The Mtbr Best Beer Guide

Editor’s Note: This beer guide was written by Peter Tsang. Peter, like the rest of us are young Padawans (learners). But, he is open-minded, honest and down to earth. He can explain why a beer is good in the simplest terms and he can turn an AA meeting into a tasting session.

For the Mountain Biker

For the mtber, I tend to think about brews you either want to enjoy post-ride or mid-ride. Cyclists also like to support businesses that support them, so that’s an important aspect. Anything from Deschutes year round brews are solid. Seasonal brews like Jubelale, are exceptional and are available in small format 12 oz. bottles. The company also supports mtb and the local community. They just helped raise $7500 for Central Oregon Trail Alliance.

Oskar Blues Dales Pale or Deviant Dales. Like Deschutes, another brewery that supports mtbers and regularly gives back to the community. Unlike Deschutes, they have offerings in cans, which make for great mid-ride refreshment options. Great for packing in and packing out.

Ballast Point Sculpin is now available in cans! Outside of Vermont’s Alchemist Heady Topper, is arguably one of the best craft brew IPAs available in a can. B right citrus and tropical fruit notes make for refreshing and satisfying IPA.

Peter Drinking From a Salsa Cup.

Lagunitas and Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA!

Coors/PBR/Tecate…This may be a joke, but what if your favorite mtber only likes cheap beer? Ever have an ice cold version of one of these non-craft brew lagers handed to you on a hot day after a long ride, or even better, mid-ride, after a long climb? ’nuff said. A case of any of these beers are widely available at any supermarket and will supply ample refreshment for many rides.

For the Noobs

Brews for noobs can be tough. Nothing too wild, but if I were to introduce someone to beers, I think a variety of different, approachable styles is nice. You want to give ‘em a taste of all the possibilities and leave them wanting more. How many people have had some IPA and said it was just bitter? Golden Ales such as Duvel, Unibroue La Fin Du Monde Saisons and wild ales such as Lost Abbey, Allagash, and Ommegang. Stouts/Porters such as Deschutes Black Butte, Ale Smith, milk stouts and German beer such as Berliner Weisse.

For the Hardcore Fan

The hardcore fan wants the best beer available from different regions. Also, what’s hot. Sour beers, and barrel aged beers are all the rage, and anything rare is a bonus. If you have a membership for special releases available through select breweries, limited release bottles of rare brews are especially appreciated. Bruery beers like Black Tuesday, Cantillon, Westy XII and small brewers like Sara, Hill Farmstead, Prairie Artisan, and Crooked Stave.

For the Hopheads

Russian River Brewing Co. Pliny, Alchemist Heady Topper, Bell’s Hop Slam, something regional. Growler of something fresh. Hand delivered and shared!

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The Mtbr Beer Guide
Francis Cebedo’s Pliny Killer IPA Guide »
Josh Martino’s Top 5 Beers for the Mountain Biker »
Josh Martino’s Top 5 Beers for the Noob »
Josh Martino’s Top 5 Beers for the Hardcore Enthusiast Fan (Seasonal Beers, No One-Offs) »
Josh Martino’s Top 5 Beers for the Hophead »
Peter Tsang’s Beer Guide »

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympics, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.

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  • slownsteady says:

    great stuff…I actually have a slight preference to the xt over my current xtr because they’re so light they don’t have the feedback the xt’s have. XT’s also don’t have brake fade like my current xtr’s.

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