Kegs & Legs Beer of the Week: Rip City Lager from Deschutes Brewing

I love beer. After now having visited over 560 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.

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Well, as I sat down to start writing this post, the Trailblazers were tied with the hated Lakers at halftime of what would eventually become their final game of the season. I pulled out a Rip City Lager, one of the latest releases from Deschutes Brewery. Though it didn’t cause a season-saving rally, it was a refreshing take on the genre and the can just looked awesome in my hand.

Before we jump into it, let’s start off again with a little snippet from our previous posts about Deschutes:

Deschutes is an Oregon success story – growing and expanding into many states, with plans for an operation in Roanoke, VA – all while staying true to the local scene and remaining employee owned? Despite their growth, they remain super committed to environmental causes and sustainability. I have been to their large production facility just west of the Deschutes River near the Old Mill district in Bend. They also have a brewery/restaurant location in downtown Bend a relatively new (a few years) establishment in The Pearl in PDX.

This lager (not my favorite style in the world – but can be good in certain situations) is as smooth as a Damian Lilliard jump shot. It has a little bit of lemony tinge that keeps things crisp and interesting. While it can (and should) be a go-to for Blazers games next year, it also doubles nicely as an end-of-summer backyard drink as well. The can artwork itself is quite beautiful and gets me amped for next season (assuming we can all stay safe between now and then)!


Brewery: Deschutes Brewery (Facebook)

  • 901 SW Simpson Ave Bend, OR 97702
  • 1044 NW Bond Street Bend, OR 97703
  • 210 NW 11th Ave. Portland, OR 97209
About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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