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WoodyI had no idea until recently, when the Brewers Association released their annual report on the Top 50 Craft Breweries by Sales Volume that Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery made so much beer. They’re fifth on the BA list, which means they make a lot of beer. I always figured they must be somewhat sizeable based on their distribution, but I had no idea they were one of the top producers of craft beer in the country. But knowing how big they are, it makes sense that they’re rolling into town for a week as part of their Base Camp tour.

Deschutes Brewery is bringing Woody and will be spending some time here in San Diego over the next few days. They have ten events lined up over five days starting Tuesday when they’ll be at Toronado. Throughout the week they’ll be pouring a great lineup of beers including various vintages of The Abyss their barrel-aged Imperial Stout, Jubel 2010 (released once every ten years) and plenty of others at bars and restaurants including a two year vertical of The Abyss at Olive Tree Market, a beer pairing dinner at Churchill’s Pub and Grille, a Bourbon Beers and BBQ at Downtown Johnny Brown’s and more. Deschutes brewer Jake Harper will also be at many of the events .

Head on over to the Events page or read below for the full schedule of events from Deschutes.

Beer Tastings and Events



WHEN: Tuesday, April 19, 6pm-close


WHAT: Reserve Series and Brewer’s Night (Toronado)

Several Deschutes Brewery beers will be on tap to pair with the items on the menu, including the hard to find Jubel 2010, The Abyss 2010 and the Lost & Found Barrels of Mirror Mirror. Deschutes Brewery brewer, Jake Harper, will be hanging out to discuss the creation of the beers!


WHERE: Toronado, 4026 30th Street, San Diego



WHEN: Wednesday, April 20, 4-7pm


WHAT: In-Store Beer Sampling (Olive Tree Market)

Is there really anything better than working a little bit of beer tasting into your grocery shopping trip? Deschutes Brewery will be in the heart of Ocean Beach at gourmet food purveyor, Olive Tree Market, with samples of its lineup of craft brews. Knowledgeable staff will guide you through your tasting experience and even have some special bottles with them: two years of the brewery’s Imperial Stout The Abyss 07 & 08 and the famous once in a decade ale, Jubel 2010!


WHERE: Olive Tree Market, 4805 Narragansett Avenue, San Diego



WHEN: Wednesday, April 20, 4:30-8:30pm


WHAT: Bourbon Beers & BBQ (Downtown Johnny Browns)

Join Deschutes’ giant traveling wooden barrel, “Woody” and Deschutes Brewery brewer and barrel master, Jake Harper, for a fabulous BBQ Beer Dinner. The menu will include: Bourbon Butternut Squash Soup with Green Lakes Organic Ale; Smoked Wild Boar with Black Butte BBQ sauce, smoked with bourbon wood chips and bourbon butter corn served with Lost & Found Barrels of Mirror Mirror; and Bourbon Apple Pie with The Abyss 2010 for dessert. A professional cigar roller will also be on site to cap off your amazing evening!


WHERE: Downtown Johnny Browns, 1220 Third Ave., San Diego


PRICE: $34.00 for the three-course meal or $12 for any one course


WHEN: Wednesday, April 20, 9pm-close


WHAT: Specialty Beer Tasting and After Party (W Hotel)

Join Deschutes Brewery brewer, Jake Harper, at this Beach Bar After Party at the W Hotel for a great time with some amazing brews. We will popping open bottles of the Bend, Oregon brewery’s aged Imperial Stout The Abyss 07 & 08 and the famous once in a decade ale, Jubel 2010! Come with your brewing questions and leave with a happy palate, all while enjoying San Diego’s first and only rooftop beach – a surreal tropical paradise where you can channel your inner surfer or wahine.


WHERE: W Hotel BEACH, 421 West B. Street , San Diego



WHEN: Thursday, April 21, 6pm- 10pm


WHAT: Brewers Dinner & Beer Tasting (Churchill’s)

The beer pairing dinners are back! Churchill’s is hosting Jake Harper, Deschutes Brewery’s Barrelmaster and Brewer, to present this Bend, Oregon brewery’s beers with the restaurant’s fabulous pairings. Preliminary five-course menu for the evening includes several Deschutes beers that are not normally found in San Diego, including Cascade Ale and the brewery’s experimental Hefeweizen. Preliminary ideas for courses range from jalapeno fries and Kobe Beef Sliders all the way to a slow-smoked brisket and vanilla bean ice cream with a Jubel 2010 (Deschutes’ once-a-decade ale) caramel reduction sauce.


WHERE: Churchill’s Pub and Grille, 887 W San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos


PRICE: $50 per person, tickets can be purchased at the venue, very limited seating


WHEN: Friday, 4/22,


WHERE: Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach



5-8 pm Happy Hour Cancer Fundraiser

To start off the Friday evening, Belly Up will be hosting The Mar Dels, the beloved nostalgia band, for a Brenda O’Brien Breast Cancer Benefit happy hour. Proceeds from Deschutes Brewery beers sold during the event will go toward the cause.


9pm-close March Fourth Marching Band

Hitting the stage later on is the MarchFourth Marching Band, a mobile big band spectacular straight outta Oregon that Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery partnered with in December for its huge warehouse Cyclocross party. The band consists of a 12-piece horn section (four saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets), a 10-piece drum/percussion corps, anchored by electric bass (battery powered). The sound is huge, pairing up just right with some great beer from Deschutes.


WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 3pm -8pm

WHAT: Woody Stop! Specialty Pizzas and Beer Tasting

(Pizza Port in Carlsbad)

Deschutes Brewery’s giant traveling beer barrel, Woody, is up for one last hurrah before leaving San Diego for the year! Join him and the Deschutes Brewery team at Pizza Port in Carlsbad for a specialty beer tasting. You will get to sample some rare bottles of The Abyss ’07 & ’08 as well as the brewery’s once-a-decade ale, Jubel 2010.


WHERE: Pizza Port, 571 Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad


WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 3pm -8pm

WHAT: Specialty Pizzas and Beer Tasting

(Pizza Port in Ocean Beach)

Some specialty pies and Deschutes Brewery beer will be up for grabs in Ocean Beach as well! You will get to sample some rare bottles of The Abyss ’07 & ’08 as well as the brewery’s once-a-decade ale, Jubel 2010.


WHERE: Pizza Port, 1956 Bacon Street, San Diego