OREGON BEER GUIDE
The Portland Monthly Summer Six Pack
The ultimate mix of summery pilsners, lagers, and sessions to soak up the season
We love cozy stouts and belly-warming browns as much as anyone—but when that Oregon sun is blazing, we reach for refreshing pilsners, lagers, and sessions. Pair our select mix of summery brews with six classic ways to soak up the season.
Throughout the month of July, these crisp Oregon brews will be available in our Locals Only Seasonal Six at New Seasons. Pick one up and enter our contest!
Tasting Notes: It’s fair to call this a session beer—sociably low-alcohol, makes for extended sipping—but ample Cascade and Crystal hops kick this light golden ale up a notch. 4% ABV
Drink It: On top of a mountain (we recommend Saddle or Wind), with a bag full of trail mix, your choice of jerky, and only-in-Oregon views.
Tasting Notes: Barbecue-friendly stubby bottles, critically acclaimed pre-Prohibition-style recipe ... what’s not to love about this crisp, golden brew? It comes in six-packs, but it’s wise to buy by the case. 5.1% ABV
Drink It: Around a campfire. Be sure to bring enough to last until the fire dies—nobody likes running out of these adorable stubbies.
Tasting Notes: “We love to make lagers,” says founder Jamie Floyd. It shows. This malt-forward, German-style pilsner with spicy, crackling hop notes may be your new summer standard. 5.1% ABV
Drink It: After a day spent yanking weeds in the garden, dirt under your fingernails and sweat still fresh—and preferably with your feet up.
Tasting Notes: A clear, dry, golden ale that’s cold-conditioned like lager, kölsch—the traditional brew of Cologne, Germany—is a great thirst quencher. Occidental’s, with spicy Perle hops, nails it. 4.4% ABV
Drink It: On a river! There’s nothing quite like sipping a can of craft brew while canoeing gentle rapids through Douglas fir and red cedar forests.
Tasting Notes: A hugely refreshing ale with a late dose of grapefruity-tasting Cascade, Summit, and Centennial hops, this one is fast becoming a standby—if on the high side of “session.” 5.5% ABV
Drink It: At Collins Beach on Sauvie Island—after picking as many ripe blueberries, marionberries, and peaches as you can carry.
Tasting Notes: To the classic, unfiltered Belgian wit (or “white,” made with wheat, coriander, and orange zest), these bold coastal brewers add bright lemongrass and elderflower. 5.2% ABV
Drink It: At a backyard barbecue. Bring four of these wheaty wonders, and watch in awe as they disappear before the meat even hits the grill.