend Pub and 9am for the Portland Pub! Cheers!!!

  6. Monica Lander
    December 5, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Where can I find The Abyss in the San Francisco Bay Area?
    Or where in Eugene, Oregon?

    • Gina Schauland
      December 8, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      The Abyss will be released on Dec 17th and shipping right around then. Look for it at places that already sell our reserve series beers or try our beer finder tool after it is released at http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/find. Call first as the info from the beer finder is from the distributor on where they sent the beer, not if the retailer has it still in stock. Cheers! – Gina

  7. Matt
    December 8, 2015 at 1:43 pm


    Thanks for responding to everyone’s questions! Hopefully you still get this as it’s a few days later.
    I was curious if the sales of the Rye and Cognac barrel aged stuff are going to be the same at the Portland Public House as the Bend location?

    The listing above has slight nuances between the two:
    >22oz Reserve Series Wax-Dipped Bottles (6 bottle limit)

    >22oz bottle sales, with specialty gift boxes available (6 bottle limit)
    >Reserve Series gift packages

    will the reserve series only be available in combo/gift packages at the Portland Public House? Or will they be available as normal?


    • Gina Schauland
      December 8, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      Hello Matt,
      The Rye and Cognac aged versions of The Abyss are not ready yet and we do not have a date set for the release of these 2 limited versions. The celebration on the 17th is at both pubs and is for The Abyss 2015. The special 22 oz bottle packs will be of previous year’s of The Abyss while they last. Those will be at both pubs til their gone… let me know if you have any other questions. Cheers! – Gina

  8. Jack
    December 14, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    When will Abyss 2015 be in stores such as New Seasons?

    • Gina Schauland
      January 19, 2016 at 11:49 am

      Yes!! Hopefully you’ve found some bottles of The Abyss! – Gina from Deschutes Brewery 🙂

  9. Larry Goral
    December 22, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Will there be any available at any retail outlets in the Sacramento, CA area?

  10. Josh Leutscher
    December 22, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Haven’t seen it in Des Moines, Iowa, yet. Was it going to be distributed this far east this year?

    • Gina Schauland
      January 19, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Hello Josh, The Abyss did get shipped to Iowa. Were you able to find any? If not, check our beer finder tool at http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/find and call first or check with your local bottle shops that already carry our Reserve Series beers. Cheers! – Gina from Deschutes Brewery 🙂

  11. Kirk
    December 23, 2015 at 4:20 pm


    Any idea when The Abyss will ship to our local pubs over here in Eugene? I’ve been able to purchase bottles in our stores but nobody seems to have it on draft yet. I tried using the beer finder and The Abyss doesn’t show being available anywhere, not even in the Bend or Portland Deschutes pubs.

    Thank you!

    • Gina Schauland
      January 24, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Were you able to find some of The Abyss, Kirk? I’ll be over that way next weekend so let me know about good beer spots to hit up in Eugene. Cheers! – Gina from Deschutes Brewery 🙂

  12. Shaun
    January 7, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Where can I get bottles of the Abyss in the Bay Area?

    • Gina Schauland
      January 24, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      Shaun, were you able to find The Abyss in the Bay Area yet? If not, try our beer finder at http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/find or ask around at local craft beer bottle shops. Cheers! – Gina from Deschutes Brewery 🙂

  13. Bryan
    January 11, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Have the variants dropped yet? Do you have any idea if any are being shipped to the Chicago area? If so, where? I’d like to add the Rye to my regular The Abyss.

    • Gina Schauland
      January 24, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      Should be there this week!! – Gina from Deschutes Brewery

  14. Ron
    January 20, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    I have now had the Abyss both on draft and in the 22 OZ bottle. Truly the most wonderful beer I have ever had,,,,

    • Gina Schauland
      January 24, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      WOW! Thanks for the positive feedback, Ron! I am so glad you are a fan of The Abyss! Cheers, Gina from Deschutes Brewery 🙂

  15. Michael Wells
    January 22, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    When will The Abyss treasures be heading to the Dallas/Ft.Worth, Texas area? I’ve been on the hunt for them. The beer locator will provide shops that are selling them, but then those places say they haven’t received any.

    Thanks for any information you can provide.

    • Gina Schauland
      January 24, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Hello, Texas requires 3rd party approval for any new brands or when a brand has a change in ingredients, barrel varieties, or percentage of barrel aged portioned for the TABC. It is in the process and we’re hoping to get all versions to TX this Spring. Hoping for March… Cheers! – Gina from Deschutes Brewery

      • Michael Wells
        January 28, 2016 at 5:53 pm

        Thank you for the information. I’ll be on the prowl for them!

  16. Lyle
    August 8, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    This seems it would be a great beer, but I’ve never seen it on the shelves around the Moscow, ID / Pullman, WA area.

    Actually I came to say that I wish you’d produce the Jubilale all year. It’s probably my favorite commercially produced beer.

  17. Jeff Schultz
    November 17, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Would love to see a Sherry/Abyss. And for all of us who remember the first few years of this wonderful beer, maybe a throwback to the original Abyss-you know, the one that started all this madness!

    • Gina Schauland
      November 29, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      We actually have special versions this year 100% aged in Brandy & Scotch barrels. Sherry is a great idea…I will pass that along & The Abyss classic recipe has not changed over the years, you should be able to find The Abyss 2016, and these 2 special varieties soon. We’re hoping by the end of the year. Cheers! – Gina from Deschutes

      • Gina Schauland
        December 7, 2016 at 9:40 am

        Me again! We set a release date for The Abyss at our pubs & tasting rooms… December 16th! And we’ll be shipping it out that next week… Cheers! – Gina from Deschutes

  18. Heidi
    November 22, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Do you have a public release date for 2016 Abyss yet? In Portland, that is. 🙂 Thanks!

    • Gina Schauland
      November 29, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      We are waiting to hear… The Abyss tells us when it’s ready. We are hoping by the end of the year, but will spread the word as soon as we know the date. Cheers! – Gina from Deschutes

      • Pierce
        December 7, 2016 at 8:17 am

        Any news? Anxiously awaiting to get in line

        • Gina Schauland
          December 7, 2016 at 9:35 am

          Hello! We just received word yesterday that The Abyss release date at our pubs and tasting room will be December 16th! Woot! – Gina from Deschutes

      • Gina Schauland
        December 7, 2016 at 9:41 am

        Heidi, we just set a release date for The Abyss at our pubs & tasting room for December 16th! It will ship that week after. Cheers!

        • Pierce
          December 8, 2016 at 8:44 am

          Will Deschuttes open early and have breakfast again like last year or will they open at their regular time?

  19. Sue Chehreenegar
    September 1, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    I could help you to provide readers of your blog with lots of reasons to celebrate. I am collecting information about the different anniversaries that are being recognized in 2017 and 2019. I shared information about a few of them with a noted book promoter.

    He thanked me for the information. He said that he had put in on Facebook and Instagram.

    • Gina Schauland
      September 6, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks for reaching out, Sue! We have lots to celebrate with new beer releases, anniversaries, and more! Check out our social media pages for more info. Cheers!

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