New Clean Water Ale Helps Beer Lovers Protect Water Quality

New Clean Water Ale Helps Beer Lovers Protect Water Quality

Beginning this week, local residents will be able to help protect water quality in Puget Sound by knocking back a glass of beer that's arriving at bars and restaurants around town.

Clean Water Ale, brainchild of Olympia's Fish Brewing Company, is the latest in the brewer's line of organic ales and lagers. Created in collaboration with Seattle's Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, the new beer continues the company's tradition of supporting local environmental causes.

Fish Brewing's efforts in entrepreneurial environmental stewardship are part of a trend in beer making towards organic ingredients and sustainable brewing principles. Brewers are donating profits to worthwhile environmental causes, generating their own power and maintaining greenhouse gardens with recycled waste water.
  • Fish Brewing and Fish Tale Ale brands have supported a variety of water-quality and salmon conservation efforts. They have used a portion of their profits to help restore urban creeks and protect endangered salmon and bull trout. They have pioneered the use of organic ingredients in their beer making.
  • New Belgium in Fort Collins, Colo., was the first U.S. brewery to be entirely wind powered when it signed a wind energy contract in 1998. The move let them cut 1,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. Other North American brewers using wind power include Utah's Uinta, New York's Brooklyn Brewing, and 75th Street Brewing in Kansas. In Japan, Asahi has purchased more than 3.3 million kilowatt-hours of wind power at their Kanagawa brewery.
  • In Canada, Crannog Ales, an organic on-farm brewery in Sorrento, British Columbia, is embracing waste reduction as a fundamental part of their operating philosophy. The farm and brewery are fully integrated, with the brewery providing food for the livestock, and the farm providing hops for the brewery.
  • Leopold Brothers of Ann Arbor Michigan aims for "zero waste." They reuse their wastewater and heat in an attached organic greenhouse and they recycle their own bottles.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Clean Water Ale is donated to the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance. The alliance's mission is to protect and preserve Puget Sound through active monitoring, active engagement, active enforcement and solution-oriented partnerships.