Oregon Beer

Today in 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state.


Oregon Breweries

Oregon Brewery Guides

Guild: Oregon Brewers Guild

State Agency: Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC)


  • Capital: Salem
  • Largest Cities: Portland, Eugene, Salem, Gresham, Hillsboro
  • Population: 3,421,399; 28th
  • Area: 98386 sq.mi., 9th
  • Nickname: Beaver State
  • Statehood: 33rd, February 14, 1859


  • Alcohol Legalized: December 5, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 105
  • Rank: 4th
  • Beer Production: 2,824,072
  • Production Rank: 26th
  • Beer Per Capita: 23.1 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 34.9%
  • Cans: 49.7%
  • Kegs: 15.3%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.08
  • Per Case: $0.19
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $2.60
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $2.60

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $295,945,708
  • Direct Impact: $1,019,694,095
  • Supplier Impact: $763,029,556
  • Induced Economic Impact: $535,686,085
  • Total Impact: $2,318,409,736

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: On Premises: 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
    Off Premises: 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes
  • Notes: Liquor, all of which is state-owned prior to sale to consumers, is sold in private liquor stores. These stores are approved by Oregon’s Liquor Commissioners to act as sales agents on the state’s behalf.


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.

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