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.
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
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 »