Since we're discussing beers, for those in the NW (and possibly CA) who like hops but are put off by insanely over-hopped beers masquerading as PA/IPAs, Deschutes Brewery makes a panoply of delicious sessionable PAs and IPAs. Their Cascade Ale may just be my favorite beer of all time in terms of malt/hop balance. Mirror Pond and Black Butte Porter are solid, and widely available, but it's the local/smaller-batch stuff that really kills.
-a reformed homebrewer
I love me some Mirror Pond. One of my favorite pales.