Deschutes Brewery’s busy spring

Special releases planned for April and May

You have so much to look forward to these next few months.

Not just because it’s suddenly light outside until 7 p.m., but because Deschutes Brewery has a bunch of special brews planned for release in March and April.

Recently released is Mirror Mirror, a reserve series barleywine brew that comes in classy 22-ounce wax-dipped bottles. This is the brew that started the reserve series in 2005, and it has been five years since it was offered by the brewery. Aged 10 months in barrels that once held Oregon pinot noir, tempranillo and malbec, this exquisite brew comes in at a hefty 11 percent ABV.

March has also seen the release of Deschutes’ Fresh Squeezed IPA, which will now be available year-round in six-packs. Fresh Squeezed is the first of the brewery’s Bond Street Series to make that transition. Also this month, Armory XPA, Cinder Cone Red and Pine Mountain Pilsner — each in the 5-percent range — are now available in 22-ounce bottles year-round. That’s not all. Not The Stoic, a Belgian-styled quad from the Reserve Series that’s been aged in rye whiskey and pinot noir barrels, will be available in late April. And sometime in April or May, Deschutes will release a Cascadian Dark Ale from its Bond Street Series called Hop in the Dark in 22-ounce bottles.

Spring forward, indeed!

— Megan Kehoe