Friday, August 31, 2012

tasting night

the cask at the yaletown brewpub last night was cocoa ipa
it was a bitter little beer to swallow
so of course i loved it!
a bit sedimenty with cocoa at the bottom, but what do you expect from a cask?

i also ventured to bitter for their sour flight
for $18 i got to try three sour beers

the upright 4 is not really a sour beer if you ask me
it is just a slightly sour saison, you know?
so, not my favourite...

the jolly pumpkin grand cru - luciernaga the firefly
was starting to get sour
still, i can see why it calls itself a belgian pale ale
tasty for sure but not quite sour enough for me
would i have it again?  sure!

the verhaghe vichte duchesse de bourgoyne was sour
not mouth puckeringly so, but enough that it pleased my sourpuss tastebuds
iain hill described it to me before i had tried it as balsamic vinegar
and he was right!  totally got that flavour from it
my favourite of the three and one i would happy have again

beer chase

this is a whole lot of awesome!!!
the carlton beer chase on youtube

legacy liquor store

new and exciting beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Phillips Electric Unicorn White Ale
The latest limited release from Phillips come to us in the form of this great white ale. Be sure to get your hands on this foral scented refreshing wheat ale before we run out, cause it will go fast.
Steamworks Frambozen
This ruby red fruit beer is inspired by the centuries old Belgian tradition of brewing beer with raspberries, this high gravity brew undergoes a slow second fermentation with tonnes of fresh whole Fraser Valley raspberries.
Delirium Tremens
Respect the pink elephants adorning the bottle you will be rewarded with a chorus of the best Belgian Strong Pale Ale ingredients singing together in glorious harmony. A fantastic beer brought to us by Brouwerij Huyghe.


the vancouver sun and province are all over craft beer these days
so many articles, so little time...

currently, they want you to know the brewers behind the beers you'll be drinking this labour day long weekend

Thursday, August 30, 2012


on the heels of their anniversary pandamoneum ipa brew, phillips is back with a fairy tale ipa

August 30th 2012: In appreciation of International Laser Month we are proud to follow up a giant lazer-eyed mutant Panda with this mono-horned electrically charged laser beast. But while both creatures can sizzle atoms with a glance, the Electric Unicorn White IPA is very different animal than its larger more destructive cousin.

This beer is a white IPA that treads delicately on the palate. Brewed with a generous portion of wheat, the bold hops of the West combine with corriander and a mystical yeast inspired from the East--from Belgium to be specific--to produce a taste that's well balanced and loaded with plenty of Belgian-fruit character. Ditch reality and take this India pale fairy tale for a ride.

If you want your story to end hoppily-ever-after, be sure to grab your Electric Unicorn IPA quick because it's only available for a limited time at finer craft beer stores.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


the cask last night at the railway club was central city's very berry white
and very berry it was
the first few sips were all sweet raspberry
as i got further into it though the wheat started to assert itself

definitely a fruit lover's beer!
i enjoyed one, but it isn't my preferred style so i moved on to fat tug for my second course

link love

what goes into lighthouse's switchback ipa?
jan zeschky asks the brewer, dean mcleod

tree brewing is going pink for breast cancer
now packaging their beach blonde lager in pink cans

are shrinkwrap labels on beer cans actually green?
women enjoying beer wants you, and brewers, to step up to using sustainable beer packaging

and last, but probably the most fun, sam adams beer hoisting contest
how long can you hold a beer stein full of beer?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

international arms race

it would appear that the yanks beat out the scots on the first (british) leg of the international arms race zero ibu ipa-off between flying dog and brew dog
(i say apparently because i have only seen the flying dog version thus far... and knowing these two breweries, there may be a contradictory story coming from brew dog any minute now!)

