Favorite Oregon Brews

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  1. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2008 New York

    Aside from Rogue's, (yes, I like Rogue's!) what other beers should I try from Oregon? I'm mostly into IPA's, stouts, pilsners, amber red lagers. And what breweries do you favor that offer the best of the styles?
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  2. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    1. Deschutes - Black Butte Porter & Anniversary (Porter & Imperial Porter)
    2. Deschutes - Mirror Pond Ale (Pale Ale)
    3. Deschutes - The Abyss (Stout)
    4. Deschutes - The Dissident (Flanders)
    5. Hair of the Dog - Fred (Strong Ale)

    Did I mention Deschutes?
  3. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,506) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    Deschutes Black Butte Porter and Obsidian Stout for sure (Abyss is in the mail). I just received an order fom MadeInOregon and I've been told that the Good Life Descender IPA is amazing. What I did was check out their website and then compare their beer offering to BA reviews. I have tried any yet but this is what I bought:

    10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA
    Alameda Yellow Wolf IPA
    Gigantic Axes of Evil
    Gigantic IPA
    Good Life Descender IPA
    Hopworks Urban Brewing HUB Organic IPA
    Lompoc C-Note IPA
    Ninkasi Oatis Oatmeal Stout
    Ninkasi Total Domination IPA
    Ninkasi Tricerahops
    Oakshire Brewing Watershed IPA
    Widmer Brothers SXNW No 7 Reserve
  4. wonderbread23

    wonderbread23 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2009 New York

    You can get really good versions of all of those styles at Hopworks.
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  5. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

  6. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 Oregon

    As a saison lover I can attest that Oregon is a great state to live in. Upright has a great base lineup (4, 5, 6, 7) and the seasonals are awesome as well. Logsdon is doing great stuff also and took home the gold medal Brett beer award at the GABF. Another solid "funky" brewery is The Commons who pulled the silver in Brett beer themselves. Want experimental? Try Burnsides Sweet Heat. World class barleywine? Pelican's Stormwatcher's and Mother of all Storms does the trick. Barrel aged stout? Boneyard Suge Night and Block 15's Super Nebula might catch your interest. Speaking of Boneyard, their hoppy offerings out class most breweries in the country. Living here does not suck.
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  7. fauxpunker

    fauxpunker Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2012

    My time in Oregon made me a big Deschutes fan. Really wish the distributed to Cincinnati.
  8. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    Anything from Deschutes (especially Inversion, Black Butte, Jubelale and Abyss).

    I really enjoyed 10 Barrel's beers, but you'll probably have to trade for them.

    Seizeon Bretta by Logsdon Farms

    Anything from Cascade or Hair of the Dog
  9. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2012 Washington

    Don't forget Upright! Some really kickass farmhouse styles.
  10. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,199) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Pelican makes some very good beers.

    I could retire in Bend. Think they have about 12 breweries now. One that had some good Pilsners was Silver Moon, a few GABF medals for those.
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  11. Ruds

    Ruds Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    What Hopsbreath says re: Boneyard - Hop Venom is seriously good shit and their CDA - Armoured Fist was top notch also!

    And be sure to try the Lompoc - Flemish Red (NOT), great for taking the varnish of your garden fence if nothing else !!!
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  12. RDMII

    RDMII Disciple (334) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    Pelican and Widmer for sure, specifically:

    Pelican Stormwatcher
    Pelican Doryman's Dark
    Pelican Wee Heavy

    Widmer Brrrbon
    Widmer Galaxy Hopped BW
    Widmer Kill Devil
    Widmer Raspberry RIS

    But there's plenty of other good offerings from both breweries.
  13. mporter13

    mporter13 Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2011 Oregon

    I like all the Deschutes mentions, but I'll have to throw in HoTD Adam. Such a fantastic, year-round brew
  14. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    I can't beat this drum enough.......B O N E Y A R D ! ! ! ! !
  15. feedmechili

    feedmechili Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2010 Kansas

    HUB Seven Grain Survival Stout
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  16. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 Oregon

    Lompoc's Flemish Red is the single worst piece of shit I've tasted this year. They should be embarrassed for selling it let alone charging $5 for a 10 ounce pour.
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  17. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2008 New York

    How do you guys rate Fort George's beers? I notice a lot of them come in cans. Thanks for all the reply's so far!
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  18. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 Oregon

    Had a SM Pilsner at Hop & Vine on Saturday. Not quite up to the level of the superb Upright Engleberg Pils, but still excellent none the less. Heater Allen also makes a great example.
  19. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 Oregon

    OPA is their best beer IMO followed closely by the 1811 lager which drinks like a common/steam beer with it's more estery profile. The Wit is good as well and Vortex has it's fanboys. Cavatica is one I can do without.
  20. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (1,974) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Deschutes Red Chair.
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  21. Chelsea1905

    Chelsea1905 Devotee (452) Sep 3, 2008 Washington
    Beer Trader

    Hopworks do some good stuff

    I know you've said that you're into IPA's and Stouts, but if you want other options definitely try Hair of the Dog who have a great Barleywine, and a Dark Ale. And then for sours their are few better than Cascade.

