For people partial to fine craft brews and plenty of local color, Portland's rainy winter season is a great time to visit the city that is king of beers. Indeed, Portland has more breweries - 28 - than any other city in the nation if not the world, and it has arguably become one of the best destinations anywhere for beer-tasting.
— Jessica Merrill, In Oregon, It's a Brew Pub World, the New York Times, January 13, 2006.
Interesting article, though it's not terribly news-worthy here. Yes, there's Widmer, there's Bridgeport, there's the McMenamin Brothers, there's Hair of the Dog, the HorseBrass, and Tugboat. Tugboat?!?
The one thing I learned is that Jim Parker is a busy man indeed. Is there a really good brew pub that he doesn't work at?
And yes, it seems odd to me to mention the McMenamins and Tugboat in the same breath as Widmer, Bridgeport, Hair of the Dog and Horsebrass. And, hello! The flagship Bridgeport brewpub isn't open yet, and Hair of the Dog doesn't have a brewpub!
Anyways, always happy to get a little love from the New York Times...