I love beer. After now having visited over 440 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.
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.
Seasonals are in full force around the brewery landscape, with creators slowly morphing from the lighter, summery beers into the season of warmer and darker beers that come with the changing of seasons. One of the more wildly known seasonals in the state is Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery, their winter Strong Ale that is in it’s 31st brewing and the first ever beer to come from the famed brewery! The flavors change from year to year, but the essence of the recipe remains pretty consistent.
When I drink Jubelale, I just get in the mood for winter. It just draws forward warmth and a bit of spice that just screams to be sipped in front of a fire. Strong Ales aren’t for everyone, and I am hit or miss at times, but the Jubelale has 30 years of experience and clearly knows how to do it. I think this is the first year (at least in a while) where the design on the label wasn’t from a local artist. Instead, it’s a representation that 500 Deschutes Brewery employees created as part of their 30th anniversary celebration.
I am slowly turning towards Porters as my winter beer of choice, and I even put away more this summer than I was planning to. The Baltic Porter seems pretty straightforward – it has a nice roast to it and is pretty smooth. It’s definitely a drinkable beer perfect for these dark nights and rainy days ahead. It is the newest part of Deschutes’ Just Tapped Series, a group of beers that make the move from being pub-only to available for the masses. It also has a dope logo.
These are both really solid options for this fall and winter! Check them out.
- 901 SW Simpson Ave Bend, OR 97702
- 1044 NW Bond Street Bend, OR 97703
- 210 NW 11th Ave. Portland, OR 97209
- 315 Market St. SE Roanoke, VA 24011