Behind The Pint: Deschutes/Boulevard Brewmasters on their White IPA

Roughly a month ago Deschutes Brewing announced work on a new collaboration beer with Missouri’s Boulevard Brewing and that the beer would be a first of its kind hybrid style “White IPA”. If your wondering what they mean by “White” IPA the idea was to combine a Belgian-Style Witbier with an IPA. Of course a Witbier is a wheat based Belgian brew typically spiced with Coriander and Orange Peel but occasionally other spices as well.

Deschutes and Boulevard Brewing-White IPA Collaboration from Ritch Marvin on Vimeo.

It turns out that various versions of Deschutes collaboration have been masquerading themselves at the pub for a little while now under the name 31-25. Much like they did with Hop in the Dark brewers have constantly been trying out and tweaking the beer to see what people thought and they finally have settled on their final product which we sampled the other day with both Deschutes Brewmaster Larry Sidor and Boulevard Brewmaster Steven Pauwels.
Myself and Larry Sidor at the Craft Brewers Conference
Last week we had a rare opportunity to try the White IPA alongside the brewers and I can tell you that this will be a unique beer not only for combining IPA with a Belgian-Style Wit (because it really is not all that hoppy) but because its spicing that includes Sage and Lemongrass combined with citrusy NW hops to bring out both lemon citrus and herbal flavors. It will be interesting to try each breweries version side by side here in one of the few markets they both distribute in.
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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:


  • fraggle
    Mon May 30, 2011 4:20 PM

    Can’t wait to be able to get some down here! Let’s just hope we are able to get some down here!
    Oh, and nice shirt. hee hee

    • Grotusque
      Mon May 30, 2011 8:10 PM

      Very cool. I’ll have to get some.

      • Anonymous
        Wed Jun 1, 2011 4:50 PM

        Nice photo. Bigfoot goes to conference.