Deschutes Brewing

Posted in Deschutes Brewing, New Beers

Deschutes Hop Slice Session IPA

Deschutes Hop Slice Session IPA

Deschutes Hop Slice Session IPA

Posted in Coming Soon, Deschutes Brewing, Headlines

Deschutes announces Barrel-Aged Abyss release date

Deschutes Barrel Aged Abyss bottles

Deschutes The Abyss returned in December, 2015. This time, it’s not alone. There are two barrel-aged editions riding this imperial stout’s coat tails.

We spoke with Jason Randles at Deschutes Brewery, and he’s clued us in on some of the details. Since this year marks the 10th bottling of The Abyss, three editions will debut together, that’s why the regular release will happen later than usual.

Coming January 15th, a 100% Cognac Barrel-Aged Abyss, and 100% Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Abyss, will be available.

The rye whiskey barrels came primarily from Willet Distillery in Kentucky. The cognac barrels hail from France, and are quite old.

Deschutes mentions this is a very limited release, in 22 ounce bottles.

Image via Deschutes Brewery

Posted in Deschutes Brewing, Headlines

Deschutes Cognac Barrel Aged The Abyss, a December hopeful

Deschutes Cognac The Abyss

Deschutes Cognac Barrel Aged The Abyss is looking like a December, 2015 release.

This year marks the 10th bottling of Deschutes The Abyss. To celebrate this milestone, the brewers have created three editions of the popular imperial stout – the regular edition, one 100% aged in rye whiskey barrels, and the above, aged 100% in cognac barrels.

Deschutes Cognac Barrel Aged The Abyss (note: assuming this is the final nomenclature) starts as an imperial stout, brewed with licorice, black strap molasses, and vanilla. Then it is 100% barrel aged in cognac barrels.

Imperial stout brewed with black strap molasses, licorice, cherry bark with vanilla added. Aged 12 months in cognac barrels.

Deschutes Cognac Barrel Aged The Abyss carries the subtitle of “Remarkably limited release”. The brewery tells Beer Street Journal that while the beer is ready when it’s ready, they are hoping for a December release.

Obviously, the brewery has not yet announced this offering.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ MolassesVanillaLicoriceCherry BarkBarrel Aged. Cognac. )
Availability: 22oz Bottles. Limited Release.
Arrival: December (Estimated)

11% ABV

Posted in Deschutes Brewing, Headlines

Deschutes Barrel Aged The Abyss, a release potential

Deschutes Barrel Aged The Abyss

Deschutes Barrel Aged The Abyss is looking like a very serious threat to your wallet and liver.

The annual release of Deschutes The Abyss is a well attended and popular one. Actually, if you want some strong beer nerd street cred, you show up rocking an Abyss. Now it looks like just having one of those bottles won’t be enough to gain that awesome rep you’ve built up.

Deschutes Barrel Aged The Abyss (note: assuming this is the final nomenclature) features the unique imperial stout, brewed with licorice, black strap molasses, and vanilla. Instead of partial barrel aging, this one seems to be 100% barrel aged in rye, of course.

Imperial stout brewed with black strap molasses, licorice, cherry bark with vanilla added. Aged 12 months in rye whiskey barrels.

Deschutes Barrel Aged The Abyss carries the subtitle of “Remarkably limited release”. So there maybe be just 5 bottles. Or 500. Soon, we will find out. Radar this, and geek out at the thought in the meantime.

Obviously, the brewery has not yet announced this offering.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ MolassesVanillaLicoriceCherry BarkBarrel Aged. Rye Whiskey. )
Availability: 22oz Bottles. Limited Release.
Arrival: TBA

11% ABV

Posted in Deschutes Brewing, Seasonal Return

Deschutes Jubelale Festive Winter Ale Returns for 28th Year

Deschutes Jubelale 2015

Deschutes Jubelale, an original winter festive ale will be released next month as a part of the brewery’s 28-year-long production of the seasonal brew.

Deschutes Jubelale offers up a spicy-malt flavor that ignites a cozy warmth on the taste buds — perfect for any number of winter pastimes. This year’s Jubelale label artwork — an iconic staple anticipated almost as much as the beer itself — was designed by Oregon-native, Taylor Rose, and features a nostalgic winter ice-fishing scene complete with two adventurers and their K-9 companion surrounded by illuminating stars and icicles.

Warm spiciness and tradition grace this bold winter ale. Intriguing, layered flavors unfold to reveal chicory, dried fruit and toffee notes with a hoppy kick to finish. The deep garnet color pairs perfectly with holiday celebrations.

Deschutes Jubelale can be found in 12 ounce bottles seasonally from October-December in any of the brewery’s distribution states.

Style: Winter Ale (w/ Spices)
Hops: Nugget, Cascade, Delta, Tettnang, East Kent Goldings
Malt: Pale, Crystal, Extra Special, Carapils, Roasted Barley
Availability: October – December, 2015.

6.7% ABV, IBU: 65

Posted in Deschutes Brewing, Don't Miss This, Harpoon Brewing

Deschutes EHOP, a Collaboration with Harpoon

Deschutes EHOP

Deschutes EHOP, a new collaboration with Harpoon Brewing, debuts in October.

Both brewery’s are employee owned, and celebrate that aspect of their business. Deschutes EHOP is an amber ale, brewed with sage and thyme, and employee-grown hops.

“It has been quite a year for us at Harpoon as we’ve transitioned to employee ownership,” says Harpoon CEO and co-founder Dan Kenary. “It’s a complicated process and we couldn’t have done it without the support that we received from Deschutes and other craft brewers who had chosen this path before us. We’re extremely proud to be employee-owned – being an independent brewer is something we value deeply and believe it’s at the core of what makes the craft beer industry so great for both brewers and beer lovers. This beer is a high-five to our fellow independent American craft breweries and their employee-owners.”

Deschutes EHOP will debut at the Great American Beer Festival at an invite only party. The general public will see this beer in October on draft and 22 ounce bottles.

Style: Amber Ale (w/ Sage, Thyme)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: October, 2015

7.5% ABV

Posted in Brewery Expansions, Deschutes Brewing, Headlines

Deschutes Shops Asheville, North Carolina

Deschutes Brewery (Bend, OR) is in Asheville, North Carolina this week, shopping. For what? A spot for their east coast brewery.

Deschutes President Michael LaLonde mentioned back in April that the craft brewery was shopping for an east coast build. Asheville, North Carolina, which is already home to breweries like Hi-Wire, Green Man, Highland, and Wicked Weed, has gained new neighbors from the west- Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, and soon, New Belgium.

Other spots considered include Greenville and Charleston, South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee.

Currently, Deschutes ships to 28 states, and has told Beer Street Journal in the past that they are eyeing all 50 in the future.

The new brewery would come online in 2019.