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Vancouver’s Fortside Brewing, other Washington breweries prevail in lawsuit against Oregon

Washington businesses can now sell directly to Oregon

By Rachel Pinsky, Columbian freelance food writer
Published: September 5, 2023, 6:07am
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Fortside Brewing head brewer Paul Thurston measures out a bag of Vienna malt on Thursday at Fortside Brewing in central Vancouver. Fortside Brewing was a plaintiff in a 2022 lawsuit over Oregon's restrictions on Washington brewers selling their products in Oregon.
Fortside Brewing head brewer Paul Thurston measures out a bag of Vienna malt on Thursday at Fortside Brewing in central Vancouver. Fortside Brewing was a plaintiff in a 2022 lawsuit over Oregon's restrictions on Washington brewers selling their products in Oregon. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

A lawsuit victory and a new Oregon state law have opened the door for Washington brewers to sell beer directly to customers in Oregon.

The changes eliminate rules that required out-of-state brewers to use an Oregon-based distributor to sell beer in that state, but local brewers say it could still take decades before the full impact of the changes take effect.

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Columbian freelance food writer