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Portland may be home to a lot of breweries and tap houses but one thing we are lacking is Belgian Bier bars, attempting to help fill that void is the newly opened The Abbey Bar. Opening their doors on the bustling but high rent NW 21st neighborhood of Portland is also an interesting choice that may make or break a business.
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The 10 Best Microbrews

O asked beer sommeliers for their regional favorites, then sampled their suggestions. Here are our favorites.

Northwest:

If You: Think you don't like beer

Try: Cascade Kriek ($16 for 750 millilters)

This sparkler from Portland lacks some of the bitter characteristics often found in beer, so it appeals to people who drink simple cocktails like a whiskey sour.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Pabst Blue Ribbon

Try: Anchor Steam ($9 for six)

Anchor is known as the granddaddy of American craft breweries, and this not-too-intense classic from San Francisco has an easygoing allure with warm bread and sweet corn notes.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Try: Goose Island Sofie ($8 for 22 ounces)

This light, frothy beer from Chicago has citrus notes and pairs well with salty foods like French fries and ham sandwiches.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Anything from a German beer hall, like Hefeweizen

Try: Boulevard Brewing Company Unfiltered Wheat ($8 for six)

Serve this intensely tart Missouri beer with a slice of lemon, and consider it a (very) sophisticated take on lemonade.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Blue Moon Belgian White

Try: Ommegang Witte ($10 for four)

This microbrew from Cooperstown, New York, is slightly sweet—typical of Belgian-style ales—and has hints of lemon and orange.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: White wine

Try: Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Jack D'Or ($6 for 22 ounces)

This fruity beer from Somerville, Massachusetts, has qualities similar to a white table wine—it goes well with food, without stealing all the attention.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Sweet wines

Try: The Bruery Autumn Maple ($10 for 750 milliliters)

Each barrel of this Orange County brew includes 17 pounds of yams, as well as vanilla, molasses, and maple. Tasters noted flavors often found in desserts: cocoa, brown sugar, and caramel.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Budweiser

Try: Shiner Bock ($8 for six)

This thirst-quenching Texan standout strikes the perfect balance of bitterness, sweetness, and malt.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Try: Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale ($9 for six)

An Atlanta brewery turns out this crisp, light ale that's designed for easy drinking—its mild flavor and extra fizz make it fantastic for an afternoon barbecue.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Guinness

Try: Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale ($12.50 for six)

Lovers of this Tampa, Florida, brew say it reminds them of a not-too-sweet oatmeal cookie, with aromas of molasses, cinnamon, and raisins.

Craig Wathen, The City Beer Store, San Francisco
Hayley Jensen, DBGB Kitchen and Bar, New York City
Jeff Wallace, Whole Foods Beer Room, New York City


The 10 Best Microbrews

O asked beer sommeliers for their regional favorites, then sampled their suggestions. Here are our favorites.

Northwest:

If You: Think you don't like beer

Try: Cascade Kriek ($16 for 750 millilters)

This sparkler from Portland lacks some of the bitter characteristics often found in beer, so it appeals to people who drink simple cocktails like a whiskey sour.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Pabst Blue Ribbon

Try: Anchor Steam ($9 for six)

Anchor is known as the granddaddy of American craft breweries, and this not-too-intense classic from San Francisco has an easygoing allure with warm bread and sweet corn notes.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Try: Goose Island Sofie ($8 for 22 ounces)

This light, frothy beer from Chicago has citrus notes and pairs well with salty foods like French fries and ham sandwiches.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Anything from a German beer hall, like Hefeweizen

Try: Boulevard Brewing Company Unfiltered Wheat ($8 for six)

Serve this intensely tart Missouri beer with a slice of lemon, and consider it a (very) sophisticated take on lemonade.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Blue Moon Belgian White

Try: Ommegang Witte ($10 for four)

This microbrew from Cooperstown, New York, is slightly sweet—typical of Belgian-style ales—and has hints of lemon and orange.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: White wine

Try: Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Jack D'Or ($6 for 22 ounces)

This fruity beer from Somerville, Massachusetts, has qualities similar to a white table wine—it goes well with food, without stealing all the attention.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Sweet wines

