Tiah Edmunson-Morton started the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives at Oregon State University's Library in 2013, the first of its kind in the country. As part of that work, she collects materials that document the history of all things beer in the Northwest, from research reports to event posters; she's especially active in gathering oral histories from members of the community. When she isn't doing things related to beer history, she teaches about library and archival research, manages the Special Collections and Archives Research Center's exhibits and internship programs, and coordinates social media and outreach. She has an MLIS from San José State University, MA in English Literature from Miami University, and is a Certified Archivist.
Brewing industry in Oregon
High-quality water and ideal conditions for growing hops set the stage for Oregon’s vibrant beer industry. The earliest commercial breweries in the 1850s were small, but within a few years German immigrant Henry Weinhard had bought the first liquor license in Portland and opened Weinhard City Brewery, which would brew …
McMenamins was founded by Mike and Brian McMenamin, brothers who grew up in northeast Portland. As of 2022, they own the company, with Mike serving as president and Brian as vice-president. The company has over sixty properties, including twelve hotels; dozens of breweries, pubs, and restaurants; movie theaters; music …
Otto Frederick "Fred" Eckhardt (1926–2015)
Friends and fans called Fred Eckhardt a muse, an icon, a founding father, and the “cosmic giggle of craft beer.” Based in Portland, he was an author, educator, home brewer, and beer historian known for his knowledge of beer styles and craft beer culture. He influenced home and commercial …