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|On the Scene|
|Tuesday, July 28, 2009|
BY KEVIN MANAHAN
With the summer sun shining high over Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park, throngs of people milled about the grounds in flip-flops and sunglasses holding froth-filled mugs. I was at the 22nd annual Oregon Brewers Festival, curious to find out if people were still willing to spend their hard-earned cash on craft beers. The answer was evident from the first chorus of cheers I heard echoing from the tasting tents: Even in a recession, people – Portlanders in particular – still love their beers, and local breweries are likely to benefit most from their loyalty.
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