Hikes organized by Beers Made By Walking inspire Eugene-area brewers to consider the ingredients that grow all around them.
By Aaron Brussat
For The Register-Guard
AUG. 26, 2015
Most beers are time capsules. Brewers can count the historical stepping stones — agricultural, technological, political — that have influenced the flavor and popularity of existing beer styles. It is a rare evolutionary leap of ingenuity, thinking outside the fermenter, that creates a new species of beer. The inspiration, however, often comes from looking back and teasing out a detail that may have gone dormant, a wallflower at the party of brewing innovations.
Perhaps the best place to look is nature. Beers Made By Walking is an organization that helps brewers do just that, with help from local environmental nonprofits.
This was the first year that Beers Made By Walking came toEugene. Founder Eric Steen worked with the McKenzie River Trust, a Eugene-based nonprofit that works to protect watershed areas, to organize three walks on MRT properties. Nearly all of the Eugene-area breweries participated in this summer’s walks, and will produce beers to be released at a Nov. 5 benefit event at The Bier Stein Bottleshop & Pub. Read more…