Nearly 50% of beer poured in Oregon is brewed in Oregon.
For Portland, that number is closer to 60 percent, says the [Oregon Brewer's Guild] Executive Director, Brian Butenschoen. And while a large portion of those beer sales come from our flagship breweries and beers, there are plenty of bars going beyond the big three -- Widmer Hefeweizen, Deschutes Brewery's Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Ninkasi's Total Domination IPA -- with great beer in unexpected places.
At unpretentious watering holes such as A & L, Kenton Station, McPeets, The Lion's Eye and many more, publicans are dumping mass-produced domestics in favor of the latest Northwest cider or big beer from Bend. And with the exception of Roscoe's, these aren't beer destinations in the Bailey's Taproom, Belmont Station or Beer Mongers vein. On any given night, you might find karaoke nights raging, burgers sizzling on the grill or football on the flatscreen TV. What each of these bars has in common is Portland's savvy customer base and an owner who developed a taste for craft beer.
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