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Breweries across the U.S. are invited to help save the Ocean by donating a portion of sales to Ocean Blue volunteer beach cleanup efforts. By Karisa Boyce
Ocean Blue is partnering with several breweries in 2019 to make the most impact. Coastal cleanup efforts are underway with support of craft beer brewers and drinkers. Brewers protect the ocean by helping remove tons of plastic and marine debris from U.S. beaches.
Single use plastics are especially causing problems for marine life. Marine conservation efforts are vital for the health of coral reefs. Plastic pollutes the place that marine wildlife call home, like sea turtles. Ocean friendly craft breweries are now being called upon for support of this vital mission to save the ocean.
We know that sustainable fisheries produce sustainable seafood, and not word is getting out that sustainable breweries are also essential. We can still get that barrel aged and fresh home brewed taste without using up more precious resources than absolutely needed. This, and for many other reasons, is why Ocean Blue is featuring Sunriver Brewing as the leader of Brewers for Beaches in 2019.
Sunriver Brewing Company, Bend, Oregon
Their award-winning brew gives Oregonians something to be proud about, but did you know that Sunriver Brewing Company is putting their amazing beer to good use for the environment. Sunriver Brewing, based in Bend, Oregon, is giving $5,000 to clean rivers and beaches in Oregon. Not only are they financially supporting Ocean Blue efforts, this brewery is showing up with their team to partake in the cleanup efforts.
Sunriver also uses the hot water from their heat exchanger for other uses instead of sending it down the drain. On a brewhouse,a heat exchanger cools down the wort quickly before it gets transferred to fermentation tanks. Otherwise, the yeast would die from hot temperatures.
Instead of sending cold water down the drain once it gets warm, Sunriver Brewing sends it to a hot liquor tank. No liquor is in it though. It’s just what breweries call a hot water heater. Since it’s already warm going into the hot water heater, Sunriver Brewing doesn’t need to use as much energy to heat the water up and the hot water is then used for brewing and cleaning.
For information on how to join a Sunriver Brewing sponsored event, check out Ocean Blue events here. Local Oregon cleanups are set for the Deschutes River in Bend, the Willamette River in Eugene, and all along the Oregon Coast.
Block 15 Brewing, Corvallis, Oregon
Block 15 joined Ocean Blue on Nye Beach in Newport, Oregon in June of 2018 for World Ocean Day. Last year, the local Corvallis Brewery raised nearly $1000 for Ocean Blue cleanups through their People’s Pint program.
They are continuing their support of Ocean Blue’s mission to Save the Ocean in 2019. So far, Block 15 has donated $500 in 2019 to beach and urban stream restoration projects in collaboration with the City of Corvallis and Ocean Blue Project.
Mt. Lowe Brewing, Arcadia, California
Mt. Lowe Brewing is the first microbrewery in Arcadia, California. Mt. Lowe is also California’s first brewery to support Ocean Blue volunteer beach cleanups one pint at a time. Last February, 10% of one day’s sales was donated to Ocean Blue Project for clean beaches and river projects in Southern California.
Arcadia’s Mt. Lowe Brewing is both pet and family friendly, just like Ocean Blue beach cleanups and tree planting events. Ocean Blue is collaborating with NASA for research on cleaning up runoff water using fungi as a strategy.
Ecliptic Brewing, Portland, Oregon
Ecliptic Brewing was founded on a love for brewing and astronomy. This love for astronomy is shared by Ocean Blue’s founder, Richard Arterbury. Before returning his gaze to focus on water of the Earth, Richard spent many of his younger years looking up at the stars.
Earlier in March, this Portland brewery committed to donating 10% of one day’s sales and ended up raising $672 for Ocean Blue Trees for Streams and Blue Beaches in the Portland area all the way to the Northern Oregon coast. Join Ocean Blue on April 20th in Manzanita for Annual Oregon Coast Cleanup and Awareness Day, proclamation signed by Gov. Kate Brown.
More Breweries Serving Up Good Brew for the Ocean
The next breweries you see below have committed to join Brewers for Beaches by having Pint for a Cause Days in support of beach and river cleanups in their local area:
NW Peaks Brewery in Ballard of Seattle, Washington
For two days in July, the 8th and 9th, NW Peaks is donating a portion the day’s sales to Ocean Blue cleanup efforts in the Seattle area.
Machine House Brewing, Seattle, Washington
Join us July 10th at Machine House Brewing for a fundraiser for clean water in Seattle area waterways.
Bad Jimmy’s, Seattle, Washington
Ocean Blue will see you on July 12th, the day before the Jetty Island Cleanup (details to come) where a portion of your pint purchases will go to Seattle area cleanup efforts.
Coffee Roasters and Brewers are also in support of cleanup efforts in 2019! Thanks to Coffee Culture in Corvallis, Oregon, for continually providing burlap bags, a fantastic alternative to plastic beach cleanup bags. More thanks to Bandon Brewing Company & Pizzeria of Bandon, Oregon. Bandon Brewing is expanding to Gold Beach in May of this year and is looking forward to Ocean Blue cleanup efforts in Gold Beach. Bandon Brewing provides all the bags needed to collect debris along the Southern Oregon coast and river outlets.
Stay tuned for more information about Brewers for Beaches and if you know a brewery, or are a brewer yourself, and would like to support a mission to Save our one world Ocean, reach out to Karisa@oceanblueproject.org
Jump on the wave with Ocean Blue and let's protect clean drinking water today. Join our team of players saving the ocean one pint at a time.
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