Deschutes Brew News

Deschutes Brewery knows how to keep its beer line-up interesting. With the introduction of the brewery’s Bond Street Series you can now expect some of the beers you find in the pub in a bottle for consumption whenever you like. Likewise, with the weather feeling like summer you can soon find a great seasonal to be released. For beer geek info, beer pairing ideas and the best setting to consume the Red Chair IPA and the Twilight Ale the folks at Deschutes have some great info to share.

Red Chair IPA

The newest member of the Deschutes Brewery Bond Street Series is set to debut in mid-May: Red Chair IPA. Like the other beers in the Bond Street Series, Red Chair IPA began at the community Pub on Bond Street in downtown Bend, Oregon. These hop-centric ales are available only on tap and in 22-ounce bottles. The Bond Street series also includes Hop Trip, a fresh hop pale ale, and Hop Henge IPA, an experimental IPA.

All beers in the Bond Street series were initially available only at the downtown pub in Bend, which has gained a reputation as a venue for Deschutes’ brewers to experiment with innovative recipes. Brews that become wildly popular with the locals eventually make it into bottles, and Red Chair IPA is a prime example.

Brewer John Abraham describes Red Chair as a juicy IPA. “You will find no cloying, mouth-puckering bitterness here. In its place is a straight-up, succulent, citrus punch to the nose. This is due to the experimental nature of some of the hops, as well as how late in the process they were added.” (Read Abraham’s blog post about Red Chair IPA.)

Red Chair IPA is named for the oldest operating chairlift at Mt. Bachelor: a classic, old-school double that locals seek out on fresh powder mornings. “When I first tasted this beer, it didn’t have a name yet,” says Bobby Martin, Deschutes Brewery bartender and avid snowboarder. “I thought, ‘This beer is so good it’s just like a powder day at Bachelor with nobody around, and you’re riding the old rickety red chair. That’s it! Let’s call it Red Chair!’ Fast forward a few months, and here it is: my favorite beer ever, perfected and ready for public enjoyment.”

Red Chair IPA will be available throughout the western U.S. from May until September in retail establishments that carry the Bond Street Series.

Beer Geek Information:
6.4% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
55 International Bittering Units (IBUs)

Cooking with Beer:
The brewery team recommends pairing Red Chair IPA with hot-n-sour soup, enchiladas with mole sauce, or thin crust Margherita pizza.

Best Setting for Consumption:
The long, slow ride up the Red Chair lift at Mt. Bachelor. If you don’t live in Central Oregon, a front porch swing will do.

Twilight Ale

Twilight Ale is a straw-colored ale with a vigorous hop essence and a subtle, wafer-like body that complements the flavor of this special seasonal brew. It is a unique blend of four hops and malts: Cara-Pils and Carastan malts with the late addition of whole flower Cascade, Amarillo and Tettnang hops.

Brewer John Abraham said, “The malts of Twilight Ale are at once offset and complemented by citrus and floral aromas that come from the whole flower hops. The overall result is a crisp, effervescent, highly drinkable ale. I consider it the perfect hot weather quencher.”

Twilight Ale was named for that magical time of day when shadows are long, laughter comes easily, and one wishes the moment could last forever. One more cast, one more putt, one more leg of the trail, just one more Twilight Ale.

Twilight Ale hits shelves Memorial Day weekend and will be available across the western U.S. from May until September on draft and in 6- and 12-pack bottles.

Beer Geek Information:

5.0% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
35 International Bittering Units (IBUs)

Beer-Food Pairing:
The brewery team recommends pairing Twilight with picnic classics such as barbecued ribs, and salads with lemon and dill.

Best Setting for Consumption:
Your most comfortable lawn chair after any outrageous pursuit, from a strenuous ride to a long-overdue lawn-mowing effort.

About Deschutes Brewery
Located in beautiful Bend, Oregon, Deschutes Brewery overlooks the wild and scenic Deschutes River. It also brews an impressive collection of award-winning craft beers. Starting as a local brew pub in downtown Bend in 1998, Deschutes Brewery now sells beer across the western U.S. and recently opened a second public house in Portland, Oregon’s Pearl District. Deschutes Brewery’s craft beers range from local favorites Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter adventurous brews like Hop Trip and The Abyss. For more information about Deschutes Brewery and its award-winning craft beers, please visit