In 2008, Deschutes Brewery debuted a beer that was a bold departure for the company — The Dissident, a mixed-fermentation beer soured with wild yeast. It was brewed in the Belgian style of a Flanders Brown (“Oud Bruin” in the regional Flemish), inoculated with wild Brettanomyces yeast and aged in oak barrels on sour cherries.

Not only a new style for Deschutes, The Dissident also represented new ways of thinking for the brewery. The beer aged in barrels for 18 months in a locked room, and the brewery even brought in a separate bottling line for it; the fear was in the wild Brett yeast escaping and cross-contaminating the rest of the facility.


Brewers slice peaches in preparation for making Dissident Peach at Deschutes Brewery.


Thirteen years after first introducing The Dissident, Deschutes Brewery has released The Dissident Peach, a special, limited version aged with peaches.

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