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Laurelwood Brewing Committed to the Deschutes River


LAURELWOOD At Mutineer, we take water very seriously. Whether it be through our charity partner A Child’s Right providing clean drinking water to children in underdeveloped regions, having clean water to brew our favorite beers such as Mutinous Battle Chai, or the conservation of rivers flowing through our most magnificent ecosystems, clean water is something that we strongly support … and it looks like we’re not alone.

Laurelwood Brewing Co., Portland’s first certified organic brewery, has signed a three-year contract with Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) to support its Water Restoration Certificate program. The result? The result will be one million gallons of restored water of Oregon’s beautiful Deschutes River. “The BEF’s Water Restoration Certificate is the first national-level, market-based solution that enables businesses to take responsibility for water consumption by helping restore water flow to critically de-watered creeks and rivers” cited the press release.

As a brewery we obviously rely on the outstanding quality of Oregon water along with all our other ingredients. We believe that the Bonneville Environmental Foundation provides the most direct and effective program to put water back in local de-watered rivers and streams” explains Chad Kennedy, Laurelwood’s Brewmaster.

Laurelwood’s purchase will result in one million gallons of water restored to the Deschutes River, one of Oregon’s most gorgeous rivers. 405 miles long, the Deschutes River is world renowned for its fly fishing and is a very popular tourist destination for rafting and other outdoor enthusiasts. During the next three years, BEF will collaborate with the Deschutes River Conservancy to manage stream flow restoration projects.

Deschutes River

The Deschutes River

We are thrilled to be working with Laurelwood,” notes Rob Harmon, BEF’s Chief Innovation Officer. “Their support for a new standard of water stewardship demonstrates their deep commitment to the communities and culture of the Pacific Northwest.

For more information check out the Laurelwood Brewing and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, visit this link.


  1. Julie | Thursday, September 23, 2010

    Nice to hear. Good for the brewery and the environment. It’s a win-win!

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