Occidental Brewing, Portland, Oregon
Portland is home to some of the most creative and delicious beers in the country. Occidental is among the breweries producing said beers. They say they're producing traditional brews in the "continental tradition" but I think it's safe to say that they're not particularly tied down by that tradition. And that's a good thing! What they brew as a Kölsch errs more on the side of lager than ale. It's a bit malty, with a mild bready quality to it. But thanks to a touch of hops, there's also some earthy and grassy notes grounding the flavor. It's a nice complexity for a subtle brew.