Friday, March 6, 2015

Nearly a third of all Oregon beer comes from Central Oregon

In what might shock no one, Central Oregon makes a lot of beer.

What's up, beer world? I am giving this blog thing another go, after going on hiatus twice in the past. What better excuse to start up again than a look at last year's beer numbers which the OLCC released in  February.

Luckily, BBB alum/possible future contributor Beau Eastes already did the math for us.

My (uneducated) predictions for brewers that will move up in 2015:

Crux (No. 25)

Crux is working on getting a production facility up and running in a huge space on the east side of Bend right now (not far from where 10 Barrel is). If they aren't in the top 10 by the end of this year, I bet they will be within the next couple of years.

Baker City (No. 28)

In terms of quality, Barley Brown's might be No. 1 in Oregon right now. Every time I have one of their beers, it's memorable, and I think it's one of the best I have had for that style.

Pfriem (No. 24)

Much like Barley Brown's, Pfriem is making great beer in Hood River. They also have a cool little pub near the river. Check it out if you haven't been. In fact, spend a beer weekend in Hood River, if you haven't done that already.

Gilgamesh (No. 34)

The wife and I fell in love with this place during a trip to the coast last's tucked away near the airport in Salem (still a neat spot, though). They are making lots of cool, funky beers and styles that you might find nowhere else. In the land of IPAs, that's a refreshing change.