Kegs & Legs Beers of the Week: Twilight Summer Ale & Botanic Ale by Deschutes Brewery


I love beer. After now having visited over 490 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.

Check out previous posts here, including features on their Fresh Haze IPA, the new canned beer line, Swivelhead Red, Passionfruit IPA, Chasin’ Freshies, Hopzeit Autumn IPA and Red Chair.

As far as perfect summer beers go, 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 easy-drinking and refreshing. We have also actually featured a race in Bend with this beer’s namesake attached – the Twilight 5k (coming up again in August 2019), 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 this one.

If you aren’t a hophead, you may enjoy Deschutes’ latest from their Just Tapped Series is the Botanic Ale – a low IBU ale constructed from Pilsner and Rye Malt and Cascade Hops. For beers to vault into this series, they have to have done well on draft in the pubs – so this was obviously a fan favorite. I find that it still has some piney hop profile, but the real showcase is the citrus and botanicals (hence the name) that have infused the beer.


Brewery: Deschutes Brewery (Facebook)

  • 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
About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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