Portland-based brewery is first to be recognized as a SalmonSafe Certified business.
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
Portland-based Hopworks Urban Brewery is the first of its kind to be recognized as a SalmonSafe Certified business.
The site of HUB’s brewery and original brewpub was certified through Salmon-Safe’s Urban Development Certification Program. Since 2004, Salmon-Safe certified urban projects include the Nike World Headquarters campus, Portland State University, Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) and others. Salmon-Safe also works with more than 450 West Coast farms and vineyards to certify for clean water and habitat restoration. They seek to have the same impact in the craft beer sector.
“Hopworks has inspired the Salmon-Safe hops movement by seeking certified hops in beers like the IPX series. Now they take a powerful next step by becoming the first Salmon-Safe certified brewery site,” said Dan Kent, Salmon-Safe Co-Founder and Executive Director. “Joining with Hopworks means that we are working with a national environmental leader in craft beer. We anticipate that breweries across the West Coast will follow their lead in transforming how brewing sites and operations impact local watersheds.”
HUB has already earned B-Corporation status for its sustainable practices and is in a group of breweries collaborating to aid Oregon Wild.
“Hopworks has long recognized the relationship between clean and abundant water and great beer,” Ettinger says. “Using SalmonSafe hops was a first step. Now we that we have received our SalmonSafe Site Certification we can ensure that all water leaving our campus is fit for the fish and the people of the Pacific Northwest.”
HUB, founded in 2007 as an “eco-brewery,” was assessed on its overall development and maintenance practices of stormwater management, water use management, chemical and pesticide reduction, water quality protection, and enhancement of urban ecological function. An annual review will ensure the site reaches the goal of treating 100 percent of stormwater on site in the course of five years, up from the current 25 percent.
(SOURCE: Portland Tribune)