(NW) Deschutes Black Butte XXII Anniversary Porter, Not Available For Distribution But For Good Reason

image of Black Butte XXI & Black Butte XX courtesy of Portlandbeer.org's Flickr page Bend, OR – Last Sunday while reading some of the stories written by our fellow craft beer enthusiasts, we stumbled upon a striking mention.

“Unfortunately, we recently learned from employees that this year there will be no Black Butte XXII in bottles. From what Brewpublic learned, this was due to an issue with the cocoa butter in the beer that coagulated in the bottle and had to be disposed of. This also raises the fear of rancidity as well. At this time, it has not been reported as to how much this mishap has cost Oregon’s largest brewery. Kegs of Black Butte XXI, however, will be available, yet limited to the Deschutes pubs in order to  regulate the quality and to assure no problems arise. Look for more information on the Black Butte XXII situation as we learn more…” –source, Angelo, Brewpublic.com

After seeing this mention we were taken aback, given the affection that we had for this beer, and by those in the beer community (ref. Beeradvocate.com & Ratebeer.com). So this was a bit of shock to learn that Deschutes was pulling their beer but with good reason. We learned from the brewery that it was appearance and not flavor or aroma that dictated the change.

We will not be releasing our Reserve Series Black Butte XXII in 2010. This Imperial version of our popular Black Butte Porter has helped to commemorate Deschutes Brewery’s June 27th anniversary since 2008.

The experimental chocolate used in this year’s formulation is coming out of solution and is forming a butter-type layer on the surface of the beer. While the beer tastes perfectly fine, the visual in the bottle is not up to our long-held commitment to quality and positive customer experience.

Pushing boundaries like we do means that things don’t always turn out the way we expect. However, we promise to never back away from the line, even when the risk is great.

There will be very limited amounts of Black Butte XXII on draft, only available at the Bend pub, Portland pub and the Bend tasting room. –source, Gary Fish Founder & President of Deschutes Brewery.

What does this mean for those of us who don’t live in or around Bend or Portland, unfortunately much if you were waiting for this now three time released beer to show up on the shelves. Still its worth hoping  that maybe a keg or two might sneak out of the brewery and show up in a pub nearby. Meantime take heart in knowing that so far nothing has altered the plan to bottle up and wax dip Deschutes second release of Dissident Sour Brown.

For those in the Portland area here is the address of the Portland Pub & Brewery.

Deschutes Brewery & Public House
210 NW 11th Avenue Portland, OR 97209 (503) 296-4906

For those who live in or around Bend, here is address of the Deschutes Tasting Room & their Pub.

Deschutes Brewery & Public House
1044 NW Bond Street Bend, OR 97701 (541) 382-9242


Special thanks to Angelo at Brewpublic for bringing up this story ahead of time.

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