Episode #158: Deschutes

Oregon is in the running for best beer state in the union, but you wouldn’t know if from watching The Beer Temple. For too long we’ve been neglecting the beaver state, but that stops now. Today, Chris tastes three beers from the great Deschutes brewery in Bend, Oregon. And as an added bonus, he films the show from inside his upcoming beer shop!

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Breweries and Beers

tootiMirror Pond
Mirror Pond
tooti Black Butte
Black Butte
tooti Chainbreaker IPA
Chainbreaker IPA

Comments 21 

  1. From "Wes Skidgel" :

    Really looking forward to coming into the store. Do you have a grand opening date set? I’ve seen a couple of posters advertising the coming of Deschutes to Illinois. I think I remember them saying their entire lineup wasn’t being distributed here, but maybe just a few of their brands. Are all three beers on the show available in Illinois? I think I just saw the Mirror Pond at my local Dominics

  2. From "Wes Skidgel" :

    quick FYI
    the newest video says it’s not available on your website. I had to go on youtube to watch it.

  3. From "Navy_mike" :

    So excited for all of this! So here we go,

    – Yes the counter is amazing. It’s so shiny!
    – Interesting bottle opener, did you mother tell you where she got it?
    – The audio was just fine. Yes you could hear the car exhausts and the a/c, but really it was just fine.
    – Happy New Years/Happy Holidays. Hopefully the new shop didn’t push to much into your holidays.
    – The story behind the Chainbreaker was awesome, always nice to hear stories about the beer community like this.
    – Butte is not pronounced butt it is butte like your pronouncing butane.
    – Wes Skidgel is correct at this moment, the video isn’t available on this website at least.

    Excited for all of the upcoming variety in the show. It was really exciting to see your pictures on Twitter and such of the shop, it must be a dream come true!

  4. From "ChrisQ" :

    Sorry guys! Trying to get that fixed now!

  5. From "ChrisQ" :

    Ok, I think we’re good to go!

  6. From "Rick" :

    Congrats on the opening, Chris! Next time I’m in Chicago I’m looking forward to stopping in and buying some beer! Excited to hear Deschutes is entering the Chicago market as well – I’ve been looking forward to trying their stuff for quite a while and we don’t get it here in Michigan.

  7. From "Russ Perry Jr" :

    Seen the counter staves elsewhere; very nice. Not only teasing with the Bourbon County Rare, but also the Dark Lord behind it. Definitely “byoot”.

    The new opener reminds me to ask — you were saving the bottle caps for the store, I assume to make a display of some sort — is that “live” yet? I hope to stop in “soon”, possibly after work some day, but I haven’t figured out when. Or maybe I’ll drive in so I can buy more, but I’m not sure when that would be.

    • From "ChrisQ" :

      Yeah, I thought it was Byoot. I actually got my first negative iTunes review because I wasn’t sure. You people are rough!!!

  8. From "Tim V" :

    Great episode, first I watched and I will definitely check out more and stop by the store as well! Sound quality was great, could hear everything just fine. Nicely done!

  9. From "Kevin LeBlanc" :

    Please when appropriate give us way out of towners a video tour to see what we are missing. It looks great. The audio sounded fine. Please let us know when the internet store opens up. Thanks.

    • From "ChrisQ" :

      Thanks Kevin. We’re going to have a Grand Opening in a few weeks, so maybe that would be the best time to do a video tour!

  10. From "Brad K." :

    Agree with a video tour for us out of towners. I badly want to get up to the new store, but it’s a 5 hour trip that I don’t have planned yet. Audio is fine. Aesthetically I think doing a beer show from a beer store is a no brainer. Keep the episodes coming and thanks!

  11. From "Russ Perry Jr" :

    @Chris: Hey, *I* didn’t rate you low for not being sure about “byoot”; don’t call ME rough! 😛

  12. From "Brett" :

    Having moved to Chicago from Seattle four years ago, I’m glad to see one of my favorite breweries starting to distribute out here!

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