April is shaping up to be a great month to celebrate Earth Day with all sorts of events and actions to take to support Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters - plus you might be getting in some final turns on the mountain or getting your garden started (depending on your priorities!). All that activity might have you wishing for a tasty beverage to relax with - preferably one that has environmental benefits. That’s where the Oregon Brewshed® Alliance comes in!
The Oregon Brewshed® Alliance is a coalition of brewing businesses and community partners who understand the value of clean water and protected forest watersheds. Oregon Wild created the Brewshed Alliance in 2015 as a way for the craft brewing industry who support our work to do so in a tangible way. Over the years, dozens of brewing industry partners have helped put on 7 different Oregon Brewshed® Brewfests in Portland and Eugene; raised over $60,000 to support conservation work; donated beer, cider, and kombucha to Oregon Wild fundraiser and other events; supported efforts to protect new Wilderness areas, State Scenic Waterways, Wild & Scenic Rivers, and reform logging laws to better protect streams by signing letters to elected officials, placing ads, and penning opinion pieces; and hosting more pint-nights, tap-takeovers, and presentations for the public than we can count.
This month, we’re excited that we’ve launched a new Brewshed® Alliance website , but even better, several of our brewery partners are hosting fundraising events and releasing special benefit brews for Earth Day. We hope you can join us, bring a friend for happy hour, and stock up on great beer and cider - all to support Oregon Wild’s work to protect our wild landscapes and waterways! Remember, great beer doesn’t start at the tap – great beer begins with clean water.
- April 12th (Portland) - Schilling Cider’s “Keep It Wild!” Kickoff Event
Come to Schilling’s Portland Cider House for happy hour (5-7p) on Wednesday April 12th to help us kick off the second year of this Sasquatch-themed partnership that will generate huge support for Oregon Wild’s conservation efforts!
- April 12th (Eugene) - Oakshire Inspires benefit
Come on down for a brew at Oakshire's Eugene pub where $1 from every pint of beer sold all day will be donated to support the Oregon Brewshed Alliance and Oregon Wild's work to protect clean water. Oregon Wild staff will be on hand from 5-7pm.
- April 22nd (Portland) - Salmon Safe IPA Festival
Come celebrate Hopworks Urban Brewery's 15th Anniversary and Earth Day for the 2nd annual Salmon-Safe IPA Festival. All beer served is brewed with Salmon-Safe certified hops and malts from 20+ breweries. Food, music, and other fun activities will be on hand, and $5 from each ticket goes to Oregon Wild.
- April 22nd (Tualatin) - Oregon Brewery Running Series @ Stickmen Brewing
Be active. Have fun. Give back. It’s as simple as that. Join the Oregon Brewery Running Series for a special Earth Day 5k fun run/walk starting and ending at Stickmen Brewing in Tualatin. A portion of proceeds support Oregon Wild’s conservation work!
- April 22nd (Eugene) - Hop Valley’s Stash Fest
Fun for all, with music, food and tasty beer, $1 from every Stash beer sold all day (2pm+) will benefit Oregon Wild & the Oregon Brewshed® Alliance.
- April 22nd (Bend) - Worthy Brewing Earth Day event
Stop by Worthy’s pub for a good-old-fashioned community Earth Day celebration, 4pm and onward.
- Earth Day Wild & Scenic Collaboration Beers (releases all month)
To honor Earth Day and to help raise awareness about the need to protect Oregon’s rivers and streams, ten Oregon Brewshed® Alliance partners are coordinating on a special Earth Day collaboration series to honor their watersheds with hops generously donated by Coleman Agriculture and Yakima Chief Hops. A portion of proceeds from each collaboration beer will be donated to Oregon Wild’s work to protect Oregon’s rivers and streams.
Look for these special brews from participating breweries: