Tuesday, September 2, 2014

August 30, 2014 Show

This week we drink and discuss the world class Deschutes Brewery with this amazing lineup of beers!  We were joined by Deschutes Brewery rep Jeremy for an inside look at the brewery and were also of course joined in studio by the always enjoyable Billy from Backyard Ale House to discuss some of the happenings at the bar!

This weeks beer lineup from Deschutes includes:

Mirror Pond Ale:  A textbook example of the pale ale style with a sweet malt backbone and subtle hints of hops throughout.  Extremely easy drinking and well balanced, everything you could want from a pale ale!

Black Butte Porter:  The porter style is one that many craft beer newbies sadly overlook in their excitement for IPA's, but thankfully Deschutes paid a lot of attention to the style.  Black Butte Porter is their flagship beer and has been that way since the breweries inception.  One sip of this beer and you will gain a new perspective on the porter style with its rich chocolate and subtle coffee hints and enjoyably smooth body, this is a beer that you could drink for days!

Black Butte XXVI Birthday Reserve:  This beefed up version of Black Butte Porter tips the scales at 10.2% ABV and is full of intense flavors and aroma.  Strong notes of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee seemingly dance with hints of pomegranates and cranberries that impart a subtle tart finish.  Very easy drinking despite the high ABV, hunt this beer down and also get 2 bottles and let one age for a bit, it is said to be even better after a year of aging!

Obsidian Stout:  One of the most popular American Stouts in the craft beer industry with its rich and luscious chocolate and coffee notes give way to hop flavors that melt into one another.  The 6.4% ABV is a pleasant surprise and is not apparent at all in the beer, so be careful on this one as it drinks like a good stout should but has a bit more heft to it, another must try!

Fresh Squeezed IPA:  The bee that was the darling of the Beer Geek Festival this past April makes it triumphant return to the show!  Quite possibly one of the most easy drinking IPA's available, it is extremely fresh with hops apparent throughout the nose and taste but without being overwhelming bitter.  It is perfectly balanced and leaves a dry finish.  Just find this beer already and drink it all down!

Doppel Dinkel Bock: This collaboration between Deschutes and Distelhauser produced one fantastic beer!  Somewhere between a Doppelbock and a Weizenbock lies this beer with a strong malt backbone and notes of bananas, cloves, caramel, and toffee all play off one another.  The 10.5% will also sneak up on you fast, a limited brew but worth hunting down if you are a Doppelbock fan!

We also had this amazing giveaway for listeners this week provided by our good friends at Deschutes Brewery!

If you are looking for Deschutes Brewery beer in your area, try checking with the brewery's beer finder here, and don't worry they are a brewery on the move and are expanding into new markets!

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