Oregon has most brewery jobs

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Oregon may have surpassed Vermont in having the most breweries per capita, according to a new report.

Nailing down the number of jobs created by Oregon's brewing industry has always been a bit of a slippery proposition. That's because a lot of those jobs happen to be at places you might classify as a brewpub -- a restaurant that brews beer in the back.

Unfortunately, it's not easy to differentiate those jobs from positions at more traditional restaurants. So about a year ago, Carolyn Eagan who was then a regional economist with the state, started plowing through a list of Oregon liquor licensees. Eventually she determined there were about 4,600 of these jobs in Oregon in 2011 and not just in Portland and Bend.

Read more at OPB.

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