Best Local Microbrew

Despite the bummer economy, the craft beer industry has hummed along with double-digit sales gains the past two years.

It's no different for Southern Oregon Brewing, which has been turning yeast, hops and other tasty ingredients into fine beer for three years.

"The thing I'm most proud of is that we have continued to make the best handcrafted local beer we can," says Southern Oregon Brewing owner and president Tom Hammond.

The brewery, which is located just off Highway 62 at 1922 United Way in Medford, has a tap room that's open for tastings Tuesday through Sunday for varying hours.

Other favorites: Standing Stone Brewing Co., Ashland, and Wild River Brewing and Pizza Co. in Medford, Grants Pass and Cave Junction

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