Fave Five PNW Beers
In honor of National Beer Day today, we delayed our weekly fave five list by a day to post our current obsessions in the craft beer world in the Pacific Northwest. These five are our go-to's when we hit our local co-op for a six-pack (or two) to keep on hand at home.
1. Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA | 6.4% ABV | 60 IBU
This IPA packs a punch and can make your mouth pucker with the killer grapefruit flavors. We absolutely love how it finishes and leaves us wanting just one more sip. Deschutes prides itself on this IPA and the process of squeezing the hops and fresh citra straight into the bottle. This is a must for your summer beer list.
2. Mother Earth Brew Co. Boo Koo IPA | 6.5% ABV | 57.5 IBU
A true West Coast beer, this IPA takes us to the ocean on a hot summer's day as soon as we crack a can and take that first sip. It's a definite hop-forward beer that's well balanced with fruit and pine. The light gold color let's us pretend that summer's come early, just the way we like it in the rainy spring season of the PNW. It's almost too easy to drink - one of our all-time faves!
3. Crux PCT Porter | 5.5% ABV | 30 IBU
This porter from Bend, Oregon is made for the amazing people who journey the Pacific Crest Trail each year. Crux has branded this porter as a "day-in-day-out" beer, and we absolutely agree. It's smooth and refreshing, with a killer chocolate malt paired with robust flavors that packs enough punch, but is oh so easy to drink on a warm summer/spring/fall day.
4. Sockeye Brewery Dagger Falls IPA | 6.5% ABV | 100 IBU
This is the flagship IPA from Sockeye Brewery - a hometown favorite for us. It's the best selling IPA in the entire state of Idaho and performs just as well in the PNW. One sip immediately takes us to the mountains on a crisp summer evening, with its bold flavors and the pine hop aromas. This is a solid IPA, and its reputation holds it's own against the hefty competition in the IPA world.
5. Rogue Dead Guy Ale | 6.8% ABV | 40 IBU
Rogue Dead Guy Ale is in one of our favorite styles - a German Maibock. It pours richly with a deep honey color and hearty flavor that packs a punch. We love it with a great steak hot off the grill, or a stew to warm us up on a cool, rainy day.
No matter which beer you reach for on the daily, we hope you grab at least one new one today in honor of National Beer Day. If you've not tried these five yet, get to your local store or beer house to check them out. You will not be disappointed. Happy weekend - and cheers to trying new PNW beers! If we've left your favorite off our list, let us know in the comments below. We'll see you Monday, bright and early! Cheers!
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