Ashland is a town of great diversity, and our local beer haunts pay homage to that diversity. Considering we have three breweries in a 6.6 square mileage area, there’s more than enough options to go around. While we love our brews here at Standing Stone, we too like to branch out. Here are a few favorites that highlight the best of summer.
Just a stones throw (pun intended) away from our brewpub, is Gils. The sister restaurant to Ruby’s (all hail their great burritos!) they have over a dozen beers on tap from around Oregon as well as our border states. If you’re looking for a grapefruit forward beer similar to our Summer Squeeze, try the North Coast Belgium Golden (7.0% ABV.) One of the stronger ales on this list, it will make your mouth pucker at first with a sweet tang that finishes smoothly. Gils’ patio is perfect for savoring the crisp hops of this brew while viewing the mountains.
Down the hill on Hersey street is the hidden gem known as Swing Tree. Established only a couple years ago, this converted garage is making a name for itself; chief among their current brews is the Diablo Rojo (4.8% ABV.) Despite its daunting name, this is a smooth, Amber of an ale that beckons the far away flavor of fall apples, while still maintaining a fresh and light flavor to gulp in this latter era of summer. If you’re a die-hard Pilsner fan, this devil will make you reconsider your allegiance.
Back into the downtown crawl, is the mecca of impossible drink choices: The Growler Guys. Talk about endless opportunities with over fifty beers on tap. Yet even with all those options, there’s one that took home the gold for us, the Wizard Island from Mazama Brewing Co. (4.8% ABV.) Similar to a Widmer, this citrusy ale delights the taste buds with a burst of lemon but finishes with the backbone of a strong Amber.
Wherever your drinking travels take you, enjoy the bounty that comes from long days and the promise of a cold one to kick off happy hour.
written by Katie Butler