Anyone who's taken a tour of a brewery can recall the trope formula for beer's key ingredients - hops, malt, yeast, and water. On their own they are inconsequential but together they produce something memorable. But it's water, that we are narrowing our focus, mostly because Deschutes Brewery has announced something, well, fascinating. Starting this month, Deschutes Brewery, in collaboration with Tumalo Creek’s Bend, Sunriver, and other locations; by providing these locations with something familiar - water.
We take pride in our namesake, the Deschutes River, and continue to do what we can to respect and honor it. For years, we’ve been participating in river and trail cleanups in order to give back to our community. As much as we love coming together as a company and doing this, we are always on the hunt for partners in the cause. We partnered with organizations like Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe and Enjoy Protect Respect that share Deschutes’ point of view on plastic.
During last year's Summer tour of the Deschutes River, some 40,000 "floaters" (canned beers) were consumed while floating along with the current of Bend's famous waterway. At the same time the fine folks at Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe ensured each guest consumed water from, you guessed it, a plastic water bottle. For the owners and staff at Tumalo Creek, the issuance of plastic containers goes against the philosophy of keeping the river clean of any and all foreign, inorganic, debris. Which is where Deschutes Brewery comes in.
in conjunction with Deschutes Brewery's Director of Operations, Mark Fischer, Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe and Enjoy Protect Respect will start providing events throughout Central Oregon with canned water, which unlike manufactured plastic is recyclable. In fact, with every can of Deschutes Drinking Water returned to the Tasting Room or Pubs, guests will receive $1 their purchase as a thank you for saving the streams and the environment.
For more information on this story visit https://www.deschutesbrewery.com/damn-tasty-canned-water/ or https://www.deschutesbrewery.com/ for information on hours and locations.
Deschutes Brewery overlooks the wild and scenic Deschutes River in beautiful Bend, Oregon, home base to our adventurous, award-winning lineup of pioneering beers. You’re welcome to drop in, sample our beers, and meet the beer-obsessed folks who tend them.
Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe is a locally owned business that has been the cornerstone of Central Oregon paddling for nineteen years. Now owner and operator Geoff Frank moved to Bend in 2000 to open Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe as manager under its former name, Alder Creek. His first employee was John Hise, who now runs the Sunriver branch. The operation stayed relatively small for a few years while at the stores original location on Century Drive, eventually growing and moving to the current location in the Old Mill. In 2008, Frank became owner and renamed the store Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe, in honor of one of the most scenic tributaries of the Deschutes River.
Today, Tumalo Creek is a thriving family business, supporting 50-60 staff in the summer months. We’re happy to provide a gathering place for Bend’s thriving paddling community and, at any given time, the store is usually filled with friends, staff and lifelong customers sharing their stories about their adventures on the water.