(Kansas City, MO) – Some Deschutes Brewery news that is of particular interest to those in Missouri…
Boulevard Brewing and Deschutes Brewery are known to have been collaborating on a beer recipe. Earlier this week, KC Beer Blog got hold of a sales sheet with information regarding their project:
Boulevard Brewing Company and Deschutes Brewery are jointly crafting a beer described as a “White I.P.A.,” slated for release in Summer 2011. Combining Boulevard’s expertise at making Belgian-style witbiers with Deschutes’ skill at brewing hop-forward ales, the beer puts a new spin on the idea of collaborative brewing. Working from a single recipe, brewmasters Steven Pauwels of Boulevard and Larry Sidor of Deschutes are producing two separate beers, more than 1,600 miles apart.
Pauwels and Sidor first began exploring the idea of working together after they frequently crossed paths at the craft beer events around the country. The two have much in common in their brewing philosophies, each pushing the envelope whenever possible, yet remaining dedicated to the time-honored traditions that keep them consistent and grounded.
Despite the beers’ shared recipe, each of the two versions will develop a distinct, unique identity, to be reflected in their naming and packaging. Boulevard’s half of the equation, christened Collaboration No. 2, will be distributed throughout their 20-state region in kegs and 750ml bottles, as part of the Smokestack Series seasonal lineup. Brewed at their Bend, Oregon facility, Deschutes’ effort will be the second beer in their new Conflux collaboration series, and will be distributed throughout their 18-state region in kegs and 22-ounce bottles.
Deschutes Digital Marketing Manager, Jason Randles, clarified that the Conflux beer with Boulevard will actually be the first release in their new collaboration series. The first collaboration beer they brewed was with Hair of the Dog but that will be released sometime in the future as the second beer.
Randles also said that Deschutes will launch in Kansas City and the western half of the state in June. In July, Deschutes will launch in St. Louis and the eastern half of the state. Contracts with distributors have not yet been signed so Randles declined to comment any further.
Deschutes is aiming to release the first Conflux beer in July.