Oregon beermaker Deschutes Brewery is invading Southern California! From tomorrow through Saturday, you won’t be able to turn around without running into a pint glass of Deschutes beer. OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration but for Deschutes Base Camp Week — basically a thank you from the brewery to its fans in Phoenix, LA, San Diego and Houston — there will be beer tastings, bourbon-barrel beer tastings, beer and food pairings and appearances from Deschutes mascot, Woody the giant barrel all over the place, from Greater LA to Corona Del Mar.
Check out the following calendar for a beery good time near you:
Tuesday, April 12
Verdugo Bar: Beer Tasting with Brewer Veronica Vega — 6pm to close
Enjoy your favorite Deschutes beers plus the never-released Black Butte XXIII and Jubel 2010 (which is available once a decade). Woody the barrel will be dancing a jib and Deschutes’ only female brewer, Veronica Vega will be hanging out to discuss the brewery.
Rustic Canyon: Beer Bash With Beer Chick Christina Perozzi — 6 to 10pm
For $75 enjoy a five-course dinner where beer expert and author Christina Perozzi paired Deschutes Brewery beers with a beer-inspired menu by Chef Evan Funke and Pastry Chef Zoe Nathan. Brewer Tim Alexander will also be on hand to discuss hard-to-get brews, The Dissident ’10 and The Abyss ’10.
Wednesday, April 13
Surly Goat: Beer Tasting — 5 to 9pm
My fave beer bar in WeHo will welcome Woody the giant barrel and pour the Lost Barrels of Mirror Mirror which actually were lost and rediscovered in the brewery’s warehouse. And if you can’t make it all the way to Glassell Park’s Verdugo Bar for the Jubel 2010, not to fret as they’ll be pouring it here!
Schmeven Schmand: Craft Beer and Whiskey Wednesday — 6 to 8pm
OK, this sounds too good to pass up. At this downtown whiskey bar you’ll get a rare chance to taste Deschutes’ Abyss Imperial Stout ’07, ’08 and ’09. Pair it with some hand-rolled Leon Cigars which will be available at the event for extra decadence.
Thursday, April 14
Hot’s Kitchen: Food and Beer Paired Lunch — 12 to 3pm
Take a lonnng lunch at this beer event in Hermosa Beach where you have the pick of 50 different tacos to pair with Deschutes craft beer. Woody the giant barrel will be there as well as a brewer who will answer questions about the beer.
Congregation Ale House: Deschutes Night — 4pm to close
It’s Deschutes night where the brewery will take over every tap in this Long Beach beer bar. Knock back favorites Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale. And you also get a chance to imbibe The Abyss Imperial Stout ’08.
Friday, April 15
Hi-Time Wine Cellars: In-Store Tasting — 12 to 3pm
Tired of being teased into tasting but not being able to buy at the above events? This in-store tasting in Costa Mesa will pour Deschutes beer that is available for immediate purchase. Could be dangerous. At this event they’ll also be pouring the rare Abyss Imperial Stout ’07.
Side Door: Beer and Food Pairing — 5pm to close
This Corona Del Mar restaurant’s executive chef Ryan O’Melvany has created a special menu to pair with Deschutes beers. Also they’ll be pouring The Abyss ’08 and Woody will be parked out front blasting on tunes and spinning a disco ball. Surreal.
Saturday, April 16
Pizza Port: Deschutes Night — 5pm to close
It’s a pizza and beer party at this San Clemente pizza joint. They’ll be pouring Deschutes year-round and seasonal ales like Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale and Nitro-Obsidian Stout.
EVENT: TUESDAY, APRIL 12 to SATURDAY, APRIL 16