Deschutes update: The Abyss, Red Chair, Hop Henge, River Ale, Chainbreaker

Deschutes The Abyss 2012 label(Bend, OR) – With the release of Deschutes The Abyss across its markets this past week, the company just sent out a brief update with a reminder of what beers are to come over the next few months.

The Abyss

WHEN:          November

WHAT:           Reserve Series (22-ounce wax-dipped bottles and draft)
In its magical seventh release, the 2012 version of The Abyss is no less tempting than it was when it first hit the adventurous palates of craft beer lovers back in 2006.  This imperial stout is the heart and soul of Deschutes Brewery’s Reserve Series beers, with an endless crevasse of flavor that reveals itself each November (or whenever this cellarable beer is broken out of its wax-sealed hibernation). World’s Best Stout & Porter – 2012 World Beer Awards; Silver Award – European Beer Star

WHERE:        Available in most states where Deschutes is sold

Beer Geek Information:

11% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
70 IBUs

Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale (NWPA)

WHEN:          January- May

WHAT:           Spring Seasonal (6-packs, 12-packs and draft)
Winner of the World’s Best Beer at the World Beer Awards for the second time in three years, this spring seasonal swept the world stage also winning in the categories of World’s Best Pale, World’s Best Pale Ale, andThe Americas Best Pale Ale. We invite you to take a smooth ride on the Red Chair and enjoy its subtle aromatic seduction for yourself. Seven select European and domestic malts take a surprisingly plush, satin turn on the way to a citrusy hop kick.

WHERE:        Available everywhere Deschutes is sold

Beer Geek Information:

6.2% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
60 IBUs

Hop Henge Experimental Ale

WHEN:          January –April

WHAT:           Bond Street Series (22-ounce bottles and draft)
Deschutes Brewery’s Hop Henge Experimental IPA is an annual exercise in pure brewing creativity. Hop Henge uses several new hop processes and techniques to create a truly unique and unexpected beer. Each year, our brewing team uses something a little different, including several pounds Centennial, Cascade and other hops to top it off. A blend of crystal, pale and caraston malts creates an overall biscuity characteristic that is dense and muscular, building the alcohol base to support the monstrous hop profile.

WHERE:        Available everywhere Deschutes is sold

Beer Geek Information:

~ 9% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
95 IBUs

Deschutes River Ale

WHEN:          March 2013

WHAT:           New Year-Round Brew (12-ounce bottles and draft)
This brand-new, year-round beer honors the brewery’s namesake Central Oregon waterway, the Deschutes River. Deschutes River Ale has a “drinkability that compares to session ales, while putting our own twist on the style” according to brewmaster Brian Faivre. Deschutes River Ale underlines the importance of the river to the culture and inspiration that has fed Deschutes beers for nearly a quarter century. It is a well-balanced and refreshing ale, full of Cascade and Crystal hop character, malt poise and a large helping of craft passion.

WHERE:        Available everywhere Deschutes is sold

Beer Geek Information:

3.8% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
28 IBUs

Chainbreaker Rolls on Out

Chainbreaker White IPA, which recently won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival and is ranked as the bestselling new craft beer in 2012*, was added to Deschutes Brewery’s year-round lineup back in April 2012. Fans across the breweries 19 state and two province distribution region are now able to find it on their home turf. The beer has been rolling out over the last few months to an expanded footprint, and will now be a staple at many of the retailers and restaurants where Deschutes beer is sold. Use their beer finder tool,, to track it down near you.

*Source:  IRI, Total US, YTD ending Nov 4 2012, Eq Cases and $ Sales

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