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Oregon Brewers Festival To Discuss Economic Impact

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

 

The Oregon Brewers Festival will release their annual study of the festival’s economic impact next week, according to festival organizers.

At 5 PM on Tuesday, November 24 at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, located at 939 SE Belmont Street, Art Lawrence, director of the Oregon Brewers Festival, and Jeff Dense, Professor of Political Science at Eastern Oregon university, will release the results of a study that measure the impact of the 2015 festival.

The Brewers Festival has done this study in each of the past five years to help determine the impacts the festival has on the local Portland economy. Respondents are asked about demographic factors, along with estimates of how much they spent at the festival, including how much guests spent on transportation, lodging, gasoline, beer purchased and non-beer related purchases.

Dense and a team of students and volunteers administer on-site interviews each year at the event.

The amount spent at the festival has increased in each year the study was conducted. $23.2 million was spent in 2011, followed by $30 million in 2012 and $31.2 mullion in 2013. $32.5 million was spent at the 2014 festival.

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 started. Today, the industry has grown rapidly, particularly in Oregon, where 194 brewing companies operate 234 facilities in 72 cities in Oregon. Portland alone as 61 breweries, more than any other city in the world. 

The Oregon Brewers Festival 2016 has already been scheduled, and will take place July 27 through July 31. For more information, visit the Oregon Brewers Festival website.

 

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