When Deschutes released its much-anticipated 2009 version of its wildly popular Imperial Stout, The Abyss, in Portland earlier this month, an uninformed observer might have thought that Mick Jagger was buying a round for everybody inside.
At least 200 fans lined up around the building, many waiting more than an hour in the crisp November chill, for a chance to buy the limited amounts allowed in bottles.
Because of a weird set of circumstances, I was able to sneak inside before the rush and capture some of the event as it unfolded. And I even fought the urge to take a sip of that wonderful nectar, but I waited all those other patient beer fans who had been waiting for so long got theirs first. It was the right thing to do.
Without further adieu, The Abyss:
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