Monthly Archives: November 2008

Deschutes Brewery Week: The Dissident

Much has been written already about Deschutes Brewery’s The Dissident—for instance, here, here, and here—and indeed, there is much to write about. This is easily the boldest beer Deschutes has ever brewed, for a number of reasons: It’s the first beer they brewed with wild Brettanomyces yeast. This is a dangerous yeast to have around a conventional brewery, so they kept the beer isolated—literally under lock-and-key—and brought in a separate, dedicated bottling line, all in … Continue reading →

Deschutes Brewery Week

This week is Theme Week here at The Brew Site, and all this week I’m going local and devoting the blogging to Central Oregon’s largest microbrewery: Deschutes Brewery. Regular readers know that I write a lot already about Deschutes—and why not? They’re local, they’ve been around since 1988, and they produce fantastic beer. I consider Deschutes one of the "old guard" of American (and Northwest in particular) microbreweries—along with those like Sierra Nevada, BridgePort, Widmer, … Continue reading →

Next week is Theme Week

Next week (already!) will be Theme Week here at the Brew Site, and as I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m going to devote the week to Central Oregon’s largest microbrewer, Deschutes Brewery. Nor will this be the last time I dedicate a Theme Week to a brewery; I opened the door earlier in the year with Lakefront Brewery Week, and I’d definitely like to explore more. Maybe two a year. And don’t worry, even … Continue reading →

Redhook Double Black

I popped open the bottle of Redhook Double Black I received last month with lots of anticipation; this was a beer I’d first (and last) had way back in the 90s and Redhook stopped brewing it after 2000. I’m a big fan of these big bold beers (as you all know) and even though this isn’t as big as many these days (7% alcohol for an Imperial Stout seems paltry by current extreme beer standards), … Continue reading →

Coopers Best Extra Stout

Coopers Brewery in Australia produces a number of beers which you occasionally see turn up here in the States—usually along the line of their Sparkling Ale and Dark Ale (both of which I’ve had). Their Best Extra Stout you can find, too, and overall they might be revelatory to someone who thinks "Australian beer" means Foster’s. The Best Extra Stout is an Export Stout style that weighs in at 6.3% alcohol by volume. I received … Continue reading →