American Craft Beer Week Kicks Off

5-12 rob beer weekASHLAND, Ore. — More than 150 brewing companies are spread out through 66 Oregon cities. Local brewers said the Rogue Valley is starting to be put on the map with the likes of Portland and Bend for its craft beer.

Standing Stone Brewery in Ashland is just one of southern Oregon business that has brewed success over the past several years. They are celebrating american craft beer week and Tuesday, Ashland Mayor John Stromberg will be on hand to read the week’s official proclamation.
Standing stone brewery officials say the craft beer industry is really a tight-knit community, and an example of that is a collaborative beer with “swing tree brewing” made for this week’s occasion.

“The beauty of craft beer really is the flavor complexity, all of the options you can find with craft beer. A lot of people like to pair their food with wine, well craft beer sometimes makes a better pairing with food than wine,” said Rachel Koning with Standing Stone Brewery.

Most recent statistics released by the Oregon Craft Brewers Guild show an 11% percent increase in craft beer production from 2011 to 2012. The total economic impact from the beer industry in Oregon is near three billion dollars per year. Statistics also show almost half of all beer consumed in Oregon, is brewed in Oregon.