Deschutes Brewery officially starts distributing in Ohio on Jan. 24 and the craft brewer from Bend, Ore., has arranged a million special events -- well, it seems like a million -- across the state to celebrate.
If you really can't wait to get a taste, Deschutes is already available at the Winking Lizard Tavern chain (I had a Black Butte Porter on Saturday at the Copley Township location while hanging with Cleveland Plain Dealer beer writer Marc Bona, who sampled a Mirror Pond Pale Ale). It also will be at this weekend's Columbus Winter Beerfest.
As for those "Meet, Greet, Sample" events, they are taking place from Jan. 24 through Jan. 31. Deschutes will highlight Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale and Inversion IPA. At select locations, there will be limited release beers such as Hop Henge Experimental IPA and Class of ’88 Imperial Smoked Porter, a collaboration with Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland.
For a rundown, check out the posters below highlighting special events in the Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton area or you can click here for the Deschutes events page.