Tom Acitelli over at All About Beer has a nice, short read about Oregon’s beer culture origins. It wasn’t always so potent.
It was not a hit with consumers, nor were subsequent batches. “The beer wasn’t great and the bottling was downright poor,” according to one account. Cartwright folded in 1981. Whatever its failures as a manufacturer, the brewery as an idea proved a profound success.
Give the whole thing a read. In 2014 it’s easy for almost every place in America to take craft for granted. It’s hard to believe that even just years ago craft beer didn’t even exist in Oregon!