1. Pine Mountain Pilsner, Deschutes Brewery, Portland, Oregon.
Pine Mountain is a Pilsner that actually has some character to it. German style and light, this brew is the perfect patio beer. It tastes clean and I’d recommend pouring it from the bottle into a chilled glass as the fresh air will bring out the full flavor.
2. Upslope Brown Ale, Upslope Brewing Company, Boulder, Colorado.
Not many breweries can master a brown ale the way Upslope has. This one hits like a dark porter — chocolatey and thick with hints of roasted coffee — with a surprisingly smooth finish. Perhaps the best part is that Upslope cans their beers, so you can take them with you on the river, on the mountain, or on the (insert any place-based noun here).