This past Saturday I was fortunate enough to be part of a group of three who drove up from Salem for the 2nd annual Brew-Ha Zwicklemania Brewery Tour in Portland, Oregon. What a fantastic time we had, hot damn! For those of you not in the know, Oregon is widely (and proudly) known for it's extensive batch of micro breweries and the many delicious beers they produce. I'm telling you, we're a bunch of beer snobs in this great state, and we couldn't be more proud of it. Check this out, here are a few facts taken from the Oregon Brewers Guild website I thought you'd find interesting:
*Total economic impact from the beer industry on Oregon’s economy is $2.25 billion.
*Over the last 5 years Oregon Breweries created 2300 jobs.
*Oregon is the No. 2 hop growing state in the country with a 2008 crop value of $38,000,000 which ranks 18th in Oregon’s five billion dollar agricultural economy.
*There are currently 77 brewing companies, operating 102 brewing facilities in Oregon.
*There are 31 breweries operating in Portland alone, more than any other city in the world.
So now you get an idea of the extant of the impact beer has in Oregon. Beer means more here. We pour slowly, we watch the bubbles and the head form. We do a slow swish and an easy sniff of the pint glass and hold it up to the light before taking that first taste. We are beer snobs, what else can we say? Our hops are our babies and fermentation our first language. That being said, let's get on with it.
So Saturday morning I got scooped up by friend #1 and delivered to friend #2's house where we then drove up to the city (which is apx. 40 miles north). It was great, I didn't have get behind the wheel of a vehicle the entire day, so needless to say I wasn't keeping track of my microbrew intake. Or in other words, IT WAS ON.