Oscar Meyer has their Wiener Mobile.
And, Deschutes Brewery, has, well, a Woody.
The Bend, Ore.-based brewery will start distributing their beer in Iowa this month. To celebrate they’ve hitched up their giant traveling beer barrel – affectionately called Woody — and traveled to Iowa.
The brewery’s 33 “Meet, Greet, Sample” events throughout the state, make their way to Eastern Iowa today (July 25). Woody — a mobile bar — has been rolling through Central Iowa since July 19. See his shenanigans on Twitter and Facebook. There you’ll find pictures of visits from earlier today at Mondo’s, Hy-Vee and New Pioneer Co-Op in Coralville.
Woody and rest of the Deschutes crew will be at the following corridor businesses sampling their Mirror Pond Ale, Black Butte Porter, Twilight Summer Ale and Chainbreaker White IPA from 4 to 6 p.m. today:
On Friday, they’ll be at Parlor City in Cedar Rapids from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hy-Vee in Marion and on Oakland Road in Cedar Rapids from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Benz Beverage Depot in Cedar Rapids from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and Sanctuary Pub in Iowa City from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
In addition to these meet and greet events, Deschutes will host two signature events in Eastern Iowa.
The first is at Red’s Ale House starting at 7 p.m. today. Chat will Big Grove Head Brewer, Bill Heinrich, and Deschutes Brewery Brewer Callan Vaccaro. The event is geared toward homebrewers who will be able to collect complimentary brewing supplies, including clone recipe books and bags of whole flower hops. There will also be samples paired with food by Red’s executive chef and a stump the brewmaster Q&A session. Tickets are $20.
The second is a Deschutes Brewery Flight Night on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Blackstone in Iowa City. Small plates prepared by Blackstone’s chef will be paired with Deschutes brews. Cost is $18 for four beers and four small plates.
See the brewery’s events page for more information about all of these events.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Deschutes Brewery began as a brew pub in downtown Bend, Ore., and is known for such brands as Black Butte Porter, its flagship brew and the nation’s number one selling craft porter, and the popular Mirror Pond Pale Ale. In addition to its original Bend pub, this family and employee-owned brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District in 2008. The company’s main brewing facility is located on the banks of the Deschutes River and produces over 250,000 barrels of beer annually for distribution in 20 states and two provinces.
Beer is slated to be available to Iowans in late July, with a formal launch planned for the fall that will include special tastings and other events in cities around the state. Initially, Deschutes Brewery will be offering Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, the nation’s number one selling craft porter, Chainbreaker White IPA, and its seasonal, Twilight Summer Ale. The beers will be available in six-packs and draft.