Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery recently introduced its newest beer, Green Lakes Organic Ale. We have always been committed to sustainability and see this new beer as a natural extension of our interest in doing things the best way possible, said Deschutes Brewery founder Gary Fish.
Green Lakes is a classic amber ale, noted Deschutes brewer Paul Arney. We used caramel and Munich malts for a nice color and six different varieties of hops. The reddish colored brew has a nicely balanced taste with a distinctive but restrained hop profile that includes Salmon-Safe certified Sterling hops.
No rock was left unturned as the brewers searched the world for the best available organic ingredients. In fact, Larry Sidor, Deschutes brewmaster, has spent the past four years looking for organic barley to meet Deschutes criteria. Conventional and organic barleys roast differently. After working with Oregon Tilth for nearly six months, Deschutes Brewery received organic certification for its 50-barrel brew house.
The brew house, built in Oregon by JV Northwest, was the anchor of the brewing facility built in 1993 that expanded the operation outside of the original brewery and public house. After brewing 20,000 batches of beer, it now meets the stringent standards of the National Organic Program.
Green Lakes Organic Ale is currently available only on tap at the Deschutes Public House in downtown Bend. It will be available in limited release mid-December, in 22-ounce bottles with a suggested retail price of $4 and on draft as part of the Bond Street Series. Six-packs will be on grocers’ shelves year-round in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska beginning early February. Suggested retail for six-packs is $7 to 9.
This makes me thirsty about now…