In spite of the many predictors and predictions, the craft brewing industry continues to be strong in Oregon. While many traditional breweries continue to lag behind, the craft brewery industry remains constant and, in many instances, continues to grow. Indicators of this trend are visible in many ways including the small companies winning big at various national events.
Breweries Rising to the Top
Annually, Oregon craft breweries make a strong showing in national craft brewing contests. In 2018, at the Oregon Beer Awards, they scored 23 awards. Noticeable among the winners are small breweries such as Monkless Belgian Ales from Bend. Formed in 2014, it took home 2 medals. Another brewing company gaining notice is Baerlic Brewing (Portland). It now takes home a couple of medals including one for Medium-sized Brewery of the Year. Other breweries such as pFriem Family Brewers (Hood River), 10 Barrel Brewing (Bend) and Breakside Brewery (Portland) indicate the growth in diversity of craft breweries and the versatility of their product.
Several of these companies also won medals at the Best of Craft Beer Awards held in Bend. Oregon brews did significantly well. Among the many medalists were:
* 10 Barrel Brewing Co (Bend)
* Breakside Brewery (Portland)
* pFriem Family Brewers (Hood River)
* Alesong Brewing and Blending (Eugene)
* Mazana Brewing (Corvallis)
* Ex Novo (Portland)
* Widmer Bros. (Portland)
* Great Nation Brewing (Portland)
* Stormbreaker (Portland)
* Mount Tabor (Portland)
* Falling Sky (Eugene)
* Immersion (Bend)
* Deschutes (Bend)
* Three Creeks (Sisters)
* Sunriver Brewing Company (Sunriver)
The Craft Brewery: More than Brews
However, craft breweries are more than just brews. In San Francisco in January 2018, two breweries from Oregon – Falling Sky Brewing (Eugene) and Full Sail Brewing Company (Hood River) were honored for more than their brews. They received a Good Food Award. This recognized their beer, their food and community service. It also acknowledged the work each brewery had performed to ensure sustainability in their facilities.
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