Deschutes Brewery has a full lineup of seasonal releases for the 2016 fall and winter. The beers include Hopzeit Autumn IPA, Sagefight Imperial IPA, Armory XPA-v2, Chasin’ Freshies: A Fresh Hop IPA, Hop Trip: A Fresh Hop Pale Ale, Jubelale, The Dissident, Collage #2, and The Abyss. Many of these beers are already on store shelves; a few won’t be around for much longer.
Here’s a rundown on the releases from Deschutes.
Hopzeit Autumn IPA
Sliding in between Hop Slice and Jubelale, Hopzeit Autumn IPA is inspired by the classic flavors of a Märzenbier but with Deschutes’ own twist, of course. Deschutes brewers have combined the latest hop varietals from Germany with classic malts to create an herbal and balanced Autumn IPA unlike anything before it, perfect for sharing with friends as you celebrate Oktoberfest here in the new country.
Hopzeit Autumn IPA is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft through the fall.
7% ABV | 60 IBUs
Sagefight Imperial IPA
Seven years in the making, Sagefight Imperial IPA began as a part of our pub rotation series before finally earning its shot at the title. Inspired by the high desert landscape we call home, this heavyweight IPA brewed with sage and juniper berries hits the sweet spot, pitting hops against botanicals in a true battle royale. It’s a great way for us to share a taste of our home with you, and for you to share a couple rounds with those in your corner. Jump in the ring here.
Part of the Bond Street Series, Sagefight Imperial IPA is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft through February.
8% ABV | 75 IBUs
Armory XPA (v2)
For 28 years our Bond Street pub has served as a proving ground for experimental beers and the hops that bring them to life. Eight years ago our Portland pub joined the tradition, debuting Armory XPA and introducing craft drinkers to the previously unknown Citra hop in the process. Today this citrusy second-generation XPA takes the tradition a step further, headlining experimental hop #07270 and inviting our customers everywhere to share in this bright and refreshing beer’s judgment day. Learn how you can win a trip to a hop farm with one of our brewers and share your thoughts on the beer here.
Part of the Bond Street Series, Armory XPA v2 is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft through February everywhere Deschutes is sold.
5.9% ABV | 55 IBUs
Chasin’ Freshies: A Fresh Hop IPA
Fans get to chase down Chasin’ Freshies in six-packs for the first time this fall! Not sure what “freshies” are? We’ll tell you! In our hometown of Bend, Oregon, winter means that we start seeking fresh, untouched powder (freshies!) on the slopes of our local ski hill, Mt. Bachelor. This pursuit of perfection is reflected as Deschutes Brewery chases down Centennial hops for this year’s vintage of Chasin’ Freshies, our fresh hop IPA. Each year, the beer features a different fresh hop from our rich, Pacific Northwest hop-growing country, and is a nod to the snow and hop enthusiasts we’ve entertained for the last 28 years at our original public house in downtown Bend.
Part of the Bond Street Series, Chasin’ Freshies is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft through the fall almost everywhere Deschutes is sold.
7.4 % ABV | 65 IBUs
Hop Trip: A Fresh Hop Pale Ale
For more than a decade now, our brewers have been making the “trip” to gather fresh picked hops from the farm in order to throw the fresh harvest into the kettle to create Hop Trip, our fresh hop pale ale. The quick jaunt across the Cascade Mountains in Oregon means that Crystal hops from Sodbuster Farms go from harvest to brew in just a few short hours. The result? Fans get to start their own journey with each bottle of this pale ale and its bright floral punch to the nose. And this year, we documented the trip in virtual reality so head over to our YouTube channel later this week to experience the hop harvest at sunset in 3D.
Part of the Bond Street Series, Hop Trip is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft through the fall almost everywhere Deschutes is sold.
6.1% ABV | 38 IBUs
Jubelale: A Festive Winter Ale
Every year, a different Oregon artist wraps up our winter seasonal, Jubelale, with a piece of artwork that is as unique as the beer inside the bottle. Our 2016 vintage boasts art by Karen Ruane of Bend entitled “First Snow”. Inspired by the changes the first storm of the season brings to the local landscape, the piece captures the sense of anticipation and warm festivities that ensue in the face of winter’s snowfall. Ruane used a rare, centuries old process called marbling to create the organic design that is showcased on this year’s label and packaging. Inside the bottle is the taste of the holidays: layered flavors of warm spiciness and dried fruit with a hoppy finish.
Jubelale is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft through December almost everywhere Deschutes is sold
6.7% ABV | 65 IBUs
We’ve teamed up with Hair of the Dog Brewing Company to bring you another artistic collage of cask-aging alchemy. This encore collaboration delivers layers of vanilla, caramel and molasses with roasted accents and complex malt character. This second version magically blends The Abyss (100% aged in Pinot barrels) and The Stoic (100% aged in Pinot barrels) with Hair of the Dog’s Fred (aged in American oak and rye whiskey barrels) and Doggie Claws (100% aged in cognac barrels).
Available in extremely limited quantities wherever Deschutes is sold in 22-ounce wax dipped bottles.
14.3% ABV | 19 IBUs
Yep, that’s right…the release of The Dissident is now an annual event at the brewery. The longing during the off years is just a distant memory, and now this Oud Bruin, a Flanders-style sour brown ale, brings us its heavenly aroma and flavor each fall. First introduced back in 2008, The Dissident is brewed using Brettanomyces and local cherries to give it its characteristic sour taste. Fermented in isolation (partly in pinot and cabernet barrels), it is best enjoyed in company – if you feel like sharing that is.
Available in extremely limited quantities wherever Deschutes is sold in 22-ounce wax dipped bottles beginning in November. The release party will be held on Thursday, November 10th at Deschutes Portland Public House.
~11% ABV | 19 IBUs
We know it’s next to impossible to improve perfection, but we’ll keep trying! For the second year in a row, we are releasing a trifecta of The Abyss – but with another new twist. First up is the classic version fans across the country have come to know and love: a barrel-aged imperial stout of immeasurable depth and complexity with hints of molasses, licorice and vanilla. To top even this gloriousness, our brewers created two additional versions of The Abyss: 100% barrel aged –respectively – in Brandy and Scotch Whiskey barrels. These are extremely limited!
Available in limited quantities wherever Deschutes is sold beginning in November in 22-ounce wax dipped bottles and draft.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.