  22. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,199) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Heater Allen is on my list to try someday when in Oregon. Upright - need to check that out too!
  23. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Aspirant (257) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    They make a ton of awesome beers that can be difficult to get, so I will list some that are attainable.

    Pelican Cream Ale
    Any Bonyard IPA
    Hair of the Dog Adam
    Most all Deschutes beers (especially the limited/seasonal stuff)
    Laurelwood IPA
    Widmer Rotator Series

    Oregon is amazing man. Get as much from the state as you can.
  24. hopsputin

    hopsputin Savant (922) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Gonna add Adam and Doggie Claws to this list.

    Also, you MUST try Abyss. Then try it again, and again, and again, and again, and again....
  25. eatabagofbooger

    eatabagofbooger Initiate (60) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon
    Beer Trader

    Off the top of my head:

    Abyss (of course)
    HotD Adam (surprised this one isn't getting more mentions)
    Heater Allen (Schwartz, Pils)
    Boneyard Hop Venom
    Pelican MacPellican (really just about anything from these guys, but this one's my fave)
    Block 15 (Super Nebula, Imagine, Figgy Pudding, really just about anything)
  26. Shmeal

    Shmeal Devotee (409) Nov 9, 2009 Oregon
    Beer Trader

    ....and chooo chooo goes the Oregon hype train?

    Naw. We're too busy attending events and bottle shares to write reviews
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  27. Chris_Cali_2o9

    Chris_Cali_2o9 Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2012

    Didnt know HoTD, pelican, HUB, and cascade were in oregon. You'd think they'd make it down to Sac...
  28. Aleforme

    Aleforme Disciple (300) Nov 26, 2008 Washington
    Beer Trader

    I think HUB (Hopworks Urban Brewery) is probably my favorite right now. Been consistently impressed.

    My other favorites in no particular order would be:


    Gigantic has also been putting out some great stuff as well.
  29. DimensionX

    DimensionX Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2010 Oregon

    I like most of their stuff, good brewery all around.

    HOTD - anything
    Cascade- most things
    Breakside - Not bottling yet though
    Gigantic - new brewery, but quite good so far
    Lompoc - C Note and their CDA (not bottled yet)
    Deschutes - Abyss
    Logsdon - Brett Saison
    Block 15 - kills it in the barrel department
    Upright - mostly farmhouse and sours
    Nikasi - Oatis
    Caldera - Pale ale, IPA cans
    Commons - farmhouse and sours
  30. Hoptometrist

    Hoptometrist Meyvn (1,015) Mar 19, 2011 Ohio

    Like many others have said about everything from Deschutes has been great.

    Some others to check out are
    Boneyard RPM IPA
    Oakshire Espresso Stout
    Ninkasi Maiden the Shade
    Full Sail Hopfenfrisch Fresh Hop Pilsner
    Full Sail Brewer's Share Berliner Weiss
    Hop Valley Vanilla Infused Porter
    Flat Tail Pumpkin Saison
  31. Hoptometrist

    Hoptometrist Meyvn (1,015) Mar 19, 2011 Ohio

    Only ever had their witbier, which was really good and a little different that other more traditional witbiers on the market.
  32. eggmaggi

    eggmaggi Initiate (175) Aug 11, 2012 Oregon

    HotD - Adam
    Heater Allen- Pils
    Occidental Brewing- Everything
    Deschutes - Black Butte/Inversion/Abyss
    Cascade - Everything
    Full Sail - Black Gold
    Ninkasi - Total Domination
    HUB- IPA
  33. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 Oregon

    Forgot about Occidental! I was just there Friday and concur that they've yet to make a bad beer. Only one seasonal beer at a time but they're typically solid. The Tripel over the summer was true to style with a simple grain bill and yeast driven. Their Hefeweizen and dunkleweizen on right now are the best uses of hefe yeast in the state. Lucabrator should be hitting the tap real soon. Now that 's a great dopplebock.
  34. Gobigvt7

    Gobigvt7 Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2008 Oregon

    Agree about the Legacy Lager, but their pilsner Bridge Creek is one of my top 3 OR faves along w/ Heater Allen and Southern Oregon Na Zdravi
  35. Gobigvt7

    Gobigvt7 Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2008 Oregon

    My Top 3:
    Block 15 Figgy Pudding
    The Commons Flemish Kiss
    Logsdon Seizoen Bretta

    Anything from Gigantic (I think they make Portland's best IPA)
    Any sole composition from Upright (Seven is my fave of their core)
    Boneyard Hop Venom IIPA
    Personally love Fort George Cavatica, with its green bitter hop presence amongst the deep malts
    really digging HUB Abominable right now
    Heater Allen Pils
  36. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (2,688) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    what i drink the most of?
    this will sound sad but its probably Mactarnahans Amber
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