Saturday, March 24, 2007

Beer Town

Portland has a long list of things we can be proud of...

We have the worlds smallest park at a whopping 24 inches.
We have the largest natural urban forest reserve in the US.
We have the worlds largest independant bookstore, with the only 3 door elevator west of the Mississippi.
We don't have to pump our own fact it's illegal.
And we don't have sales tax.
I could go on...

Ok, I said it was a list of things WE could be proud of.

My wonderful city has a ton of nickames and if you're not from this area you're likely to get confused because people rarely call Portland "Portland"...we like to call it things like The Rose City, The City of Bridges, Rip City, Rivercity, or Stumptown. We are an eccentric bunch.

And now we have one more to add to the list...Beer Town.

This was just reported on our local news:

"Portland, already known as the City of Roses, will now be known as the city of beer.

Mayor Tom Potter will officially declare Portland "Beertown," where he will serve as honorary mayor. To kick off the city's new title, the mayor will pour the first ceremonial pint of Beertown Brown, the new seasonal debut from BridgePort Brewing Co.

Portland is known all over the world as "Beervana," largely due to the 28 breweries operating within city limits, more than any other city in the world. This title does not include the eight breweries that operate in the surrounding metro area.There are three more breweries scheduled to open in 2007, making Portland the largest craft brewing market in the country."

28 breweries...more than any other city in the world. Eat that.

It could have been worse...they could have declared us Methtown.

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