Earlier this week The New York Times gave Belmont Station and Saraveza some love, and now the Los Angeles Times is singing the praises of Portland beer: Achieving Beervana in Portland, Ore.
The writer, Mary Engel, describes the Portland beer tour on which she takes her out of town guests, Jim and Lenora.
The article also includes a nice synopsis of the Oregon beer statistics canon:
With about 40 small breweries in town — new ones open so frequently it’s hard to keep track — Portland has overtaken Munich, Germany, as the brewing capital of the world. But numbers alone don’t capture Portland’s status among true beer aficionados, the kind who would sooner quaff hemlock than a Miller or a Bud. There’s something about this most livable of cities that encourages innovation.
“You’ve got to have the right culture of people,” says Marc C. Martin, a local beer writer who is launching a brewery tour business. “Portland is eco-friendly, green, bicycling, Birkenstock-wearing — it’s a culture that lends itself to unusual and unique things.”
Nationwide, so-called craft breweries account for only about 4% of all beer consumed (in Oregon, it’s 12%), but they inspire near-religious devotion. Oregon’s breweries draw more tourists than its fabled wineries, according to a 2006 study conducted for the state.
The last stat about craft beer consumption always surprises me. Seriously? 88% of the beer consumed in Oregon is macro-lagers? Gah!
Read the rest: Achieving Beervana in Portland, Ore.