Jul 17, 2012

Photo Recap of Deschutes Brewery's Hike

UPDATE***Deschutes' Beer will be served with four others from around Oregon on October 20th in Portland. Check out the details!

A few weeks ago Deschutes Brewery set out on their Beers Made By Walking hike through the Deschutes Land Trust's Whychus Canyon Preserve. They invited about twenty fans along and the hike was led by the Land Trust's Jane Meissner, who informed the hikers on the land they were walking through, as well as Deschutes' brewer Veronica Vega who explained her love for the park and her decisions for picking the plants that will go into the beer she makes. The land is a 450-acre parcel located northeast of Sisters and hosts old growth juniper trees with a backdrop of the snow covered mountains.

Here Veronica Vega talks to the group about her plans for the Sage Fight IPA that will use juniper and sage from this trail. An article posted in the Bend Bulletin reports "[Veronica] grabbed one tree branch and examined its still-green, pea-sized berry. It wouldn't do for the beer Vega is making — a strong IPA with juniper and sage aromas derived from native plants."
A 200 year old Juniper
Dwarf Purple Monkey Flower
The beer that is made for this project will raise funds for the Land Trust. Conceptually, the beer seamlessly combines the brewery's commitment to the region with the ingredients utilized directly from the area they plan to support.
Sagebrush
The beer will be available in October at the Deschutes Brew Pub in Bend and at our special BMBW tapping at Belmont Station. A date for that tapping will be established later this week.

Photos by Deschutes Brewery.