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Portland


Oregon

Micro Breweries

Portland's love affair with beer stretches back to 1888, when local brewer Henry Weinhard offered to pump beer from his brewery (via Portland's fire hoses) through the pipes of the Skidmore Fountain to celebrate its unveiling.
City leaders, fearing that residents might poke holes in Portland's only set of fire hoses and help themselves to the beer a bit early, vetoed this generous plan. Today, with more microbreweries and brewpubs than any other city in the world,
Portland is often referred to as the "epicenter of America's craft brewing movement." Some 28 microbreweries thrive in Portland. That's more than one-third of the state's total. Add in all the pubs offering local microbrews on tap and the number of outlets climbs to 46.

One reason for the success of craft breweries, or microbreweries in Portland, according to Jim Parker, director of the Oregon Brewers Guild, is that Portland has always been a town with great pubs and bars. Portland's long history of strong draft beer sales allowed the fledgling breweries of the 1980s to gain name recognition without the expense of bottling.
Adding to the strength of Portland's brewing industry are the unusual flavors and recipes created by local brewmasters. Using an abundance of local ingredients, including rare and flavorful two-row barley, 14 varieties of hops, and glacier water from the slopes of nearby Mount Hood, Portland's innovative beer gurus have raised the bar of excellence in the world of craft brewing.

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