Try: The Bruery Autumn Maple ($10 for 750 milliliters)

Each barrel of this Orange County brew includes 17 pounds of yams, as well as vanilla, molasses, and maple. Tasters noted flavors often found in desserts: cocoa, brown sugar, and caramel.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Budweiser

Try: Shiner Bock ($8 for six)

This thirst-quenching Texan standout strikes the perfect balance of bitterness, sweetness, and malt.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Try: Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale ($9 for six)

An Atlanta brewery turns out this crisp, light ale that's designed for easy drinking—its mild flavor and extra fizz make it fantastic for an afternoon barbecue.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Guinness

Try: Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale ($12.50 for six)

Lovers of this Tampa, Florida, brew say it reminds them of a not-too-sweet oatmeal cookie, with aromas of molasses, cinnamon, and raisins.

Craig Wathen, The City Beer Store, San Francisco
Hayley Jensen, DBGB Kitchen and Bar, New York City
Jeff Wallace, Whole Foods Beer Room, New York City


The 10 Best Microbrews

O asked beer sommeliers for their regional favorites, then sampled their suggestions. Here are our favorites.

Northwest:

If You: Think you don't like beer

Try: Cascade Kriek ($16 for 750 millilters)

This sparkler from Portland lacks some of the bitter characteristics often found in beer, so it appeals to people who drink simple cocktails like a whiskey sour.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Pabst Blue Ribbon

Try: Anchor Steam ($9 for six)

Anchor is known as the granddaddy of American craft breweries, and this not-too-intense classic from San Francisco has an easygoing allure with warm bread and sweet corn notes.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Try: Goose Island Sofie ($8 for 22 ounces)

This light, frothy beer from Chicago has citrus notes and pairs well with salty foods like French fries and ham sandwiches.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Anything from a German beer hall, like Hefeweizen

Try: Boulevard Brewing Company Unfiltered Wheat ($8 for six)

Serve this intensely tart Missouri beer with a slice of lemon, and consider it a (very) sophisticated take on lemonade.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Blue Moon Belgian White

Try: Ommegang Witte ($10 for four)

This microbrew from Cooperstown, New York, is slightly sweet—typical of Belgian-style ales—and has hints of lemon and orange.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: White wine

Try: Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Jack D'Or ($6 for 22 ounces)

This fruity beer from Somerville, Massachusetts, has qualities similar to a white table wine—it goes well with food, without stealing all the attention.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Sweet wines

Try: The Bruery Autumn Maple ($10 for 750 milliliters)

Each barrel of this Orange County brew includes 17 pounds of yams, as well as vanilla, molasses, and maple. Tasters noted flavors often found in desserts: cocoa, brown sugar, and caramel.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Budweiser

Try: Shiner Bock ($8 for six)

This thirst-quenching Texan standout strikes the perfect balance of bitterness, sweetness, and malt.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Try: Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale ($9 for six)

An Atlanta brewery turns out this crisp, light ale that's designed for easy drinking—its mild flavor and extra fizz make it fantastic for an afternoon barbecue.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Guinness

Try: Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale ($12.50 for six)

Lovers of this Tampa, Florida, brew say it reminds them of a not-too-sweet oatmeal cookie, with aromas of molasses, cinnamon, and raisins.

Craig Wathen, The City Beer Store, San Francisco
Hayley Jensen, DBGB Kitchen and Bar, New York City
Jeff Wallace, Whole Foods Beer Room, New York City


The 10 Best Microbrews

O asked beer sommeliers for their regional favorites, then sampled their suggestions. Here are our favorites.

