“Ninkasi has been dedicated to helping support McKenzie River Watershed protection with as well as raise awareness about our ecosystem since we started. OBA embodies this for the entire region raising awareness about our watersheds and the ways that breweries work towards keeping our rivers and streams clean and protected. Their activities bring people out into the wilderness as well as breweries to talk about watersheds. Education, conservancy and beer all go great together!”Jamie Floyd, Co-Founder and Founding Brewer at Ninkasi Brewing
Mission: Ninkasi Brewing was founded with one purpose – through the creation of the highest quality beers; to improve the lives of its customers, the residents of its communities, its employees, and business partners.
Based: Eugene, Oregon
About: Ninkasi Brewing Company is dedicated to brewing the highest quality craft beers in support of culture, community, and the uniqueness of each individual and their passions—while evoking as much enjoyment as possible along the way! We believe in and are committed to sharing experiences that create value for our customers, our partners, and our communities in service to our core purpose: to Perpetuate Better Living. Beer is a staple of civilization. Believe in the Goddess.
Conserving is always top of mind when purchasing new or updated systems throughout all of our facilities. In the brewery, we focus on small steps that make big changes over time. This includes reclaiming cooling water from the brewing process for use in subsequent batches, rinsing our tanks with bursts or short pulses as opposed to using continuous water flow and by eliminating open hoses allowing us to chart and measure what water we use. Our keg line also uses a chemical reservoir that reduces both chemical and water usage in the kegging process. In a partnership with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), we are able to balance more than 50 percent of our total water usage to purchase Water Restoration Credits. In response to the increase of global water scarcity, the BEF offers the first-of-its-kind tool to actually restore the water footprint we cannot avoid in the brewing process. In 2012 and 2013, we were able to help re-stream the Middle Deschutes River with 5,000,000 gallons of water each year! Great beer must start with clean water. That’s why in 2013, we joined the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) and its more than one million supporters to stand up for clean water and the Clean Water Act. Read more here.