Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Abyss: 2008

It's bottled! December 28th they finished wax dipping. Now, all we have to do in Northern California is wait. For what, you may be wondering?

75 Cases
6 Kegs

That's what's on the way to Northern California. The expected arrival time for this is the last week of the month. Then, it will have to be distributed to the right places. I'll keep you updated, if you're interested, on where this beer will be tapped and available. For those who don't recall, Abyss is Deschutes' Oak Barrel Aged Imperial Stout that took the beer geek world by storm last year.

From the Abyss Press Release:
“The Abyss has developed somewhat of a cult following,” reveals Deschutes Brewery’s Jason Randles. “In fact, we’ve had reports from some bottle shops where six or seven cases have already been reserved through single bottle orders.”

In addition to being a beer aficionado’s favorite, The Abyss has been showered with industry and consumer awards including being named the “Best Stout in the World” by Men’s Journal’s October 2007 issue, Top 10 on’s World’s Best rankings, “Gold Medal Imperial Stout” at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival and “Best Beer Above 7%, International Champion Beer & Supreme Champion” at the 2007 International Beer Challenge.
The suggested retail price on this year's Abyss is $10 for a wax dipped 22-ounce bottle. I personally thought last year's was a bit hot and needed some time to lay down and mellow out. That said, it was still a strikingly good beer. You can bet I'll find a couple bottles of this year's release as well.