The beer painting of the day is of Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewing Company. Originally brewed as the first batch from the Portland, Oregon brewpub, this beer is a fantastic American Pale Ale! I’m glad this beer is not called an IPA, even though it could be. So many beers Americans call IPA should be XPA, APA, or anything but India Pale Ale. These beers brewed in England were English Ales made for easy transport, or for specific markets outside of England (like Russian Imperial Stout), but people think they are from those places. Anyway, the style has been changed and the beers don’t even have English Ale yeast in them, so I like that Deschutes called this beer what it is — an Experimental Pale Ale.
This beer is bold and hoppy, like an IPA, but a bit different. I could taste American yeast and all American hops, with a hop bill of Nugget and Northern Brewer for bittering, Cascade and Centennial for flavoring/aroma, and Citra for the dry hopping. This beast of a brew is boasting some of the best hops in the Pacific North West! I love a big bold beer, but don’t like to lose control from too much alcohol, so a beer like this one, with high IBUs and only 5.9% makes me a hoppy beer lover! I hope you get a bottle of this seasonal product! When it’s hoppy, you have to get it while it’s fresh! This one may be gone and never made again! Well, probably not, as it is the first beer made at the Portland pub, so it has history working for it!
You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.
The daily beer painting is of Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery. Deschutes was conceived by Gary Fish, owner and operator, in 1988 in downtown Bend, Oregon, only one year after I moved to Alaska. The first year, the brewery only produced 330 barrels of beer. As of 2012, it is the fifth largest craft brewery, and the twelfth largest brewery in the nation. I might mention that all Deschutes products are vegan and non GMO.
Obsidian Stout is as black as the lava rock it is named for. It is a bold rich brew, with flavors of coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, black barley, and some hop bitterness as well. It has a world class beer ranking of 94% approval on Beer Advocate. Anything over 90% is an amazing rating. It is also an award-winning beer, taking many awards just last year including World’s Best Stout at the World Beer Awards! This has been one of my favorites ever since I tasted my first drop!
To the little Bend brewery growing into a mega, popular, world-famous producer of great beers! I hop everybody has a chance to taste the best stout in the world!