Thursday, September 13, 2012
Deschutes on Draft in Utah
Having grown up in Utah and raised on low alcohol beer, I get why many yearn for something with more punch and body. You just can't dial back some styles and stay true to the original style. But if you grew up outside of Utah and never really had a Low point beer the idea of a good flavorful session beer is is a novel concept.
Don't forget, beer has for centuries been a low alcohol beverage, I fact the lowest of all fermentable beverages, primarily because it was the best option for hydration when clean water wasn't available.
Ok, where am I going with all this? Well other markets are discovering what many of us have known for some time, session beers can be damn good!
Many craft breweries around the nation are trying their hands at low point beers. Stone Brewing's Levitation (4.5%) - Victory Brewing's Donnybrook Stout (3.7%) - Widmer Brothers' Sunburn Summer Ale (4.3%) - Dogfish Head Brewing's Festina Pêche (4.5%) are just a few examples of popular breweries making small beers.
A few weeks ago Full Sail Brewing out of Portland , Oregon concocted a special session pale ale just for markets like ours. And now one one of the largest craft breweries in the nation, Deschutes will follow suit and create or recreate some of their beers for the Utah market. These guys wouldn't be doing this if they didn't feel the demand was there.
If your buzz is just as important as your flavor you likely won't be swayed by my argument, but if you haven't tried a Jonny's IPA or a Rye Pale from RedRock in a while your tongue, belly and equilibrium may thank you.
When the Deschutes stuff gets closer, of course we'll let you know.
On a side note: I'd like to point out that it's not easy making flavorful low alcohol beers. Our local brewers are masters at it and have had decades to perfect them. Choose with your tongue and not your eyes, because the taps that these new beers will occupy will like take the place of something local made.