The Mtbr Best Beer Guide

Buyer's Guides

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: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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  • Mike says:

    I like the Stone Enjoy by and the Ninkasi Tricera Hop. Cute pick of all the boys in the tub.

  • HEMIjer says:

    Devils Backbone brewery in VA is a great bike supporter and has an eight point IPA worth trying ood stuff. Always can go to the old reliable which you have to keep stocked in the garage for post ride clean up, Sierra Nevada Torpedo.

  • JB says:

    The AA comment in one of the photo captions is probably wrong. That said, I’m not offended.

  • klurejr says:

    Why is this Josh’s list and the about the author is says Francois???

    • Mtbr says:


      Francis is the one who the entire compilation article is “published by” so it automatically shows his bio at the bottom on every page. There’s an “Editor’s Note” at the beginning of Josh’s guide and an intro on the first page about who our other beer reviewers are for this article. This article has guides written by Francis, Josh and Peter. Sorry for the confusion!

  • Kevin Woodward says:

    Hop Venom FTW! Nice to see 831 on the radar, too.

  • Thomas says:

    I’m from belgium if you like belgian beer you should most def try
    My top 5
    - Grimbergen (Optimo Bruno)
    - Sint Bernardus (abt 12)
    - Kasteelbier (tripple)
    - Westmalle (tripple)
    - Samaranth Urtel

    • Alex says:

      I loved Grimbergen Optimo Bruno when I had it in Amsterdam, but sadly I don’t think it makes it over to the States.

      I would add to that list Chimay White and Tripel Karmeliet – my top 3 Tripels along with Westmalle – and La Trappe Quad.

  • Bearcat Sandor says:

    For those of us who must go gluten-free because of celiac disease or other reasons, i heartily recommend Green’s “Endeavor” beer. They don’t replace the hops with rice flour or some other thing they just filter the hell out of it so it’s safe for us. It’s picey but it tastes like a Guinness and enables me to enjoy a beer once in a while. They also have a blond variety too. Check ‘em out:

  • roger says:

    You don’t know jack about beers! Lagunitas is undrikable, Pliny is over rated! Good thing not everyone has your taste buds!

  • DMFT says:

    What!!?? No mention (until now) of…………..
    Lost Coast – Indica IPA
    Green Flash Brewing – Green Bullet or Palate Wrecker
    Deschutes – Hop Henge Experimental IPA
    Drakes – Hopocalypse or Aromacoma

    Or possibly the most underated brewery & true OG’s
    Mendocino Brewing Co. – Talon

    Ok. The list is now more-complete. Rant-Over!

    Happy Holiday’s Ya’ll!!

  • M. Meteer says:

    I live and ride in South Korea. I find that the best beers are those that you brew yourself! My ‘brew club’ of five brew 5 gallons per week of tastie ales, porters, and stouts.

  • Wilks says:

    I just stumbled on this I think DHF 90 and Southern Tier 2X IPA’s are much better than Sculpin. Not sure why there are so many sculpin fans.

  • Crotchety Old Man says:

    Very nice list put together. Thanks! Now I have some new ones to hunt down. I feign at any mention of any Ninkasi beers. Not a fan one bit. But I agree with lots here about La Cumbre. I wish we got that as well as Santa Fe’s Happy Camper IPA in the Northwet.

    By this point in time Pliny has run its course. It’s overpriced and been overtaken. I’ll take Hop Venom any day rather than pay for the aura of Pliny. Not saying it sucks. There’s just stiff competition in the IIPA realm. That Deschutes Fresh Squeezed is really really tasty as well.

  • J. Green says:

    Ithaca Brewing’s Flower Power, Ithaca, N.Y. Always load up on the way to Windham.

  • Sheryl says:

    oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils with a Ten Fidy topper…

  • Madpixl says:

    Even the Heady Topper boys were said they were thrilled with Ghandi Bot at a race in Vt this summer… But you have to know someone to even get it ouside the brewery… so im not surpised you overlooked it.

  • ndinh says:

    ‘Don’t be a douche’ is right. There are way too many Mr. opinionated I know the best beer-beer geek everywhere I go nowadays. There are tons of great beers and just because you don’t like a certain beer or style doesn’t make it ‘over rated or bad’…i.e. Roger from above. Grow up buddy and keep an open mind and keep it fun.

  • Pope says:

    Come on down to Oklahoma and try some Coop Ale. Several different brews–Native Amber, Horny Toad, Spare Rib, DNR…they’re all good!

  • Shawn says:

    You mean, no Bud? Haha! The Goose Isalnd Bourbon Stout is the best stuff made!

  • Jon says:

    I’m from Philippines, the best beer in the country is San Mig Light

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