CHEERS TO THE LAND
Breweries honor the terroir that makes Oregon beer so great.
By Tim Neville
Great beer starts with great ingredients.
In Oregon that means citrusy hops grown in sustainable ways that keep rivers healthy and salmon swimming free. You can create depth with rich barley coaxed from volcanic soils in Central Oregon fields. To add some nose, consider some Columbia River fruit plucked from a newly revitalized heritage orchard.
Thirsty yet? In October brewers from around the state are pulling out all the stops to create a wide array of â€œCheers to the Landâ€ beers, all in a limited release during that festive month. Each will highlight just how important a thriving agricultural industry is, not just for awesome beer but also for preserving the landscapes and farms that make Oregon such a tasty place to visit.
Proceeds from sales go to the Oregon Agricultural Trust, a nonprofit that helps farmers and ranchers protect their land and pass it on to the next generation. â€œWe are so lucky,â€ says Bryan Keilty, a brewer at Gorges Beer Co., which has locations in Portland and Cascade Locks. â€œThere arenâ€™t too many places in the world that can grow what we grow here.â€
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