Okay, this is insane: Jon just got a care package of Jubel from Deschutes.
It’s seems a bit early for Christmas, but Deschutes Brewery sent me something anyway: three bottles of the 2009 edition Jubelale, their Winter Warmer.Actually, though, unless Jubels start appearing in stores, this is a very good thing. It means that the brewery is ahead of the game and allowing the little darlins to pass out of adolescence in time for delivery. Nothing's more frustrating than green winter ale.
In any case, Jon has the scoop on what this year's artwork looks like, and you'll have to visit his site to see the '09 labels. (I'd give them a B minus; not the best-looking labels ever, but in keeping with the look of recent years. The art bespeaks Jubel.)
Update #2. From a press release that my spam folder netted:
local artist Tracy Leagjeld had fresh snow in mind when she designed the label for this year's Jubelale, the playful holiday brew from Deschutes Brewery.Okee doke. Now we know.
Brewer John Abraham describes this year’s Jubelale as having a spiced nose, with hints of citrus, brown sugar and pine.... Five malts and seven varieties of hops lace smoothly through the last sip.
Both the Portland and Bend Pubs will host Jubelale release parties on October 1. The Portland Pub’s celebration will feature Jubelale art through the years, as part of Portland’s monthly “First Thursday” Gallery Walk.