A Brewfest for Earth Day
Earth Day 2017 dawned bright and breezy in Eugene - an auspicious beginning to a day full of events with the Oregon Brewshed Alliance. First, we set up for a river and park clean-up and maintenance event at Clearwater Park in Springfield. In conjunction with SOLVE Oregon and Willamalane Parks & Recreation, OBA sponsored this event that turned out over 50 earth-lovers to collect litter, spruce up the parking areas of the park, remove invasive plants, and care for native plants in a restoration area along the Middle Fork Willamette River. Big thanks to groups of employees from Target, EWEB, and Eugene OG - along with many families and individuals who came out to make a difference in keeping Oregon a beautiful place to live.
After all that hard work in the park, while many folks in Oregon attended Marches for Science, a team of Oregon Wild staff and volunteers worked to set up the main event of the day: the 1st annual Earth Day Oregon Brewshed Brewfest in Springfield. After all, without science, there is no beer!
The event in the Sprout! Markethall in downtown Springfield was co-sponsored with one of the Brewshed Alliance's charter members, Claim 52 Brewing. With their and Bigfoot Beverages Distributing's help, we transformed the Markethall (an old church) into a Brewfest with 19 beers and ciders on tap, Happy Mountain Kombucha, and over 200 attendees who came to support protecting clean water by drinking beer!
Congressman Peter DeFazio paid the 'Fest a visit between speaking at the Science March and heading back to Washington D.C. Twelve raffle prizes (bags stuffed with great brewery swag donated by brewshed partners!) were drawn throughout the event, and attendees carefully considered what brew should win "Brewshed Best." It was a tough choice for many, with some great ciders, IPAs, and pilsners - but in the end the people spoke out for 3 brews. Congrats to our Brewshed Best winners:
- 1st Place: Worthy Brewing's Stoker Red
- 2nd Place: Portland Cider's Sangria
- 3rd Place: McMenamins High Street's Devils Lock Helles Bock
Our team of nearly 20 volunteers - who helped with set-up, pouring beers, checking people in, selling raffle tickets, and event clean-up helped make everything go super smooth for a first-time event. Thanks to everyone who lent a hand, and to everyone who attended to make this a successful event!
Missed the Earth Day Brewfest? You'll have another chance to support the Brewshed Alliance at the 2nd annual Portland event May 17. Hope to see you there!