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Make your Summer that much sudsier with these serious beers

Portland Summer Beer Guide

Summer is here, which means it's time to drink beer outside. And despite everyone's love of drinking artificially lime-flavored beers, those are reserved special occasions. So to aid your quest for the perfect Summer elixir, we enlisted five local beer celebrities to each name the two beers they insist you drink on a patio somewhere soon. Martin Cizmar, Editor of Willamette Week Arts & Culture Section and Beer Guide Fort George's Cavatica (Imperial Stout, 8.8%) Martin says: "I'm weird in that in the Summer I really enjoy a roasty stout, served a little colder than it's supposed to be. Hard to beat a can of Fort George's Cavatica for that, especially if you're out in a park." Pfriem Belgian Strong Dark (Belgian Strong Dark, 11%) Martin says: "The other beer I've been super-excited about lately is the Pfriem Belgian Strong Dark -- it's a sweet, supple, yeasty brew that reminds me of butterscotch pudding. I suppose it's a little heavier than a lot of "Summer" beers. I mean, I'm not really reaching for a shandy until mid-July." Brian Yaeger, author of Red, White and Brew and the forthcoming Oregon Breweries Stiegl Grapefruit Radler (Fruit Beer, 2.5%) Brian says: "Warm Summer days are made for radlers, in this case a German lager mixed with grapefruit soda. At a mere 2.5% ABV, you can literally drink this all day long while sipping the citrusy taste of Summer." Drake Alpha Session (English Bitter, 3.8%) Brian says: "Keep the low alcohol and get those great grapefruit flavors from hops instead. Why get sloppy in the sun pounding high-gravity IPAs when this 3.8 percenter is perfect for soaking up hops including Simcoe and Citra." Ed Forman, Comedian, Late-Night Host, Beer Fanatic Amnesia Brewing's Trail Hazer (American Pale Ale, 5.2%) Ed says: "Naturally as 'PDX's King of Late-Night', aka the Pale Whale AKA the Creamy Dream, I enjoy a nice pale ale during the warm summer months, like the Amnesia Trail Hazer, a golden ale with a creamy white head and a body that's bitter and hoppy, with a splash of citrus flavor." Ninkasi Radiant Ale (American Pale Ale, 6%) Ed says: "Radiant is another gingerish-colored beer this ginger likes, and it's from my favorite NW brewery. Hoppy but not overpowering, with a sweet malty flavor and 6% alcohol by volume that's perfect after a hammock love-making session. (When not enjoying a classy NW brew, my late-night Summer beer of choice is leftover nondescript light beer in red solo keg cups left on the front porch of my neighbor's house.)" Ezra Johnson-Greenough, Founder of The New School Beer Blog, Portland Fruit Beer Fest & Portland Beer Week Dogfish Head Festina Peche (Berliner Weissbier 4.5%) Ezra says: "If you ever find yourself conflicted between choosing a delicious beer and a tart, refreshing non-alcoholic fruit juice, then Festina Peche is your answer. Brewed with a wheat beer base and the addition of Lacto fermented peach juice, it's light and slightly tart and peachy without being sweet and sugary. It's the best of both worlds." Burnside Brewing Lime Kolsch (Kolsch, 5.4%) Ezra says: "At first the combination of the traditional beverage of Cologne, Germany with the traditional garnish of a Mexican light lager seems like heresy, but as you will learn with a crisp refreshing pint of Lime Kolsch -- just like Mariah Carey -- mixed heritage has sexy results." Ben Edmunds, Brewer, Breakside Brewing (which will release Passionfruit Sour & Float the Oregon Lager) Oakshire Line Dry Rye (Rye Beer, 5.3%) Ben says: "I have to give a shout-out to Oakshire's Line Dry Rye. I think that Matt van Wyk does an amazing job of blending rye and honey flavors in that beer. It's just perfectly balanced." Upright Pure Wit (Witbier, 4.5%) Ben says: "I always look forward to the release of Upright Pure Wit, which I believe is available now in bottles. That stuff will come and go very quickly (just like Summer)."

Fort George's Cavatica
Pfriem Belgian Strong Stout
Stiegl Grapefruit Radler
Drake Alpha Session
Amnesia Brewing's Trail Hazer
Ninkasi Radiant Ale
Dogfish Head Festina Peche
Burnside Brewing Lime Kolsch
Oakshire's Line Dry Rye
Upright Pure Wit