Summer Ale Trail

June 10, 2015 (Updated May 22, 2017)

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.

Oregon Coast

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).

Greater Portland

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.

Willamette Valley

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.

Southern Oregon

Coming from Ashland, Caldera Brewing Company’s Lawnmower Lager is light and easy (and at just 3.9% ABV, appropriate for yard work?).

Central Oregon

Sunriver Brewing Company honors local water culture with the S.U.P. Summer Ale (5% ABV), and Wild Ride Brewing in Redmond has brewed up Sun Lovin’ Saison (4.5% ABV) for those warm summer days.

Deschutes Brewery starts summer early with its Hop Slice Summer Ale (5% ABV), a refreshing golden ale with floral and citrus hop notes.

Eastern Oregon

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).

Save the date: Don’t miss Oregon Craft Beer Month, Portland Craft Beer Festival, Puckerfest and the Oregon Brewers Festival, all in July. For more information, visit the Oregon Craft Beer website.

Plan your ale trail trip:
Gorge Beer Trail
Bend Ale Trail
Eastern Oregon Brews Byway
Eugene Ale Trail

About The

Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.

Featured in this story

Fort George Brewery & Public House
Laurelwood Public House and Brewery
Cascade Brewing Barrel House
The Commons Brewery
Gilgamesh Brewing
Ninkasi Brewing Co.
Caldera Brewing Co.
Sunriver Brewing Company – Sunriver Pub
Wild Ride Brewing
Deschutes Brewery
Barley Brown’s Brew Pub
Baker City, Eastern Oregon
Prodigal Son Brewery and Pub
Pendleton, Eastern Oregon
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom – Hood River
Full Sail Brew Pub