Posts Tagged ‘Deschutes Brewery’

To Do List

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

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Today marks the end of my work week and tomorrow is¬†the start of the weekend. The fact that I neither work tomorrow nor Tuesday means that I get to spend it doing catch up for the blog and my beer stuff. So here’s my beer to do list. Since your all so interested right? ūüôā

Get a Deschutes Brewery Add On Here

I’ve talked to a couple breweries, and may talk to¬†some more people, about putting some adds on this blog. The catch is this wont in any way¬†pay the bills for this blog (although the hope is for this blog to pay for itself and eventually make a profit). Instead what they’re going to do is give me stuff to give to you guys in exchange for the add. Deschutes was the first to pony up. This brings me to my next item.

How do I give away a bunch of posters?

Deschutes came through with some framable quality¬†promo¬†posters for their beers and some stickers. When they first said they’d send me some posters to give away I was disappointed. I was really hoping to give you guys something like pint glasses or t-shirts. Truth is these posters are awesome and both myself and my family want some. Anyone with a bar at home needs one of these for their wall. The beers include Twilight, Black Butte, Mirror Pond, Jubelale 2008, and others. However tempting it may be to keep some of these I am giving them away though, so¬†if you have good ideas for¬†how to do this let me know in the comments.

Bottle my Uncle Fuggles Kinda Rye Ale

This is the longest name I’ve had for a beer, but it looks to be worth it. It’s spent the last to weeks sitting on lightly toasted oak chips and almost 2 ounces of Fuggles. I’ve been looking forward to this beer alot.

Get My Bike In For Repairs

My bike is falling apart. It’s been due for some maintenance and part replacement for a bit now but with the constant need to ride back and forth to Mt Angel that I had I could never find time to take in. Because of this the bike has been a single speed for two weeks thanks to a broken derailleur cable, the rear brakes are shot, and the rear tire gets more out of true daily. This doesn’t sound beer related, but I need my bike to get up to Silverton to see the guys at Seven Brides again. So there you have it, my bike getting fixed does have to do with beer.

Visit Pale Horse Brewery

This is Salem’s newest brewer in a long time and I haven’t even done my research on it. CapitolTapsfirst alerted me to their existence and I have now finaly¬†tried both beers they offer. I’m hoping talking with the brewers will shed some light on this operation and its future here in town. Oh here we go, another beer related reason to get my bike fixed.

Mirror Mirror, Wherefor Art Thou?

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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I have been hitting all the local specialty beer¬†sellers alot¬†lately looking for one particular bottle of beer. The 22oz Deschutes Reserve Series Mirror Mirror Barleywine (as a side effect of searching¬†my consumption of 22oz bombers has gone up). On April 22nd the bottles were sealed with wax, and as of the 29th (the kickoff party) the beer has been released. Here’s the problem though. It has been a week, and still no Mirror Mirror.

I know a week isn’t a lot of time to get the beers to the stores, but darn it all. Not only is Mirror Mirror taking a long time to hit the shelves, but I’m still waiting for the day I can pick up a bottle of Red Chair, and longing for a sixer of Twilight. Come on Deschutes, get on the ball.

So why am I longing so much for this beer? Well there are multiple reasons.

‚ô• First off, Mirror Mirror is a barleywine. While¬†I’m not normally a big fan of imperials, or other big beers, there’s something nice¬†about a glass of a¬†nicely balanced barleywine¬†after dinner that¬†makes it¬†a treat.

‚ô• Secondly,¬†Mirror Mirror promises to be that balanced barleywine. It comes in at 30 IBU’s which isn’t too bad, and at 11% ABV. Also Deschuttes¬†didn’t loose¬†touch with itself and kept up with their creative dry hopping when they made this. This means Mirror Mirror will have some great hop complexity. Also as an added touch this batch is going to have a nice oak aged finish to it.

‚ô• And lastly, the bottle will look darned good on my wall with all my other bottles from northwest breweries.

I recommend picking up a few bottles of these if you can. Their suggested¬†retail is around$12 which means it’ll probably cost around $13 a bottle, but multiple bottles are necessary. Barlywines are made to be aged, andMirror Mirror is no exception. In fact the bottle says best if drank after 2010 on it! With the wax dipping that Deschutes gave their bottles I get the feeling these can age for awhile longer and the multiple bottles would be necessary for this reason. You have to have a bottle or two to drink while that one sits in the cellar for a couple years after all.

For a fun drinking game  have a glass of barleywine every time you read Mirror Mirror.

Touring The Deschutes Brewery

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

I’ve always been a fan of beer made by Deschutes Brewery. So when I was visiting family in La Pine and my dad asked if I wanted to¬†tour the brewery with him I jumped at the chance.

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The Deschutes Brewery¬†is surrounded by¬†some of the most amazing scenery. Not far away the Deschutes winds it’s way through Bend, and the snowy mountains in the distance just add to the beauty of the place. If I could choose any place to live out the rest of my life it would be in the high desert of¬†Central Oregon. If I’d been thinking at the time I would have gotten a picture of how lovely it was, but my mind was on beer at the moment.

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The first stop¬†on the tour is the tasting room and gift shop to await the moment of the next tour. While your there though you are allowed up to 4 free tastings of the beer on tap. Whoever chose the music that we were listening to gets¬†props form me. Flogging Molly just seems¬†to go well with beer tasting.¬†Since we came in right at the spring transition time they had both their spring seasonal¬†Buzzsaw and their Jubelale on tap, as well as Oregon 150. The only beer available that I hadn’t tried was their Oregon 150, and it was the first sample I ordered. The 150 is a fruit beer brewed with marion berries. This beer was doomed to fall flat for me since I dislike fruity beers, but overall it wasn’t that bad.

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After we’d finished our first two samples we were directed out of the tasting room and into the actual brewery. At first I was amazed at the production capacity of their plant since all I saw were two boiling kettles and a handful of fermentors. After the guide gave a very¬†basic rundown of the brewing process, and the Reinheitsgebot he took us to a small hop storage area where he explained how hops worked and passed out whole cascade¬†hop cones for us to examine.

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When all the usual “our brewery is better because” mumbo jumbo was finished¬†we went back into the newer brewing area. I was right to think that the initial area we saw was to small. Sadly the kettles weren’t in use that day so while it was pretty it lacked the aroma that I love breweries for. After hearing about their shiny new kettles we walked into a warehouse full of fermentation tanks. Is there a prettier sight then a room full of big stainless steel¬†fermentors?

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After viewing the fermentors and hearing about the fermenting process and some more “why we’re better” crap we walked through to the bottling line. This was definitely my favorite part of the tour. I’m always fascinated these kinds of machines. After a few minutes in this room we entered the Jubelale hall of fame. Basically it’s a hallway full of all the original paintings that were used for the Jubelale labels, as well as a copy of the labels themselves. A flight of stairs later and we were back in the tasting room and the tour was over. We drank our last few samples, bought a sixer, and went to meet the girls so we could head to the Three Creeks Brewpub for lunch. More on that tomorrow though.

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