The Oregon Brewers Guild announced this week that Oregon's breweries crafted 1,168,000 barrels of beer (or roughly 290 million pints) during 2011, a 7.5 percent increase from the previous year.
Despite overall weak employment figures for the year in Oregon, the state's brewing companies added more than 600 jobs in 2011 and directly employed more than 5,500 people.
"Increasing production by 7.5 percent simply means more jobs," said Brian Butenschoen, Executive Director of the Oregon Brewers Guild. "When an increased number of Oregonians choose Oregon beer over other options, we need more farmers to grow hops and barley, brewers buy more equipment, open breweries, and hire new employees."
Read more in today's Oregonian.