By Zak Rotello
Olympic Tavern Co-Owner
Oregon’s own Deschutes Brewery is bringing a few kegs of their award-winning beer and their mobile party wagon (named “Woody”) to The Olympic Tavern Friday, Jan. 18. Woody will be arriving at The Olympic around 7 p.m. after an afternoon stop at Everett’s in South Beloit.
The Deschutes Brewery crew will be on hand to chat about their great beers and have a few pints with us. Prizes, apparel and pint glasses will also be available.
Just released in Illinois a few weeks ago, Deschutes has been independently owned and operated in Bend, Ore., since 1988, and has won countless medals at Great American Beer Festival and other competitions.
Known for their hoppy, fresh ales and daring flavor profiles, Deschutes beers are also vegan. Since 1945, The Olympic Tavern continues to strive to bring the best food and beers back home to Rockford, and will tap the following kegs at 11 a.m., Jan. 18:
Mirror Pond Pale Ale — This is base camp, where any craft brew exploration begins. A distinct hop nose and hop-forward flavor make Mirror Pond the quintessential Pale Ale. It is aromatically complex, multi-layered and unmistakably “right.” Alc. 5 percent | IBUs 40
Black Butte Porter — With a dark beer as its first and flagship brand, Black Butte defined Deschutes as a radical player. A slight hop bitterness up front enhances the distinctive chocolate and roasted finish. It’s prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors. Alc. 5.2 percent | IBUs 30
Chainbreaker White IPA — Deschutes is taking you into the next beer frontier. Brewed with wheat and pilsner malt, this IPA displays beautiful citrus aromas from Cascade and Citra hops that meld with the esters of Belgian yeast. Think thirst-quenching hopped-up beer with enough IBUs to warrant the IPA name. Alc. 5.6 percent | IBUs 55
Red Chair NWIPA — The citrus punch of a big IPA, minus the one-dimensional hop sledgehammer. Seven select European and domestic malts round out the edges for a complex, copper-colored brew. Like its namesake ski lift, it’s an insider’s ride to fresh thrills. Alc. 6.2 percent | IBUs 60
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From the Jan. 16-22, 2013, issue