Flying Dog Brewmaster Matt Brophy posted the above photo on Facebook moments after winning the International Arms Race. The classic Red, White, Blue, and Camo combination really brings out his golden complexion.

geography of american craft beer

i would love to see what the geography of craft beer is in canada
but to whet your appetite, here is the geography of craft beer in america


all i can say is "you're welcome"!
beer cupcake recipe:  dark beer chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel frosting
(this recipe has been reprinted on several blogs and beer websites, but i think the link above is to the original recipe... if not, i apologize profusely)

1 cup flavorful dark beer– I used Rogue Mocha Porter but Lagunitas Cappucino Stout and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (hometown love!) are also faves. Ask your favorite beer geek for a recommendation.
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
3/4 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

Combine the beer and butter in a large sauce pan and heat to melt.
Remove from heat; whisk in the cocoa, sugar, and espresso.
In a bowl, whisk the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla, then whisk into the beer mixture.
Sift together the flour and baking soda, and fold into the batter.
Pour into cupcake pan (you can go a little more than ¾ full on these) and bake for 25 minutes. Cool completely on a rack.

Salted Caramel:
4 tablespoons water
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt, kosher or sea
Combine the water, sugar, and the corn syrup in a deep saucepan and cook over medium heat—stir with a wooden spoon to combine
Cover the saucepan and let it cook over medium/medium-low heat for 3 minutes.
After 3 minutes, remove the lid, increase the heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil.
(Do not stir from this point on, but once it starts to turn brown at the edge you should carefully shake/swirl the pan so that one area of the caramel doesn’t burn.)
Continue to cook until the caramel turns an even amber color then remove from the heat and let stand for about 30 seconds.
Pour the heavy cream into the mixture. Be careful. The mixture will bubble up!
Stir the mixture. Add the butter, lemon juice, and salt. Stir until combined.
Pour into a Pyrex measuring cup.
Stirring occasionally, allow to cool until thick and warm, about 20 minutes.

1.5 sticks butter at room temperature
6 ounces cream cheese
4-5 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup salted caramel
Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed until creamy.
Sift 2 cups of powdered sugar into the cream cheese mixture and beat to combine.
Add 3/4 cup of the salted caramel and beat to combine.
Sift rest of powder sugar, in 1 cup increments and beating between each, until you arrive at the thickness and sweetness you desire.

To Assemble: Frost the cakes, drizzle leftover caramel on top, and sprinkle a few grains of salt on each one. Top with a chocolate covered espresso bean if you’re feeling fancy. Pair with the rest of your beer! Makes 22-24 cupcakes.

Monday, August 27, 2012

wedding beer

pride beer
wedding beer
yay - so many people are now making a statement with craft beer!
it warms the cockles of me heart, it does

vancouver sun

it is a sunny day in vancouver
but the vancouver sun i'm referring to is the newspaper, which currently has two articles about craft beer online:

the insatiable taste for craft brews article quotes lundy dale and iain hill

and the longer version of the article names names of lots of local drinking holes and breweries like crannog, tap and barrel, r&b, parallel 49, the alibi room, central city, all the soon-to-be-opened new vancouver establishments and goes into nano-breweries like bridge brewing

labour day

summer is almost over
labour day approacheth

me, i'm going out of town for the long weekend
but if you're sticking around vancouver there are lots of fun things to do to end your summer on a high note
one of which is the gastown bbq and chili festival
there is lots of good beer to be had in gastown!

Friday, August 24, 2012


and the next collaboration beer coming at ya:
phillips and great lakes

August 24th: The Great Canadian Beer Festival is ready to descend upon Victoria once again, and this time around two breweries are using the annual beer celebration as an excuse to have a little collaborative fun.
Victoria-based Phillips Brewing Co. and Great Lakes Brewery from Toronto are teaming up to brew a special one-off beer at the Phillips facility the week of the Festival. It's a project reflective of the unique collaborative spirit of the craft brewing industry, as well as an excuse for old friends to get together for a brew. David Bieman of Great Lakes Brewing cut his teeth in the craft beer industry at Phillips once upon a time, and in the minds of these brewers the opportunity to reunite old friends in the pursuit of creating great beer is as good an excuse as any to participate in the project.

