Full Sail Brewing Earns Gold Level Recognition for Sustainability From Travel Oregon

HOOD RIVER, OR— Full Sail Brewing is among a select group to achieve Gold level recognition in Travel Oregon’s Sustainable Business Challenge! Through Travel Oregon’s Sustainable Business Challenge Full Sail Brewing has once again been recognized for their commitment to the environment.

“When we look out from our brewery we can see both the Columbia River and the snow-capped peaks beyond, highlighted up against the clear blue skies. We feel so lucky to work in this truly amazing place. It would be impossible to live and work in the Columbia River Gorge and not be inspired by the sheer beauty of the place. Our location truly drives our sustainable practices, so pure water, local ingredients and responsible processes are poured into each and every pint,” says Full Sail’s Executive Brewmaster, Jamie Emmerson.

Based on the 37 Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, Oregon’s Sustainable Business Challenge is a voluntary reporting program that quantifies and qualifies the commitment tourism and hospitality organizations are making toward running sustainable and environmentally responsible operations. All tourism?related organizations that offer a service to visitors are eligible to participate. They can achieve Silver, Gold, status. For each level completed, participants receive special recognition and marketing exposure through Travel Oregon’s marketing network.

For more on Full Sail Brewing’s responsible practices view their latest video “Full Sail Brewing: Beer, Water & Responsibility. The video was filmed at and around the brewery, celebrating both the breweries exceptionally low water use and the beauty of the environment that inspires this commitment to preserve this valuable resource. The video was filmed locally by LarvickMedia features scenic footage of the Columbia River Gorge and the Hood River Valley. It is narrated by Full Sail Brewing’s Executive Brewmaster, Jamie Emmerson and shows the steps the Brewery takes to conserve this precious resource achieving one of the lowest water uses to beer ratios in the industry.

In addition to this honor Full Sail Brewing Company has received the following recognition for their sustainable practices:

Sustainable Tourism Award from Travel Oregon and the Oregon Tourism Commission 2008

BEST Award – The City of Portland recognized eight local businesses at the 16th Annual BEST Awards 2008

State of Oregon Governor’s Sustainability Awards 2009

One of the “Best Green Companies to Work for” by Oregon Business Magazine 2009 & 2010

Best Green Small Scale Brewery 2010 by Treehugger.com

Recycleworks Award

One of the Most Sustainable American Breweries by ChasingGreen.org

About Full Sail Brewing Company:

The independent and employee-owned Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. At this very moment our specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer. Among the company’s most popular brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA, Limited Lager Series, Pub Ale Series, Session Premium, Session Black, and Session Fest lager. Founded in 1987, the Full Sail crew has been fermenting godlike nectar for 25 years. Committed to brewing great beer and sustainable practices, their award winning brews are now available in 30 states. The Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub is open seven days a week. Swing by for a pint, grab a bite, tour the brewery, or just soak up the view. http://www.fullsailbrewing.com

About Travel Oregon:

The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, works to enhance visitors’ experience by providing information, resources and trip planning tools that inspire travel and consistently convey the exceptional quality of Oregon. The commission aims to improve Oregonians’ quality of life by strengthening economic impacts of the state’s $8.1 billion tourism industry. www.TravelOregon.com.

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