The Oregon Craft Beer Scene

Oregon is a craft beer mecca with some of the most award winning breweries in the world and the most per capita in the US, and a driving economic force within the state.  With ideal hop growing conditions and climate in Oregon and Washington, the region is quickly becoming known as the 'Napa Valley' of the craft brewing industry.

As of 12/31/2014, Oregon had 220 breweries operated by 179 brewing companies in 71 cities.

Brewery count by city and region:

  • 58 in Portland - 83 in the Portland Metro Area
  • 12 in Eugene – 40 in the Willamette Valley
  • 22 in Bend - 29 in Central Oregon
  • 6 in Medford - 23 in Southern Oregon
  • 5 in Astoria - 22 on the Oregon Coast
  • 2 in Baker City/Ontario - 12 in Eastern Oregon
  • 5 in Hood River - 11 in the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge area
*Based on Data povided by the Oregon Craft Beer Guild

Oregon Craft Beer Guild

Oregon Brewing Industry Overview;

  • In 2014, Oregon had the largest % of dollars spent on Craft Beer in the US with 36.69%.
  • Oregon is #1 in the US for Craft Breweries per Capita, and Portland currently has the most breweries of any city in the world.  
  • Oregon was the third largest market by dollars spent on Craft Beer in the US behind our neighbor to the south and our neighbor to the north.
  • Portland continues to lead the US with a 39.3% of $ Sales for Craft Beer – up 2.5% in 2014. Portland had the largest week for % of $ Sales for Craft Beer in US history the week ending 12/21/14 with a 45.6% of $ Sales.
  • The #4 new craft beer vendor in the US based on $ Sales was Gilgamesh Brewing of Salem. The #4 and #5 top new craft beers in the US by $ Sales were: Deschutes Brewery Fresh Squeezed IPA + Widmer Brothers Upheaval IPA – Note they were also the #2 + #3 new IPA’s in the US.
  • IPA is the largest category for Craft Beer in the US with 23% of $ Sales-up 41%. Portland, Oregon was the #2 market for IPA’s in the US-barely missing out on the top spot. Portland was also #2 in the US for IPA Sku’s with 210 in the marketplace. For IPA Sub-Styles, Portland was the top selling spot for American IPA’s and #3 for Imperial IPA’s. Top 3 weeks in US Craft Beer History for $ Sales were the following in 2014: July 6, 2014, December 28, 2014, November 30, 2014
  • Oregon’s brewing companies employ 6600+ full and part-time employees, up 200+ jobs over 2012.
  • Total economic impact from the beer industry is $2.83 billion for Oregon’s economy, employing 29,000 people.
  • Oregonians consumed 2.803 million barrels of beer in 2013.  Of that more than 18 percent or 507,500 barrels of the total beer consumed in Oregon was made in Oregon. US craft beer consumption is 7.8 percent by volume.
  • Oregon’s brewers made 1.400 million barrels of beer in 2013, up 8% over 2012