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Friday, May 30, 2014

First Annual Brewshed Alliance Pub Crawl Was a Huge Success!

Washington Wild held its first annual Seattle Beer Week pub crawl on May 15, 2014, with Brewshed®
WA Wild Outreach Coordinator with Mike Hale of Hale's Ales
Alliance partners, Peddler Brewing, NW Peaks Brewing and Reuben’s Brews. At nearly 40 people, the event was a resounding success! 


Beer lovers and wilderness fans alike turned out for the “crawl” through the breweries of our Ballard Brewshed® Partners. Participants ranged from out-of-towners who were happy to get a walking tour the Seattle brewery scene, to beer aficionados and aspiring brewers such as those from Flying Lion Brewing Company opening this summer in Columbia City, to longstanding successful pioneers of the local brewing industry in the state, such as Mike Hale of Hale’s Ales.

Beer and cake!
Others, like Evan Escamilla, saw the opportunity as a trifecta of fun: support a good cause, drink beer with good friends and celebrate a birthday! (This definitely called for cake.)

He said, “For myself and many of my friends, [the pub crawl] was our first exposure to the organization. I'm hopeful that some will remain active and consider donating or participating in a Brewshed® pub crawl again in the future. Thank you for being a great cause.”

We started at Peddler Brewing Company with discounts and cake.  Then we moved to NW Peaks Brewing where owner Kevin Klein created a specialty brew in honor of Washington Wild, and we ended at Reuben’s Brews where some crawlers shut the place down.

All three breweries have been enthusiastic supporters of Washington Wild’s efforts to educate the
These pub crawlers are opening Flying Lion Brewing this summer!
public on the direct link between the protection of Washington’s water sources and the protection of the state’s high quality beer.  Haley Woods of Peddler Brewing Company recorded a testimonial this month that summarized the valuable partnership between Washington Wild and Peddler that ran on the Seattle-based radio station KEXP.

Haley stated, “Breweries might be a nontraditional ally in conservation, but we’re a completely natural one.  Like all brewers, Peddler Brewing Company is highly dependent on clean water, because clean water makes better beer. [Washington Wild’s] work to protect headwaters in wilderness also protects downstream water quality.”

The Washington Brewshed® Alliance continues to grow in momentum and popularity.  Our Outreach
Crawlers enjoying a beer at Peddler!
Coordinator Lyndsay Gordon whose job allows her to combine her two passions in life – beer and wilderness conservation – is working around the state to engage Washington brewers and their patrons in joining the Brewshed® Alliance and supporting the work of Washington Wild. The Brewshed® Alliance currently consists of 16 breweries and two beer community partners and still growing.

If you missed the pub crawl in May, you can more than make up for it by attending Washington Wild’s Brewshed® Beer Festival on Thursday, July 31, at Hales Ales in Fremont. With our Brewshed® Alliance brewery partners pouring at the event, this is an event for beer lovers that is not to be missed, so get your tickets today! We will have a raffle and other surprises to come.  To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the upcoming Brewshed events, sign up to receive the monthly update. Email Lyndsay Gordon at Lyndsay@wawild.org.

 
The crowd ends the evening at Reuben's Brews.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Save the Dates for Summer Fun with Washington Wild!

Seattle got an exhilarating sneak peak of summer this week with a couple days of 80-degree temperature highs. The shorts and sunglasses came out, moods soared with the temperatures, and we started thinking ahead to Washington Wild’s summer calendar of events. And many of them involve drinking beer and exploring Wilderness.

Brewshed® Alliance Happy Hours

June: As if you needed another excuse to visit to Leavenworth this summer, Icicle Brewing Company is hosting a Brewshed® Happy Hour on Friday, June 6. Grab those lederhosen and join Washington Wild for some tasty, locally crafted beer!

July: Hang out in Greenwood (just blocks from where all the magic happens at Washington Wild headquarters) for Brewshed® Happy Hour at Naked City on Thursday, July 10! It is patio weather (everyone knows it stops raining in Seattle on July 5), and Naked City has one of the best beer-drinking patios in the city!

August: We are back in Ballard at NW Peaks for our August Brewshed® Happy Hour on Thursday, August 14! Mountain-themed craft beers, anyone? How about an Ingalls Ginger or a Challenger IPA?

Hope you can join us for one or all of these Brewshed® Alliance Happy Hours this summer. A dollar per pint goes toward Washington Wild’s work to preserve wild lands and waters. Come out, get a pint, talk with us about the direct connection between Wilderness and river protection and beer.



Summer Hikes

Dust off the hiking boots, it’s ALMOST that time of year again! Summer hiking season! Washington Wild staff and volunteers had so much fun last year taking people out to see and experience firsthand the places we work to protect. From the Grey Wolf Trail on the Olympic Peninsula to the Pratt Connector Trail in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, we hosted a hiking series that hosted expert hikers, novices, kids as young as four years old and even one that was led by a team of pack goats!

Stay up to date on our 2014 Summer Hiking Series by signing up to receive our e-newsletter and checking our FB page and website for updates. Join us, get outside and learn about the wild lands and waters for which Washington Wild is working to secure permanent protections.




BEERFEST: July 31

That’s right. I said, “BEERFEST”, in all caps so you know it’s a big deal. Washington Wild is holding its first Brewshed® Alliance Beer Festival on Thursday evening, July 31st, at Hales Ales in Fremont! The festival will feature the crafts of our wonderful Brewshed® Partners!  More information to come soon, but if you are interested in learning more about the event and/or volunteering please contact our Outreach Coordinator, Lyndsay Gordon, at lyndsay@wawild.org.

So there you have it. There are plenty of ways to get involved with Washington Wild this summer, and more opportunities are on the way. And, don’t forget to sign up for our Brewshed® Alliance Ballard Pub Crawl on Thursday, May 15! We hope to meet you soon on the trail or in a taproom. 

Andy Porter Photography