The first two releases from Deschutes Brewery Pub Reserve Series, Murder in the Rye and Rum Wowzenbock, are now available at both its Bend and Portland pubs. Both releases are available in wax dipped 22 oz. bottles at $22.00 each. Here are the beer descriptions provided by Deschutes for each of the offerings.
Murder in the Rye
The base recipe came from Bourbon Murder, a Great American Beer Festival award winning Portland Pub brew. Murder in the Rye is a Strong Stout aged in Rye Whiskey Casks from Oregon Spirit Distillers for 9 months. This malt forward beer offers flavors and aromas of spicy whiskey, vanilla, oak, roast, chocolate and caramel. With less than 24 hours between whiskey emptying and beer filling in the casks, this beer is heart-warming and whiskey-licious!
11.8% ABV | 24 IBUs
The base recipe came from another Great American Beer Festival award winning Portland Pub brew called Wowzenbock. In this Strong Dark Ale, presence of Willamette hops are subtle against Vienna and Munich malts and wheat. Aged in Spanish Rum barrels for 16 months gives this beer flavors and aromas of toasted caramel, sweet rum spice, tropical fruit, light coconut and banana esters and finishes with light oak tannins.
12% ABV | 11 IBUs
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 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 Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.