The Brewshed® Alliance is an outreach initiative designed to highlight the overlapping interests between the conservation and beer communities. As water flows through a landscape it picks up natural minerals that give it a distinct local flavor; however, it can also pick up pollutants that can be difficult to remove and/or damaging to the downstream beer. Protecting wild waters also protects superior downstream beer – that is what we call the Brewshed Connection.
We work with nearly 40 different Brewshed Partners throughout the state to co-host events helping raise both funds and awareness for Washington Wild’s statewide conservation work. Our partners have played a critical role in reaching thousands of supporters and consistently raising over $25,000 of annual unrestricted funding to support our non-profit work.
Breweries Advocating for a Wild Washington
Icicle Brewing Company in Leavenworth, WA one of our founding partners, is an example of the Brewshed Connection in action. The Alpine Lakes Wilderness protects Icicle Creek, the brewery’s pristine water supply; as a result Icicle Brewing Company’s owner, Pamela Brulotte, was one of the strongest supporters of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions that Washington Wild helped get passed into law in December of 2014. The new law permanently protected over 22,000 acres of Wilderness and nearly 40 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers.
Washington Wild works hard to find common ground among varied interests in defense of Washington’s wild lands and waters. Our Brewshed Program is just one example of what we call non-traditional conservation allies; people who may not be obvious advocates for environmental conservation, but have a vested interest in our work. Learn more about the diverse group of Conservation Voices who advocate for wild places by supporting Washington Wild. If you have questions about the program, want to volunteer, or become a partner please e-mail us.
Become a Wilderness Advocate
The comment period for this opportunity closed on September 27, 2017. For current opportunities see our Take Action Page. The Trump Administration is proposing to repeal the Clean Water Rule (CWR) which would reverse the hard-fought 2015 rule which extended federal jurisdiction for the Clean Water Act to include important smaller bodies of water such as wetlands and […]
Jim Whittaker, Matt Perkins, and Robert Brenlin to Receive Awards from Washington Wild in Support of Conservation
At Washington Wild’s fundraiser, WILD NIGHT OUT, Jim Whittaker, Matt Perkins, and Robert Brenlin will receive an annual conservation award from Washington Wild for their conservation efforts to protect public lands and wild places in Washington State. The Conservation Voices Award, given each year to an individual who has lent his or her voice […]
Now in its sixth year, Beers Made By Walking (BMBW) returns to Seattle! BMBW invites brewers to go on nature hikes led by volunteer naturalists and brew beer inspired by plants found on the trail. All the breweries participating are Partners of the Brewshed Alliance, which currently has over 50 Washington breweries on board. This […]