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Beer is Love Partner Highlight: Oregon Rafting Team

Aug 22, 2013 Comments (6)  | Tags: Beer is Love Beer is Love Partner Highlight: Oregon Rafting Team

Rafting and kayaking has been a part of Ninkasi from the very beginning. Both our CEO, Nikos Ridge and our events marketing manager, Aaron Wirth have dedicated many weekends to being on the water and battling it out in the rapids - Aaron since age nine and Nikos since last year. One of our most treasured Core Values here at Ninkasi is the Successful Integration of Work and Life, and well, through sponsorships and participation in events on rivers throughout the West this is just another way they achieve this outside of the brewery.

One such organization we sponsor through our Beer is Love program is Oregon Rafting Team(ORT), a non-profit organization serving the community by providing river trips to disabled veterans, youth organizations and various  other community groups. ORT participates in river cleanup events throughout the Portland area - where the team is based. The team also promotes the sport of whitewater raft racing at a national and international level. ORT educates and trains athletes to compete at an elite level while managing the Western Whitewater Championship Series (WWCS) and United States Rafting Association (USRA) events.

Check out these great photos from the 7th annual Cal Salmon Race this May in Northern California and follow ORT's videos to see what they're up to on the river.

Comments (6)

  1. Adam Tufte:
    Sep 27, 2013 at 03:37 PM

    My daughters school (Waldorf) in santa cruz is having a gala auction/dinner to benifit the school. I was hoping Ninkasi would be able to donate something to the auction. Please let me know if this is possible.

    Thank you,


  2. admin:
    Sep 27, 2013 at 04:00 PM

    Thanks for the comment, Adam! Our Beer is Love program manager will be in contact with you soon. In the meantime, check out our Beer is Love page, here:

  3. Mark gailey:
    Oct 06, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Our Tattoo shop Bonaroo tattoo is having it’s 1 year anniversarry party and were having a comedians local bands and it’s gonna be great…we purchased a keg and cases of bottles for our grand opening and are thinking this year since were collecting food for food for lane county that ninkasi would love to donate a keg and some bottes to have for our guests.
    please feel free to contact me mark 503-881-2784

  4. admin:
    Oct 07, 2013 at 05:17 PM

    Sounds like a great event, Mark! Please fill out an application through our Beer is Love program ( for the beer and we’ll get back to you shortly. Cheers!

  5. Larissa Printzian:
    Oct 22, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Dear Ninkasi Brewing Company:

    We are having a Trivia Challenge in February 2014 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium to raise funds for our Helping Hands Senior Home Repair Program. We would love to partner with you for a beer donation. Please check our event out at http://www.sctriviachallenge.or. We have several sponsorship opportunities as well!

    My son lives in Eugene and I am visiting in November. We’ll have to stop by at your tasting room!

    Thank you, Larissa

  6. admin:
    Oct 22, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Hi, Larissa! You can request a donation through our Beer is Love program, here: Thanks for contacts us and we hope to see you in the tasting room soon!

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