Northwest:

If You: Think you don't like beer

Try: Cascade Kriek ($16 for 750 millilters)

This sparkler from Portland lacks some of the bitter characteristics often found in beer, so it appeals to people who drink simple cocktails like a whiskey sour.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Pabst Blue Ribbon

Try: Anchor Steam ($9 for six)

Anchor is known as the granddaddy of American craft breweries, and this not-too-intense classic from San Francisco has an easygoing allure with warm bread and sweet corn notes.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Try: Goose Island Sofie ($8 for 22 ounces)

This light, frothy beer from Chicago has citrus notes and pairs well with salty foods like French fries and ham sandwiches.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Anything from a German beer hall, like Hefeweizen

Try: Boulevard Brewing Company Unfiltered Wheat ($8 for six)

Serve this intensely tart Missouri beer with a slice of lemon, and consider it a (very) sophisticated take on lemonade.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Blue Moon Belgian White

Try: Ommegang Witte ($10 for four)

This microbrew from Cooperstown, New York, is slightly sweet—typical of Belgian-style ales—and has hints of lemon and orange.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: White wine

Try: Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Jack D'Or ($6 for 22 ounces)

This fruity beer from Somerville, Massachusetts, has qualities similar to a white table wine—it goes well with food, without stealing all the attention.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Sweet wines

Try: The Bruery Autumn Maple ($10 for 750 milliliters)

Each barrel of this Orange County brew includes 17 pounds of yams, as well as vanilla, molasses, and maple. Tasters noted flavors often found in desserts: cocoa, brown sugar, and caramel.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Budweiser

Try: Shiner Bock ($8 for six)

This thirst-quenching Texan standout strikes the perfect balance of bitterness, sweetness, and malt.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Try: Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale ($9 for six)

An Atlanta brewery turns out this crisp, light ale that's designed for easy drinking—its mild flavor and extra fizz make it fantastic for an afternoon barbecue.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Guinness

Try: Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale ($12.50 for six)

Lovers of this Tampa, Florida, brew say it reminds them of a not-too-sweet oatmeal cookie, with aromas of molasses, cinnamon, and raisins.

Craig Wathen, The City Beer Store, San Francisco
Hayley Jensen, DBGB Kitchen and Bar, New York City
Jeff Wallace, Whole Foods Beer Room, New York City


The 10 Best Microbrews

O asked beer sommeliers for their regional favorites, then sampled their suggestions. Here are our favorites.

Northwest:

If You: Think you don't like beer

Try: Cascade Kriek ($16 for 750 millilters)

This sparkler from Portland lacks some of the bitter characteristics often found in beer, so it appeals to people who drink simple cocktails like a whiskey sour.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Pabst Blue Ribbon

Try: Anchor Steam ($9 for six)

Anchor is known as the granddaddy of American craft breweries, and this not-too-intense classic from San Francisco has an easygoing allure with warm bread and sweet corn notes.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Try: Goose Island Sofie ($8 for 22 ounces)

This light, frothy beer from Chicago has citrus notes and pairs well with salty foods like French fries and ham sandwiches.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Anything from a German beer hall, like Hefeweizen

Try: Boulevard Brewing Company Unfiltered Wheat ($8 for six)

Serve this intensely tart Missouri beer with a slice of lemon, and consider it a (very) sophisticated take on lemonade.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Blue Moon Belgian White

Try: Ommegang Witte ($10 for four)

This microbrew from Cooperstown, New York, is slightly sweet—typical of Belgian-style ales—and has hints of lemon and orange.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: White wine

Try: Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Jack D'Or ($6 for 22 ounces)

This fruity beer from Somerville, Massachusetts, has qualities similar to a white table wine—it goes well with food, without stealing all the attention.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Sweet wines

Try: The Bruery Autumn Maple ($10 for 750 milliliters)

Each barrel of this Orange County brew includes 17 pounds of yams, as well as vanilla, molasses, and maple. Tasters noted flavors often found in desserts: cocoa, brown sugar, and caramel.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Budweiser

Try: Shiner Bock ($8 for six)

This thirst-quenching Texan standout strikes the perfect balance of bitterness, sweetness, and malt.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Try: Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale ($9 for six)

An Atlanta brewery turns out this crisp, light ale that's designed for easy drinking—its mild flavor and extra fizz make it fantastic for an afternoon barbecue.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Guinness

Try: Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale ($12.50 for six)

Lovers of this Tampa, Florida, brew say it reminds them of a not-too-sweet oatmeal cookie, with aromas of molasses, cinnamon, and raisins.

