Portland needs more great year-round Brown Ales. It's an often neglected style here, with many breweries opting for the hoppier Red Ale to fill in the color spectrum of styles. In fact, over at Laurelwood, their Free Range Red has long held the title of being their biggest seller. But this did not dissuade them from creating one of the best Brown Ales in town: Hooligan. Rich, malty, complex, available year-round at the brewery, and soon in bottles!

Hooligan Brown Ale

I wish I had more to say about Lompoc Brewing's 8 Malty Nights, but last year's inaugural release completely passed me by and I didn't even get a sip. If you got the chance to sample this the last time around, please post your thoughts in the comments section. I've had a lot of beer in my life, but I don't think I can yet check the box that says Whiskey Barrel Aged Chocolate Rye Porter. Yet. This year, it might be a little easier to get you hands on it when it's released 22 ounce bottles.

8 Malty Nights

No release dates yet announced by the breweries, but we should be seeing these as we creep toward the winter months.