In honor of Oregon’s annual summer celebrations of craft beers, including last week’s 28th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival in Portland and next month’s Bend Brewfest, it seems fitting to share some data around the subject. The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis highlights barrel production in its most recent report on the economy in Central Oregon.
Bend based Deschutes Brewery, one of the biggest craft brewers in the country, accounts for over half of the beer brewed in Central Oregon and over half of the beer consumed by Oregonians (according to OLCC data as reported by the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis). Top contenders in Central Oregon’s craft brewery scene, such as 10 Barrel, Crux, Boneyard, Good Life, Three Creeks and Worthy, are all poised to grow in a similar path as Deschutes, as you’ll see in the graph of Oregon consumption/sales data for Beer brewed in Oregon based on barrels of beer produced within a 12 month sum since 2006. This growth has turned beer into a sustainable traded sector industry for Bend.