For the time being both breweries are keeping the specifics of their collaborative beer under a tight lid, but with a brew date scheduled for September 6th, it won't be a secret for long.

the beer mile

i want to run a beer mile!
who wants to make it a competition (or an exhibition)??
maybe a relay?
only caveat is that it has to be good beer
i know we'll be chugging it, but that's still no excuse to drink inferior beer

on the coast

looks like my first beer column for cbc radio's on the coast will be september 4th
tune in at 5:40 p.m. and hear me wax poetic about craft beer
let's hope i'm interesting, articulate and informative
if not, at least you can laugh, right?!
either way, it'll be beer geek entertainment

Thursday, August 23, 2012

cask etc.

tonight's cask at the yaletown brewpub is the brick and beam ipa with citra
this is an awesome beer and i'm sad i'll be missing it
(not sad that i'll be at the pne with olp though!)

i did very much enjoy the cask at the railway club on tuesday night
it was r&b's dry-hopped esb
very nicely balanced
and hopped up like i like 'em!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


the great canadian beer festival is coming up!!
and i have tickets to both days - yay!

click here for the list of beers i will be trying - yes, all of them!
well, okay, probably not all of them...

link love

sustainable uses for spent grain
(besides ryan's amazing spent grain ipa bread!)

a pint of beer is every woman's right
yup, more on women and beer
but this one from the uk guardian is right on!

campaign for culture wants to bring happy hour to vancouver
and that's a movement i could get behind!

and lastly, a top 8 canadian microbreweries list that i disagree with
but what can you expect with an article that starts out saying
"Kokanee, Canadian, Sleeman’s, and Alexander Keith’s (all great beers)..."
and thinks that granville island and okanagan springs count as microbreweries?

legacy liquor store

new and exciting beers at legacy in vancouver:

Alameda El Torero IPA
Bursting with floral and orange flavors, El Torero is a bullfighter among Northwest IPAs. This beer won't step out of your way. It wants you to enjoy it.

Red Bull Strong Beer 7.1%
This isn't affiliated with the classic energy drink we all know...This is Red Bull Strong Beer, developed in Eastern US and ready for drinking!

Our latest Czech import. In every glass of Staropramen lies the free spirit of Prague. Within this city of lovable sins, Staropramen will inspire to savour your zest for life amongst your friends.
and: free european beer tasting on sunday from 2:00 - 6:00

Monday, August 20, 2012


spent all day sunday vending at a craft fair
(didn't make much money, but the people watching was pretty good)
so what's a girl to do after being so virtuous?
go for a beer (or three) of course!

i'm talking about the alameda yellow wolves of thailand people
go have it!
gingery and melony
and oh so hoppy!
definitely yellow in colour
i could have gone for a little more basil in it
but so, so good!

currently available on tap at st. augustine's
and i believe it is on the list at portland craft for the #yvrtweetup on wednesday

Friday, August 17, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

women and beer

blah blah blah
women and beer
blah blah blah

yes, women are an untapped beer market
but if you keep pandering to what you think they want rather than asking, you're likely to keep that market untapped

enough with the stupid articles about women and beer cocktails, women and low-calorie beers, women and fruity pink beers
dammit, as many men drink those things as women
and very soon just as many women as men will be drinking all the beautiful craft beers out there because they are tasty and good quality... and rarely advertise misogynistically

plus, hops are wonderful creatures, especially for women
i think more and more women are going to drink beer, realize it makes them feel good
and go back for more!

in the meantime
can we all just drink beer (quality beer!) without making it about the binary gender stereotypes?


