|Hops:||Cascade, Tettnang & Bravo|
|Malt:||Carapils, Pale, Wheat, Chocolate & Crystal|
|Appearance:||Pours Dark, Dark Brown with Glimmers of Red on the Edges|
|Aroma:||Roasty Malt; Cocoa; Coffee; Chocolate; Hints of Pine|
|Flavor:||Subtle Coffee; Bitter Chocolate frolicking with Sweet Malts|
|Pairs With:||Grilled/Smoked Meats; Robust Onion Soup; Coffee or Chocolate Cake|
This is an interesting one. Not only is this an old beer, first brewed in 1988, but also this is Deschutes flagship beer, a position you will rarely find the porter style occupying. In 1988 Gary Fish opened Deschutes as a brewpub, the first in Bend, Oregon. He named his new business for both the county that Bend is in and the magnificent Deschutes River that flows through the town.
Deschutes, like any other brewery, has had its share of lows. In the winter of their first year they had to dump ten consecutive batches of beer due to bacteria contamination. They found the contamination was due to a flaw in their brewing design that had the grain mill directly above the mash tun, and airborne grain bacteria from the grain dust kept drifting down into the mash.
After they got this not-so-little hiccup remedied, people started to notice how good the beer coming out of this new little brewery was. They sold 310 barrels of beer in the first year.
Jump ahead three years and business was booming. Gary Fish likes to say they did so well, so fast because of their attention to detail, quality ingredients, and a sense of community that the brewery worked hard to foster from its very beginnings.