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Portland is the largest city in the state of Oregon. Portland straddles the Willamette River immediately south of its confluence with the Columbia River. Portland is the third largest city in the Pacific Northwest, after
Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia.
The population of Portland is estimated to be 556,370 as of July 1,
2005, and that of the surrounding metropolitan area (MSA) is
approximately 2 million (the 24th largest in the United States).
Portland is known as "The City of Roses" or "Rose City". This
nickname quickly grew in popularity after the Lewis and Clark
centennial exposition where Mayor Harry Lane suggested that the city
needed a "festival of roses." The first Portland Rose Festival was
held two years later in 1907. Its climate is ideal for growing roses,
and the city has many rose gardens, including the International Rose
Test Garden in Washington Park. Other nicknames for the city of
Portland include "Stumptown", "Bridgetown" (due to its numerous
bridges), "Puddletown" (due to the weather), and "River City" (due to
its proximity to the Willamette and Columbia Rivers), "PDX" (after
the city's airport code), "P-town".
Portland and certain other Oregon cities (such as Hood River and
Bend) are well-known for their beer. It is often said that Portland
is the home of the microbrew revolution in the United States. Some
illustrate Portlanders' interest in the beverage by an offer made in
1888, when local brewer Henry Weinhard volunteered to pump beer from
his brewery into the newly dedicated Skidmore Fountain. However, the
renown for quality beer dates to the 1980s, when state law was
changed to allow consumption of beer on brewery premises. In short
order, microbreweries and brewpubs began to pop up all over the city.
Their growth was supported by the abundance of local ingredients,
including two-row barley, over a dozen varieties of hops, and the
pure water from Bull Run and other drainage basins of nearby Mount Hood.
Today, with 33 breweries within the city limits, Portland is home to
more breweries than any other city in the world. The McMenamin
brothers alone have over thirty brewpubs, distilleries and wineries
scattered throughout the metropolitan area, several in renovated
theaters and other old buildings otherwise destined for demolition.
Other notable Portland brewers include Widmer Brothers, Bridgeport
Brewing Company and the MacTarnahan's Brewing Company. In 1999,
author Michael "Beerhunter" Jackson called Portland a candidate for
the beer capital of the world because the city boasted more breweries
than Cologne, Germany. A popular nickname for the city in beer
appreciation circles is "Beervana."
Portland hosts a number of festivals throughout the year in
celebration of beer, including the Oregon Brewers Festival. Held each
July, it is the largest gathering of independent craft brewers in
North America. Other major beer festivals throughout the calendar
year are: in April Spring Beer and Wine Festival, in July
Portland International Beerfest and in December Holiday Ale
An unusual feature of Portland entertainment is the large number of
movie theaters that serve beer, often with second-run or revival
films. Examples include the Laurelhurst Theater, Clinton Street
Theater, Baghdad Theater, Mission Theater, the Kennedy School, and
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