PORTLAND, Ore. — The Zigzag is a river for all seasons. It flows down from the snow-covered ski slopes of Mount Hood through spring alpine flowers to the swimming holes and summer playgrounds of Portland. Portland Brewing, known for its all-season’s MacTarnahan’s Amber, is now offering a refreshing, easy-drinking beer served year-round and inspired by this ever-active river: Portland Brewing’s ZigZag River Lager.
ZigZag’s delightful crispness comes from 2-Row Pale, Munich, and a touch of Wheat malts along with Nugget and Tettnang hops. The result is a refreshing German-style lager with an ABV of 5.1% and 25 IBUs. This brew is easily enjoyed on the sunny banks of the Sandy or while hiking a trail near the Zigzag River itself.
“As spring advances towards summer, it’s great to make ZigZag available to pair with the start of backyard barbeque season, family camping trips, sunny afternoons at the beer garden, or a day of fishing on the river,” says Portland Brewing head brewer Ryan Pappe. “The maltiness of Munich is unique in that it can come across as bread or toast with hints of caramel, but not as heavy on the tongue as the caramel malts that are common in many ales. The cool lager fermentation and cold conditioning keeps the beer light and quenching despite its sweet maltiness, and the judicious use of spicy Tettnang hops provide a nice balance as well, cutting through the sweetness, leaving a very smooth finish.”
ZigZag River Lager is available year-round in stores, bottle shops, and the Portland Brewing Company Taproom in 22 oz. bottles, 12 oz. 6-packs, and on draft. Find ZigZag River Lager and other Portland Brewing favorites through the beer finder at http://www.portlandbrewing.