Deschutes Brewery Releases New Beers, Old Classics and Its Street Pub Returns for 2016

Deschutes Brewery Armory XPA Experimental Pale Ale now in 6 Packs. (image courtesy of Deschutes Brewery)
Deschutes Brewery Armory XPA Experimental Pale Ale now in 6 Packs. (image courtesy of Deschutes Brewery)

After its recent announcement of a new brewery location in Roanoke, Virginia, that is scheduled to open in 2021, Deschutes Brewery has an abundance of new beer releases over the coming months. These new and old favorites include Armory XPA, Down ‘N Dirty IPA, Big Rig, Pinot Suave, Hop Slice Session IPA, and Black Butte XXVIII. Deschutes has also announced the dates for its annual Street Pub that will take place in seven cities from coast to coast.

Here’s a rundown of the six beers and the Street Pub lineup provided by Deschutes.

Armory XPA
It’s fitting this experimental pale ale was the first beer brewed at our Portland Pub and now it’s made its way into six-packs. But, in the typical style of our creative brewing team, the experimentation doesn’t stop there: they’ll be changing out the featured hops in this brew every few months. The inaugural 2016 version gets its bitter twist from Nugget, and Northern Brewer hops, then delivers a pronounced citrus kick from Cascade, Centennial and Citra hops. Next round will be brewed using experimental hop number 07270, and then who knows? Consider this your next hop obsession.
Now available year-round everywhere Deschutes is sold in 6-Pack, 12 oz. bottles.
5.9% ABV  |  55 IBUs

Down ‘N Dirty IPA
Originally developed and named for The Dirty Half marathon, a longtime beloved staple of the Central Oregon trail running community, Down ‘N Dirty IPA is (obviously) the perfect post-run brew. Cascade and Centennial hops deliver bright citrus notes against the earthy bitterness of Bravo hops, balanced by a biscuity malt body.  For non-runners, we recommend drinking it while you watch those marathoners speed by, or perhaps pair it up at dinner with a tasty elk burger.
Available year-round beginning in April in 22 oz. bottles most everywhere Deschutes is sold.
6.3% ABV | 80 IBUs

Owen and Ben from Deschutes Pose with Big Rig - A Classic Pub Ale & Down 'N Dirty IPA. (image courtesy of Deschutes Brewery)
Owen and Ben from Deschutes Portland Public House pose with Big Rig – A Classic Pub Ale and Down ‘N Dirty IPA. These two beers originated at the Deschutes pubs and turned into full fledged releases by the production brewery. (image courtesy of Deschutes Brewery)

Big Rig
This classic Pub Ale has been an annual favorite at our pubs for years, and now it’s heading down the road…in bottles. Inspired by a love for outside play (and the big truck driven by one of the beer’s original brewers), Big Rig balances a smooth, silky maltiness with crisp, floral notes and just the right bitterness from Crystal hops. Good time to drink? Anytime and anywhere, preferably with a side of sweet baby back ribs
Available year-round beginning in April in 22 oz. bottles most everywhere Deschutes is sold.
6% ABV | 46 IBUs

Pinot Suave
Smooth and slightly sexy…Pinot Suave is a Belgian style beauty aged in French oak and Pinot Noir barrels filled with Pinot grape must.  Part of our limited Reserve Series lineup, this new beer is the first of five releases not to be missed in 2016. The result is a unique flavor profile with some delicate notes of acidity and wine tannins. The light malt body makes sure the berry flavors stay at the forefront.
Available in early May in 22 oz. wax-dipped bottles in limited quantities available most places Deschutes is sold.
11.2% ABV  |  15 IBUs

Hop Slice Session IPA
We’re celebrating summer in a fresh way this year…by introducing a brand-new seasonal to our lineup: Hop Slice Session IPA. This new beer invites fans to “grab a slice of summer” with floral hop notes and crisp lemon refreshment. Hop Slice is brewed with Meyer Lemon, characterized by a more delicate aroma than the standard lemon, complemented by Azacca, Galaxy and Amarillo hops. This session IPA packs the hop flavor of an IPA in a light bodied beer crafted for a long summer day.
Available from May through September in 6-pack, 12 oz. bottles and on draft everywhere Deschutes is sold.
4.5% ABV |  45 IBUs

Black Butte XXVIII
Every year, we celebrate our anniversary with an imperial, barrel-aged version of our flagship Black Butte Porter. Our brewers love to experiment and they always add some fun new ingredients to this beer to celebrate. In the past, you may have found chilies, cranberries, pomegranate molasses, dates, figs and other such treats. This year, our brewers tell us that they’ve added goodies like peated malt, cocoa, vanilla and sweet orange peel…all aged in bourbon and scotch barrels.
Release date of June 27, 2016 in 22 oz. wax-dipped bottles in limited quantities available most places Deschutes is sold.

Deschutes Brewery Street Pub

Deschutes Brewery Street Pub – Crafted for Community
The ultimate block party is back! We’re packing up our pub of epic proportions and bringing it to select cities across the United States for the second annual Street Pub tour. Can’t make it to Oregon to visit one of our popular public houses in Bend or Portland? This traveling show brings the pub experience – on which Deschutes was founded – direct to fans with a ginormous, transportable bar that was handcrafted in Central Oregon. In each city, the brewery will partner with local bands and chefs and 100 percent of beer sales will go to local nonprofits to further support their missions.

Grab your friends and check out the Street Pub experience in one of the following cities:

  • Arlington, VA: 5/15 (in conjunction with the Taste of Arlington festival)
  • Philadelphia, PA: 6/11
  • Columbus, OH: 7/9
  • Chicago, IL: 8/6
  • Roanoke, VA: 8/27
  • Twin Cities, MN: 9/10
  • Sacramento, CA: 10/8

For more information on each stop go to or follow the conversation at #StreetPub.