The Oregon Brewers Festival was founded in 1988 as an opportunity to expose the public to microbrews at a time when the craft brewing industry was just getting off the ground. Today, that industry has flourished, especially in Oregon, which as of July 1, 2015, had 234 brewing facilities operated by 194 brewing companies in 72 cities across Oregon. Portland alone has 61 breweries — 91 if you count the Portland metropolitan area. The total economic impact from the beer industry on Oregon’s economy is a staggering $2.83 billion. A study conducted at the 2014 Oregon Brewer Festival estimated the economic impact of the festival on the local economy to be $32.5 Million; it also showed that out-of-state and international visitors accounted for 56.8 percent of attendees. For more information about the Oregon Brewers Festival, visit oregonbrewfest dot com.