Craig Wathen, The City Beer Store, San Francisco
Hayley Jensen, DBGB Kitchen and Bar, New York City
Jeff Wallace, Whole Foods Beer Room, New York City


The 10 Best Microbrews

O asked beer sommeliers for their regional favorites, then sampled their suggestions. Here are our favorites.

Northwest:

If You: Think you don't like beer

Try: Cascade Kriek ($16 for 750 millilters)

This sparkler from Portland lacks some of the bitter characteristics often found in beer, so it appeals to people who drink simple cocktails like a whiskey sour.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Pabst Blue Ribbon

Try: Anchor Steam ($9 for six)

Anchor is known as the granddaddy of American craft breweries, and this not-too-intense classic from San Francisco has an easygoing allure with warm bread and sweet corn notes.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Try: Goose Island Sofie ($8 for 22 ounces)

This light, frothy beer from Chicago has citrus notes and pairs well with salty foods like French fries and ham sandwiches.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Anything from a German beer hall, like Hefeweizen

Try: Boulevard Brewing Company Unfiltered Wheat ($8 for six)

Serve this intensely tart Missouri beer with a slice of lemon, and consider it a (very) sophisticated take on lemonade.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Blue Moon Belgian White

Try: Ommegang Witte ($10 for four)

This microbrew from Cooperstown, New York, is slightly sweet—typical of Belgian-style ales—and has hints of lemon and orange.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: White wine

Try: Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Jack D'Or ($6 for 22 ounces)

This fruity beer from Somerville, Massachusetts, has qualities similar to a white table wine—it goes well with food, without stealing all the attention.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Sweet wines

Try: The Bruery Autumn Maple ($10 for 750 milliliters)

Each barrel of this Orange County brew includes 17 pounds of yams, as well as vanilla, molasses, and maple. Tasters noted flavors often found in desserts: cocoa, brown sugar, and caramel.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Budweiser

Try: Shiner Bock ($8 for six)

This thirst-quenching Texan standout strikes the perfect balance of bitterness, sweetness, and malt.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Try: Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale ($9 for six)

An Atlanta brewery turns out this crisp, light ale that's designed for easy drinking—its mild flavor and extra fizz make it fantastic for an afternoon barbecue.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Guinness

Try: Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale ($12.50 for six)

Lovers of this Tampa, Florida, brew say it reminds them of a not-too-sweet oatmeal cookie, with aromas of molasses, cinnamon, and raisins.

Craig Wathen, The City Beer Store, San Francisco
Hayley Jensen, DBGB Kitchen and Bar, New York City
Jeff Wallace, Whole Foods Beer Room, New York City


The 10 Best Microbrews

O asked beer sommeliers for their regional favorites, then sampled their suggestions. Here are our favorites.

Northwest:

If You: Think you don't like beer

Try: Cascade Kriek ($16 for 750 millilters)

This sparkler from Portland lacks some of the bitter characteristics often found in beer, so it appeals to people who drink simple cocktails like a whiskey sour.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Pabst Blue Ribbon

Try: Anchor Steam ($9 for six)

Anchor is known as the granddaddy of American craft breweries, and this not-too-intense classic from San Francisco has an easygoing allure with warm bread and sweet corn notes.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Try: Goose Island Sofie ($8 for 22 ounces)

This light, frothy beer from Chicago has citrus notes and pairs well with salty foods like French fries and ham sandwiches.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Anything from a German beer hall, like Hefeweizen

Try: Boulevard Brewing Company Unfiltered Wheat ($8 for six)

Serve this intensely tart Missouri beer with a slice of lemon, and consider it a (very) sophisticated take on lemonade.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Blue Moon Belgian White

Try: Ommegang Witte ($10 for four)

This microbrew from Cooperstown, New York, is slightly sweet—typical of Belgian-style ales—and has hints of lemon and orange.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: White wine

Try: Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Jack D'Or ($6 for 22 ounces)

This fruity beer from Somerville, Massachusetts, has qualities similar to a white table wine—it goes well with food, without stealing all the attention.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Sweet wines

Try: The Bruery Autumn Maple ($10 for 750 milliliters)

