Salty dogs and dockworkers know the best way to warm the bones on a chilly winter day is with a heady brew — think creamy stouts, dark ales and smoky porters. Fortunately, brewers from Astoria to Brookings are at the ready with seasonal offerings that fit the bill. Here, we highlight just a few wintery beers you won’t want to miss.
Fort George Brewery + Public House (Astoria) – Bourbon Barrel Cavatica Stout
This rich stout — teeming with the aroma of bourbon and roasted barley — is aged in Willett bourbon barrels from Bardstown, Kentucky, the bourbon capital of the world.
Astoria Brewing Company (Astoria) – Poop Deck Porter
This medium-bodied brew boasts smoky and chocolaty notes. It hits the spot after a bracing walk along the docks.
Seaside Brewing (Seaside) – 5 mil
Fortify yourself against the elements with this dark, strong ale named for the thickness of the wetsuits needed to surf the chilly waters of the Pacific Northwest.
Rusty Truck Brewing (Lincoln City) –Taft Toffee Porter
With a nod to one of Lincoln City’s most storied districts, this dark and velvety porter has toffee and chocolate notes.
Wolf Tree (Seal Rock) – Spruce Tips Ale
‘Tis the season with this crisp and malty American brown ale, which is packed with spruce tips and light citrus notes. Wolf Tree is a small but expanding brewer without a storefront, but you can find the Spruce Tips Ale on tap at Hilltop Café in Waldport or Yachats Brewery, Market and Farmstore.
7 Devils Brewing Company (Coos Bay) – Symbiosis Fig Stout
Brewed in collaboration with Reach Break Brewing from Sweet Home, this deep, rich stout has a fruity finish (caramel, raisin and stone-fruits can be tasted) and a high alcohol content due to secondary fermentation with white figs.
Arch Rock (Gold Beach) – State of Jefferson Porter
Named for the never-was 51st state, this award-winning silky-smooth, classic porter exudes aromas and flavors of chocolate and coffee.
Tight Lines Brewery (Brookings) – Dog Hair Porter
This lighter, well-balanced porter, with bold coffee notes, serves as an excellent introduction to Tight Lines Brewery, a relative newcomer to the Brookings beer scene.
Chetco Brewing Company (Brookings) – Imperial Coconut Porter “The Bussmann’s Holiday” This creamy porter is finished with cranberries from Bussmann Cranberries in neighboring town of Sixes.
Photo courtesy of Fort George Brewery