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The Badass Tap: Deschutes Jubel 2010

Deschutes capWhether or not you're a religious or spiritual person, sometimes you've just got to believe that that God/Fate/the Great Bird of the Galaxy is smiling down upon you.

The Deschutes brewery in Bend, Oregon only started shipping its beers to Texas about two years ago. They make some excellent brews: their Christmas seasonal, Jubelale, was a big hit at South Lamar in 2008 and 2009, and we've had both Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter on the menu.

This year they've released their 'once-a-decade' beer and the timing couldn't have been better for Texas. Although brewed every year for Deschutes' own pubs in Bend and Portland as Super Jubel, this is a beer that's only bottled and put on general sale once every ten years, and in limited amounts.

The (almost certainly apocryphal) story goes that a burglar was hauling a keg of Jubelale out of the brewery about 20 years ago. He didn't quite figure on it being so heavy and left it behind in the snow, where it partially froze. It was discovered the following morning, the ice was removed and a new beer was born. The Deschutes brewmasters set about recreating it, although they decided to brew it conventionally rather than freeze-distil it like an eisbock (Tactical Nuclear Penguin, anyone?), and mature it on oak. For the 2010 release it was aged for 13 months in Oregon wine barrels. The result is a unique, complex, rich, smooth and delicious American Strong Ale with a 10% ABV.

It was first bottled in 2000 to mark the millennium. Ten years later it's being bottled again as Jubel 2010 and we're very happy to have secured a keg or two for the Badass Tap. I haven't even had a chance to sample this brew myself yet because Austin only got it on draft this time, so I'm looking forward to tapping the keg every bit as much as you probably are.

Now, when I say that we have one or two kegs, there's a very good chance that I'm being economical with the truth. We might have three or four, and you might find the others being tapped in subsequent years. After all, this is a beer that has a 'Best after' date printed on the bottle.

It doesn't get much more Badass than that!

Jim Hughes, Head Beer Nerd, Alamo South Lamar “If I had all the money I’ve spent on drink… I’d spend it on drink.” ~ Sir Henry Rawlinson

Edit: Now that I've tried it I have to say that this is my favourite of all the beers we've had on the Badass Tap so far; yes, even more than (512) Whiskey Barrel Pecan Porter (sorry, Kevin and Nate), and it's without a doubt the biggest. This beer is a monster! I can't wait for this time next year when we tap another one after 12 months of ageing.

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