i think i am losing my ability to appreciate spice in my old age
i used to be able to pour on the hot sauce
but lately...
lately i'm finding all the chili beers i drink to be too spicy
they hurt my throat
drinking them is just not enjoyable

the exception remains rogue's chipotle ale
that one i can drink a whole pint of
more if i'm sick

tuesday night at the railway club the cask was central city's red chili white ale
i had a taster of it
and it hurt my throat
the flavour was lovely, but i couldn't get past the throat burn to have more than a couple of sips

same thing happened when i was in portland at burnside brewing
they had two spicy ales on the menu
i tried them both in my sampler
(and they do warn you that they contain the hottest pepper known to man)
they smelled divine, but i couldn't get past a sip
instant throat ache
instant disappointment

is it me?
or are people putting too much spice in the beer?
is it so wrong that i want just a hint of chili in my beer?
that i don't want the spice to overwhelm the beautiful beer behind it?

and will someone please make a very mild little chili beer?!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

legacy liquor store

new and exciting beers:

Alameda Black Bear XX Stout
A surprisingly light-bodied stout with hints of chocolate and coffee. Despite being the same color as the dark side of the moon, this beer has a subtle and intricate mouth feel. The Black Bear XX Stout has won two medals at the Great American Beer Festival.

Phillips Brewing Pandamonium The 11th Hour Anniversary Ale
Even the Mayan prophesy couldn't predict the Hopquake Beerageddon about to be unleashed from this bottle. 11% for 11 years of Brewing.

Bad Attitude Hobo IPA
It's a beer that's been made for thirsty people, to be drank without too much thinking, to be enjoyed while strolling down the streets on warm evenings.

link love

craft beer has finally been defined!
or has it...

beer for longevity!

the beer wench on contract brewing

the globe and mail covers small breweries - its official, craft beer is news in canada!

beer and lego collaborations

craft beer sales up in america, including st. louis

stone putting expiry dates right in the name of new ipa

jason, gary and brian are jedi beermasters according to vancouver sun

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

alibi room

oh alibi room!
why do you have so many more beers than i can drink in a night?

i began with a cask last night
central city's red racer dry-hopped with simcoe
and it was fantastic
could have been a little more carbonated
but otherwise a stellar ipa!

next up i decided to double my hops pleasure
with the lost coast limited release double trouble ipa
and holy hops batman, was it ever a citrusy bitter little number

why i didn't just have small pours of the above two, i don't know
but there were still too many beers i wanted to try on the menu that i had to go with a frat bat!

from left to right:
conrad's marris otter cascade hopped session ale
tofino hop cretin ipa
tariq's wrath of khan ipa
red truck cherry lemonade cask

loved the first three, did not at all care for the cherry lemonade
at 3.8% i can see drinking the session ale on a summer patio for hours!
and the other two?  gosh darnit, i love me an ipa
colour me happy!

graham with

parallel 49's head brewer is the featured vancouverite at inside vancouver

Monday, August 13, 2012


steamworks is looking for a new head brewer:

We are connecting with you regarding a position with Steamworks Brewery, based in Vancouver, BC. Davies Park has been retained to help Steamworks find a Head Brewer.

We would value your thoughts and insights on the role, and appreciate you sharing this opportunity with others in your network. For details on the role, the opportunity profile can be found through the following link:

Thank you in advance and I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

Best regards,

Warren Psutka
Search Associate
Davies Park Executive SearchTel: (604) 688-8422
Fax: (604) 688-8427
Suite 900 - 510 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC. V6C 3A8
when bears drink beers...

phillips anniversary

now this is a beer i must try!!

August 13th 2012: A year ago we celebrated 10 years of brewing with a 10% Double IPA, and this year there was only one way to follow it up: Turn it up to 11!

So we dialed up the malt and hops across the board, and are celebrating 11 years of beers with Pandamonium--a double IPA monster. Brewed to 11%, we loaded hops into the pre-boil, and then added more hops every 11 minutes over a 111 minute boil for a grand total of 11 hop additions (plus a dry hop).

