Washington at center of U.S. microbrewery growth



Clark County is home to several small craft breweries, with new ones opening every few months. Here’s a partial list:

Amnesia Brewing, 1834 Main St., Washougal, 360-335-1008.

Beerded Brothers Brewing, Vancouver, 206-235-6106.

Brothers Cascadia Brewing, 1120 S.E. Rasmussen Blvd., Battle Ground, 360-771-3479.

Dirty Hands Brewing Company, 114 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, 360-258-0413.

Doomsday Brewing Company, Hazel Dell, not open to the public.

Ghost Runners Brewery, 2403 N.W. 125th St., Vancouver, 360-573-4872.

Heathen Brewing, 5612 N.E. 119th St., Vancouver, 360-601-7454.

Laurelwood Public House & Brewery, 1401 S.E. Rasmussen Blvd., Battle Ground, 360-723-0937.

Loowit Brewing Company, 507 Columbia St., Vancouver, 360-566-2323.

McMenamins on the Columbia Brewing, 1801 S.E. Columbia River Drive, Vancouver, 360-699-1521 (also McMenamins East Vancouver, 1900 N.E. 162nd, Suite B107, 360-254-3950).

Mill City Brew Werks, 325 N.E. Cedar St., Camas, 360-210-4761.

Mt. Tabor Brewing, 113 W. Ninth St., Vancouver, no public phone number.

Old Ivy Tap Room, 108 West Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, 360-696-0012.

Rail Side Brewing, 421 C St. 1B, Washougal, 360-907-8582.

West Highland Brewing, 18012 N.E. 22nd Way, Vancouver, 360-883-5357 or 360-433-7147.

SEATTLE — As one of four states that combine to have a third of all U.S. breweries, Washington state is at the center of continuing growth in microbreweries, according to a beer crafters’ lobbying group.

The Evergreen State holds a special distinction in that group that also includes California, Colorado and Oregon, The Seattle Times reports.

Washington, with 251 breweries, is only second to California in number of breweries. But Washington has a much higher brewery-to-inhabitant ratio than California, with one brewery per 27,000 inhabitants. Each of California’s 508 breweries represents about 74,800 inhabitants.

Washington also opened more new breweries than any other state except California last year — 62. That represented about 6.5 percent of the 948 mostly small breweries opened nationally in 2013.

Craft-brewing pioneers Redhook and Pyramid, plus Cascade hops,

helped push Washington toward its status as a microbrewery leader.

In 2012, the industry directly generated 23,870 jobs and had a direct economic impact of $1.5 billion, according to the Beer Institute, the beer crafters’ Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group.

Most of the new permits went to brewpubs, among them Peddler Brewing Co. in Ballard, which opened in March 2013.

Co-owner Haley Woods said that in Seattle and the Northwest, people are very interested in learning about beer in the same way they have embraced wine and coffee. That creates “a bigger opportunity for brewers to make unique styles of beer and have people appreciate it,” she said.

Woods and her partner David Keller opened Peddler after years of brewing beer at home.

In contrast, Washington is surprisingly moderate when it comes to drinking beer. In 2012, per-capita consumption of malt beverages averaged 24.8 gallons for people older than 21, below the national average of 28.2.

Drinking-age North Dakotans, the national champions, each guzzle 45.8 gallons on average, the Beer Institute says.

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