Clean Water, Good Beer

Craft breweries across the Chesapeake and coastal bays region know that clean water is essential for making good beer. That is why they partner with Waterkeepers and other water advocates to support activities and initiatives to keep our local waterways clean — not only for good beer, but for all to enjoy and for the protection of the health of our communities.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery created a beer for Waterkeepers Chesapeake the summer of 2022 called Sippin on the Dock of the Bay. A few years ago, they created The Great Return IPA to support the James River Association’s sturgeon recovery efforts. Since then, they have provided venue space for James River Association events.

Starr Hill Brewery supported James River Association in 2021 and 2022 through their Cheers for Charity program and hosted river cleanups.

Trash Free Maryland partnered with Blue Water Baltimore and Baltimore Community Tool Bank to host Cheers to Clean Water, a community-wide trash cleanup at multiple sites supported by local breweries: Checkerspot Brewing Company, Peabody Heights Brewery, Monument City Brewing, Union Craft Brewing, Mobtown Brewing Company, and Charm City Meadworks. This year volunteers collected 91 bags of trash.

Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper’s Dam Bridge Challenge paddle race was sponsored by Collusion Tap Works, Hell in a Bucket Brewing Company, Holy Hound Taproom, Troegs Independent Brewing, DiFrancesco Meadery, and Liquid Hero Brewery.

Burley Oak Brewing Company provided venue space for Assateague Coastal Trust events such as the Wild Child Film Fest and Crafts for a Cause and donated beer for other events.

Aslin Beer Company sponsored several trash cleanups hosted by Potomac Riverkeeper Network at National Harbor and Alexandra’s Rivergate Park in 2022.

Old Town Cidery created a Sweet Apple Cider to support Shenandoah Riverkeeper and hosted a “Listen to the River Day” this September.

Port City Brewing Company provided venue space for Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary kickoff and finale events, and donated beer and swag for events.

Union Craft Brewing hosted a UNION Community Day for Blue Water Baltimore and donated beer for other events.

Ten Eyck Brewing Company made a Riverkeeper Lager for ShoreRivers this year.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewing is donating beer to Waterkeepers Chesapeake’s annual In Defense of Water Awards & Reception on November 16, 2022.

Pacifico sponsored the 2022 Bay Paddle and Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s first annual Potomac River Boat Parade on World Rivers Day.