Beers of the week June 29th, 2022

Our Bottlecraft North Park manager, Gene, selects his favorite beers of the week. You can stay up to date on our beer shop favorites through our news feed and also through our Instagram.

1. Fremont Brewing | Summer Ale | Pale Ale, 5.2%%

The concept of a SMaSH (“Single Malt and Single Hop”) is a brilliant way for homebrewers and professionals alike to explore the possibilities of the constituent parts of a beer, stripped down to the essentials. Fremont Summer Ale began life as one such beer, being just 2-Row pale malt and Amarillo hops, the latter of which imparts a wild orangey tinge on the nose. One can’t help but notice that Fremont has tweaked the recipe of late, adding Citra Cryo hops to the recipe, but this does not detract in the slightest. I guess that now makes this beer a SMaTH?


2. Enegren | Liberty Pilsner | German Pilsner, 4.8% 

Readers of this column will know that I am an unapologetic fan of Enegren’s single-hop pilsner series – and few varietals are as storied and nowadays obscure as Liberty. Exploding onto the scene in 1976 (!) with its inclusion in Anchor Liberty Ale – brewed upon the occasion of the bicentennial of this country – the hop turned heads with what was contemporaneously perceived as bracing bitterness. Continuing on the 4th of July theme, Enegren’s can-art has a red/white/blue color palette and fireworks to boot. Cheers to a Monday holiday!

3. Little Beast | Hot Break | Dry-Hopped Sour Ale, 4.8%

Within the manifold families of sour ales, those that are dry-hopped (bestowing aroma rather than bitterness) occupy a niche unto themselves. The combination of souring bacteria and bright hoppy bouquets is an addictive one for aficionados. Portland’s Little Beast – run by a former brewer from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales in nearby Hood River – has form and follow-through with this refreshing seasonal offering, reminiscent of a tart lemonade for adults for those blazing summer days.