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Raise a toast to that bygone team.

The Trail Blazers are—at this moment in time—bound for the playoffs. We won't say anything else about that, as our sports coverage may be cursed. There will be no jinxing it this year. 

Instead, let's talk about that time 40 years ago, when Jack Ramsay's team beat the Philadelphia 76ers to bring home Portland's only NBA championship. This winter, Pyramid brewed a beer for exactly that moment in time—before IPAs and farmhouse ales were found on tap at local sports stadiums. 

"We wanted to design a beer that can be drank at a game," says Pyramid brewer Ryan Papper. "Compared to just making cool new beer."

To that end, Pappe says it's brewed in the style of a German fest lager, with a relatively high alchohol content for a lager (5.8 percent) and a malty front end.

One little easter egg in each bottle: the hoppiness ranks in at 32 IBUs, which just happens to be Finals MVP Bill Walton's jersey number. 

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