Year after year, our state’s $3 billion craft beer industry produces the most inventive, authentic, experimental, and tasty beers anywhere. This month, Portland Monthly revels in our backyard beer mecca. We trace the story behind the law that made our craft beer revolution possible. We follow a local expert across the pond for some close encounters with wild yeast. We give you the skinny on beer bellies, Northwest hops, and the country’s only state-funded beer archive (it’s in Oregon, naturally). And, of course, we reveal our picks for the 25 best Oregon beers right now. To misquote a misquote, “Beer is proof that Oregon wants us to be happy!” Cheers.