Saturday, June 1st, 2024

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Deschutes Fresh Squeezed Three Ways


Californian Gary Fish established his brewpub concept, Deschutes’ Bend Public House, in downtown Bend in 1988. Named after the Deschutes Rover, Deschutes Brewery was Central Oregon’s first brewery. Fish hired John Harris (founder of Ecliptic Brewing Co.) from McMenamins. Legislation and a growing provincialism for locally crafted beers soon turned the microbrewer of Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter in obscure Bend, Oregon into a macro success, as the state’s largest brewer by barrel count. Today, Deschutes sells more than 225,000 barrels of beer each year and can be found in 36 states, Washington, DC, and even a few countries. In 2021, Deschutes strategically partnered with Boneyard Beer, a fellow Bend, Oregon-based and award-winning producer. Today, Peaks & Pints presents a three-beer flight of Deschutes’ Fresh Squeezed IPA, which made its debut in the summer of 2013 as part of Deschutes’ Bond Street Series. Deschutes’ head brewer Veronica Vega invented the IPA using pale malt, caramel malt, and a standard bittering hop before adding experimental hop #394, which went on to become Citra. Because the IPA’s popularity exploded, Vega eventually had to add Mosaic hops to the recipe due to Citra shortages. Anyway, stop by Peaks & Pints today and enjoy three versions of Fresh Squeezed in a flight we’re calling Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Deschutes Fresh Squeezed Three Ways.

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Deschutes Fresh Squeezed Three Ways

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed Non-Alcoholic IPA

0.5% ABV

Crafted entirely in-house through a partnership with Sustainable Beverage Technologies and utilizing the company’s patented BrewVo® technology in combination with Deschutes’ proprietary brewing methods, this groundbreaking technology allows Deschutes to create a flavor-forward non-alcoholic version of Fresh Squeezed IPA. Brewed with Citra and Mosaic hops just like the alcoholic version, Fresh Squeezed Non-Alcoholic IPA has a hop-forward aroma with an essence of hop tea, followed by grainy and fruity elements of dried papaya and mango and a sweetly malty note. There’s an herbal bitter hop character in the flavor followed by a mellow grain flavor with some bread dough sweetness. The hops highlight mango skin and fruit rind, with a touch of citrus.

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA

6.4% ABV

First brewed with Pale malt, Caramel malt, bittering hops and experimental Hop #394, Fresh Squeezed was exclusively brewed at the Deschutes’ Bend Public House for a few years as the experimental hop gradually became more and more available, and the name of the hop itself was eventually commercialized as Citra, in the process of becoming one of the most sought-after and famous hop brands in the world, which forced the brewery to add Mosaic hops to the recipe due to Citra shortages. The mouthwatering, delicious Fresh Squeezed IPA offers flavors of mango, pineapple, orange and grapefruit morning fruit cup. While the initial flavors are sweet and fruity, a good dose of hop bitterness comes through near the end, keeping it all in perfect harmony.

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed Old Fashioned

8.1% ABV

Developed to be a sophisticated mashup of an IPA and an iconic cocktail, Fresh Squeezed Old Fashioned is an American strong ale that takes the “big citrus flavor” found in the brewery’s “hop-forward” Fresh Squeezed IPA and gives it an “Old Fashioned twist” by infusing it with “whiskey and oak from bourbon barrels and sweet orange peel.”

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