2204 NE Alberta St., No. 101, 548-4491, greatnotionpdx.com. 3-10 pm Monday-Thursday, noon-11 pm Friday-Saturday, noon-10 pm Sunday.
After taking over for the long-neglected Mash Tun brewpub last summer, Great Notion quickly became the best beer bar ever to hit Alberta, even before it kick-started its own brews in December. The small bar space is not an especially efficient version of every contemporary modern Portland brewpub: wood grain everywhere, Timbers scarves hung with care, and a patio looking out on food carts. But Great Notion's IPAs are perhaps the most ambitious take on fruity, low-IBU brews in the state. A 30 IBU, 5 percent ABV session IPA called Juice Jr. is wondrously refreshing even on its first batch out of the tanks, smooth and brightly tropical. The Ripe IPA is a kissing cousin, bolder and more alcoholic. The stout is dry and balanced, and a light saison imbued with kiwi and grape notes is a subtle and floral treat. A tart Berliner Weisse, amped up to a comparatively high 5 percent alcohol, is more full-bodied than most but still bright as floodlights.
Drink This: Juice Jr. will be the summer beer of Portland 2016. Just you wait.