Deschutes Brewery located in Bend, Ore. is decidedly one of the largest craft breweries in our nation, stretching back on the timeline to the Reagan era.
It produces many readily available beers all the way from ales to weizenbocks. As for this review, I'll be taking a closer look at the Pinedrops IPA.
Released on June 20, 2014, Doppel Dinkel Bock is a collaboration between Bend, Ore.-based Deschutes Brewery and German brewer, Distelhäuser Brauerei. Coming in at 10.5 percent ABV, the weizenbock-style beer uses a traditional German ale yeast while incorporating chocolate wheat, carared malt and pilsner malts as well as bravo, US Tettnang and citra hops. In addition, it replaces the wheat malt that is traditionally used with a "generous" amount of dinkel— or spelt — malt.
Beginning in 2008, Deschutes Brewery has released a barrel-aged version of its flagship Black Butte Porter annually to celebrate the anniversary of its opening in 1988. To mark 25 years of operation in 2013, Deschutes released Black Butte XXV, an imperial porter brewed with dates, figs and cocoa nibs. For XXV, half of the beer is aged in bourbon casks and an eighth of the beer is aged with blackcurrants added before the batch is blended back together for the final bottling.