Fearless does not have a stellar reputation among beer geeks. The Estacada brewery does turn out some duds, but when it's on, it's on—there's a good reason the Fearless Loki Red landed in our top 10 beers of 2013. Which is why I usually toss it a token at beer festivals. At last week's Oregon Brewers Festival, the state's largest of the year, that got me the best local beer I had all day. The festival's batch of Strawberry Cream Ale was outstanding—light, delicate and creamy, but fully alive with the subtle flavor of fresh berries. I liked it better than fruit beers from Pfriem and Breakside, which is a big compliment. And there were no lines for it, either. The geeks missed out. Recommended.
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