Another year has come to pass, with yet another year tacked onto the calendar. This year much like the year before, will no doubt feature redacting the previous year's numeral in place of a new one.

It's 2011 and other than a date on a calendar, there isn't anything different unless your birthday has fallen in the past fews days. It isn't without some welcome reminders of year's past as this year's edition of Deschutes Red Chair NWPA, should be hitting the shelves right about now.

Brewed as a Spring Seasonal (yeah you heard us right), this beer was first introduced to the masses a few years ago with the familiar Bond Street  Series label. Today, it's a bona fide seasonal 12 ounce beauty resting next its five other siblings, waiting for you to consume. This beer isn't without additional justification to drink one as the judges of last year's World Beer Judges named the NWPA World's Best Ale, World's Best PAle Ale, World's Best Standard Pale Ale, and The America's Best Standard Pale Ale.

Here is what head brewer Larry Sidor has to say about this year's edition of Red Chair.

“The hop flavor in the Red Chair is unlike any other beer – the geranial hop notes come through like a freight train.”

Along with the release of the beer is a special multi-state sweepstakes with a grand prize getaway to Bend, Oregon and Mt. Bachelor – the home of Deschutes Brewery. Individuals 21 and older can enter by visiting (valid in select states, see Web site for details). Those lucky enough to be flying on Horizon Air this winter will also be glad to know that Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale is being served on their flights.

Beer Geek Information

6.2% Alcohol by Volume (ABV); 60 International Bittering Units (IBUs)

Beer Pairings:
The brewery team recommends pairing Red Chair NWPA with hot-n-sour soup, enchiladas with mole sauce, or thin crust Margherita pizza.

Look for our thoughts on this beer as we were blessed with a preview, sent to us by the lovely folks at Deschutes brewery.

By the time you are reading this, the beer should be on the shelve and more than likely at a few select locations on draft. So as we say here at the Northwest Beer Guide. If you don't see it on the shelf or on draft, ask them to get some!

About Deschutes Brewery

Located in beautiful Bend, Oregon, Deschutes Brewery is in the business of daring people to expect more from their beer. That's why we started off in 1988, on the banks of the Deschutes River here in Bend, Oregon, by selling Black Butte Porter at a time when others were sure a dark beer would never catch on. Our brewers love to push the envelope, especially if it makes someone nervous.  But for us, the highest praise is a raised glass and a toast of "Bravely Done!"  For more information about Deschutes Brewery and its courageously crafted beers, please visit or


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