10 Beers to Try this Summer

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Well, summer is officially here and that means it’s time to bust out the tank tops and enjoy an ice cold beer on the patio! It wasn’t easy but we combed through our portfolio of awesome pilsners, wheat beers, pale ales and more to give you our list of 10 refreshing beers you can enjoy on those hot summer days.

1. Fremont Summer Ale

Availability: April 1 – August 31

ABV: 5.2%

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This simple craft, summer ale tastes like endless summer days and tangerine flowers in a glass.

2. Deschutes Hop Slice Summer Ale

Availability: April 1 – August 31

ABV: 5%

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Floral and citrus hop notes meet smooth caramel maltiness in this refreshingly balanced golden ale. This year’s batch includes Lemondrop Hops!

3. Full Sail Blood Orange Wheat

Availability: Not listed

ABV: 5.2%

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The Blood Orange Wheat offers a medium malt body with a crisp wheat finish and subtle orange flavor.

4. HUB Ferocious Citrus IPA

Availability: Not listed

ABV: 6.2%

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Big citrus hop flavors meet up grapefruit juice for a complex and fun to drink citrus sipper.

5. Cascade Lakes Blonde Bombshell

Availability: Year Round

ABV: 4.3%

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Blonde Bombshell combines subtle malt and wheat flavors with a delicate Liberty hop aroma to create a sensational beer. Originally brewed as a seasonal, this beer was so popular, they pushed it into their regular line-up.

6. Backwoods Gifford Pinchot Pilsner

Availability: Year Round

ABV: 5.1%

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A Czech Pilsner brewed the exact way they do it in Prague. Made with a Czech Saaz hop, this beer has a spicy floral aroma with grassy notes and a clean crisp finish.

7. Dogfish Head Seaquench

Availability: April – December

ABV: 4.9%

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The release of SeaQuench Ale kicked off a new partnership between Dogfish Head and the National Aquarium that will focus on inspiring conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. This session sour quencher is brewed with lime peel, black limes & sea salt.

8. Lagunitas Czech Pilsner

Availability: Year Round

ABV: 6%

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This Czech pilsner is brewed with loads of imported Saaz hops and a bottom-fermenting yeast strain that leaves it Light and Crisp, yet full of real flavor and all the things you yearn for.

9. Crux Gimme Mo IPA

Availability: Year Round

ABV: 6.2%

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Consider this the next generation IPA. It’s slightly sweet with lower ABV. It’s complex aromatic layers, suggest mango, melon, pine, and berries, are driven by whole-leaf Mosaic and Citra hops which are then balanced by an acidulated and pilsner malt bill. It’s silky smooth mouthfeel will leave you asking for “mo!”

10. Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin

Availability: Year Round

ABV: 7%

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The Pineapple Sculpin IPA came from one of many small-batch cask experiments to enhance the flavor of Ballast Point’s signature IPA. The combination of fruity flavors and hop intensity definitely packs a punch.

 

Don’t see your favorite summer beer on the list? Let us know at Social@coldist.com.

 

 

 


Best Craft Breweries and Beers in Oregon

Oregon is a utopia for great craft beers, and Columbia Distributing proudly represents and delivers so many of them. However, the vast selection can be overwhelming, even for an aficionado. Explore this guide, broken down by Breweries for convenience, to find the best beers across the state.

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Barley’s Brown Beer

They have a great selection of all types of beers, although their Shredders Wheat was awarded the 2015 silver for “American Style Wheat Beer” in the Oregon Beer Awards. At the same time, their Pallet Jack IPA won Bronze in the Copa Cervezas de America, showing off their impressive versatility.

Hop Valley Brewing Co.

Started by four lifelong Oregonians, this brewery is as local as it gets. With an extensive selection of drinkable yet distinct brews and dedication to the hop history of Oregon, there’s a lot to enjoy from Hop Valley. They boast many rotating seasonal flavors, including their Blonde Ale and Citrus Mistress IPA, which both placed at the Beer World Cup in 2014.

Deschutes

Deschutes is a well-known name among craft beer enthusiasts, and for good reason. Their Abyss beer was chosen by Oregon Live as the second best of 2016 thanks to its dark, complex flavor. They also have a wide range of beers and exciting new brews coming out seasonally.

Hair of the Dog

Besides a great name, Hair of the Dog is one of the most established independent breweries. Barrel-aged, family run, and locally sourced, this business stays true to its values. Their “Adam” beer is a classic, but they have a lot of great flavors, including the Blue Dot IPA, which has been making waves in the craft community.

Hopworks Urban Brewery

Hopworks can be found in the heart of Portland and uses hops from the surrounding area. Their Ace of Spaces is an Imperial IPA that packs a punch. Those who like hops, hints of citrus, and a sliver of sharp bitterness will love this beer.

These excellent craft beers make Columbia Distributing proud to work in Oregon. Even better, they represent but a small number of the total Oregon-based selection!