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Celebrating Oregon, Deschutes Pacific Wonderland Lager debuts

Deschutes Pacific Wonderland Lager

Deschutes Pacific Wonderland Lager launches year-round this month.

Around 60 years ago, “Pacific Wonderland” started showing up on license plates in Oregon to celebrate the state’s 100th birthday. A very fitting name for a beautiful state full of great views and great beers. Deschutes thought that kind of beauty and wonderment needed a beer that captures the adventure.

in the spirit of Oregon comes Deschutes Pacific Wonderland, a sessionable lager that debuts this month. The 5.5% alcohol by volume beer features Hallertau Herkules, Hallertau Mettelfruh and Tettnang Mandarina hops. It’s the dry-hopping that really makes this special.

 “When we set out to create Pacific Wonderland, we wanted to capture the diverse spirit of Oregon in a single beer that we could share with everyone. Our team explored something a little different, creating a lager by style and then dry hopping it to make something unique – just like our home state.” – Deschutes brewmaster, Veronica Vega

The label depicts the “endlessly diverse adventures” available in Oregon, across all seasons.

Deschutes Pacific Wonderland Lager is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft starting in January, 2017. 12 packs to follow in the spring.

Style: Lager
Hops: Hallertau Herkules, Hallertau Mettelfruh, Tettnang Mandarina

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft
Debut: January, 2017

5.5% ABV

Posted in Deschutes Brewing, Distribution Expansion

Deschutes announces further distribution to Virginia

Deschutes announces further distribution

Deschutes announces further distribution to hit the remaining southern sections of Virginia. Norfolk, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Newport News and Williamsburg will receive six-packs and draft thanks to a partnership with Chesbay Distributing. Expect to see Fresh Squeezed IPA, Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale, and the Deschutes Variety 12-pack arriving in early January 2016.

Additionally, expect an announcement next month from the Oregon based brewery, of a new year round offering to be launched in tandem with this new distribution partnership.

The announcement of this expanded distribution doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as earlier this year Deschutes announced the building of a new east coast brewery, located in Roanoke, Virginia.

Updated 11/16/2016

Deschutes Brewery (Bend, OR) began shipping to Washington D.C. and northern Virginia October 27th, 2014. A special collaboration with Chef José Andrés motivated the distribution expansion.

Stacy Denbow, expansion manager for the brewery, said, “Our fans on the east coast have been anxious to get our beers for quite some time, so we’re happy to finally extend our reach their way. Our Zarabanda collaboration with Chef José Andrés was the impetus for the growth, and we are looking forward to launching a few of our fan favorites in the region as well.”

At launch, D.C. and northern Virginia (Arlington & Alexandria) received Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Fresh Squeezed IPA on draft only. Some of the brewery’s coveted Reserve Series bottles and kegs – like Mirror Mirror and Black Butte XXVI will make appearances.

Deschutes partnered with Premium Distributors of Virginia and Premium Distributors of Washington DC, both part of the Reyes Beverage Group.

Posted in Deschutes Brewing, Seasonal Return

Deschutes Jubelale 2016: 29 years strong

Deschutes Jubelale 2016

Deschutes Jubelale is now in it’s 29th year of bottling, placing this beer among the longest running seasonals in America.

Each year is a little different from the last. Brewmaster Veronica Vega mentions that fact along makes Deschutes Jubelale one of the most talked about seasonals. This winter warmer uses EKG hops, which lend the beer spicy and herbal notes.

This year’s artwork was created by Bend, Oregon based artist Karen Ruane. The piece is titled “First Snow”, created from a process called marbeling. The by floating paint into water or some other viscous liquid, you mimic the designs found in stone and marble.

 “With this piece I wanted to capture the change in the air, the smells, the excitement and festive atmosphere around the anticipation of playing in the first snow of the season. I absolutely love the packaging, and am so honored to have my artwork featured on it. I think the designers did a wonderful job showcasing the art of marbling and I hope that this rather rare art form is able to get a little attention from this year’s Jubelale.” – Karen Ruane, Artist.

