The quintessential Seattle beer blog is Geoff Kaiser’s SeattleBeerNews.com. Why? Because he always knows what is up and coming, and has excellent commentary to add.
Geoff jumped on this morning’s Deschutes Brewery press release like flies on crap. The release provides that Deschutes Brewing (one of my top 10 US brewers) will be releasing its latest batch of Deschutes Dissident, its first release of the beer in over two years.
Dissident is Deschutes lone sour ale, a flemish red fermented over 18 months. Last time it was released (its only release to date) it won the Gold Medal at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival in the sour beer category. Its absolutely delicious, and the first US sour beer that I ever loved.
Additionally, the press release states that Deschutes will be releasing its next installment of Black Butte XX series (which will be XXII) and a new Bond Street Series beer called Hop in the Dark, no doubt as the name infers: a black IPA.
Stay tuned for the release of these beers. Here are the dates:
Hop in the Dark – May-September 2010
Dissident – September 2010
Black Butte XXII – June 27 2010
Last night we ventured over to Collins Pub in Pioneer Square to enjoy the opening day of the bar’s Real Strong Ale Fest. Nice start guys!
The pub opened with a bevy of Deschutes Reserve Series and Bond Street Ales. In fact, Collins Pub had the entire Reserve lineup, absent my personal favorite – the Dissident – which had earlier been expected, but according to our favorite bartender Amy, didn’t make the shipment (damn).
On tap yesterday were some amazing beers:
from Deschutes – The Abyss, Hop Henge, Jubel 2010, Black Butte XXI and what we believe was a keg of Mirror Mirror 2008? – apparently aged in Collins Pub’s basement over the past year.
from others – Naked City The Big Lebrewski (stepped up at 8-9%), Port Brewing Mongo Double IPA, and Mad River Wheat Wine.
We had a Mirror Mirror, Black Butte XXI and Big Lebrewski. The Mirror Mirror was impeccable. After trying this beer every year, in many different formats and glasses – this was by far the best pour we have ever had. The aging did it right, as the residual bitter sweetness had resided and the maltiness carried a prune and nectarine flavor. Get this one.
Black Butte XXI was as always – very good. This is one of the most ultimate in heavy beers that can be drank in volume. No surprises here, just very enjoyable out of the whiskey barrel with the added coffee notes.
The Big Lebrewski left us a little disappointed – and we hate saying that. We are huge fans of the people over at Naked City and we love that they are finally pumping out some great ales! But the new version pumps up the alcohol while killing some of the great flavor prevalent in the former version. We would stick with the older creamy and coffee version. (*Note: our palates may have been tainted by the Black Butte XXI we had just drank)
We also want to throw a thank you out to Mr. Seth Howard, the Collins Pub owner, who threw some great shwag our way! Thanks for the pint glass and shirt. We will cherish.
Today is no slouch of a day. Collins Pub is reporting on Twitter that they will showcase what we believe to be the 3 best barleywines of the season:
Real strong beer goodness! Firestone abacus, angels share (carbonated!), 05 full sail old boardhead, older viscosity, fish old woody, etc – @CollinsPub
Do not leave this place without doing a side by side between Firestone’s whiskey monster – Abacus – and Lost Abbey’s brandy barreled gemini – Angels Share. Port Brewing’s Older Viscosity has the body of motor oil and the hint of fresh baked pretzels! yum.
Stop in and grab a beer this week while the festival continues. It goes on through March 7. You can read the lineup over at Seattle Beer News. Have fun.