“Brewshed” Campaign Marries WA Water, Beer Quality

Brewshed’s participating breweries agree to hold tasting events with conservation groups, and to advocate for protecting Northwest watersheds. 

National Beer Day is Sunday, marking the date in 1933 that President Franklin Roosevelt took the first step to end 13 years of Prohibition, by allowing people to brew and sell beer.

Today, Brewshed participants can name the exact sources of water they use. Kevin Kline, brewmaster at Northwest Peaks Brewery in Seattle, says the water has to taste good right out of the tap. He confirms that its characteristics affect beer quality and flavor, and thinks Pacific Northwest brewers have a big advantage when it comes to water quality.

“I know in other areas of the country, I can taste the water from the tap and I just do not like how it tastes,” he says. “And you can tell that it’s kind of musty, dirty, chlorinated or kind of salty, and just not appealing.”

Kline is also an avid climber and hiker and says he wanted to join the Brewshed movement to support the need to protect the wild places in the state that are the sources of its drinking water.