At 2 pm this afternoon, Deschutes Brewery
released the 2009 edition of The Abyss, a pitch-black seasonal imperial stout that's developed a cult following since it debuted in 2007. Over 100 drinkers lined up outside Deschutes' Portland pub to get their hands on the much-coveted brew, which retails for $12 per 22-ounce bottle and resells for about $36 on Ebay
. All but 18 were men. Steve, at the front of the line, had been waiting for an hour and 15 minutes to get his six bottles (the per-person maximum). He wasn't alone in buying the legal limit—the first dozen customers all purchased the six-pack. Want a bottle for yourself? You'd better get there quickly. The Pub expects to sell out before 5 pm, and the brew won't be available from other retailers until the end of the week.