Oregon makes the best beer on the planet.
But as the holiday season approaches, it never hurts to show some goodwill to others, especially our neighbors in the Pacific Northwest.
Here's a list of some of our favorite non-Oregon breweries in the region:
Everybody's Brewing, White Salmon, Wash.
Located just across the Columbia River from Hood River, Everybody's Brewing has had us hooked since it first started appearing on taps around Bend four years ago. The brewery's Country Boy IPA has been a favorite at the past few Bend Brewfests, and its Puckle Huddle Porter is that perfect dark-weather-drinking beer. Best of all, Everybody's regularly has a handle somewhere in Bend.
Laht Neppur Brewing, Walla Walla, Wash.
Brewing in a town best known for its wine, Laht Neppur is just another reason to head to Walla Walla for a libation vacation. Famous for fruit ales such as its Peach Hefeweizen and Strawberry Cream Ale, Laht Neppur also makes solid big-boy beers like the Piper Canyon Scotch Ale, which clocks in at 7.9 percent ABV.
Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville, Calif.
Anyone who tried Anderson Valley's Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout at this year's Bend Brewfest knows what this brewery is capable of. One of the early pioneers in craft brewing — Anderson Valley started in 1987 — AVBC beers are carried all over Bend, including Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Cafe, Newport Market, both Brother Jon's locations and the new food cart pod off Galveston Avenue, The Lot.
Payette Brewing Co., Boise, Idaho
While Payette isn't yet available in Central Oregon — the brewery is slowly making its way west and its beers can currently be found in Pendleton, Baker City and Ontario — it's worth the wait. The brewery's Outlaw IPA, Rodeo Rye Pale Ale and Mutton Buster Brown Ale all hold their own against Bend's best beers.
Great Basin Brewing Co., Sparks/Reno, Nev.
Nevada's oldest brewery is also its most decorated. GBBC's Whoop Ass Witbier and Outlaw Milk Stout both have won World Beer Cup medals over the last five years.
— Beau Eastes