August is the last month to support SweetWater Brewing Company’s annual “Save Our Water” program in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa which benefits the Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy organization. Sales of t-shirts, custom pint glasses, and signature-ready “fundraising fish” at participating restaurants, bars and stores will raise funds and awareness for local water resources.
The “Save Our Water” program is called “Save the Black Warrior” in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. SweetWater’s local distributors, Birmingham Budweiser in Birmingham and Adams Beverages in Tuscaloosa, will help the brewery and Black Warrior Riverkeeper coordinate the program. Mountain High Outfitters will donate prizes to bartenders and servers who raise the most money for Black Warrior Riverkeeper at each of the participating businesses.
“Our collaboration with SweetWater has raised over $71,000 since 2008 for the vital but vulnerable Black Warrior watershed,” said Charles Scribner, Executive Director of Black Warrior Riverkeeper. “The program returns to Birmingham for the first time since 2012 while continuing its 8-year streak in Tuscaloosa.”
Supporting the conservation of some of the nation’s most threatened rivers, streams and coastlines is a cause near and dear to the brewery, as clean water is also vital to the creation of their tasty brews. SweetWater founded the “Save Our Water” program in 2006 with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper in Atlanta, and grew with the brewery’s distribution footprint to include other Waterkeeper Alliance members. Those yearly grassroots efforts have raised over $600,000.
SweetWater Brewing Company is broadening its annual Save Our Water campaign to “protect our right to clean water and tasty brews” to include five partner organizations: Waterkeeper Alliance, Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, Surfrider, and Coastal Conservation Association’s National Habitat Program, Building Conservation Trust.
“We’re honored to expand on the Waterkeeper partnership this year, extend our efforts to four more incredible environmental champions, and look forward to the most robust joint fundraising efforts yet,” says Freddy Bensch, SweetWater’s founder. “This will help ensure that we always have great water to make great beer, and that generations to come will continue to enjoy and share our passion for the great outdoors.”
“We’re grateful for our growing partnership with SweetWater and the work they are doing to conserve our nation’s waterways,” said Marc Yaggi, executive director of Waterkeeper Alliance. “Using high quality water in the beer-making process is most reflected in the end product. So protecting clean drinking water resources is also about protecting great beer.”