Believer Wins a 2014 Good Food AwardJan 18, 2014 Comments (0)
Once upon a time, in the land of Eugene, two friends got together and decided they wanted to open up a brewery to serve the community. In the spirit of the ancient Sumerians, who brewed beer to act as a cultural hub, the two friends set out to make their brewery, Ninkasi Brewing Company, a village brewery that could give back to the community and Perpetuate Better Living.
Since that fateful decision, these two friends have continued to operate Ninkasi in a way that would live up to this ideal of a village brewery. This means working hard every day to brew beer in the most sustainable way and to foster meaningful relationships in every community where people are drinking this beer.
In addition to upcycling, recycling, and finding new ways to offset our water use and increase energy efficiencies, we source nearly every ingredient locally, with a focus on getting the highest quality material from the closest locations possible. Our water comes from some of the purest drinking water in the Continental U.S – the McKenzie River. Our grains are primarily grown in Idaho, Montana and Washington and the malting facilities for these grains are located just 100 miles away from the brewery. The hops we use come from Washington, a small area in Idaho and in our own Willamette Valley. Our bottles and cardboard carriers are all sourced within a hundred miles of the brewery. Our labels, merchandise, printing and many other elements are done within just a few miles of our facilities. We have in-house marketing, design, engineers, and even steel fabricators who make our tap handles, points of sale items, as well as pieces around our brewery like decorative gates.
One of our greatest sources of pride and one of the greatest ways we give back to the community as this village brewery is through our Beer is Love program, which works with non-profits and community groups everywhere that we sell our beer. In 2013 alone, we partnered with more than 700 organizations, donating product, volunteers, and 790 barrels of beer to these partners!
After working so hard for the last seven years, to operate in a sustainable way, help the community, and treat our employees like family, we are so thrilled to announce that we won an award that recognized us for not just making really tasty beer, but for using all of these socially-minded and sustainable business practices.
This award was a 2014 Good Food Award. And the recipient was our Believer Double Red Ale.
The Good Food Award means that Ninkasi was named one of the top 100 socially-conscious food crafters in the country. An honor that we are so proud to share with so many other incredible food entrepreneurs that are focused on sustainability and community.
Sarah Weiner, executive director for Seedling Projects, said "we were impressed to learn about Ninkasi’s sustainability efforts – from solar panels to sourcing nearly all of the hops it uses from the Pacific Northwest – as well as a deep philanthropic engagement in Ninkasi’s community.”
We were thrilled to send Jamie (all dazzled up in a tux!) to accept this award and celebrate his village brewery.