Style: Italian-style Pilsner 4.7% ABV
Brewery Location: Portland, Ore.
Proof that there’s still room for innovation in Portland’s oversaturated beer scene, this newcomer brewery opened in 2017, courtesy of Double Mountain co-founder Charlie Devereux, Relapse Records’ Matthew Jacobson, and restaurateur Rodney Muirhead. It quickly became one of the hottest breweries in the perennially white-hot market. The focus isn’t trendy New England IPAs (though Wayfinder does make some good versions of those), but clean, classic, low-ABV lagers. The flagship Czech Pils is an exemplary bitter and spicy brew with loads of Saaz hops, while Hell is a crushable helles-style lagerbier. One of the best beers from Wayfinder was Terrifico, a three-way collaboration with esteemed lager brewery Heater Allen and Modern Times (which opened a taproom and brewery in Portland this year). The bright, floral pilsner is inspired by the cult Italian pilsners of Birrificio Italiano. Dry, pithy, and a touch campy, it’s just like a spaghetti Western in a glass.