Sunshine, trail time, lazy rivers and late-night campfires: that’s what an Oregon summer looks like. Now find out what it tastes like. Oregon craft brewers have bottled up your daydreams to celebrate the season. Here are some summer ales pouring this year.
Every summer Astoria’s Fort George Brewery releases its seasonal 3-Way IPA with a new collaboration and recipe. This year it’s the product of brewers from Fort George, Great Notion Brewing in Portland and Reuben’s Brews of Washington. The 2017 IPA features juicy fruit flavors with 7 percent Alcohol By Volume (ABV).
Portland’s Laurelwood Brewing Company keeps it real with the Hipster Sunburn, a dry farmhouse ale (5% ABV), while Cascade Brewing Barrel House celebrates summer with the Portland Ale — a light lager (5% ABV). The Commons Brewery‘s summer release, Fleur de Blanc (5.2% ABV), is a floral white farmhouse.
Gilgamesh Brewing welcomes the season with a summer chef collaboration featuring Pok Pok and Nicky USA. The result is the one-of-a-kind Pok Pok Rhubarb Som Shandy, a true thirst-quencher.
Rogue Farms Marion Berry Braggot from Rogue Ales combines the flavor of Oregon’s signature berries with honey — both harvested at Rogue Farms. No session ale, this lovely brew clocks in at 11.4 percent ABV.
You can count on Eugene’s Ninkasi Brewing Company to capture your attention with its annual summer-style IPA Maiden the Shade, which features a bold bouquet of eight hops and hearty 6.8 percent ABV.
Coming from Ashland, Caldera Brewing Company’s Lawnmower Lager is light and easy (and at just 3.9% ABV, appropriate for yard work?).
Deschutes Brewery starts summer early with its Hop Slice Summer Ale (5% ABV), a refreshing golden ale with floral and citrus hop notes.
Barley Brown’s Beer in Baker City created the 5.5 percent Jubilee Golden Ale in celebration of its annual summertime miner’s festival, and in Pendleton The Prodigal Son Brewery and Pub fetes local harvest of farm and forest with the Huckleberry Wheat (6.3% ABV).
In Hood River, Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom’s 2016 offering, Devil’s Kriek, enhances the tart of cherries for a devilishly delicious red sour ale that measures at a whopping 9.3 percent ABV. At neighboring Full Sail Brewing Company, the newest addition to its Session Series is an inventive and very drinkable Watermelon Wheat Ale (5.4% ABV).