Fruit & Vegetable Beers 

Peche ’n Brett  | Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ales, Hood River

To his world-class oak-aged Seizoen Bretta (a funky, grassy, oaky saison beer) brewer Dave Logsdon adds a pound and a half of organic peaches per gallon, resulting in lush, ripe fruit flavors with an impressive kick. 10% ABV

Apple Ale | Hopworks Urban Brewery, Portland

This tart, cidery refresher made as a blend of beer and pressed apples was a hit at last year’s Portland Fruit Beer Fest—and quickly ascended to the full-time lineup. 5.8% ABV

Cascade Apricot | Cascade Barrel House, Portland

Bright and hazy orange with a zingy, lemony tartness up front, this Belgian-style ale flows with waves of delicious, ripe apricot flavor. 8.5% ABV

Sweet Heat | Burnside Brewing Co, Portland

Lesser chile beers crash the palate party and leave. But Burnside’s is brewed with apricot purée and Scotch bonnet peppers, which supply a lingering, welcome heat. 4.9% ABV

 

Strong British & Belgian Ales  

Billy the Mountain | Upright Brewing Co, Portland

This interpretation of British “old ale” makes use of a rare strain of wild yeast to commingle bright hoppy notes with the earthy, leathery, funky flavors of pinot noir barrels. 9.1% ABV

Mother of All Storms | Pelican Brewing Co, Pacific City

Ruby red, with rich flavors of buttery wood, toffee, and dark fruits, this beer is a squall of boozy complexity—but it still sips like a breeze. 13.5% ABV

Strong Dark | pFriem Family Brewers, Hood River

With flavors akin to ripe figs, plums, dark chocolate, and toffee, this one is similar to a big, Belgian-style abbey beer. It’s draft only for now, but will be bottled shortly. 10.3% ABV

Conflux #1 | Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Hair of the Dog Brewing Co, Portland

Amazingly, there are a few bottles left out there of this blend of Deschutes’s and Hair of the Dog’s most-sought-after wood-aged beers, full of sherry, tobacco, whiskey, and fig flavors. 11.6% ABV

Porters, Stouts & other Dark Ales 

Raw Wheat Dunkelweizen | Flat Tail Brewing Co, Corvallis

These adventurous brewers breathe life into an ancient German style that found favor here in the 1980s but then faded. It’s got the spicy tang of a traditional wheat beer with additional cocoa-like notes from dunkel, or dark, roasted grains. 4.5% ABV

Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery, Bend

It’s been around so long, it might be tempting to look past this iconic, jet-black Oregon brew. Don’t. It’s as great as ever, with all the silky, chocolate-like flavor and zingy hops that made it a classic. 5.2% ABV

Secession | Hopworks Urban Brewery, Portland

Whatever you call it—Cascadian Dark Ale, Black IPA, etc.—this style of beer is meant to marry massive hop profiles with deep, dark roasted malts. HUB’s version is seriously drinkable, with nicely piney and astringent flavors. 6.5% ABV

Cavatica Stout | Fort George Brewing Co, Astoria

Named for the black barn spider, this imperial stout will, the brewers promise, “stain your clothes.” It’s a  pleasurable wall of caramel, coffee, wood, toffee, and chocolate notes that hang in balance. 8.8% ABV

Topsail bourbon barrel aged Imperial Porter  | Full Sail Brewing Co, Hood River 

This bourbon barrel–aged elixir of deep mocha and vanilla-bean flavors begs to be sipped in a snifter; add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and life is complete. 9.5% ABV

Black Flag Imperial Stout | Beer Valley Brewing, Ontario

A massive wallop of malts and grassy, pungent hops endows flavors of black licorice, soy sauce, vanilla, grapefruit, and espresso—which taste far better in concert than one might suspect. 11.1% ABV

The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery, Bend

Deschutes’s annual silky, carbon-black imperial stout reserve is brewed with licorice and molasses, then aged in French oak and bourbon barrels, lending bottomless layers of chocolate, vanilla, and oak flavors. 11% ABV