Updated: Jun 12, 2022
If you're in the Oregon area, try these beers.
If you love craft beer, living in Oregon is a fantastic place to call home. The whole West Coast is filled with great breweries and excellent beer for craft beer junkies like myself. I am by no means a beer sommelier, I simply love and appreciate the taste and craft that goes into making high quality brews. Here are my current top 5 beers brewed right here in Oregon. Go find them and drink them.
Boneyard RPM IPA, Bend OR
This will probably always be my favorite beer. It was my first real craft IPA I ever had about 7 years ago, and I fell in love with it. It’s a perfectly balanced beer in my opinion. Just the right amount of bitterness, hops and malt. Not too bitter, not too sweet. Beautiful copper color when poured. The citrus and floral aromas are fantastic and at 6.5% it goes down so smooth. Uses 6 different varieties of Northwest hops. Boneyard just released this and an excellent lineup of their flagship beers in 12 oz. 6 pack cans.
Block 15 Sticky Hands Double IPA, Corvallis OR
This is dank bomb. I'm in love with this beer. VDT cofounder Tim actually brought this to me from a bottle shop he stopped in when he came to visit us in Oregon and ever since then this has been 1A for me. Incredible floral dank aroma, tastes like you're chewing on a pot stem (sorry if you’ve never done that, but if you have you know what I mean) and just so damn smooth for a DIPA. Brewed with the delicious Lupilin hop this bad boy is a constant favorite in my house. Way too smooth at 8.1%. They’ll sneak up on you quickly.
Ex Novo Is and Always Was West Coast IPA, Portland OR
I am and always will be a sucker for a clean, crisp, dank west coast IPA. This one does not disappoint. Beautiful amber/orange color (I’m color blind a little bit mind you) screams spring. Double dry hopped with Citra, Simcoe and Mosiac hops which is a great trio of hops for an IPA. I could drink this all day long, but at 7.5% you wanna be careful. Or not, who am I kidding.
Fort George/Grains of Wrath Fanzine IPA Astoria, Portland OR
Oh look, another West Coast IPA. See a pattern? Well it’s a good pattern so it’s cool. This is a collaboration from Fort George out of Astoria and Grains of Wrath out of Portland. I LOVE the smell of this as it smells like camping in the spring. Piney and citrus notes come to me when I’m taking a sip, then the piney bitterness hits you and finishes clean and citrusy. 6.7% ABV on this makes it one you can definitely have a few of.
Wayfinder Boom Town IPA, Portland OR
I LOVE this beer and brewery. This is one of those beers I can’t find very often, but when I do I snatch it up. This beauty pours a beautiful orange color, but is clear AF. Instantly I smelled citrus and pine as I sip, and the flavors that come through follow suit. Not only is it sneaky crushable at 7.5% it’s perfect for this time of year. Only have had it a few times, but it was memorable. Need more stat!
I know what you’re thinking. This dude is drinking the same type of beer all the time. You’re right. I have been. But it’s what I love, especially this time of year. But I’m tellin’ you not a single one of these will let you down. Find them, take a picture and tag us on IG @thevdtnda @vdt_west and @vdt_south and let us know what you think. Remember, we’re always here for your cheers! #neverdrinkalone #vdt #vdtnda