Deschutes Black Butte Porter, Bend
Black Butte’s swirling dark chocolate notes and lingering roasted malt finish make it impossible to keep a sixer of this out of our grocery cart.
Also try: Southern Oregon Pin-Up Porter
Rogue Irish Lager, Newport
Refreshing and very drinkable lager with shades of dry grass and honey followed by a crisp champagne finish.
Also try: Caldera Lawnmower Lager
Terminal Gravity ESG, Enterprise
This American golden ale is balanced and lightly hopped—ideal for summertime sipping—but with a bit more body and flavor than a typical lager.
Also try: Ninkasi Radiant Summer
Gilgamesh Mamba, Turner
Made with tea leaves in place of hops, Mamba is a warm-weather refresher reminiscent of a hearty sun tea spiked with a splash of grapefruit juice.
Also try: Oakshire Vit
Ninkasi Tricerihops Double IPA, Eugene
A tight-wire act of herbaceous hops, creamy citrus notes, and pine resin, none of which lose their footing—or your interest.
Also try: 10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA
Pelican Tsunami Stout, Pacific City
It’s dark and brooding as a storm cloud. But don’t head for higher ground just yet. Espresso, chocolate, and sweet tobacco goodness hide beneath the Tsunami’s smoky froth.
Also try: Oakshire Espresso Stout
Walkabout Worker’s Pale Ale, Central Point
Big hop flavors out of the gate slowly fade to a chorus of round orange notes, which linger happily on the back of the tongue.
Also try: Deschutes Mirror Pond
10 Barrel Sinistor Black Ale, Bend
All the complex roasted malt characteristics of a porter, but less aggressive in both hop-bite and alcohol content.
Also try: Rogue Dead Guy Ale
Caldera IPA, Ashland
Packed with whole flower hops, this is a bold, juicy citrusy beer that finishes dry. (We like it right from the can.)
Also try: Terminal Gravity IPA
Bend Brewing Outback X, Bend
Tonya Cornett laced this 9.5 percent ABV ale with ribbon-smooth flickers of coffee and currants.
Also try: Gilgamesh Hopscotch Ale
Wakonda Beachcomber Cream Ale, Florence
You have to drive to Florence to get it, yes. But when you arrive, you’ll be greeted by a garden’s worth of dancing fruit and spice notes in what might be the state’s best beer.
Also try: Pelican Kiwanda Cream Ale
Southern Oregon Na Zdravi, Medford
Honey-golden in color, this Czech-style pilsner’s tart-apple spiciness and clean, dry finish make it a beer worth revisiting.
Also try: Wakonda Sneaker Wave Pilsner