Cool Off with Our 6 Favorite Summer Beers

Our go-to half-dozen local brews to quench your seasonal thirst.

By Rachel Ritchie July 1, 2014 Published in the July 2014 issue of Portland Monthly

Reverend Nat’s Tepache

Neither beer nor cider, Reverend Nat’s traditional Mexican tepache is more like a low-alcohol pineapple wine. Costa Rican pineapples are partially fermented with spices for this surprising, sessionable brew with a complex sweetness. Drink it straight, blend it with beer, make it a mimosa, or add vanilla ice cream for a tepache float! 3.2% alcohol by volume (ABV)

Double Mountain Vaporizer

This lemony, dry-hopped pale ale from Hood River’s laid-back brewery is a classic summer sipper—golden-hued and easy-drinking. 6% ABV

The Commons Urban Farmhouse ALE

A traditional saison that pours bright gold, with plentiful floral overtones, a subtle hoppy bitterness, and a dry, lip-smacking finish. 5.3% ABV

Laurelwood Workhorse IPA

The top-seller in Laurelwood’s pubs, this biscuity West Coast–style IPA is an aromatic Portland standby, with a sweet, balanced finish. 7.5% ABV

Heater Allen Pils

It’s hard to beat Heater Allen’s pilsner in the summer—inspired by the pale lagers of Bavaria and the Czech Republic, it’s crisp, refreshing, and well-rounded. 4.9% ABV

Breakside India Golden Ale

Bursting with tropical and fruity notes, Breakside’s light-bodied, heavily hopped double IPA has become a substantial summertime staple. 8.1% ABV

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