Deschutes Brewery’s Obsidian Stout Wins 2013 Good Food Award

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Bend, Oregon brewery’s dark, rich stout is recognized for taste, authenticity and natural ingredients

Deschutes Brewery's Obsidian Stout

The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced.

Earlier this month at an awards ceremony held in San Francisco, Deschutes Brewery received a 2013 Good Food Award for one of its year-round brews, Obsidian Stout. The awards program recognizes food and beverage products that not only taste great, but are produced with authentic ingredients and responsible practices. Obsidian Stout was chosen due to its deep and robust taste, and its use of natural malts and regional, Salmon-Safe certified hops.

In its third year, Good Food Awards went to winners in nine categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserves and spirits. The Good Food Awards seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.

“The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced,” stated the award program website. “We grant awards to outstanding American food producers and the farmers who provide their ingredients, honoring companies that push their industries towards craftsmanship and sustainability while enhancing our agricultural landscape and building strong communities.”

Obsidian Stout has been part of Deschutes Brewery’s lineup of brews since the beginning, when they opened their doors in the summer of 1988. It boasts distinct notes of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt and black barley, with just enough hop bite to cut the sweetness. Brewers at the Bend, Oregon brewing facility use a wide array of malts (pale, crystal, Carapils, Munich, black barley, roasted barley, wheat) and Oregon-grown hops (Nugget, Millennium, Willamette, Northern Brewer) to garner the rich flavor of the craft beer.

The beer was also selected for the award because Deschutes Brewery fulfills the program’s requirements for social good and community responsibility. The company dedicates $1 per barrel sold to charities throughout the community to help build a healthier society. Giving ranges from environmental causes that are near and dear to the company’s Oregon roots, all the way to assisting kids in need through local service organizations. A cross-departmental team of passionate individuals helps to guide community giving for Deschutes Brewery, and community support is expected to top a quarter of a million dollars this year.

About Deschutes Brewery
Founded in 1988 as a brew pub in downtown Bend, Oregon, Deschutes Brewery 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, the brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District in 2008. The company’s main brewing facility is located in Bend’s Old Mill District and produces over 250,000 barrels of beer annually for distribution in 20 states and two provinces. To find out more, visit

About the Good Food Awards
The Good Food Awards were created three years ago through a collaboration of food producers, farmers, food journalists and independent grocers organized by Seedling Projects. The program was created to redefine ‘good food’ as being tasty, authentic and responsible. Criteria for entry are realistic and inclusive of food and drink producers who have demonstrated a commitment to be part of building a tasty, authentic and responsible food system, going above the status quo for their industry. The Awards are rooted in a belief that by being inclusive, our American food system will more closely embody the principles of tasty, authentic and responsible more quickly


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