Sometimes complex beers can be created with deceptively simple malt bills. The Stoic, Deschutes Brewery's latest installment in its Reserve Series, is brewed using only German Pilsner malt. Instead of relying on grains for character and depth, the Belgian-style Quadrupel gains its intricacies from four fermentations and multiple sugar additions, as well as the time one-third of the beer spent in Pinot Noir barrels and rye whiskey barrels.
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I think of Portland, Oregon as Beervana—and it is—but freshly brewed ale isn't the only impressive thing on the PDX beverage scene. Last week I sipped my way around Puddletown, sampling creative cocktails, micro-roasted coffee, and yes, a few excellent beers. See the most delicious drinks we tried in this slideshow.