Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery is one of the many companies forced to make significant staff cutbacks during the Coronavirus. But the 32-year-old brewery is not just sitting around waiting for the shutdown related to the pandemic to end, they are rolling out new reserve series beers in small packages and making them available for purchase online. Deschutes’ legacy brews along with new and vintage Reserve beers are available to ship directly to Oregon homes.
Most recently, Deschutes released another iteration in their fresh squeezed series, this one is Fresh Squeezed Old Fashioned. With this beer, the best-selling Fresh Squeezed IPA draws inspiration from the classic Old Fashioned Cocktail. This version has the big citrusy hop flavors of an IPA with whiskey and oak from bourbon barrels and sweet orange peel. Fresh Squeezed Old Fashioned is 8% ABV and 36 IBUs.
This limited release made its debut in 4 pack, 12-ounce bottles. Fresh Squeezed Old Fashioned is currently shipping to distributors in the brewery’s full distribution footprint and will be available in package and draft.
New Small Batch Experimental Barrel-Aged Brews:
Planète Plum has joined recent brewery releases Planète Bruin and Planète Rouge on the journey across barrel ecosystems. Planate Plum is a complex American Sour Red Ale brewed with Oregon plums. Partially aged in brandy barrels, Planète Plum has notes of cherries and dried fruits that combine with farmhouse aromas balanced by the plums. At 11.6% ABV Planète Plum is available in 500mL bottles.
Home at Port, Deschutes’ next small batch release available this month is a barrel-aged Belgian dark strong ale 100% aged in bourbon and port barrels. At 12.5% ABV, this complex warming ale has a big, tawny port character and recently brought home a gold medal at the Oregon Beers Awards. Home at Port will release in 500mL bottles.
The Ages 2020, releasing in April, is a gueze-inspired American Sour Ale. Multi-year blending shapes this wild brew packed with fruity, spicy esters and savory, tangy pear and white pepper flavors. At 7.4% ABV, The Ages will be available in 500mL bottles in select markets where Deschutes is sold.
“We’re thrilled to present this diverse lineup of beers to our fans,” said Deschutes’ Assistant Brewmaster, Ben Kehs. “Each of these offerings takes a different path through maturation and we appreciate the challenge. Winning gold at the Oregon Beer Awards for Home at Port is a huge honor for us!”
These small batch reserves will be releasing online and again at Deschutes Brewery pubs in Bend and Portland, Oregon and tasting rooms in Bend and Roanoke, VA when they reopen.
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