With Oregon having over 200 breweries—34 in Central Oregon alone—the days of walking into a bar and telling the bartender you’ll have a “beer” are long gone. Choices now range from locals’ favorite India Pale Ale (IPA) to specialty beers, crafted for the season.
First, let’s start by increasing your knowledge on how beers are defined. Alcohol By Volume (ABV) is the standard measure of how much alcohol is contained in a given volume of the beer. International Bitterness Units (IBU) is the standard scale measuring a beer’s bitterness. We’ve also included the breweries’ descriptions of their beer.
So, if you’re looking to expand your beer horizon, but need a little help, here are six different varieties to help you choose the beer that best suits your mood.
Mirror Pond Pale Ale
“Mirror Pond Pale Ale is the quintessential northwest pale ale. Cascade hops and more Cascade hops give this tawny colored ale delicious hop-forward aroma and flavor.”
1044 NW Bond Street
Sunriver Brewing Company
“A hand-selected blend of NW hops give this hazy wheat beer a crisp citrus finish with notes of grapefruit and lemon.”
1005 NW Galveston Avenue
Crux Fermentation Project
“This pilsner’s first sip shows up with clean lager flavors, and then opens up with surprising complexity and softness—developing biscuity flavors, spicy herbal notes and a hint of lemon.”
50 SW Division Street
Eruption Imperial Red Ale
“The Eruption releases onto the palate a glowing stream of balanced, bittersweet goodness that warms without dehydrating the tongue.”
495 NE Bellevue Drive
HopHead Imperial IPA
Bend Brewing Company
“A huge aroma that leads you into the beer, complementing the inherent bitterness.”
1019 NW Brooks Street
Darkside American Stout
Silver Moon Brewing
“Intense dark malts give our stout its pronounced coffee, chocolate and addicting roast bitterness.”
24 NW Greenwood Avenue