I love beer. After now having visited over 375 different breweries, it’s fair to say I have sampled a lot of beer (follow me on Untappd). From post-race pints and run club meeting locations, to beer miles and relays, running and the kegged nectar seem to go hand-in-hand in Oregon. Our Kegs and Legs feature is where beer drinking runners like me can go to find some new favorite beverages.
This past December, we featured one of Ninkasi’s famed seasonal offerings – Sleigh’r Winter Ale. Now that Spring is upon us and we are (mostly) out of the winter ale offerings, we are highlighting some brand new beers that are hitting shelves in cans across Oregon – Yours Truly, Pacific Rain, and Prismatic Juicy IPA. Here’s some background on the new offerings:
The trio of beers represents a shift for Ninkasi, which was founded in 2006. Long known for its bold, hoppy beers, such as its flagship Total Domination IPA, Ninkasi set out to bring craft beer drinkers three creations perfectly suited for whatever adventure they are on. Prismatic, Yours Truly, and Pacific Rain are all lower in alcohol and IBUs than many of Ninkasi’s core brands.
I know that beer is about taste, but can I just start things off by saying that these are some snazzy looking cans?! I mean, they just look awesome and freshen up the inside of a fridge quite nicely, if I do say so.
I cracked open the Yours Truly just this past weekend on those out-of-character sunny days. This was a very light and easy drinking ale that goes down smooth and was perfect on a day of yard work and garage cleaning. It has a low ABV, and features a light and crisp flavor with a mish-mash of floral and citrus. I think this is a beer that most anyone can enjoy as its light mouthfeel and finish really make it a standout for those veterans who want something light, and those beer novices who are looking for an access point into craft beer.
Ninkasi Brewing in Eugene is one of the largest players in Oregon’s brew scene. They’ve been around since 2006 and gaining momentum ever since. They were the fastest growing craft brewery in 2011 and still remain independently-owned and employing hundreds of people.
Pacific Rain pale has actually been around for about a year now (released in February 2017), and is made with water from the McKenzie River. Chalk this one up to extremely drinkable as well. It doesn’t linger long in the mouth and doesn’t leave any unpleasant residue – very nice for a light summer beer. While I enjoyed it, it seemed to be the simplest of the three – worthwhile to have and not overly complex (that’s not necessarily a bad thing!).
The hazy / juicy IPA scene is real right now. It seems that everyone and their mother is brewing a batch (or two) of this NE-style brew. While the Prismatic Juicy IPA has IPA in the title, I wouldn’t necessarily associate with these haze-filled beers. It’s also a bit low in IBU’s (36) to be a straight up IPA in my book (more of a straight pale in my estimation). That being said this is power punch of juice (pineapple, passionfruit and guava) from first sniff to last sip. It is also dry hopped with CRYO HOPS, which are “concentrated lupulin of whole-leaf hops containing resins and aromatic oils.” It’s ridiculously refreshing and I definitely see this being added to my cooler this summer.
Check out these three canned options at your local bottleshop and check out their distribution map to find some in your area.
- Yours Truly
- ABV: 4.3
- IBU: 20
- Pacific Rain pale
- ABV: 5.4%
- IBU: 50
- Prismatic Juicy IPA
- ABV: 5.9%
- IBU: 36