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.

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

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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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Jon Abernathy is a beer writer and blogger and launched The Brew Site (www.thebrewsite.com) in 2004. He can be reached at jon@thebrewsite.com.

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