If you know Oregon, you know that we’re in the middle of a craft-brewing craze. Portland alone boasts almost 60 breweries – that’s more than any city in the world! And we lead the U.S. in craft beer sales, with almost 40 percent of Portland beer purchases being craft beer. That’s earned us bar bragging rights, a nickname (Beervana) and made us a cultural hotspot for the brewing industry.

But it’s not just beer. Cider has jumped up near the top of the brewing trend, along with  other beverages and boutique alcohols that are making waves in the market. Together, all these craft beverages are nabbing headlines, growing followings and making Portland the city to get your brew on.

That’s why this Friday, Jan 6 between 1-2 p.m. we’re releasing an encore episode of our Biz503 show “Craft Beverages.”

Co-hosted by Portland Radio Project founder Rebecca Webb and local business leader Cindy Tortorici, several industry experts talked about Oregon’s brewing boom, and what’s making our craft beverage scene thrive.

Our guests included:

Matt Bergfield, head brewer at Edgefield Brewing (part of McMenamins Pub and Breweries)

Brian Yaeger, craft beverage writer and author of Red, White and Brew and Oregon Breweries

Steve Panos, director of operations at Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider

Abram Goldman-Armstrong, cider maker and owner of Cider Riot!

Erika Degens, co-founder of Stone Barn Brandyworks

Ted Pappas, founder and owner of Big Bottom Distilling

Deb Tabor, maker at Sage & Sea Farms

Christian Krogstad, founder of House Spirits Distillery

Jean-Pierre Parent, founder of SOMA Evolutionary Refreshment & Kombucha Speakeasy

Listen to the encore episode:

Tune in to the original podcast, sponsored by Albina Community Bank: