EUGENE, Ore. - Good news, Oregon: You've got a lot of America's best beers.
And when it comes to IPAs, this is a tale of 2 small towns named "City."
Bottom line: Top IPA-craving hop heads in the Willamette Valley can head west or east:
When you see dory boats land on the sand against a backdrop of Cape Kiwanda and the sea ...
... or find a place where copies of Clint Eastwood's youthful face from "Paint Your Wagon" perch atop popsicle sticks ...
("Oregon Loves Dreamers" just makes sense: sometimes dreams come true, and having more ups the odds)
Over on the Oregon Coast, Pacific City's Pelican Brewing Company racked up an eponymous medal for Silverspot IPA, the second best English-Style India Pale Ale at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.
(GABF: In beervanic, think "Grammys of Beer." Or maybe Oscars ... or VMAs?)
Got gold fever? Try America's best American-Style IPA - Pallet Jack IPA - at Barley Brown's Brew Pub on Main Street in historic Baker City, Oregon.
(Baker, Baker City - same difference, but no: not Bakersfield. And yes, Baker is out by Pendleton, if by "by" you mean 100 miles away)
For the most of us who live west of Prineville (OK, west of Post, for fastitudious Oregonizers), Oregon's bright tank triangle of Portland, Bend and Eugene brought home Gold medals, too.
Ya cold? Hellshire III burned up top honors for Oakshire Brewing in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer category.
Javol? Maybe the Bohemian Pilsner from Ninkasi Brewing Co. is more your style.
If you drink gluten-free,Harvester Brewing of Portland's IPA No. 1 owned that category.
And Bend - German Sparkle Party? Nicely played, 10 Barrel Brewing. Nicely played. Enjoy Boise!
From the Great American Beer Festival database for 2013 and Oregon:
Gold Lovely Bend Brewing Co. Aged Beer
Bronze Little Green Flat Tail Brewing Co., Corvallis American-Belgo-Style Ale
Bronze Doryman's Dark Ale Pelican Brewing Co., Pacific City American-Style Brown Ale
Bronze Black Diamond Bend Brewing Co. American-Style Dark Lager
Gold Pallet Jack IPA Barley Brown's Brew Pub American-Style India Pale Ale
Gold Ching Ching Bend Brewing Co. American-Style Sour Ale
Silver Myrtle The Commons Brewery, American-Style Sour Ale
Gold Shredders Wheat Baker City Brewing Co. American-Style Wheat Beer
Gold Bohemian Pilsner Ninkasi Brewing Co. Bohemian-Style Pilsener
Bronze Breakside ESB Breakside Brewery - Pub Brewery Classic English-Style Pale Ale
Silver Silverspot IPA Pelican Brewing Co. English-Style India Pale Ale
Silver Don Vanuchi "The Killer" Baker City Brewing Co. Foreign-Style Stout
Bronze Tsunami Stout Pelican Brewing Co., Pacific City Foreign-Style Stout
Silver Urban Farmhouse Ale The Commons Brewery, Portland French & Belgian-Style Saison
Gold Cent's and Censability Old Town Brewing Co., Portland Fresh Hop Ale
Bronze Fresh Hop Pallet Jack Barley Brown's Brew Pub, Baker City Fresh Hop Ale
Silver Tailgater Klsch Flat Tail Brewing Co., Corvallis German-Style Klsch
Gold German Sparkle Party Berliner Weiss 10 Barrel Brewing Co. German-Style Sour Ale
Bronze Passionfruit Sour Breakside Brewery - Milwaukie Brewery German-Style Sour Ale
Gold Harvester Brewing IPA No. 1 Harvester Brewing Gluten-Free Beer
Silver Gluten Free Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House Gluten-Free Beer
Bronze Kiwanda Cream Ale Pelican Brewing Co. Golden or Blonde Ale
Silver Sage Fight Imperial IPA Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House Indigenous Beer
Gold Hand Truck Baker City Brewing Co. International-Style Pale Ale
Gold Hellshire III Oakshire Brewing Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer