Let me first start out by saying, in what seems like an endless array of craft brew options in our world today, Deschutes Brewery (Bend, OR) is easily one of my favorites. My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of their brewers at a Poor Phil’s (Oak Park, IL) tap takeover, a few years back. They couldn’t have been nicer guys and I still use their keychain bottle opener, today. Deschutes is a family and employee owned brewery, which goes a long way in my book. They believe in sustainability by giving back one billion gallons of water to the Deschutes river each year. They donate $1 per barrel sold, which amounts to nearly $250,000 a year, to charities. And oh yeah, they brew some damn tasty beer.
Today’s entry is focusing in on one of their most recent releases, Pinedrops IPA. This one steps aside from all the IPAs you see today that hone in on the next hottest citrus flavored hop such as Citra, Mosaic, Lemondrop or Mandarina. Just as the label says, this brew is sticky, resiny and piney. Staying true to the rest of their offerings, Deschutes keeps this beverage balanced and drinkable at 6.5% and approximately 70 IBUs. If you’re adventurous like me and enjoy venturing outside the norm, give Pinedrops IPA a pour.