Frommer’s, the travel people, has a new feature on its web site, listing the World’s Best Cities for Beer. It includes Portland.
And, according to the Oregon Brewers Guild, “there are 47 breweries operating in Portland, more than any other city in the world.”
Really? Yes, our suburban neighbor has a few brewpubs. And even though the Frommer’s nimrods say Portland has more than 30 per person (I think they meant more than 30 per capita), it got me thinking.
Could it be that little ol’ Hood River has a greater concentration of breweries for its population than any city in the world? That’s based on the presence of Full Sail, Double Mountain, Big Horse (with its new brewer Darrek Smith), and soon, Pfriem.
If you look at county population and expand the per-capita analysis to include the county’s other breweries — Logsdon Farmhouse Ales and Solera Brewing in Parkdale — you get another, almost equally impressive comparative.
Here’s the numbers, from the Oregon Brewers Guild web site, and using the latest U.S. census figures.
City Population Breweries Per capita
Portland 583,776 47 1 : 12,420
Hood River 7,167 4 1 : 1,791
Hood River County 22,346 6 1 : 4,469
Any way you look at it, this is impressive. We rule!
Now, could someone please pour me a beer?