Beyond the Northwest: The Quest for Great Beer

In Portland (and essentially the entire West Coast), we have an embarrassment of riches in beer.  When I lived in Illinois in the early to mid-90’s, the pickings were slim.  You could have any beer you wanted as long as it was from Anheuser Busch, Coors, or Miller.  Fortunately, that’s now changing.

If you follow this blog, you may have noticed that most of the beer I profile is from the West.  I’ve enjoyed sampling different styles, but have been limited to beer from the left side of the US.  That's just wrong!  So, in my never ending quest to sample great beer, I will expand my horizons to other regions of our great nation.  Taking it a step further, I want to taste beer that’s NOT distributed in Oregon.  While this may present some procurement challenges, I’m sure I can implement creative solutions.

I’m also doing this to share the beer love with family, friends, and readers who live outside the Northwest.  According to my Google Analytics report, some folks east of Gresham actually read this blog from time to time.  If I were them, I’d quickly tire of reading about beer that’s not available to me.  So my goal is to write about beer they can find.  As a plus, maybe I'll expose fellow Oregonians to what's available beyond the borders of the Beaver state.  The fun of traveling is trying something new, right?

So my first wave of “Beyond the Northwest” beers will include brews from:

As far as I’m aware, none of these breweries distribute in Oregon.  I expect someone will correct me if I’m wrong.  Look for beer from these brewers in my posts.  So for all of the beer lovers outside of Oregon, this Bud’s for you….

What are your favorite breweries that don't sell beer in Oregon?

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  1. I've lived in the East a little and have experienced the lack of quality beers. This brewery in NC puts out some tasty brews.

    And this one in SC.


  2. Great question! Can't wait for more input. So many to choose from at Belmont and John's so I'll have to rack my brains on this one. Brad,checking these breweries now. Thanks

  3. Thanks Brad. I had not heard of Highland and Palmetto before. I'll look into them.

    Gordon, I'd love your input. Please let me know what you think.

    On my Twitter and Faceboook pages, Odell, 3 Floyds, Founders, and New Glarus were recommended.


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