What if you went to work thinking, “What rule can we rule out today? What sacred cow can we tip on its big, fat flank? What if the boss strode the halls urging: ‘put the kettle to the metal, people.'”
Welcome to the funhouse called Deschutes. Since 1988, they’ve been brewing a lineup of high-risk, high-reward beers from Bend in Oregon’s high desert. First for their own pub, then for a growing audience of beer fanatics.
With state-of-the-art tools, they produce craft brew icons like Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter. Then up the ante with bold, small batch experimentals like The Abyss, Hop Trip and The Dissident. All the while urging on their extended family of home and craft brewers everywhere.
“Please join us out here on the brewing limb. If you’re not slightly nervous, we’ve failed you.”
ABV: 6.4% IBU: 55
Malts: Pale, Crystal, Carapils, Munich, Black Barley, Roasted Barley, Wheat
Hops: Nugget, Millennium, Willamette, Northern Brewer
Deep, robust and richly rewarding, this is beer to linger over. Obsidian has distinct notes of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt and black barley, with just enough hop bite to cut the sweetness.
Chainbreaker White IPA
ABV: 5.6% IBU: 55
Malts: Pilsner, Wheat, Unmalted Wheat
Hops: Bravo, Citra, Centennial, Cascade
Deschutes is taking you into the next beer frontier. Brewed with wheat and pilsner malt; this IPA displays beautiful citrus aromas from Cascade and Citra hops that meld with the esters of Belgian yeast. Think thirst quenching hopped-up wit beer with enough IBUs to warrant the IPA name.
ABV: 5% IBU: 35
Malts: NW Pale, Carastan, Carapils
Hops: Northern Brewer, Amarillo, Cascade, Tettnang, Brambling Cross
A lighter, yet full-flavored, aromatic Ale for the long days of summer. Twilight’s solid malt foundation pairs with distinctive Amarillo hops for flavors every bit as intriguing as bigger, heavier ales. A back porch, lingering sunset wonder.
Available May through September
ABV: 6.2% IBU: 60
Malts: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carapils, Pilsner, Carastan
Hops: Cascade, Centennial
The citrus punch of a big IPA, minus the one-dimensional hop sledgehammer. Seven select European and domestic malts round out the edges for a complex, copper-colored brew. Like its namesake ski lift, it’s an insider’s ride to fresh thrills.
Mirror Pond Pale Ale
ABV: 5% IBU: 40
Malts: Pale, NW Pale, Crystal, Carapils
This is base camp, where any craft brew exploration begins. A distinct hop nose and hop-forward flavor make Mirror Pond the quintessential Pale Ale. It is aromatically complex, multi-layered, and unmistakably “right.”
Black Butte Porter
ABV: 5.2% IBU: 30
Malts: Pale, Carapils, Chocolate, Crystal, Wheat
Hops: Cascade, Bravo, Tettnang
With a dark beer as our first and flagship brand, Black Butte defined Deschutes as a radical player. A slight hop bitterness up front enhances the distinctive chocolate and roasted finish. It’s prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.
ABV: 6.8% IBU: 80
Malts: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Caramel
Hops: Millennium, Horizon, Centennial, Northern Brewer, Cascade, Citra
Paradise is stumbling upon our whole flower hop room and inhaling. Inversion IPA is as close as you can get without knowing somebody.
Enter, if you will, all the glorious aromatic complexity of the hop. This big, bold IPA’s intense multi-hop kick gets a subtle dose of restraint from select Crystal and Carastan malts. For discriminating hop heads.
Fresh Squeezed IPA
This mouthwateringly delicious IPA gets its flavor from a heavy helping of citra and mosaic hops. Don’t worry, no fruit was harmed in the making of this beer.