Oregon Ales

By Lucy Burningham

Published on April 24, 2014

Oregon has long been celebrated for its pioneering craft beers, many of which go great with the state's seafood. Inspired by the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch,** Rogue Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale** is a creamy India red ale with notes of milk chocolate and hoppy orange zest. Try it with smoked salmon. The nutty caramel malts in** Full Sail Amber Ale** are balanced by pungent piney hops. Its sweetness harmonizes with oilier fish like albacore tuna. Grassy** Heater Allen Pils**, a Bohemian-style pilsner, has a spicy bite from Czech Saaz hops and a complex roundness that matches with rich Dungeness crab. Pelican Pub & Brewery Kiwanda Cream Ale (pictured) is a smooth brew with a touch of corn sweetness. Its dry finish complements fried seafoods like salt cod cakes. The** Commons Urban Farmhouse Ale **comes from a small Portland brewery that makes yeast-forward beers, including this rustic farmhouse ale. Hazy and lemony, it has notes of clove and pear, plus alluring bubbles and dryness, making it a perfect foil for a creamy chowder.

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