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Photo © Public Domain OREGON CRAFT BEER The history of craft beer in Oregon began when Ger- Over the years, a new generation of craft brewers emerged. man brewer Henry Saxer arrived in 1852. Upon tasting the Oregon is now home to over 165 breweries, all of which offer clear and untainted water from the mountains, he recognized unique, individualistic beers that cater to every palate. Over the potential for the growth of hops and barley, and started 200 outlets carry beer which is brewed in-state by Oregon brewing. Soon after, fellow immigrant Henry Weinhard opened breweries. • a brewery in Portland, and for 50 years, Oregon residents enjoyed traditional German lagers. It was not until 1980, when national food and drink were being processed and industrialized, that Oregon brewers recognized the demand for craft beer. Oregon’s first craft brewery was opened, and in 1985, when the state legislature made brewpubs legal, others were opened as well. A micro-boom in microbreweries followed, and the first Oregon Brewers Festival in 1988 drew 15,000 people ready to sample 16 beers from Oregon is home to over 165 breweries, all of which offer unique, individualistic beers that cater to every palate. 13 different breweries. By 1990, with more craft breweries per capita than any other city in the U.S., Portland became known 6 as “America’s Microbrew Capital.” OREGON TRAVEL AND RECREATION GUIDE