Most of us know that Oregon is a hot spot for craft beer, but many may not realize how much of a contribution craft beer makes for the local economy. According to the Oregon Brewers Guild, Oregon breweries have contributed nearly $2.5 billion to the state’s economy in 2011. The guild also reported that Oregon’s 110 brewing companies crafted more than one million barrels of beer during 2011, a 7.5 percent increase over the previous year.
This huge growth has lead to breweries expanding and added more than 600 jobs last year.
“To give you an idea of how we’ve grown as a brewery, in a year and a half, our initial production was roughly 30 barrels a month, whereas now we’re producing anywhere from 100 to 140 barrels a month,” said Co-owner and Brewmaster David Marliave with Flat Tail Brewing Co.
The lesson here is that the craft beer movement is not only giving us great beer, but is helping to fuel the local economy and create more jobs. So drink local beer!