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Starting in October, Deschutes Brewery beers will be hitting shelves and taps in Michigan

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Several years ago, my wife and I traveled to the Pacific Northwest to visit friends and do some backpacking in Oregon.

Our first meal, after spending a few days in the Three Sisters Wilderness area, was at Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. I can still remember my first Black Butte Porter (5.2% ABV, IBUs 30) like it was yesterday – a medium body with full flavors of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, with just a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Over the years since, I have had a few chances while visiting friends and relatives in Minnesota to enjoy other Deschutes beers.

Four years ago, we took another train trip, this time to Ojai, California, and I brought back several bottles including The Abyss (Reserve Series imperial stout, 11% ABV, IBUs 86), The Dissident (Reserve Series sour Flanders-style sour brown ale, 11.4% ABV, IBUs 18), Mirror Mirror (Reserve Series Barley Wine, 11.2% ABV, IBUs 53), Black Butte (Reserve Series Birthday imperial porter, 11.3% ABV, IBUs 64), and Jubel 2010 (Once a decade ale, Reserve Series American strong ale, 10% ABV, IBUs 55). The Ojai Beverage Company was an amazing place with a huge selection of bottles and beers on tap.

Most of the Reserve Series beers mentioned above will certainly not make their way to Michigan right away, but I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of their other beers! 

Press Release:

August 21, 2014 – Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery announced today its craft beers will be available in Michigan beginning October 6th. The Oregon-based brewery will partner with West Side Beer Distributing for distribution of its beers in the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing areas.

Stacy Denbow, expansion manager for the brewery, said, “We’ve seen a great amount of excitement leading up to our Michigan launch, our last major expansion for the 2014 year. Our fans in Michigan are passionate about their craft beer and we’re looking forward to them being able to get Deschutes in their home state.”

Beer is slated to be available October 6th in the three western Michigan cities, with launch events scheduled for October 8-11th. Initially, Deschutes Brewery will offer Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, the nation’s number one selling craft porter, Inversion IPA, and its winter seasonal, Jubelale. The beers will be available in 6-packs (12-oz bottles) and draft.

Denbow continued, “We’ve been preparing for expanding our distribution area over the past few years, but we always want to make sure we can provide adequate supply to our entire footprint. We are keeping a close eye on capacity, and that’s why we are focusing only on the western portion of Michigan at this point.”

Deschutes launched in Ohio, Kentucky, central and western Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin earlier this year. The western portion of Michigan rounds out the brewery’s geographic expansion for the year.

About West Side Beer Distributing

West Side Beer Distributing distributes a portfolio of great domestic, imported and craft beer across 14 different counties to over 4,000 retailers in Michigan. The family-owned company started in the Metro Detroit area in 1965 and now has 400 team members working out of locations in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Romulus. To learn more, visit or connect via Facebook (/WestSideBeer), Twitter (@WestSideBeer) or Instagram (@WestSideBeer).

About Deschutes Brewery

Founded in 1988 as a brew pub in Bend, Oregon, Deschutes Brewery is known for brewing a diverse line-up of award winning beers including the popular Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From the beginning, fine ingredients and hand-crafting have been the focus – for both the beer and the food. In 2008, the brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District. Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 26 states and around the world from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River. To find out more, visit or follow on Facebook (/Deschutes.Brewery) and Twitter (@DeschutesBeer).

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