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A collaboration is Brewing with new Brewshed® Alliance Member Fair Isle Brewing!

Posted on May 10, 2021 in Brewshed, Conservation News, WA Wild Blog

The days are getting longer, vaccine roll-out is happening, and a fresh beer is brewing with one of our newest Brewshed® Alliance members: Fair Isle Brewing

Photo by Chris Chappell

The brewing and conservation communities have a shared interest in protecting our waterways. Right now, one of our state’s most beloved and vital waterways is facing a mining threat: the Skagit River.

Imperial Metals Corporation—the organization responsible for the infamous Mount Polley disaster—has a pending permit to begin mining in the Skagit Headwaters in British Columbia. This puts us all at risk downstream.

How do we raise awareness and make some noise to stop Imperial Metals? By brewing up an Imperial Saison with Fair Isle Brewing.

Malt provided by Skagit Valley Malting

This beer showcases some of the best of what the Skagit Valley region has to offer. Our friends at Skagit Valley Malting generously supplied the malt. Blueberries have been sourced from Bow Hill in the Skagit Valley and Hazel Blue Acres just south of the valley.

As the brewing process continues, we’ll add in conifer tips foraged from the North Cascades in the wilderness surrounding the Skagit River.

Adding to the collaborative spirit of this brew, we’d like to say a big thanks to Brewshed® Alliance member Yakima Chief Hops for supplying the hops.

The process is happening and we can’t wait to share this beer with you in mid-summer! Until then, you can learn more about the work we’re doing to protect Skagit here.