PORTLAND - Portland, already known as the City of Roses, will now be known as the city of beer.
Friday afternoon, 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.
It is in homage to the heritage of Portland that BridgePort Brewing Co., Oregon's oldest craft brewery, introduces Beertown Brown. This Northern English Brown ale brings together roasted caramel and chocolate malts for a smooth, malty flavor, then adds a subtle blend of Northwest hops for a bit of spice.