Hopworks Urban Brewery is celebrating their 10th year of sustainable brewing and marking the occasion with three new, environmentally focused beer fests. (HUB), the first Certified B Corporation brewery in the Northwest and member of 1% for the Planet, today announces (B)Earth Day Beer Fest. This new event will take place on Saturday, April 21 and features 10 special beers, a spotlight on sustainability, and a look back at the last decade.
“Since day one we have set out to brew world-class beer as sustainably as possible. I’m proud of what our whole team has accomplished so far,” said HUB Brewmaster and Founder, Christian Ettinger. “Beer is an incredible mash up of art, science, and passion. Throughout history beer has been the center of every great table and we are honored to have a small part in that history. We love beer and look forward to coming to work every day, and now with 10 years under our belt we look forward to 100 more.”
A Decade of HUB History Highlights
- Hopworks Organic IPA, considered a classic in the West Coast IPA style, was HUB’s first brew in 2007.
- Built with as many reclaimed materials as possible, and a host of energy and water efficient features, Hopworks Urban Brewery opened its doors for the first time in 2008 with Hopworks Organic IPA and Organic Rise Up Red on tap.
- HUB expanded production from 3,000 barrels of beer in its first year to 13,300 barrels of beer and cider in 2017.
- HUB expanded into North Portland with Hopworks BikeBar in 2011. The building is efficiently designed to meet the Net Zero energy building standard.
- In 2012, the Oregon Sustainability Board presented HUB with the Governor’s Oregon Sustainability Grand Champion Award.
- From B-Corp™ Certification, its 1% for the Planet membership, Salmon-Safe campus certifications, and its “Good Beer Does Good” campaign, HUB continues to make high quality beer while prioritizing environmental stewardship.
- HUB opened its third location complete with an 8-barrel brewhouse in December 2016 in Vancouver, Washington. This Salmon-Safe Certified development includes a 10Kw solar array, native landscaping and energy and water efficient design.
- Over the last 10 years, HUB has partnered with hundreds of organizations and businesses for special beer projects. Many focus on sustainability, including Patagonia Provisions’ 2016 release of Long Root Ale brewed with Kernza, a perennial wheatgrass. HUB’s Organic Velvet ESB beer is one of the main ingredients in Tofurky’s Ham Roast.
- 2017 was a monumental year of growth for HUB. This growth coincided with the revision of the flagship Hopworks Organic IPA, upgraded for the contemporary palate.
“We are enthusiastic supporters of local schools, non-profits and environmental organizations. We love seeing how our brewpub has become a community ‘hub’ for families of all shapes and sizes,” said HUB Co-Owner and Community Engagement Director, Brandie Ettinger. “We would like to thank our incredible, thoughtful team and our guests for their continued support and dedication to the idea that beer is a force for good in the community!”
HUB’s 10-year celebration is marked with three major zero-waste beer festivals. Each is designed to highlight partners that share the company’s commitment to make a positive environmental impact in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
HUB’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION EVENT SCHEDULE
- (B)Earth Day Beer Fest — Saturday, April 21st from 4:30-9:00 pm
HUB kicks off its 10th anniversary with a warehouse party filled with great beer, music, food and friends. The festival is a retrospective on “10 years of sustainable beer” and pays homage to HUB’s birthday, B Corp™ status, and Earth Day. HUB will have 10 special beers available including a revived Deluxe Organic Ale brewed in collaboration with Ashley from Brewvana (an original HUB employee), and select HUB Mug Clubbers. Tickets are $20 and include anniversary glassware, 5 drink tickets (6-ounce pours), a food ticket, and access to a special HUB history and sustainability presentation by founder and brewmaster, Christian Ettinger. Attendees will enjoy music from the band Weekend Assembly, a set by DJ Dave2 and can pick up new 10-year anniversary branded merchandise. Tickets go on sale on March 21st and are limited to 300 people.
- Salmon-Safe IPA Festival, Saturday, August 25th – In August, HUB turns its attention to water conservation and protecting clean water. This year, HUB invites 20 breweries to brew an IPA using Salmon-Safe Certified beer ingredients. Hopworks has long recognized the relationship between clean and abundant water and great beer, which includes using Salmon-Safe ingredients.
- Cascadian Beer Fest, Saturday, November 10th – The final event in HUB’s 10th anniversary lineup, the Cascadian Beer Fest, will bring together 20 breweries to brew Cascadian-style beers using only ingredients from Cascadia. Each brewery is also partnered with an environmental organization from the region. As part of the event’s 1% For The Planet association, breweries will donate 1% of their beer’s sales to their partner organization.
For all 10-year events, information and news, check hopworksbeer.com/10.
About Hopworks Urban Brewery
Hopworks Urban Brewery creates world-class beer and food with sustainable business practices that protect the environment and inspire the community. Utilizing organic malts and a combination of locally-sourced, organic, and Salmon Safe hops, the company’s 20-barrel brewery in Portland, and 7-barrel brewery in Vancouver, produce 13,500 barrels of beer and cider a year for HUB’s brewpubs and distribution throughout the West. Hopworks is a family-owned and operated business, the first Certified B Corporation brewery in the Pacific Northwest, a member of 1% For The Planet, and a gold-level bike friendly business.