Bend, Oregon is a hotbed of craft brewing: putting the right stuff in the suds combines sound business and sustainable use of resources. Worthy Brewing is one of dozens of craft brewers now epi-centered in the Bend area of central Oregon. And this being Oregon, of course, quality of life and respect for the environment are huge considerations for any business, let alone one that relies so heavily on the bounty of the earth, air and water.
Highlight of our trip was a visit to Goschie Farms and roaming among the towering hops. Gail Goschie is a second generation hop farmer, entirely at home both as steward of her family business and energy innovator. Gail and her family have pioneered practical ways to cut their energy bills and overhead: Energy Trust of Oregon is helping them save both money and power.
In downtown Bend, Worthy Brewing has created a hands-on environment both for brew connoisseurs and sustainability geeks – a magnificent pub and tasting room married to demonstrations projects, tours, and public education. Our 2:00 film has given Worthy a big push regionally and proved among the most popular in our ongoing partnership with Climate Solutions.