Once again, two Central Oregon iconic businesses collaborate on a project that took years in the making. Bendistillery and Deschutes Brewery have partnered on the 2019 vintage of Black Butte Whiskey.
Distilling whiskey begins with brewing a wash, distilling it and finally aging it. To create Black Butte Whiskey, Deschutes Brewery brewed a whiskey wash, essentially wort without any hops and then sent it over to Bendistillery’s Crater Lake Spirits to distill and then age in new #4 char American oak barrels for three years.
Now the 2019 Black Butte Whiskey is ready for release on Friday, December 6th in downtown Bend at Bendistillery’s Crater Lake Spirits Downtown Tasting Room. Bottles of the 2019 Best of Show, Double Gold at the Sunset Magazine International Spirits Competition will begin to go on sale by the bottle to go beginning at Noon. Bottles will only be sold at Crater Lake Spirits Tasting Rooms and there is no limit on bottle purchases.
Then at 6:00pm, the official 2019 Black Butte Whiskey Release Party will take place at Crater Lake Spirits Downtown Tasting Room located at 1024 NW Bond Street in Bend, Oregon. This special event will include bottle sales, full sized cocktails featuring Black Butte Whiskey, music by Broken Down Guitars and delicious food by Das Brat Food Cart!
“The excitement around each release just keeps growing every year,” said Alan Dietrich, CEO of Bendistillery, in a prepared statement. “Our customers value this truly unique, high-quality beverage, something both Bendistillery and Deschutes Brewery are known for.”
Black Butte Whiskey is an American malt whiskey distilled from the wash of Deschutes Brewery’s famed Black Butte Porter beer, all done in Central Oregon. It is double-distilled and aged for 3 years in new #4 char American oak barrels. The resulting spirit is a balanced yet complex whiskey that retains the malty, chocolaty notes of Black Butte Porter, Deschutes Brewery’s flagship beer, and finishes with the soft, nearly sweet, character.
“Black Butte Whiskey beautifully showcases Bendistillery and Deschutes Brewery as pioneers in adult beverages,” said Mike Rowan, food and beverage director at Deschutes Brewery, in a prepared statement. “We’ve always been committed to experimentation and innovation in creating delicious, approachable beverages to create extraordinary experiences for our customers.”
Black Butte Whiskey pours are available year-round at both Deschutes Brewery pubs, and the Portland International Airport pub. Both the Bend and Portland pubs feature an exclusive barrel-aged Manhattan that will be available Friday to celebrate the release as well. Unfortunately, bottle sales are limited to being sold in Bend only at both Crater Lake Spirits Tasting Rooms.
Crater Lake Spirits Downtown Tasting Room 1024 NW Bond Street Bend, OR 97702
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.