Essential Pale Ale is a deep golden color with bright aromas of summer stone fruits that leap from the glass. The first sip brings a firm bitterness, carried along by subtle sweetness and culminating in a refreshingly dry finish. What makes Essential stand out from its pale ale peers is the tantalizing peach and apricot flavors that come from the blend of American hops we introduce as dry hops using our patented HOPZOOKA®.
Washington City Paper “You should stretch out to Port City’s Essential Pale Ale, an American pale ale that looks like Bud Light, but smells like fresh apricot and grapefruit instead[...]
The World – A to Z “We give a big shout out to Port City Brewery for sponsoring this fun and festive event. It gave us a great opportunity to[...]
Brightest Young Things ““This is what happens when you’re growing at 60% a year,” Butcher says. “We’re over four years into this thing, and we still feel like we’re working[...]
Port City Brewing Company’s Essential Pale Ale was awarded the silver medal at the 2014 World Beer Championships with an outstanding 89 points.[...]
Our very own flagship Essential Pale Ale® was featured as one of Draft Magazines Best Beers of 2013 earning a whopping 93 points.[...]
The Washington Post “Our two newest local breweries offer pale ales, both very good and very different…Essential Pale Ale from Port City Brewing in Alexandria is hopped with Columbus, Amarillo[...]
Our Essential Pale Ale is named the 2011 Best Local Beer by Washingtonian Magazine, making our Flagship Pale Ale a fan-favorite right out of the gate.[...]