image courtesy Deschutes BreweryIt’s Thursday, June 27th. So far nothing complicated in that statement. How’s this one grab you? Deschutes Brewery is celebrating their 25th year of brewing beer in Oregon. Do I have your attention now?

Just stated two sentences ago, Deschutes is now 25 years old. For most things, 25 years doesn’t represent much. 25 year old Male or Female? That’s 4 years over legal drinking age. However a 25 year old cat? Those are some brittle, feline bones. Or do you own a 25 year old copy of Die Hard on VHS? Yeah, I think Blu-ray would last longer.

Like I said, 25 isn’t a big deal for most. Then again Deschutes is a business, run by devoted, dedicated employees. Which is probably the reason why they are releasing another edition of their Anniversary beer, Black Butte XXV. But unlike previous year’s this edition is special.

imageThis year, Deschutes Brewery is toasting 25 years with the 6th vintage of its imperial porter, Black Butte XXV. In order to celebrate in style, this iteration of the annual beer amps it up with the addition of Theo’s cocoa nibs, Mission figs and Medjool dates. The bourbon barrel aged portion of the beer was increased by 20 percent over past versions of this anniversary brew, and drinkers of Black Butte XXV will notice complex notes of vanilla, tart and dried fruit, and chocolate. With everything that’s going on in the flavor profile of this beer, you may have to raise several toasts just to experience it all.

“Twenty-five years in business is a significant milestone for us, and our team wanted to create an anniversary brew that truly marked the occasion,” said Cam O’Connor, brewmaster for Deschutes Brewery. “Not only did we increase the aging amount in barrels for this beer, but we soured a small portion of the final blend. We added a bunch of new ingredients, including black currants. I think fans will find that there are many layers of delicious complexity in this year’s version.”

Although the label states a best after date of June 10, 2014, we recommend drinking one now and cellaring another one to enjoy later. (11.3% Alcohol by Volume; 64 International Bittering Units)

Look for 22-ounce bottles of, wax-dipped, Black Butte XXV, wherever you find Fresh Squeezed IPA. Don’t forget to check your local bar to see if they scored a keg as well.


About Deschutes Brewery

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Deschutes Brewery began as a brew pub in downtown Bend, Oregon and is known for such brands as Black Butte Porter, its flagship brew and the nation’s number one selling craft porter, and the popular Mirror Pond Pale Ale. In addition to its original Bend pub, this family and employee-owned brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District in 2008. The company’s main brewing facility is located on the banks of the Deschutes River and produces over 250,000 barrels of beer annually for distribution in 21 states and two provinces. To find out more, visit

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