written by Julie Lee | photo courtesy of Old Town Brewing
It’s St. Paddy’s week, and we are blessed to have some of the best beer in the country to tip back while clad in green. Oregon has so many great pours, it’s hard to choose just a few, so here are five of our current favorites.
Old Town Shangai’d IPA
Old Town Brewing is on a roll. Inspired by a self-proclaimed “untamed attitude,” Old Town is brewing up some of the finest hop-laden treats around, distributed, well, everywhere. Our current obsession is the Shangai’d IPA. It’s complex yet balanced with notes of grapefruit, now on the national map thanks to a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival. Breaking news: look for their newest potential medal contender in April: the ‘Summer of ’74’, a tangerine summer ale brewed with tangerine, hibiscus and chili. We’re obsessed already.
5201 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland | otbrewing.com
McMenamins Irish Stout
What we love about McMenamins is the way they nail each season, in this case, with an Irish Stout, available now through month’s end. Thick and creamy with a long-lasting head, this style of beer is historically rooted in the 19th century when unmalted roasted barley was used to cut costs, resulting in a coffee-like bitterness. No matter what city in Oregon you end up in to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, there’s a McMenamins in shouting distance ready to pour an Irish Stout to all ye lads and lassies.
Multiple locations | mcmenamins.com
Crux Bert scotch ale
There are entire states that dream of having as many great breweries as Bend. Crux Fermentation is one of our favorites, today anyway, for their Bert scotch ale, full-bodied with caramel notes. The beer’s moniker is a tribute to a pioneer in the craft beer movement, Bert Grant. For those outside of Bend, the Cast Out IPA is now distributed in 12 oz. bottles and the Crux Pilz “new-old-world Pilsner” is offered in 12 oz. cans. Cheers!
50 SW Division St., Bend | cruxfermentation.com
Hop Valley Alphadelic IPA
It has green on its label, so if you’re holding one on St. Paddy’s Day, you won’t get pinched. Hop Valley is dominating the beer conversation up and down the I-5 corridor with impressive distribution in stores and restaurants. The Alphadelic IPA is a drinkable, medium-bodied brew that dark stout drinkers may turn their noses up to, but more open-minded beer drinkers will be happy to consume several of on March 17 before calling a DD or an Uber.
980 Kruse Way, Springfield | hopvalleybrewing.com
Buoy Beer German Chocolate Stout
Buoy Beer Company has cool swag and good food, but at its core is great beer. It all started with a garage home brewing system that moved into a 90-plus year old cannery building. One year later, the brewery won an award at the Great American Beer Festival. Buoy does stout well, and the German Chocolate Stout is exceptional—rich with chocolate and caramel malts and a hint of coconut.
1 8th St., Astoria | buoybeer.com