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COURTESY OF HOPWORKS URBAN BREWERY - HUB announced its new Salmon-Safe certification, the world's brewery to achieve the distinction. Portland's Hopworks Urban Brewery on Thursday announced big news in the brewing and sustainable world: It's now the first brewery in the world to achieve Salmon­Safe Certified status.


HUB — with locations on Southeast Powell Boulevard, North Williams Avenue and a soon-to-open pub downtown — is already a certified B Corporation, using organic malts and a combination of locally­sourced organic and Salmon-Safe hops.

HUB’s 20­barrel brewery produces 16,000 barrels of beer a year for HUB’s two brewpubs and for distribution throughout the Northwest, which are powered 100-percent by renewable energy and “cradle-to-gate” carbon neutral.

Founder Christian Ettinger joined the Oregon-based nonprofit Salmon­Safe board this year to help guide the organization’s expansion in the craft brewery sector.

“Hopworks has long recognized the relationship between clean and abundant water and great

beer,” Ettinger says. “Using Salmon­Safe hops was a first step. Now we that we have received our Salmon­Safe Site Certification we can ensure that all water leaving our campus is fit for the fish and the people of the Pacific Northwest.”

Founded in 2002, Salmon­Safe links land management practices with the protection of agricultural and urban watersheds through whole­site inspections with rigorous peer­revised standards.

“Joining with Hopworks means that we are working with a national environmental leader in craft beer,” says Dan Kent, Salmon­Safe co­founder and executive director. “We anticipate that breweries across the West Coast will follow their lead in transforming how brewing sites and operations impact local watersheds.”

Since 2004, Portland-area Salmon­Safe certified projects include the Nike World Headquarters campus, Portland State University, Oregon Museum of Science & Industry and others.

Salmon­Safe also works with more then 450 farms and vineyards along the West Coast to certify for clean water and habitat restoration.

HUB, founded in 2007 as an "eco-brewery," was assessed on its overall development and maintenance practices of stormwater management, water use management, chemical and pesticide reduction, water quality protection, and enhancement of urban ecological function.

An annual review will ensure the site reaches the goal of treating 100 percent of stormwater on site in the course of five years, up from the current 25 percent.

HUB is part of the new Oregon Brewshed Alliance, a coalition of local brewers and organizations working to help nonprofit Oregon Wild promote clean water issues.

HUB's other sustainable measures include: a retention pond and pervious pavers in the upper parking lot for stormwater management; low­flow faucets and waterless urinals in the restaurant; conserving water during the brewing process through a heat exchange unit a recently installed clean-in-place skid and centrifuge.

For more: salmonsafe.org.

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