Cool, crisp and beautifully bitter

This article was originally published in June 2017

Let’s kick summer off with style and taste, starting with fantastic beer. You can’t go wrong pairing these brews — some local and new, some classic — with the grilling recipes here.

Cool, crisp and beautifully bitter

Cascadia, in your glass

As if the good earth hadn’t provided us enough reasons to love the upper left corner of the map … it’s beervana, too. Here’s to great beer in a great place.

Pfriem Helles Lager 16.9 oz.

Classic, cool and satisfying, there’s nothing like a great lager. This one is toasty and fresh, with notes of honey and fresh bread.

Farmstrong “Cold Beer” Pilsner or “La Raza” Mexican Style Lager

“Old school” beers. Not too big, not too small. Not too fancy, not too hard on the wallet. Perfect for when you just want a beer. And maybe another …

Reuben’s Summer Ale

Take Reuben’s über clean, crisp style and add a hop-forward kiss of orange and grapefruit notes with a slightly bitter finish and you’ve got a perfect summer ale.

Schooner Exact “Summer Beer” Pacific Ale

This clear, golden liquid delivers a clean foundation of toasty malt, with fruity, floral notes and soft, balancing malt that segues to a pleasingly bitter finish.

California Classics

Beers come, beers go, and you can bet your next one that tomorrow will bring a tide of brand new, cool brews. Meanwhile, the classics remain. Raise a cold one (of these) to the old faithfuls in your fridge.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

From humble beginnings in the late ’70s to near ubiquity and iconic status, this beloved brew is the grandaddy of American craft beer, and the definition of a classic. Unfussy and well-balanced enough to drink often, but complex enough to satisfy sophisticated palates.

Anchor Steam Beer

The original West Coast microbrew — first brewed in San Francisco in 1896 — owes its deep amber color, creamy head, and rich, distinctive flavor to a historic brewing process like none other. Just plain, good, timelessly delicious beer.

Also in this issue

Take action: protect Puget Sound

A new campaign called Our Sound, Our Salmon launched to raise awareness about the threats from open-ocean salmon farms and what we can do to oppose them.

Letters to the editor, June 2017

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Nutritionists' Picks

With local, organic strawberries, raspberries, cherries and blueberries coming in to season this month, our produce departments are a riot of color and flavor. Get them while you can! And don't miss products our nutritionists love, including a refreshing watermelon juice, a natural sleep aid, and healthful (and spicy!) snack chips made with quinoa, flax and other other seeds and grains.