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Monday, July 18, 2016

Brewshed® Alliance Spotlight

Ben Curran 

Co-Owner of Brewshed® Partner, Watershed Pub & Kitchen

Since opening in the spring of 2014, Watershed Pub & Kitchen’s Ben Curran has been one of the strongest supporters of the Washington Wild Brewshed® Alliance, as a partner and as an individual.  The Brewshed® Alliance, now in its 4th year, is an outreach initiative of Washington Wild designed to bring people together with a simple message: protected water makes superior downstream beer. 

Ben started at the Fiddler’s Inn, a sister pub of Brewshed® Partner Latona Pub, at age 22 and quickly found himself at home in the beer community.  As the owner, Bob Brenlin, entrusted Ben with more tasks over the years, the dream of running his own pub began to form.  It took some gentle prodding from Ben’s then girlfriend, and now wife, Kelsey to make that dream a reality.  The dynamic duo teamed up in life and in business as partners, along with his parents, to build the dream that was to become Watershed.

Watershed is located in the Northgate neighborhood next to the daylighted Thornton Creek, which, in part, gave rise to the name.  As Ben puts it, “A watershed is an area defined by the natural flow of water, where people and animals historically gravitate for comfort and survival.  They were the original neighborhoods, which made the name perfect for capturing a sense of community.”

The names Watershed and Brewshed® made a natural connection and Ben reached out to Washington Wild shortly after opening day about our Brewshed® Alliance. In their first year they not only signed up as a Brewshed® Partner, but became the title sponsor of the June Brewshed® Beer Fest.

As with so many of our Brewshed® Partners, the connection goes well beyond the program for Ben.  I’ve been hiking and camping since I can remember.  When I traveled to other places and returned home I’ve always been reminded how beautiful and unique Washington is.  We are happy and excited to do our part as a business to support Washington Wild’s efforts to protect the natural treasures that make our State so unique.”

Visit Watershed Pub & Kitchen in the Northgate neighborhood for a beer, food and good company.