In the coming weeks, Deschutes is set to ship cases (and kegs) of their award-winning Hop Trip: A Fresh Hop Pale Ale, Chasin’ Freshies: A Fresh Hop IPA, The Dissident, and The Abyss. But it’s the latest beer, that consumers will be on the look out for.

The name of the beer is Zarabanda and it’s a spiced Saison-style ale, brewed in collaboration with Chef José Andrés. Available in 22-ounce bottles and draft, this beer was conceived over a few beers between Deschutes’ brewers and famous chef José Andrés.

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The finished product is a combination of chef Andrés innovated recipes complimented by the imaginative brewers at Deschutes.

Zarabanda provides a complex malt body formed from a generous use of Vienna and Spelt malts.  A classic Saison yeast strain contributes light fruit esters, which are complemented by aromatic dried lime, flowery pink peppercorn, lemon verbena and savory sumac. Stay tuned for detailed launch event announcements.

Beer Geek Information:  6.1% ABV  | 13 IBUs

Look for bottles (and draft) of Zarabanda spiced Saison wherever Deschutes is sold.

Other beers released during Fall 2014, are:

Hop Trip: A Fresh Hop Pale Ale

  • We know we’re lucky to be located right in the heart of hop-growing country. And the beer that ensues from this proximity is big and bold. When the Crystal hops at Sodbuster Farms are ready for harvest, our crew gets in the truck to go pick them, bag them, load them and dump the freshly harvested jewels into the brew kettle – all in just a few hours. The results of this hurried journey? A pale ale with a uniquely bright citrus punch to the nose. Worth the trip, every time. Beer Geek Information:  5.5% ABV  |  38 IBUs

Chasin’ Freshies: A Fresh Hop IPA

  • When winter comes here in Deschutes Brewery’s hometown of Bend, Oregon, we all start the chase. That is, the chase for fresh, untouched powder on the slopes of our local ski hill, Mt. Bachelor. This pursuit of perfection is reflected as Deschutes Brewery chases down Mosaic hops from John I Haas Farms for this year’s vintage of Chasin’ Freshies: A Fresh Hop IPA. Each year, the beer features a different fresh hop from our rich, Pacific Northwest hop-growing country, and is a nod to the snow and hop enthusiasts we’ve entertained for the last 26 years at our original public house in downtown Bend. Beer Geek Information:  7.2% ABV  |  65 IBUs

The Dissident

  • To tell you the truth, I hesitated to even list The Dissident on this helpful media tip sheet. You see, it’s my favorite beer, and I don’t want everyone buying it up before I hoard my bi-annual allotment. But, in the spirit of sharing, I must let you know that this magnificent sour ale will return this fall. Eighteen plus months in isolation, The Dissident is a distinctive Flanders-style sour brown ale, with a fruity aroma and flavor. Wild yeasts brettanomyces and lactobacillus impart its characteristic sour taste and a lavish amount of Oregon cherries - pits, stems and all – creates balanced perfection. It’s our wildest, most pampered beer. Beer Geek Information:  10.5% ABV

The Abyss

  • One of Deschutes Brewery’s most beloved beers, the magical liquid that is The Abyss returns for its ninth year in the late fall of 2014. This Imperial Stout is the heart and soul of our Reserve Series, and once again it invites fans to crack open the wax-dipped seal and fall right into its complexity. The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity with hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors. As for the great "drink it now or let it age" debate, we stand clearly on the fence. Distinct and delicious on release, the flavors meld and fuse into an entirely different pleasure after some time in the cellar. Beer Geek Information: 11% Alcohol by Volume (ABV) 70 IBUs

More on chef José Andrés

Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2012 and “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, passionate advocate for food and hunger issues, author, educator, television personality and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup.

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