Bend’s Deschutes Brewery Expands to SD

For local beer enthusiasts, here is some potentially exciting news. I’m more of a scotch and bourbon man, myself, but I may have to give the pale ale a try.

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From KTVZ.COM News Sources

POSTED: 8:33 am PST March 10, 2011

UPDATED: 8:37 am PST March 10, 2011

BEND, Ore. — Deschutes Brewery, the Bend-based “brewer of courageously crafted ales” since 1988, announced Thursday that it will begin selling Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale in South Dakota this week.

Here’s the rest of their announcement:

Partnering with Dakota Beverage, one of the most influential and successful distributors in its region, Deschutes Brewery will be initially be focusing in the Sioux Falls, Brookings, Yankton and Vermillion areas.

This will be the 17th state to carry Deschutes products, and the brewery’s first new expansion for 2011.

“Like most people in the country, South Dakotans continue to look for greater variety and access to quality beer as they become more and more educated about craft beer,” said Bill Christensen, general manager for Dakota Beverage. “Allowing a greater number people to enjoy the added dimension that we can bring to their craft beer experience has always been part of our plan, and we are continuing to develop that by working with Deschutes Brewery.”

Black Butte Porter, the nation’s number one selling craft porter, will be available to South Dakotans in 22-ounce bottles and on draft. For those who view dark beer with suspicion, this deep, satiny brew dispels the myths and creates enthusiasts. Black Butte Porter has won many awards over its 22 year history and recently won a bronze medal in the brown porter category at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Deschutes Brewery’s most popular beer, will also be available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft. With its definitive hop aroma and hop forward flavor, Mirror Pond is the quintessential pale ale. A consistent award-winner since its debut in the early 1990s, this deftly balanced ale most recently was recognized with a gold medal at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival, the beer’s second medal in a row in this esteemed competition.

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