Unfortunately for them, our coverage in the Chronicle is extremely local in orientation, and yet another beer entering Texas just doesn't quite rise to the level that I'd review them in our pages. We focus more on local brewers. However, I have no such parameters for coverage on this blog and will be happy to plug them here. So for the next few days, I'll review one Deschutes beer at a time. Hey, it's the least I can do if they're sending it to me for free.
First up: Mirror Pond Pale Ale. This is fine pale. In fact, it's exactly what I'm looking for in a pale. (Mentally, I'm contrasting it with a couple of Texas pales I've drank in the past few days that disappointed me.)
A very floral hop taste. You know, I haven't quite refined my palate enough to differentiate between hops, but maybe I'm learning. I've always heard that Cascade hops are highly prized, and I'm wondering if this floral character is the defining characteristic. It's wonderful, and it's a taste that just gets stronger the deeper I go into the glass.
As my friend Bobnoxious would say, it's "effcellent." I give this an A, and I can see why Bill said their move into Texas is good news for us.
UPDATE: Erik over at Deschutes wants you to know that Mirror Pond Ale and Black Butte Porter is available on draft at these fine Austin establishments:
Billy's on Burnet
Trudy's on 30th
Crown and Anchor
Opal Divine’s (all 3 locations)
Little Woodrow's on 6th
Dog and Duck Pub
The Dig Pub
...also available in keg form at Spec’s Liquor Store...