Based in Bend, Oregon, Deschutes is perhaps the most highly regarded brewery in the Northwest. Most importantly, it is available widely in the Inland Empire.
Producing nearly 250,000 barrels (500,000 kegs) per year, this brewery is now at the craft brewery level according to industry standards (the second highest level). Most of the beer is produced in the small, artsy town of Bend, about an hour and a half south of the beer hub that is Portland. In case you aren’t in Bend, the brewery also calls Portland their home, with a smaller, downtown brewery, tasting room and restaurant.
Don’t expect to find a table waiting for you if you drop by after 6 p.m., as this local brewpub is no secret. On tap you’ll find 21 beers, including the always popular Black Butte Porter, Inversion IPA and Mirror Pond Pale Ale available throughout the IE. You’ll also find unique, experimental beers not widely available, with the Imperial Smoked Porter and Fresh Squeezed IPA being our favorites (both now in bottles, soon to be in the IE).
The brewpub is famous for their pretzel, created by their in-house chef, Jill. This is no microwave-reheated pretzel from Costco. Rather, Deschutes creates the dough from scratch every day from spent grain, bakes it in a ring shape and pairs it with a cream cheese (inside ring) and stone ground mustard (outside ring) that allows you to select your own creamy and/or spicy adventure. If you try to find something like this in the IE, you’ll be looking for a long time!
You’ll find Deschutes Brewery beers in 12 oz. six packs and 22 oz. bottles throughout the Inland Empire at Total Wine, BevMo, Vons, Rite-Aid, Stater Bros. Albertsons, WalMart, WinCo and dozens upon dozens of liquor stores in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. You’ll also find them on tap at the most popular beer bars in the region (check their online beer finder).
For more information about this repeatedly awarded brewery (their awards fill a sizable wall), check out DeschutesBrewery.com.