PORTLAND, OR – The beginning of 2016 marks the one year anniversary of the Community Tap program at Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB). Through this program, HUB supports local organizations that they admire by donating 1% of pint sale proceeds to monthly partners.
“Community Tap may be relatively new to Hopworks, but it already feels like a strong and innovative addition to our charitable process, ” said Brandie Ettinger, Hopworks Co-Owner and Community Relations Director. “The program allows us to build intentional relationships with local organizations through focused giving and support. The HUB team also shares in the excitement because we connect with groups that we respect and recommend to our employee-led decision committee.”
Last year HUB exceeded its $12,000 goal by raising $12,275 in cash donations for fourteen Community Tap partners – twelve at the Powell brewpub and two at BikeBar. Additionally HUB employees contributed more than 100 volunteer hours, and 20 hours of experiential education with Community Tap partners.
In addition to Community Tap, HUB donated more than $45,000 in beer, gift cards, and merchandise to 200 organizations in 2015. Combined with Community Tap, the value of HUB’s charitable donations are more than $57,600.
In 2016 HUB increases its Community Tap goal to $16,000. BikeBar will adopt the same twelve monthly partners as the Powell brewpub. The 2016 organizations – selected by a committee of Hopworks employees – each have a strong emphasis on environmental stewardship and community education.
“We’re fortunate to be a beneficiary of this awesome program,” said Andy Meeks, development officer for The Freshwater Trust. “Portland has a deeply ingrained beer culture and a lot of people who care about protecting their natural resources. The Community Tap program brings these two things together in a thoughtful way that makes a real difference.”
2016 partners include:
- Jan. | Urban Gleaners
- Feb. | Bike Farm
- Mar. | Freshwater Trust
- Apr. | Trash For Peace
- May | Bicycle Transportation Alliance
- June | Gateway Green
- July | Meals on Two Wheels
- Aug. | Portland Youth Builders
- Sept. | Portland Fruit Tree Project
- Oct. | Backyard Habitat Program
- Nov. | Columbia Springs
- Dec. | Friends of the Outdoor School
About Hopworks Urban Brewery
Hopworks Urban Brewery strives to revolutionize and inspire the brewing industry with practices that drive quality, protect the environment and improve the community we live in. Utilizing organic malts and a combination of locally-sourced organic and Salmon Safe hops, the company’s 20-barrel brewery produces 16,000 barrels of beer a year for HUB’s two brewpubs and for distribution throughout the Northwest. Hopworks is a family-owned and operated business, the first Certified B Corporation brewery in the Pacific Northwest, a gold-level bike friendly business, and is recognized as one of Oregon’s Best Green Companies. Visit Hopworks online at HopworksBeer.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.