Drinking With Darren is a great public access show in Portland where the hero goes to breweries and beer festivals, talks to the brewers and samples the beer. Drinking vicariously is nothing like the real thing, but it's better than watching Oprah. A few months ago Darren went to the Deschutes Brewery in Bend. I like Deschutes but the marketing guy they stuck on Darren was a giant douche. He was very intent on selling his beer, which made me disinclined to ever buy it again. He was glaringly different from the regular easy-going blokes he usually hangs out with who love beer in a self-assured, slightly perma-drunk, fashion instead of shamelessly humping Darren's leg. I got over it and tried Deschutes' new IPA, Inversion, today. This shit is something like $8.29 at Freddies but in a moment of weakness I indulged myself anyway. And the verdict is that its yummy. I know Deschutes has an Oregon landscape beer naming theme going with Black Butte, Cinder Cone, Mirror Pond and whatnot, but if I were them I'd call it Grassyass IPA because it smells like a haystack. And now you know why I'm not their marketing guy. I think people will like this beer a lot. Double hopped IPAs are trendy right now, and for good reason. They should come in hip-for-portland bundles with a man purse and belly shirt. I'm not puttin down, but just noting the obvious. Cheers for now, I have some mohawk maintinence to take care of.