10 Oregon Summer Beers to Try
The summertime in Oregon is my favorite time of year. The nice weather provides ample opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting, bicycling and backyard bbqs. And of course the summer brings of slue of new summer seasonals that typically are light and refreshing. Some with unique floral accents from the hops, other with malty or event fruit flavor profiles. Below is a list of 10 Oregon Summer seasonal brews that you will want to try. This list covers the craft beer newbie to the craft beer geek.
Descriptions provided by the breweries
Lompoc Brewing – Organic Bald Guy Brown
Also brewed for the North American Organic Brewers Fest, but debuting at the Bald Guy Brigade party June 19th at Fifth Quadrant. Organic brown ale with some caramel, chocolate and toasted malt flavors. 5-6% ABV
Bridgeport Brewing – Stumptown Tart
A Belgian Framboise style Ale infused with Oregon Red Raspberries. A strong, fruit driven Framboise with hints of raspberry, oak and spicy Belgian yeast flavors with a light, refreshing finish. Don’t be fooled by this pretty face as each bottle is 7.7 ABV (alcohol by volume) while still staying light on the tongue, making this a great summer brew.
Widmer Brothers Brewing – Sunburn Ale
Sunburn Summer Brew is a very smooth, refreshing, sessionable ale. Sunburn is light in color, body, and bitterness, but by no means light in flavor. Sunburn’s point of differentiation is that it delivers an abundance of flavor via the new hop called Citra. Citra is aptly named for its thirst quenching citrus flavor and aroma. Sunburn Summer Brew is lighter in alcohol, full in flavor with a crisp finish making this a great beer for any summer afternoon.
Upright Brewing – Engelberg Pilsener
It’s a German-style pils that is nice and light, dry and hoppy, uses all Mt. Angel grown Tettnanger hops. Abv range from 5-5.5%., IBU’s around 35-40.
Deschutes Brewing – Hop in The Dark
This beer has subtle coffee undertones born from a blend of oats with dark, Munich and crystal malts. Classic IPA flavors and aromas are due to courageous additions of Cascade, Citra and Centennial hops. ABV 6.5% & 75 IBU’s.
Hopworks Urban Brewery – Rise Up Red
Organic Rise Up Red is a classic Northwest red ale featuring a rich mahogany color with organic malts providing a mild caramel sweetness and smooth, bready flavor. An ample dose of locally-grown Cascade and Centennial hops delivers a floral and slight citrus flavor. The beer checks in at 60 IBUs and 5.8% ABV.
Ninkasi Brewing – Radiant
Radiant Summer Ale is, “Crisp and flavorful, Radiant Summer Ale is a clean finishing summer offering in the Ninkasi tradition. The smooth malt character is balanced by a clean noble hop presence, the perfect compliment to a glorious summer day! 6% alc./vol. 40 ibus.” It’s dry-hopped with Liberty hops. It’s more bitter rather than floral and has a crisp, clean finish.
Southern Oregon Brewing – “NA ZDRAVI’ Czech pilsner”
“NA ZDRAVI’ Czech pilsner” is an authentic Czech style pilsner!
Hops: Czech Saaz, Nugget
Malt: Weyermann Bohemian Pilsner,
Global Pilsen, Weyermann Carahell
4.8% abv, IBUs: 32
Oakshire Brewing – Line Dry Rye
Line Dry Rye is a honey-orange colored pale ale. It is crafted with 10% rye malt and 10% flaked rye for a complex malt profile. American hops give Line Dry a crisp bitterness and a slight citrusy flavor. Clean and refreshing , it ends with just a small note of honey in the finish that brings all of the elements together.
Rye Pale Ale with a touch of NW Honey
ABV: 5.3% IBUs: 35
Laurelwood Brewing – Organic Green Elephant IPA
The Green Elephant is big, strong, and green- organic that is. A relative of the American IPA, the Green Elephant takes big hop flavor to the next level. Brewed with 100% organic malt, Cascade, Amarillo, and Ahtanum hops, this is a unique and beautiful creature. The Green Elephant’s smooth and subtle malt character gives way to a bold, aggressive hop flavor. But be warned, this is one elephant that can sneak up on you.
6.9% ABV 68 IBU
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