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Clackamas County tourism department promotes trend of more local breweries

In the past few years Clackamas County has gone from having a handful of breweries to more than a dozen breweries, three cideries, a distillery and even a meadery.

To help visitors discover all these locations, Clackamas County's Tourism and Cultural Affairs Department, branded as Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory, has created the Tap Trail, a free mobile passport to direct guests to some of the newest breweries and perennial favorites in Oregon.

"The best part, the passport also grants you discounts at each of the participating businesses," said Annie Austin, public relations manager for Mt. Hood Territory.

Visit 10 of the 13 locations, and you can pick up a Mt. Hood Territory Tap Trail stainless steel pint glass at the End of the Oregon Trail Visitor Center in Oregon City. With eight locations on the Tap Trail, Oregon City offers an excellent starting place for guests.

"The Tap Trail isn't just for breweries," Austin said. "We're very happy to also feature Oregon City's very own distillery, Trail Distilling."

1. Sample some Oregon history-themed beers at Coin Toss Brewing in Oregon City, which is named for the infamous coin toss that decided the naming of Oregon's largest city — Portland.

2/3. Across the road from Coin Toss is where Shattered Oak Brewing and Batch 1 Brewing share a space called The Hive Taphouse. There you can try some German-inspired creations before discovering a whole new world of meads and ciders.

4. For the cider lovers, 12 Bridge Ciderworks PHOTO COURTESY: CLACKAMAS COUNTY - Mt. Hood Territory Tap Trails official pint glass pays a visit to the Municipal Elevator in Oregon City.combines locally sourced juices, spices and all-natural ingredients to create ciders that are as original as they are delicious.

5. In downtown Oregon City, visit OC Brewing, which features 44 taps highlighting their own beers and guest taps, including local ciders, wines and kombucha. OC Brewing also is home to OP Wurst and their world-class frankfurters, sausages and sandwiches.

6. Feckin Brewing is an Irish brewery with Pacific Northwest influences at the farthest southern portion of Oregon City before it becomes farmland. It features five rotating beers on tap, two available in bottles, and a variety of limited release beers for each season.

7. One mile from Barton Park in unincorporated Oregon City is Bent Shovel Brewing. Relax with a brew at their quiet, countryside set-

ting. They specialize in handcrafted beer that is artfully made.

8. Trail Distilling is located on Highway 213 south of Oregon City. Their Trillium Gin and First City Vodka can be enjoyed solo or as part of an expertly created cocktail. In fact, both won silver medals at the American Distilling Institutes Judging.

In addition to these eight locations, there are another five breweries on the Tap Trail throughout Mt. Hood Territory. For more information and to download the free Tap Trail, visit omht.us/taptrail.

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