The Five Best Beers made in America, are all (no surprise) made in Portland, Oregon. This according to the Early Show on CBS, calling Portland the “Brewery Capital” aka “Brewvana.”
(CBS) Oregonians have long had a love of all things beer, so it’s not surprising that Portland is the unofficial brewery capital of America. It has more breweries than any other city in the world – 35 – is the biggest craft brewing market in the country, and proudly answers to the nickname “Beervana.”
There are more than 100 breweries in Oregon, all of which sell their beer in Portland. Last year, the state’s breweries made more than 1 million barrels of craft beer.
From late June to late July, Portland has three beer festivals with more than 100,000 people attending. And, this year is the 25th anniversary of the passing of the law in Oregon (one of the first of its kind in the country) that allows people to consume beer on the premises where it’s brewed, which launched the whole brewpub movement.
So, “The Early Show on Saturday Morning” hand-picked five craft beers from Brewvana as the best in America, and called on Food and Wine magazine Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle to fill us in on the choices, as part of our special Fourth of July tour of places that make the nation’s best food. We call it A Taste of America.
And the beers they chose?
- Widmer Hefeweizen (shown above)
- Full Sail Session Lager
- Deschutes Green Lakes Ale
- Bridgeport IPA
- Rogue Dead Guy Ale
Just one more great reason to live in Portland and the Northwest! Read the full article with descriptions of each beer here.