When you think of beer, chances are that the word ‘romantic’ doesn’t come to mind. That all changes with Portland-based Cascade Brewery’s Rose City Sour, named for Portland’s reputation for being the City of Roses.


A blend of wheat and blond ales, aged in oak wine barrels for up to 14 months with rose petals, rose hips, and hibiscus tea, this sour will make you swoon. Don’t let the light gardenia scent on the nose and its pinkish golden pour fool you — this American Wild Ale packs a punch at 7.0% ABV and delivers a light but thorough pucker. Rose City Sour’s tangy dryness makes it a perfect pairing with a creamy goat-cheese omelette at brunch, or a citrusy seafood dinner like mussels with butter and lemon.