Three years in the making, the Deschutes Brewery is ready to roll out its newest beer. Described as “an energetic and passionate synergy of the culinary and craft brewing worlds,” Zarabanda is a spiced saison created in collaboration with renowned chef, José Andrés.

Andrés has been named “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation. He first met Deschutes founder Gary Fish nearly 20 years ago, but it wasn’t until recently that the two began discussing the idea of collaborating on a beer.

Deschutes Zarabanda

Zarabanda, inspired by the Spanish Sarband dance1, is brewed with lemon verbena, pink peppercorn, sumac and dried lime. Vienna and Spelt malts form the foundation of a beer that uses a classic yeast strain to contribute light fruity esters and to emphasize “the spicy notes true to this farmhouse ale.” 

The creation of the beer led to the brewery’s recently announced plans to expand distribution to the greater Washington D.C. area. Launch events are planned in the region for Nov. 18-20, to celebrate both the beer and the arrival of products in the local market.

“We’re all very excited with how the final beer turned out, and are looking forward to sharing it with craft beer fans and foodies around the country,” said Fish.

Andrés is located in the Washington D.C. area, where he and his ThinkFoodGroup operate minibar by José Andrés, American Eats, barmini by José Andrés, Jaleo, Oyamel, Pepe and Zaytinya.

A formal party will be held at The Bazaar, an Andrés restaurant in Los Angeles, Calif., with both Andrés and Fish in attendance.