Deschutes Jubelale began its return to shelves in late-October, 2016. Available in 12 ounce bottles and draft, seasonally.

Style: Winter Warmer
Hops: EKG

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Latest Return: October/November, 2016

6.7% ABV, 65 IBUs

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Deschutes and Hair of the Dog team up again in Collage 2

Deschutes Collage 2

Hair of the Dog finds themselves in the collaborative spirit since again in Deschutes Collage 2.

The first edition – Collage #1, debuted in May of 2012. The result of the two pacific northwest powerhouse breweries was incredible. Hair of the Dog blended their Fred and Adam beers, while Deschutes contributed Stoic and The Dissident. So much character packed in a 12 ounce bottle.

The brewing world will soon see the second in the series, another 100% barrel-aged ale. This second edition blends Deschutes The Abyss (100% aged in Pinot Noir barrels) and The Stoic (100% Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged) and Hair of the Dog Fred (aged in American oak and rye whiskey barrels) and Doggie Claws (100% aged in cognac barrels).

Deschutes Brewery and Hair of the Dog Brewing Company bring you another artistic collage of cask-aging alchemy. This encore collaboration delivers notes of vanilla, caramel and molasses with roasted accents and complex malt character.

Deschutes Collage #2 will be a 22 ounce bottle release in October in very, very limited quantities.

Style: American Strong Ale (Barrel Aged)
Availability: 22oz Bottles.
Debut: October, 2016

14.3% ABV, 19 IBUs

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Posted in Brewery Expansions, Deschutes Brewing, Headlines

Deschutes to build east coast brewery in Roanoke, Virginia

Deschutes Brewery has revealed their east coast brewery will be built in Roanoke, Virginia today. The final selection process was between Asheville, North Carolina, a few locations in South Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia. Below are some details from the public announcement today.

Deschutes will invest $85 million dollars, creating 105 new jobs for the city. The addition of Deschutes will be the state’s 148th small/craft brewery.

The Governor presented a check to the city of Roanoke for $3 million dollars – an economic stimulus for the build during the announcement.

Deschutes founder, Gary Fish addressing the Roanoke crowd:

  • The brewery was founded 28 years ago, to be a gathering place for good people, and good beer
  • We never anticipated the growth of craft beer, but grew along with it
  • Focus on the people. People are most important to the brewery. We can make beer anywhere. We wanted a home.
  • After careful selection, and a desire to expand east, we chose Roanoke.

The Governor of Virginia has taken an active role in enticing the craft brewing industry to build in Virginia.

Access to water played a heavy role as well in the site decision. The state officials believe the brewery will bring $208 million dollars in positive impact to the region (without even considering the increased tourism).

The new location will be called “Brew 4” as it is the fourth brewhouse, after Oregon public house (Brew 1), the production facility in Bend (Brew 2) and the Portland, Oregon public house (Brew 3).

The new brewery will produce approximately 150,000 barrels to start, and will increase as demand requires. The first beer will ship out of Roanoke, Virginia five years from now in 2020 or 2021.

Currently, Deschutes ships to 28 states and Washington D.C. The east coast build will focus on states east of the Mississippi.

 

This is a developing story… check back for more information was Beer Street Journal receives it. 

Posted in Deschutes Brewing, New Releases

Deschutes releases two barrel-aged Pub Reserve beers February 13th

Deschutes Brewing has two new Pub Reserve Series beers available starting this Saturday. Beers in this series are limited, experimental, barrel-aged, and only sold at the brewery’s pubs and tasting rooms.

Release #1 is Deschutes Murder in the Rye. The base beer is Bourbon Murder, originating in the the Portland Pub. The imperial stout is aged in rye whiskey barrels from Oregon Spirit Distillers. 11.8% ABV

Release #2 – Deschutes Rum Wowzenbock. The base beer is Wowzenbock from the Portland Pub, aged in Spanish rum barrels for 16 months. 12% ABV

Each of the beers are wax dipped, available starting February 13th, 2016.