Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A New Rumor for You to Chew On

I do my best not to spread rumors, unless I have something solid to back them up. For the most part they only fuel disappointment for a beer culture that's had it's ass handed to it more than a few times. That being said, I'm about to shit all over your fragile beer psyches.

In the late 80's a guy by the name of Gary Fish sold his share in his Salt Lake City restaurant and embarked on his dream to start his own brewery. Gary finally settled in Bend, Oregon and  Deschutes Brewery & Public House was born. Today Deschutes is the 6th largest craft brewer and the 16th largest brewer overall in the country.

Why am I telling you about Gary? Well... Remember a couple months ago when when we first told you about Deschutes' plan to make session beers for Utah? The rumor is that - not only is Deshutes planning on making some 4% beer for the Utah market, but they are also looking to building a Deschutes Brewpub in Salt Lake as well. Chew on that for a second.

Take it for what it is, I thought it was info worth discussing.

Cheers!

12 comments:

edmanster said...

Wholey sh!t datz awsum nuize!!

Clif said...

Huh. Wonder if that would mean we might see their Reserve Series beers when they're released rather than having to scour the liquor stores four months later.

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Z B said...

why not north carolina like everyone else...haha jk.

great news, even better brewery.

Douglas said...

Of course that would be awesome. World class brewery for sure.

Adrew said...

As a Portland native, this news has me over the moon! My wife and I actually had drinks at the Deschutes brewery in downtown Portland over the Thanksgiving holiday. I think she found a new favorite in their white IPA.

Ski Bike Junkie said...

Heading to Bend next weekend to attend a cyclocross race, in large part because said race takes place at the Deschutes Brewery. If this pans out, I will be super stoked. Love their beer.

Makes sense to brew some session beers for Utah. After years of being laughed at for our weak beer, the market is heading towards hoppy session ales. I'm not complaining, but they'll have to be pretty damn good to compete with Trader. Just sayin'.

Anonymous said...

This will happen before Cache Valley Brewing!

Anonymous said...

this would be a slap in the face to anyone who wants the 3.2 draft laws abolished. All this would do is send a message to the churchislature that its ok for the government to enforce the strength of beers that people drink, that new business will come here despite how absurdly difficult they make it to own and operate a brewery in utah. if deschutes has any respect for the local brewing community theyll open a pub and REFUSE to make 3.2 beer

KAGent777 said...

I see two sides to this coin. One the one side I am excited to get more Deschutes offered here. Hopefully this includes their limited releases. A new pub type place would be worth checking out for the food as well.

The other side of the coin, is it just puts more "precedent" behind 4.0 ABV draft beers. It looks Deschutes is coming in and going to work up a few specific recipes for Utah markets. If they do that, they will be less likely to support a movement or removal of the draft ABV limit. Frankly, I wonder if the local breweries would be behind a serious effort to try to get the draft limit lifted?

BTW, why don't we have Chainbreaker here yet? I really want to try that one.

Cheers,
Scott

Anonymous said...

This state really needs to remove the ban on full strength draft beers. I figure they can do something in the form of outlawing pitchers and making it available in pint sizes only or something to that effect. My dark beer addiction is suffering - lol Bottles are great but lack the depth that you can obtain from draft -

heavystarch said...

As a native Oregonian I'm very excited to say the least.