Deschutes Brewery

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Deschutes Brewery is a craft brewery founded in 1988 as a brew pub in Bend, Oregon, USA, known for such products as Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. In 2008, the brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District. Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 28 states, the District of Columbia, and around the world from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River.[1] As of 2016, Deschutes was the eighth-largest craft brewery and fifteenth-largest overall brewery in the United States,[2] producing 250,000 US beer barrels (290,000 hL) of beer in 2012.[3]


The Deschutes Brewery's Portland brew pub is located in the historic G. G. Gerber Building.

Gary Fish established the Deschutes Brewery & Public House as small brew pub in 1988 in downtown Bend, Oregon and named it after the Deschutes River.[4] Fish emphasized a community based approach to his business, stating, "We want people to feel like this is, in a lot of ways, theirs."[4] The brewery sold 310 barrels of beer in its first year, and by 1992, sales were up to 3,954 barrels.[4] Unable to keep up with demand in its original facility, the brewery expanded to a 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) production brewery in 1993 with the ability to brew in 50-barrel batches.[4] Deschutes now has a brewing facility with two brew houses, distributing its beer in twenty-eight states. A Deschutes brew pub opened in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon in May 2008.

In 2012, the brewery expanded its brewing facility by 6,750 square feet (627 m2), adding 105,000 barrels of production capacity. New equipment installed will contain a water reuse system, saving the company thousands of gallons of water per year, as well as a carbon dioxide capture system from the fermentation process, which will decrease waste to the city sewer system.[5] The first stage in the expansion, which included five new fermentation tanks, was completed in 2012 and the second stage, with another five tanks, was completed in spring of 2013.[6]

In June 2013 Ernst & Young recognized Gary Fish as a Pacific Northwest Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Recipient.[7]

In March 2016 Deschutes announced that they would build an East Coast production facility in Roanoke, Virginia, with beer production slated to begin in 2021. The Brewery has already opened a Tap Room and Restaurant in Downtown Roanoke and has hosted two street pubs since announcing the facility.[8]

The Swivelhead Red IRA from Deschutes Brewery reached #1 on the list of the top 100 beers of all time by the Cold Cans podcast.[9]


The company produces a range of beers including Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Chainbreaker White IPA, Deschutes River Ale, Obsidian Stout, Red Chair NWPA, Twilight Summer Ale, Jubelale, Hop Henge Experimental IPA, Fresh Squeezed IPA, Hop Trip, Chasin' Freshies, The Dissident, Mirror Mirror, and The Abyss. In April 2006, the Deschutes Brewery replaced its Quail Springs IPA, an English-style India Pale Ale, with Inversion IPA, an American Northwest-style India pale ale, as its year-round IPA.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2013, Deschutes Brewery developed a series of collaborative beers dubbed Class of '88, teaming up with other breweries around the country also founded in 1988.[10] The first in the series was a barley wine, with Rogue Ales and North Coast Brewing Company,[11] the second a smoked porter with Great Lakes Brewing Company, and the third a Belgian-style strong ale with Goose Island Beer Company.

Mirror Pond has won awards in the pale ale category at various brewing competitions, including the Gold Medal at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival [12] and the World's Best Premium Pale Ale in 2010.[13] Black Butte is the best-selling craft porter in the United States.[12] The company's spring seasonal, Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale, was named the World's Best Beer in 2010 & 2012.[14]

Yeast strain[edit]

Deschutes uses an in-house, proprietary yeast strain resembling Wyeast Laboratories, Inc. #1187 Ringwood Ale yeast.[15]


Deschutes Brewery donates $1 per barrel sold to local and national charities and participating fundraisers through its cross-departmental community involvement committee.[16] Company giving ranges from environmental causes all the way to assisting kids in need through local service organizations.[17]


Deschutes Brewery received the 2012 Sustainability Award from the Central Oregon Environmental Center[18] and was named in 2011 as a “Green Power Partner” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.[19] Starting in 2012, Deschutes Brewery pledged to put one billion gallons of water back into the Deschutes River annually through the Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) water leasing program - the program's largest donation ever.[20] The company purchases or offsets 100 percent of electrical power usage from renewable sources and is a “Champion” level member of Pacific Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program.[21]


  1. ^ Weiner, Brittany. (May 8, 2013). "Bend's pioneer brewery has more expansion on tap". KTVZ. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  3. ^ Deschutes Brewery: Giving Back to the Community
  4. ^ a b c d "Deschutes Brewery, Inc". International Directory of Company Histories. St. James Press. 57. 2004. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  5. ^ "Deschutes Brewery Set to Expand." Seattle Beer News. 18 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Double the tanks". The Bend Bulletin. June 19, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  7. ^ Pacific Northwest Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Honorees Archived 2013-12-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Deschutes to build brewery in Roanoke
  9. ^ "Episode 12: Swivelhead Red IRA". Cold Cans. Retrieved 2017-07-01. 
  10. ^ Deschutes Brewery to Collaborate with Great Lakes Brewing and others for Class of ’88 Series. 12-12-2012.
  11. ^ Body, Steve. "Deschutes "Class of '88": Pat and John and Cam Make a Porno". Hearst Seattle Media, LLC. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Deschutes Brewery Expands". Oregon Brewers Guild. March 15, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  13. ^ World Beer Awards - Mirror Pond Pale Ale
  14. ^ World Beer Awards. Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale.
  15. ^ Krsak, Greg (May 27, 2012). "What Yeast Does Deschutes Use?". Beer Blog. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  16. ^ Orman, Sasha. "Deschutes Brewery Turns Twenty-Five." 2013.
  17. ^ "Oregon business founder receives award". Oregon Business. October 31, 2012.
  18. ^ "Sustainability Awards Revealed". The Bend Bulletin. October 27, 2012.
  19. ^ Partners List. Archived 2013-11-10 at the Wayback Machine. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  20. ^ "This is no Drop in the Beer Barrel". Source Weekly. March 21, 2012.
  21. ^ Pacific Power

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Coordinates: 44°02′49″N 121°19′19″W / 44.047°N 121.322°W / 44.047; -121.322