Each barrel of this Orange County brew includes 17 pounds of yams, as well as vanilla, molasses, and maple. Tasters noted flavors often found in desserts: cocoa, brown sugar, and caramel.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Budweiser

Try: Shiner Bock ($8 for six)

This thirst-quenching Texan standout strikes the perfect balance of bitterness, sweetness, and malt.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Try: Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale ($9 for six)

An Atlanta brewery turns out this crisp, light ale that's designed for easy drinking—its mild flavor and extra fizz make it fantastic for an afternoon barbecue.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Guinness

Try: Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale ($12.50 for six)

Lovers of this Tampa, Florida, brew say it reminds them of a not-too-sweet oatmeal cookie, with aromas of molasses, cinnamon, and raisins.

Craig Wathen, The City Beer Store, San Francisco
Hayley Jensen, DBGB Kitchen and Bar, New York City
Jeff Wallace, Whole Foods Beer Room, New York City


The 10 Best Microbrews

O asked beer sommeliers for their regional favorites, then sampled their suggestions. Here are our favorites.

Northwest:

If You: Think you don't like beer

Try: Cascade Kriek ($16 for 750 millilters)

This sparkler from Portland lacks some of the bitter characteristics often found in beer, so it appeals to people who drink simple cocktails like a whiskey sour.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Pabst Blue Ribbon

Try: Anchor Steam ($9 for six)

Anchor is known as the granddaddy of American craft breweries, and this not-too-intense classic from San Francisco has an easygoing allure with warm bread and sweet corn notes.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Try: Goose Island Sofie ($8 for 22 ounces)

This light, frothy beer from Chicago has citrus notes and pairs well with salty foods like French fries and ham sandwiches.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Anything from a German beer hall, like Hefeweizen

Try: Boulevard Brewing Company Unfiltered Wheat ($8 for six)

Serve this intensely tart Missouri beer with a slice of lemon, and consider it a (very) sophisticated take on lemonade.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Blue Moon Belgian White

Try: Ommegang Witte ($10 for four)

This microbrew from Cooperstown, New York, is slightly sweet—typical of Belgian-style ales—and has hints of lemon and orange.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: White wine

Try: Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Jack D'Or ($6 for 22 ounces)

This fruity beer from Somerville, Massachusetts, has qualities similar to a white table wine—it goes well with food, without stealing all the attention.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Sweet wines

Try: The Bruery Autumn Maple ($10 for 750 milliliters)

Each barrel of this Orange County brew includes 17 pounds of yams, as well as vanilla, molasses, and maple. Tasters noted flavors often found in desserts: cocoa, brown sugar, and caramel.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Budweiser

Try: Shiner Bock ($8 for six)

This thirst-quenching Texan standout strikes the perfect balance of bitterness, sweetness, and malt.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Try: Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale ($9 for six)

An Atlanta brewery turns out this crisp, light ale that's designed for easy drinking—its mild flavor and extra fizz make it fantastic for an afternoon barbecue.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Guinness

Try: Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale ($12.50 for six)

Lovers of this Tampa, Florida, brew say it reminds them of a not-too-sweet oatmeal cookie, with aromas of molasses, cinnamon, and raisins.

Craig Wathen, The City Beer Store, San Francisco
Hayley Jensen, DBGB Kitchen and Bar, New York City
Jeff Wallace, Whole Foods Beer Room, New York City


The 10 Best Microbrews

O asked beer sommeliers for their regional favorites, then sampled their suggestions. Here are our favorites.

Northwest:

If You: Think you don't like beer

Try: Cascade Kriek ($16 for 750 millilters)

This sparkler from Portland lacks some of the bitter characteristics often found in beer, so it appeals to people who drink simple cocktails like a whiskey sour.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Pabst Blue Ribbon

Try: Anchor Steam ($9 for six)

Anchor is known as the granddaddy of American craft breweries, and this not-too-intense classic from San Francisco has an easygoing allure with warm bread and sweet corn notes.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Try: Goose Island Sofie ($8 for 22 ounces)

This light, frothy beer from Chicago has citrus notes and pairs well with salty foods like French fries and ham sandwiches.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Anything from a German beer hall, like Hefeweizen