Hopquakes like this don't come around very often and we only turn 11 once, so enjoy this brewtiful beast while you can! Pandamonium 11th Hour IPA is available for a limited time at finer craft-focused liquor stores.

Friday, August 10, 2012

cask night

tuesday's cask at the railway club was r&b hoppelganger dry-hopped with cascade
and it was a thing of beauty and a joy to imbibe!
such wonderful hoppy goodness!

thursday's cask at the yaletown brewpub was their stout all dry-hopped up
and it too was a thing of beauty and a joy to imbibe!
not too stouty for a hot summer's day because it was hopped up like crazy!
and it made for a lovely black and tan with the brick and beam ipa

legacy liquor store

new and exciting beers at legacy liquor store:

Coal Harbour Brewing Black Sunshine Blackberry Weizen
Refreshment exploding on your tongue like the rays from the summer sun. True taste: Refermented with blackberries for a subtle tart fruit flavour.

Granville Island Limited Release Ginger Beer
Spiced with the blog flavour of hawaiian ginger. This sessionable ale combines water, malt, hops and yeast. Big kahuna ginger creates a refreshing taste with a spicy kick.

Urthel Hop-It Special Blond
Through the use of large quantities of aroma hops, the hoppy character and bitterness of Urthel Hop-it are unequaled. Hops, water, malts, hops, sugar and yeast.

there is also a free tasting on saturday:
2:00 to 6:00 PM Aug 11, 2012

Thursday, August 9, 2012

flying dog vs brewdog

an international arms race
flying dog of usa vs brewdog of scotland

flying dog's version of the story

brewdog's version of the story


you know its finally summer in vancouver when you've got a tan and you're too busy soaking up the rays to update your beer blog!
never fear though, i have still been drinking craft beer - lord help me if i'm ever too busy to be doing that

the electrical storm that we had on tuesday evening paired very nicely with the deschutes inversion ipa that i was drinking...

anyway, in real news, the cbc has chosen its beer columnist for the new beer segment that will be debuting in september as part of "on the coast" on cbc radio
and it's me!!!
every other tuesday at approximately 5:40 p.m. all bc residents can tune in to hear me wax poetic on the fabulousness of craft beer
and the rest of the world can catch it later on the cbc website
i'm very excited!

Friday, August 3, 2012


#IPADay celebrations at portland craft last night were fun!
i love ipa!

legacy liquor store

new and exciting beers at legacy in vancouver:

Gigantic Brewing Company The City Never Sleeps Imperial Black Saison A new brewery coming out of Portland, Oregon. Belgian yeast, light roastyness, bakers chocolate, smoke. Something...different?
Nickel Brook Gluten Free
This gluten free beverage has the flavour that any beer lover will enjoy. Discover for yourself the satisfying and thirst quenching flavour of Ontarios first beer alternative.

R&B Brewing G'Ale Golden Ale
Made in collaboration with Vancouver Pride, this Golden Ale is easy drinking and refreshing! Grab a case for the weekend - while supplies last.
i had the g'ale on tuesday at the launch held at legacy
i'm not the biggest golden ale fan
but its a really drinkable beer
and barry (the b in r and b) said that they were going for a beer that lager drinkers and more adventurous palates alike could enjoy
i think they succeeded
and its an easy-drinking summer beer - kinda perfect for pride!
my story on the g'ale will be on youtube eventually
i'll post the link once its up

beer geekery

Thursday, August 2, 2012

more #ipaday fun!

first of all, you should visit the official #IPADay website

menshealth gives us their top 7 ipas on the ever-evolving sub-categories of the ipa style
(by the beer wench herself)

american craft brewers are the kings of hops?

flying dog's mixology for ipa

happy #ipaday!

happy #IPADay everyone!

in honour of the day
(well, before i am allowed to start drinking delicious ipas anyway)
i bring you some ipa myth-busting

then, in real celebration of the day
i will be at portland craft in vancouver to savour india pale ale
on for sure for tonight:

