Portland, Oregon is the US city that is most passionate about beer. If you don’t agree, just ask someone from there. Few people (outside of Asheville or San Diego) could make much of an argument for that. The city and its outlying areas have over 50 licensed breweries, a number that has increased more rapidly in recent years. It’s the only city in the US that makes it nearly an impossible feat to visit every one of the area’s breweries in one day.
Although its title of “Beer City” is challenged each year by Asheville, Grand Rapids, and will soon have San Diego nipping at it’s heels, Portland’s reign as the US city with the richest beer culture is secure… For now. Although many of the breweries have made a name for themselves outside of the state, like Deschutes, Rogue and Widmer Brothers, there are plenty of lesser-known beers produced within the Portland metropolitan area that barely make it across town. McMenamins, which has more than two dozen eccentrically-themed breweries, are great contributors to the Portland craft beer revolution.
Not every brewery that opens in Portland makes it. Many have fallen by the wayside; some in a matter of months. In a city of 500,000 (2.3 million in the greater metropolitan area), there is a lot of competition for business. But, luckily, this is a city of beer drinkers, and a great place to drink them, so don’t expect Portland’s number of breweries to plateau any time soon.