Try: Boulevard Brewing Company Unfiltered Wheat ($8 for six)

Serve this intensely tart Missouri beer with a slice of lemon, and consider it a (very) sophisticated take on lemonade.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Blue Moon Belgian White

Try: Ommegang Witte ($10 for four)

This microbrew from Cooperstown, New York, is slightly sweet—typical of Belgian-style ales—and has hints of lemon and orange.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: White wine

Try: Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Jack D'Or ($6 for 22 ounces)

This fruity beer from Somerville, Massachusetts, has qualities similar to a white table wine—it goes well with food, without stealing all the attention.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Sweet wines

Try: The Bruery Autumn Maple ($10 for 750 milliliters)

Each barrel of this Orange County brew includes 17 pounds of yams, as well as vanilla, molasses, and maple. Tasters noted flavors often found in desserts: cocoa, brown sugar, and caramel.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Budweiser

Try: Shiner Bock ($8 for six)

This thirst-quenching Texan standout strikes the perfect balance of bitterness, sweetness, and malt.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Try: Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale ($9 for six)

An Atlanta brewery turns out this crisp, light ale that's designed for easy drinking—its mild flavor and extra fizz make it fantastic for an afternoon barbecue.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Guinness

Try: Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale ($12.50 for six)

Lovers of this Tampa, Florida, brew say it reminds them of a not-too-sweet oatmeal cookie, with aromas of molasses, cinnamon, and raisins.

Craig Wathen, The City Beer Store, San Francisco
Hayley Jensen, DBGB Kitchen and Bar, New York City
Jeff Wallace, Whole Foods Beer Room, New York City


The 10 Best Microbrews

O asked beer sommeliers for their regional favorites, then sampled their suggestions. Here are our favorites.

Northwest:

If You: Think you don't like beer

Try: Cascade Kriek ($16 for 750 millilters)

This sparkler from Portland lacks some of the bitter characteristics often found in beer, so it appeals to people who drink simple cocktails like a whiskey sour.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Pabst Blue Ribbon

Try: Anchor Steam ($9 for six)

Anchor is known as the granddaddy of American craft breweries, and this not-too-intense classic from San Francisco has an easygoing allure with warm bread and sweet corn notes.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Try: Goose Island Sofie ($8 for 22 ounces)

This light, frothy beer from Chicago has citrus notes and pairs well with salty foods like French fries and ham sandwiches.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Anything from a German beer hall, like Hefeweizen

Try: Boulevard Brewing Company Unfiltered Wheat ($8 for six)

Serve this intensely tart Missouri beer with a slice of lemon, and consider it a (very) sophisticated take on lemonade.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Blue Moon Belgian White

Try: Ommegang Witte ($10 for four)

This microbrew from Cooperstown, New York, is slightly sweet—typical of Belgian-style ales—and has hints of lemon and orange.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: White wine

Try: Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Jack D'Or ($6 for 22 ounces)

This fruity beer from Somerville, Massachusetts, has qualities similar to a white table wine—it goes well with food, without stealing all the attention.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Sweet wines

Try: The Bruery Autumn Maple ($10 for 750 milliliters)

Each barrel of this Orange County brew includes 17 pounds of yams, as well as vanilla, molasses, and maple. Tasters noted flavors often found in desserts: cocoa, brown sugar, and caramel.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Budweiser

Try: Shiner Bock ($8 for six)

This thirst-quenching Texan standout strikes the perfect balance of bitterness, sweetness, and malt.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Try: Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale ($9 for six)

An Atlanta brewery turns out this crisp, light ale that's designed for easy drinking—its mild flavor and extra fizz make it fantastic for an afternoon barbecue.

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

If You Like: Guinness

Try: Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale ($12.50 for six)

Lovers of this Tampa, Florida, brew say it reminds them of a not-too-sweet oatmeal cookie, with aromas of molasses, cinnamon, and raisins.

Craig Wathen, The City Beer Store, San Francisco
Hayley Jensen, DBGB Kitchen and Bar, New York City
Jeff Wallace, Whole Foods Beer Room, New York City


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