Alameda El Torero IPA
Alameda American Rye IPA
Hopworks Organic IPA
there may be more depending on whether any kegs run dry in time to replace them with ipa

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

tap and barrel

tap and barrel in olympic village in vancouver is not officially open yet
but they have been soft-opening for over a week now
which is kinda cool - you get to tell them what you think of everything and the servers are all very willing to go and find out the answers to all of your questions
and believe me, i asked a whole lotta questions!

tap and barrel features all local bc products
food, beer and wine
the beer and the wine are on tap
yes, you read that correctly - wine on tap!

peanut butter and bacon jelly make several appearances on the current menu
apparently they believe that peanut butter is a great way to show off locally sourced food
why not?

i began with the pretzel, because i love a pretzel
normally only served with one sauce (your choice of mustard, beer & cheese or pb and bacon jelly)
i got them to give me a second sauce because i need cheese and mustard to properly enjoy a pretzel
the beer and cheese sauce is amazing!  the mustard is mustardy... together they are a power to be reckoned with
thumbs up on this pretzel!

paired very nicely indeed with a lovely central city red racer ipa
20oz my friends, 20oz!

tap and barrel is quite a large establishment, two floors of beer and wine
with two patios, one up and a huge wrap around one downstairs right on the seawall
check out the fabulous sunset view

post-pretzel i ordered the mac and cheese, hold the meatballs
because its made with the same sauce as the pretzel beer and cheese - yay!
the garlic bread crumbs on top where crispy and crunchy and the mac and cheese itself was flavourful without straying from being comfort food
its a winner!

the bathrooms are upstairs, but there is an elevator, and they are quite lovely
no wifi yet...
attentive, pleasant service
fabulous long bar
cool wine barrel decor
fun branding
yup, i look forward to many lost afternoons and evenings on the patio with their 24 taps
and delicious comfort food menu!


bitter tasting room is not as new
but it also has a pretzel on its menu
a wee little pretzel served on a pretzel stick that is slotted into your table (pretty cool!)
with two different mustards to enjoy
(watch out!  the whole grain one is spicy - in a hit you in the sinuses way)
it was late in the day and my pretzel had definitely been sitting around for a while before it made its way into my belly
i'd have to say the one at tap and barrel is better
both though are still not quite as good as the deschutes one
my quest for an amazing local pretzel at a craft beer establishment goes on...

tacofino commissary

so many craft beer serving establishments opening in vancouver this summer!
and being the galivanting around town type that i am, i have tried to hit them all
well, okay the ones i get told about anyway

last thursday was opening night for tacofino commissary
an actual restaurant to go with the two food trucks they already have in town
its a delightful space on hastings street, just west of nanaimo street
a long narrow room with communal long tables
and an incredible light fixture of glowing white balls connected by copper wiring...
with live plants growing out of it
 Bocci Lights made by Omer Arbel!
tacofino was my third stop on thursday night, so i wasn't hungry
i did get to try a bite of my friend's banana churros though - savoury banana churro coated in sugar, served with banana sriracha ice cream

the rest of the menu looks delightful
featuring such gems as cauliflower with serrano chiles, turmeric, crispy rice and spicy fish sauce
poke tostada with albacore tuna, soy, sesame, wakame and beer hazelnuts
tamale with spot prawns, crispy masa, lardons and slow-cooked egg
and of course the fish taco that made the orange food truck so popular

as for libations, they have them a-plenty!
bubbles, red wine, white wine, rose, sake and plum wine
cocktails and beer
draft beer in 12 oz jam jars, 32oz growlitas or 64 oz growlers:
tofino reign in blond ale, tofino tuff session ale, driftwood white bark and parallel 49 india pale lager
bottles:  pacifico, creemore springs lager and red seal pale ale
yes, you read that right, they serve beer in growlers and half sized growlers
makes a pitcher seem kinda sad in comparison doesn't it?

