You might know the name Deschutes by the river in Oregon which is famous for fishing, hiking and float trips. Or, if you were ever in the U.S. Army and had to learn map reading, you know of the “Deschutes Fire Tower” on the Tenino Map Sheet. Well, there is another Deschutes, this one is a brewery in Bend Oregon.
Deschutes Brewery is a craft brewery founded in 1988 as a brewpub in Bend, Oregon. The brewery is known for such products as Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. In 2008, the brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District. Next on the to-do list is opening an East Coast Brewery in Roanoke, VA.
On a recent trip to our local wine and beer superstore, I picked up three different Deschutes beers, The Pacific Wonderland Lager, Black Butte Porter, and Obsidian Stout. I started with the Pacific Wonderland Lager. I love the way the brewmaster describes the beer as a place before it was a place. Pacific Wonderland is brewed to match the lifestyle and activities in the Pacific Northwest. I found this lager to be refreshing and crisp. It really would go well at the end of almost any activity done outdoors. The hint of citrus just tops off the taste and makes the refreshing taste carry all the way through the finish. Pacific Wonderland is 5.5% ABV and has an IBU of 40.
Next, I tried the Black Butte Porter. This may be my favorite porter. A smooth and creamy mouthfeel makes the notes of chocolate and roasted coffee just hit the right combination to taste great. With an IBU of 30 and ABV of 5.2%, this beer is just superb. As a geography geek (my undergrad degree is in geography) I love the fact at Deschutes Brewery is naming beers for the geographic features in their back yard.
After Thanksgiving, I settled in to try the Obsidian Stout. Named for Obsidian, which is a naturally occurring volcanic glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock that is formed when felsic lava extruded from a volcano cools rapidly with minimal crystal growth. Obsidian is a deep gloss black and that really describes the color of this beer. Deschutes Obsidian Stout has very distinct tastes of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt and black barley combined with the right amount hop bite to cut the sweetness. This stout is 6.4% ABV and listed as 55 IBUs.
I am really looking forward to trying the other beers from Deschutes, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Inversion IPA and American Wheat Ale. Especially the seasonal beer, Jubelale.