Deschutes Brewery Releases The Abyss 2020 in 4-packs

Deschutes Brewery (Bend, Oregon) has officially announced that it will release the 2020 batch of The Abyss – available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles for the first time in the beer’s history – in mid- to late November.

First introduced in 2006 and now “the most formally recognized and award winning barrel-aged brand for” Deschutes Brewery, The Abyss is an Imperial Stout “brewed with licorice, cherry bark, and molasses” and aged in “a blend of new Oak, bourbon and wine barrels.” Coming in at 11.7% ABV, The Abyss possesses an intense “dark malt character . . ., creating layers and layers of flavors that can be unraveled as the beer warms in the glass.”

“In this time, we are eating and drinking at home more often,” said Veronica Vega, new product development director at Deschutes. “What I find most exciting about this new format is that we can make any night something special by pouring one of these out into a snifter and having that be ‘the occasion.’”

The Abyss 2020 is available now at Deschutes locations in Bend and Portland, Oregon and is actively shipping out to distributors. Listed as a Year-Round offering, The Abyss is available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Oregon, Virginia and throughout the rest of Deschutes Brewery’s 32-state distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery

Release – Year-Round/Reserve Series; 2020 release arrives mid- to late November 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 11.7%
Malts – 2-Row Pale, Roasted Barley, Black Barley, Black malt, Chocolate & Wheat
Hops – Nugget, Cascade & Delta
Added Ingredients – Licorice, cherry bark & molasses
Treatment – Aged in a blend of new Oak, Bourbon & Wine barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
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Deschutes Brewery Introduces Fresh Squeezed Old Fashioned as Newest Small Batch Release

DeschutesFreshSqueezedOF2Deschutes Brewery (Bend, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Fresh Squeezed Old Fashioned in early April 2020.

Developed to be a sophisticated mashup of Deschutes Brewery’s fan-favorite India Pale Ale and an iconic cocktail, Fresh Squeezed Old Fashioned is an American Strong Ale that takes the “big citrus flavor” found in the brewery’s “hop-forward” Fresh Squeezed IPA and gives it an “Old Fashioned twist” by infusing it with “whiskey and oak from bourbon barrels and sweet orange peel.”  Clocking in at 8.1% ABV and 60 IBUs, Fresh Squeezed Old Fashioned is here to conveniently satisfy the cravings of hopheads and cocktail enthusiasts alike.

Fresh Squeezed Old Fashioned is available now for a limited time.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Oregon, Virginia and throughout the rest of Deschutes Brewery’s 32-state distribution area.  Fresh Squeezed Old Fashioned is also available for delivery to Oregon homes.  Prost!

Vital Information for Fresh Squeezed Old Fashioned from Deschutes Brewery

Release – Limited/Small Batch Reserve Series; launching April 2020
Style – American Strong Ale
ABV – 8.1%
IBUs – 60
Treatment – Aged in Bourbon barrels with sweet orange peel
Fun Fact – “The brewery encourages people to honor the wellness of their community by ‘staying home and saving lives’ inspiring enjoyment of a craft beer while they’re at it. Extending accessibility through a smaller format, Deschutes Brewery beers are now available through their website to customers based in Oregon. Deschutes’ legacy brews along with new and vintage Reserve beers are available to ship directly to Oregon homes.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
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Deschutes Brewery Expands Distribution to Include North Carolina

deschuteslogoDeschutes Brewery (Bend, Oregon) has officially announced that it will enter the North Carolina market beginning in June.

As the opening date (the early 2020’s) for its brewing facility in Virginia approaches, Deschutes Brewery is taking steps forward to introduce the Southeast region to their iconic brews by expanding into North Carolina next month. In order to lock down the whole state, the brewery has partnered with the following seven distributors that have “300 years of combined beer-community building in the state”: Caffey Distributing Company; Carolina Premium Beverage; Coastal Beverage Company; Healy Wholesale Company, Inc.; Long Beverage, Inc.; Skyland Distributing Company, Inc. and United Beverages of North Carolina, LLC.

“With the recent announcement of our second brewing facility and downtown tasting room in Roanoke Virginia, it seemed logical to expand our consumer base to the craft-savvy state of North Carolina. We have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to expand there for years.”


– Stacy Denbow, Frontier Region Director for Deschutes Brewery

With the help of the distributors above, Deschutes Brewery will enter North Carolina with following draft offerings in June:

  • Fresh Squeezed IPA – “This mouthwateringly delicious IPA gets its flavor from a heavy helping of citra and mosaic hops. Don’t worry, no fruit was harmed in the making of this beer.”  ABV – 6.4%  IBUs – 60
  • Black Butte Porter – “This is the beer that started it all. A rich, creamy mouthfeel complements a layered depth, revealing distinctive chocolate and coffee notes. Full of flavor, yet easy to drink.”  ABV – 5.2%  IBUs – 30
  • Pacific Wonderland Lager – “We’ve always believed the best way to respect tradition is to brew the unexpected. So when we set out to create a sessionable lager befitting of the Pacific Northwest, our sense of exploration led us to this dry-hopped wonder befitting of everyday adventure. Citrusy Tettnang Mandarina hops combine with the crisp, bright character of a traditional lager to deliver a beer that is truly refreshing, and undoubtedly worth sharing.”  ABV – 5.5%  IBUs – 40
  • Hop Slice Summer Ale – “Floral and citrus hop notes meet smooth caramel maltiness in this refreshingly-balanced golden ale. This year’s batch includes Lemondrop Hops! Grab a slice of summer in a glass…”  ABV – 5%  IBUs – 35

6-packs of the beer above and the brewery’s popular variety 12-pack will hit North Carolina retailers in August 2017.

Shortly after the kegs are tapped in June, Deschutes Brewery and its distribution partners plan to host “several launch and community oriented events around the state.” Once those details are released, we will be sure to update this post so that you are able to give the Deschutes crew a proper welcome to the North Carolina beer community.  Prost!