Craft beer makers setting up shop around Roseburg

Craft beer makers setting up shop around Roseburg

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- With another new brewery opening up in Roseburg, officials say the industry could very well bring some jobs to the area if the market will support them.

Matt Hill, a head brewer at Old 99 Brewery, just might be on to something.

Craft brews are becoming more and more popular in Douglas County.

Hill says that popularity led them to open here. "Roseburg is a great place, we have families, we love it here," he said. "Anything to help the community, and a brewery is a great way to go."

Steve Bahr, the Umpqua Brewfest coordinator, says the industry is probably here to stay. "Historically, I've heard that this used to be a big hops growing area, and I think that's going to come back, but I think agriculture will support the breweries," he said.

Craft beer agriculture may lead to more jobs.

Arter Tuter, an Old 99 head brewer, says they want to create jobs while doing what they love. "That's our goal, is to be able to grow in size and be able to have some employees and start down that road," he said.

Craft breweries that take advantage of lower rental costs in Douglas County could revitalize the area and pump money  into the local economy.

For breweries like Old 99, tackling the local market is the main challenge. "We have what we call regulars," said Tuter. "They'll take a trip over here just to buy the beer, just to support us. So, that's where I think we're going to have our success, just the support of the community."

For now, the owners of Old 99 say they plan to stay local.

You can catch them and other local brewers at the Umpqua Brewfest this Saturday.