Many have ranked Oregon as the greatest beer state in the nation for many years now. Each time a brewery among the nearly 300 that call the Beaver State home closes, two more pop up. This is a place where beer is a way of life, where two cities -- that’d be Portland and Bend -- can accurately claim status among the best in the country for drinkers, and where small towns like Hood River manage to out-beer entire states. Oregon's beer culture is unmatched. This is, after all, a place where even optometrists hand out beers in the waiting room just because that’s expected.