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Deschutes Brewery Announces new Reserve Series, Sour Series & Collaborations

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Deschutes Brewery has announced a bevvy of new beer news like a fruited rotating year-round Sour Series, a new Reserve Series barrel-aged beer called The Ages, new cans and much more. Look for cans of Pacific Wonderland Lager, Fresh Squeezed IPA and Mirror Pond Pale Ale in March. The sour series has already started with the release of Pear Bergamot Sour. Swivelhead Red is out in 6-packs of bottles this month. New collaboration beer Fresh Chair Northwest Pale Ale with Crux Fermentation Project is out in March and Humm Kombucha Radler collab follows it up in May. You also won’t want to miss the new barrel-aged Reserve Series releases The Ages in April, along with the seasonal return of Twilight Ale.

More details below.





When: March

What: Fresh Squeezed IPA, Mirror Pond Pale Ale & Pacific Wonderland Lager (12oz, 6pack cans)

The weight is over! Three brands of Deschutes Brewery beer are now available in lighter, convenient packaging, more easily transported to any occasion. Fresh Squeezed IPA, Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Pacific Wonderland Lager will soon ship to distributors and land on retail shelves in 12-ounce cans. Up next,19.2-ounce single serve cans of Fresh Squeezed IPA will follow. Adventure awaits. Go-CAN-do!

Where:Available everywhere Deschutes is sold.




Introducing the Deschutes Brewery SOUR SERIES

Currently pouring: Pear Bergamot Sour


When:  All year 

What:  Sour Series (draft only)

The Deschutes Sour Series is a new offering from Deschutes Brewery. An innovative and creative series of stainless, lacto soured beers that vary in the use of fruit, hops, spices and specialty ingredients, all maintain a harmonious and clean acidity ranging from mild to medium. This series combines two trends among craft beer consumers: an emerging interest in kettle sours and a movement toward fruit-flavored beers. This series delivers both in a distinctly Deschutes way that is culinary-inspired and truly unique. Pear Bergamot Sour Ale tasting notes include pear and citrus with a floral aroma. Next up this spring, Black Raspberry Sour.

Beer Geek Information:  4.3% ABV  |  18 IBUs

Where: Available everywhere Deschutes is sold on draft.





The Ages


When: April Release
What: Reserve Series (500ml-bottles)

A gueuze-inspired, multi-year blending shapes a wild brew brimming with fruity, spicy esters and savory, tangy pear and white pepper flavors. Deschutes’ first release in a 500ml bottle, this is a beer for the ages.

Beer Geek Information:  7.5% ABV | 15 IBUs

Where: Available everywhere Deschutes is sold.





Swivelhead Red


When: February – May
What:  Bond Street Series (12-ounce bottles and draft)

Perfect for that St. Patrick’s Day celebration! This twist on a traditional red ale gets its herbal hop character from European varietals added in American quantities, with a light melon accent from Australian hops, all resulting in a malty brew without the roast that’s sure to turn heads wherever it’s shared. The quirky artwork on the label tells a story and represents all the characters that contributed to this brew.

The Stats:  6.5% ABV | 70 IBUs

Where: Available everywhere where Deschutes is sold 




Fresh Chair Northwest Pale Ale


When: March
What: 30th Anniversary Collaboration with Crux Fermentation Project (draft only)

In celebration of Deschutes Brewery’s 30th birthday, they’ve partnered with several Deschutes Brewery alumni to collaborate on seven exciting brews. The first debut includes former brew masters Larry Sidor and Cam O’Connor now of Crux Fermentation Project, in the creation of a perfect blend of award winning Fresh Squeezed IPA and Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale. Encompassing the popular hop varieties Citra, Mosaic and Centennial, a bright and bold hop aroma compliments a drinkable malt body. All proceeds from this beer will benefit restoration of streamflow and improved water quality in the Deschutes River Basin.

Beer Geek Information:  6.5% ABV | 35 IBU

Where: Limited release in Oregon and Washington




Humm Zinger

When: May

What: Humm Kombucha Collaboration

A collaboration with Humm Kombucha, a fellow Bend, Oregon, craft pioneer, this unique kombucha radler combines Humm’s tangy grapefruit with the iconic Cascade hops and Pilsner malt that Deschutes Brewery uses in many of its beers. The finished brew is a crisp and invigorating fresh twist on a radler.

The Stats: 4.3% ABV | 12 IBUs

Where: Limited release in Oregon and Washington





Twilight Summer Ale


When: April – August

What:  Seasonal (12-ounce bottles and draft)

Back by unrelenting customer demand, Twilight Summer Ale hits the shelves just in time for summer this year! Originally introduced in 2004, this clever golden-hued ale pours remarkably crisp and clean. A distinctive malt body complements a refreshing hop profile led by a healthy dose of bold Amarillo hops. It’s going to be a great summer.

The Stats:  5.0% ABV  |  38 IBUs

Where: Available everywhere Deschutes is sold




World Beer Awards, and more!


World Beer Awards: We’re excited! The Abyss and Hopzeit Autumn IPA won gold at the 2017 World Beer Awards. Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Pinedrops IPA took home silver. 2017 Winners



Best of Craft Beer Awards: Buh wait…. There’s moreDeschutes Brewery’s Black Butte Porter received a silver medal and Hop Henge Imperial IPA a bronze medal at the Best of Craft Beer Awards in their own backyard of Bend, OR. Congrats to our brewers! 2018 Medalists



$1,422,860 for nonprofits! Over its three-year run, Street Pub, Deschutes Brewery’s traveling pop-up pub visited 19 cities across the country, raising a total of $1,047,860 for nonprofits. The Street Pub welcomed more than 300,000 beer fans who turned out to drink over 2,800 kegs of damn tasty beer, all raising money for nonprofits in their hometowns. 


Deschutes Brewery opens a kiosk in the Portland Airport: Next time you’re flying through Portland, Oregon, look for Deschutes beer at our new temporary kiosk in Concourse D. Plans to open a full pub at PDX are still on track for summer.


Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: [email protected]

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