For the upcoming fall season Deschutes Brewery has a few beer releases along with some events taking place throughout the United States. Already arriving in the marketplace is Hopzeit Autumn IPA and will be joined in the coming months with the releases of The Dissident, Sagefight IPA, Chasin’ Freshies, and Hop Trip.
Deschutes will also host a few events including a Deschutes Brewery Pop-Up Brunch with Woody in Minneapolis, Deschutes Brewery Street Pub Tour in Portland and Sacramento, and Feast Portland. It will also open its new tasting room in Roanoke, VA on August 28th.
Here are more details on the beer releases and events from a fact sheet provided by Deschutes Brewery.
Hopzeit Autumn IPA When: August-October What: Seasonal (12-ounce bottles and draft)
Move over pumpkin beers, here’s a fall seasonal that is inspired by the classic flavors of a Märzenbier. This modern ale’s only adherence to tradition is to our brewers’ own passion for experimentation. We’ve 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 is only here for a few festive weeks, so get a taste before the party’s over. Where: Almost everywhere Deschutes is sold The Stats: 7% ABV | 60 IBUs
The Dissident When: September What: Reserve Series (22-ounce wax dipped bottles and draft)
This gem is now an annual endeavor by the Deschutes Brewery brewers. This Oud Bruin, a Flanders-style sour brown ale, brings us its heavenly aroma and flavor a little earlier than usual this year (meaning you may crack it open for Labor Day rather than Thanksgiving). 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. Where: In limited quantities wherever Deschutes is sold The Stats: ~11% ABV | 19 IBUs
Sagefight Imperial IPA When: September What: Bond Street Series (12-ounce bottles and draft)
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. Where: Almost everywhere Deschutes is sold The Stats: 8% ABV | 75 IBUs
Chasin’ Freshies: A Fresh Hop IPA When: October What: Bond Street Series (12-ounce bottles and draft)
This fall, get ready to chase some freshies before ski season even starts. 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 experimental hop HBC 431 for this year’s vintage of Chasin’ Freshies: A 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 29 years at our original public house in downtown Bend. Where: Almost everywhere Deschutes is sold The Stats: 7.2 % ABV | 65 IBUs
Hop Trip: A Fresh Hop Pale Ale When: October What: Bond Street Series (12-ounce bottles and draft)
For more than a decade now, our brewers have been making the “trip” to hand select hops from the farm in order to pick, bag, load and dump the fresh harvest into the kettle to create Hop Trip. The quick jaunt across the mountains in Oregon means that Crystal hops from Goschie 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 citrus punch to the nose. Bon Voyage! Want to see how it’s done up close? Check out our Virtual Reality experience of last year’s journey. Where: Almost everywhere Deschutes is sold The Stats: 5.8% ABV | 38 IBUs
EVENTS/NEWS Deschutes Brewery Pop-Up Brunch
We’re of the firm opinion that beer is perfect for breakfast, so that’s why our giant keg on wheels, Woody, is headed to Minneapolis for a one-of-a-kind Pop-Up Brunch, modeled after our Beer for Brunch events. The event was crafted to support Second Harvest Heartland, one of the nation’s largest and most innovative hunger relief organizations.
Woody will be greeting fans and pouring brunch cocktails like Black Butte Porter Bloody Marys, Fresh Squeezed IPA Mimosas, American Wheat Beer-linies and Maple Bacon Porter. As if that’s not enough, each of the cocktails will be paired with delectable brunch dishes from Minneapolis’ own McKinney Roe. Music, games and more will round out the day. When: Saturday, August 19, 10am-4pm Where: The Commons across from U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN Admission/Cost: Entry to the event is free. $5 tokens will get visitors either one full beer; one large cocktail; or one small cocktail and brunch bite pairing.
Deschutes Brewery Street Pub – Crafted for Community
So far, our 2017 Street Pub tour has made a big impression in Cincinnati, Roanoke and Milwaukee, donating around $100,000 to nonprofits this year alone. Over the last two and half seasons, the Street Pub has given back more than $900,000 in the cities it has visited. And there’s more to come – this giant traveling pop-up pub is headed back west for stops in our backyard of Portland, OR (September 23) and down for its third annual appearance in Sacramento, CA (October 14.)
Woody is not only celebrating Beer for Brunch across the nation in all his mobile gloriousness, he’s also making an appearance at some of your favorite festivals. Find out where he’ll be next by visiting www.dbwoody.com. Here are just a few of the places he’ll be pouring beer for the thirsty masses over the next few months:
8/12 – 8/13 – Squaw Valley, CA – Squaw Valley Brews, Jazz, and Funk Fest
8/19 – Minneapolis, MN – World’s Biggest Pop-Up Brunch at the Commons at Vikings Stadium
9/9 – 9/10 – Lathrop, CA – Baconfest
9/14 – 9/17 – Portland, OR – FEAST Portland
9/22 – 9/24 – Seattle, WA – Fremont Oktoberfest
10/13 – 10/15 – Roanoke, VA – Go Outside Festival
10/21 – 10/22 – Hannibal, MO – Autumn Historic Folklife Festival
Tasting Room in Roanoke, VA
In April 2017, we announced that we’ll be opening a tasting room in our second home of Roanoke, VA, right downtown at 315 Market Street SE. Our grand opening is scheduled for August 28 and, with 24 taps, fans will be able to enjoy a selection of Deschutes beers that is unmatched! Patrons can share a pint at the indoor and outdoor seating areas or fill growlers to go, as well as purchase branded merchandise and locally and regionally sourced ready-to-eat snacks. The brewhouse at the tasting room will have a 20-gallon capacity and our team will be creating some special experimental beers just for Roanokers!
We’re thrilled to be involved with Feast Portland, a food and drink festival right in our ‘hood. More than just another event, Feast is described as a “movement that showcases the energy, creativity and enthusiasm that’s driving America’s food revolution.” Our own corporate executive chef, Jeff Usinowicz, is competing in the Sandwich Invitational on Thursday, September 14; Woody will be on site pouring beer and creating beer cocktails at the sold-out Brunch Village on Saturday, September 16; and we’ll also be pouring some tasty and rare brews at both nights of the Grand Tasting.
Feast will be held September 14-17 all over Portland!
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.