I love beer. After now having visited over 390 different breweries, it’s fair to say I have sampled a lot of beer (follow me on Untappd). From post-race pints and run club meeting locations, to beer miles and relays, running and the kegged nectar seem to go hand-in-hand in Oregon. Our Kegs and Legs feature is where beer drinking runners like me can go to find some new favorite beverages.
In the past few months, we reviewed the new canned beer line, as well as Swivelhead Red from Deschutes Brewery. Up this month are a few new offerings – the Passion Fruit IPA from their Just Tapped series, and the always reliable Twilight Summer Ale. Let’s start off again with a little snippet from our previous posts about Deschutes.
Deschutes is an Oregon success story – growing and expanding into many states, with plans for an operation in Roanoke, VA – all while staying true to the local scene and remaining employee owned? Despite their growth, they remain super committed to environmental causes and sustainability. I have been to their large production facility just west of the Deschutes River near the Old Mill district in Bend. They also have a brewery/restaurant location in downtown Bend a relatively new (a few years) establishment in The Pearl in PDX.
The Passion Fruit IPA was recently brewed back in February around Valentine’s Day and is from the same Just Tapped series that their Swivelhead Red comes from. This beer was brewed exclusively at their Bend Public House and now comes to the masses in 12 ounce bottles and/or 6 packs. And also, much like the Swivelhead, the bottle imaging is super cool. The art on each label was generated from their chalk artist at the Portland Pearl Deschutes location. As for the taste, I didn’t find it overly fruity – which is generally fine by me. It’s evident that it is still a good old-fashioned Northwest IPA – something I definitely appreciate. It’s a tad tart with tropical fruit notes and is a perfect summer beer.
Speaking of perfect summer beers, I think the Twilight Summer Ale may be near the top of this list. It is a nice mix of hops and malt and it’s golden pour looks like liquid sunshine. It’s super easydrinking and refreshing. We are actually also actually featuring a race in Bend with this beer’s namesake attached – the Twilight 5k, put on by Superfit Productions. This event takes place in the grassy field right next to the main Deschutes location on Simpson and will run on some paved trails near Farewell Bend and Riverbend Parks. Afterwards, stick around for a beer garden hosting this beer! Here is a recap of the 2015 event.
As the weather gets warmer, don’t forget to get your hands on these!
- Passion Fruit IPA
- ABV: 6.5%
- IBU: 46
- Twilight Summer Ale
- ABV: 5.0%
- IBU: 38
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