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In 1852, beer came to the Northwest quenching the thirsts of loggers, miners, fisherman and farmers. Today Portland is the beer capital of the world. The story of the industry through compelling and amusing anecdotes of the Oregon beer community.

“Beervana” was a phrase coined in Oregon to describe the burgeoning craft beer movement that had taken hold here in the 1980s. And indeed, it’s an apt description, as those who are actively involved in the beer community think of it a near-religious experience to make and enjoy well-made brew.

But Beervana also describes the transcendent union of climate and environment which makes Oregon the home to great hops growing and affords the brewmasters the highest quality water.

These forces made it possible for early immigrant braumeisters to come to this place and succeed making a product that legions of thirsty workers would enjoy as they shaped the place we now call home.




A Treatise on Lager Beer by Fred Eckhardt

The Essentials of Beer Style by Fred Eckhardt

Brewed in the Pacific Northwest by Gary and Gloria Meier

Ultimate Beer by Michael Jackson


Web Sites

Oregon Brew Crew

Oregon Brewers Guild

John Foyston’s Oregonian Beer Here Blog

Portland Beer Blog

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 Broadcast Date: November 5, 2007

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