This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy catches up with Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon! Closing off the season with a family-oriented brewery established in 1988, Jimmy welcomes Veronica Vega, Director of Product Development at Deschutes, and Robin Johnson, the Head Brewer at the Deschutes Brewpub.
Deschutes was the first craft brewery in Bend, and started as the humble pub at which Robin still works. Veronica paints a scenic picture of Bend as an “Outdoor Mecca”, with mountain biking, hiking, water sports in the alpine lakes, and more! And after a long day of enjoying Bend’s outdoor activities, locals and tourists choose Deschutes Brewpub as the first gathering point to quench their thirst.
The gang reminisce and discuss how working in craft brewing for the long haul has given the Deschutes crew a unique perspective on changing styles such as West Coast IPAs, Hazys, and more. But Robin and Veronica agree that the main highlights of that long career are the relationships formed between brewers, patrons, and the town.
Deschutes brewery, Squeezy Rider IPA
Deschutes Brewery X Xicha Brewing Collab, Catharina Guava Sour
Deschutes, Haze Tron Imperial Hazy IPA
Deschutes, Chasing Freshies, Fresh Hop x Bitburger collab
Deschutes, Black Butte Porter
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