Can’t get started this morning? No worries. Take your time. Grab a coffee and cue up the video above. It’s a mini movie about Bell’s Brewery working with Deschutes Brewery to celebrate the latter’s 30th Anniversary. Tim Gossack, Bell’s production manager, was one of eight former Deschutes brewers invited back to Bend, Ore., to brew a special, unique one-time collaboration brew to help celebrate Deschutes Brewery’s incredible milestone. Schwarzbier is a dark lager with an ABV of 6.4 percent. This limited release will be available on draft and in 12-oz cans packaged in six-packs.
Deschutes’ Founder Gary Fish takes pride in the success the brewers have had after their time at Deschutes because they all continue to make major contributions to the craft industry.
“I’m glad they are pursuing their passion and have all been successful at it,” Fish said. “It speaks to their talent and perseverance. Every single one of them makes really good beer, and we’re proud of all of them.”
Gossack was Head Brewer at Deschutes from 1990 until 1996. The recipe is a modified version of a recipe Gossack created after leaving Deschutes.
“Deschutes Brewery launched my career in brewing and I have been forever grateful to have worked there. I was hired for my science background and cursory knowledge of beer brewing and beer styles, Gossack said. “But, I think I was truly hired for my strong back and hardworking farmer boy background. I could shovel mash, move full kegs and carry two bags of grain up the stairs at a time.”
The beer will begin shipping to Deschutes’ distributors in late August in states that Bell’s does and does not currently distribute to. The can will include the Bell’s logo and the story of this collaboration beer.
The Deschutes Brewery 30th anniversary collaboration “family tree” also includes John Harris, Deschutes Brewery’s original brewmaster with Ecliptic Brewery, Frank Appleton a brewing consultant responsible for creating the recipes of Deschutes’ beloved brands such as Black Butte Porter and Cascade Golden Ale, Tony Lawrence from Boneyard Brewery, long time brewer Mark Vickery, Paul Arney from The Ale Apothecary and Cam O’Connor and Larry Sidor, now with Crux Fermentation Project.