i ordered the parallel 49 ipl
and it went quite well with the almost overwhelming heat of the restaurant
hopefully they find a way to get air circulating in there!
the heat and the not amazing bathroom are my only negatives
everything else was fabulous

i really liked the order markers they have - shaved wooden blocks with stencilled numbers
you get one when you order and it stays with you for your whole dining experience
enabling any server to fetch you sustenance while putting it on the correct bill - genius!

go there!
support local small business
especially ones who are supporting bc's craft brewers!

open for dinner service from 5:00 – 10:00pm, and open for drinks till late


i have tried pretzels at every place that i come across that sells them
the best by far at the ones at deschutes in portland
and here is the recipe of how to make their pretzels and the cheese and mustard sauce they serve with them
you are very, very welcome!

Brewery Pretzel
1 oz Yeast
2 Tbs Sugar
2 1/2 Cups Inversion IPA
2 Tbs Soft Butter
1 Tbs Salt
2 lb 4 oz Hi Gluten Flour
  • Combine yeast, sugar and beer until proofed
  • Mix all ingredients with dough hook in mixer
  • Place in oiled container and let double in size (about an hour)
  • Cut into 16 equal pieces
  • Roll into balls, cover with plastic and let sit until relaxed
  • Roll each ball into a rope about 4 feet long, twist into shape and place on a tray in the fridge or freezer
  • Get a large pot of water to boil (add a few Tbs. baking soda)
  • When pretzels have risen a little but are fairly firm, boil them for 1 minute each and put onto an oiled baking sheet then egg wash and salt them
  • Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes
  • Cool and serve with Cheese Dip and your favorite Deschutes beer!
*Makes 16 pretzels
Cheese Dip
1 lb Cream Cheese8 oz Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese1 pint Heavy Cream1 Tsp Salt
  • Beat all ingredients in a mixer until they are thick like a paste
  • Scoop it into a medium baking dish and bake until bubbly
  • Top with ale mustard (1/4 C whole grain mustard 1/4 C Black Butte Porter mixed together)
  • Dip your pretzel into this sauce and your taste buds will thank you!

deschutes seasonals

flavours of the season from deschutes:

Our 24th Anniversary Release is back in black with a couple of new additions this year including fresh Daglet dates and Mission figs. You'll still get flavors of dark chocolate and Bourbon roasty goodness but after one'll be hooked. Grab a few bottles for aging and one for now! Cheers to 24 years of Deschutes beers!
11.0% ABV | 55 IBU's
Availability: Now in 22-oz bottles and draft in limited quantities
Pucker up, sour's time for the return of our favorite Flanders-style brown ale. As our only bottled wild yeast beer, we use fresh tart pie cherries from Oregon and Brettanomyces to give this beer unique flavors and aromas that will have you singing, "Wild Thing" by The Troggs. Snag a bottle while they last and savor the sour!
~10.5% ABV | ~30 IBU's
Availability: Very limited in 22-oz bottles beginning mid-September

Each year at the beginning of the fall season, Deschutes brewers head over the pass to Doug Weather's hop fields near Salem, Oregon for the harvest. After bagging these aromatic green cones of awesomeness, we hustle back to toss these hops into the brew kettle within four hours of picking. Our reward: a pale ale with a bright citrus flavor and an amazing floral hop aroma. Take the trip with us, the Hop Trip!
5.4% ABV | 38 IBU's
Availability: 6-packs and on draft in late September

The first time in a bottle, this Fresh Hop IPA is perfect for the fall season and packs a citrusy punch! We're always seeking the freshest powder on the mountain or the freshest hops from the harvest and this beer will quench your desires for both. Fresh Heirloom Cascade Hops from our friends at Goshie Farms are added to the brew for flavor and aroma to delight your taste buds. Be sure to chase this beer down and enjoy as fresh as possible!
7.2% ABV | 65 IBU's
Availability: 22-oz bottles beginning late-September