Deschutes Brewery is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and as part of its celebration, the brewery will be releasing three different versions of one of its most popular creations for the first time in its history.
That base creation is Dissident, an oud bruin-style ale brewed with brettanomyces and local cherries before being aged in oak barrels that was first sold in 2008. In an email, Erin Rankin, associate marketing manager for Deschutes, told Tenemu that “the idea for the Dissident variants was inspired by our barrel team and has truly been a labor of love for these creative, passionate brewers!”
Tthe first variant to be released will be 100% Brett Fermented Dissident, an 8.7 percent ABV oud bruin-style ale that includes two different rounds of brewing: the first batch was aged in both oak and stainless for approximately twelve months while the second batch was aged in oak and stainless for about one month before both were blended together and conditioned on fresh cherries. The finished beer will be packaged in 500ml bottles and is scheduled to be released in “late June.”
In addition, Deschutes will also be releasing Marionberry Dissident, which is brewed the same way as Classic Dissident but is conditioned on marionberries instead of cherries and was aged in oak barrels for approximately 10 months. This new variant will also be packaged in 500ml bottles and is being released in August 3.
The final version to be released is 2018 Classic Dissident, an oud bruin-style ale conditioned on fresh cherries that is a “blend of oak and stainless maturation with the majority of this volume seeing approximately 12 months of maturation time.” As with the other releases, 2018 Classic Dissident will be packaged in 500ml bottles and is scheduled to be released in August.
According to Rankin, all three versions of this year’s Dissident will be sent to retailers across the brewery’s entire distribution network packaged in 500ml bottles.