Western Rivers Initiative

Western Rivers Brewers' Council

Because everyone has a role in protecting our western rivers.

Brewers know that an adequate and reliable water supply is critical to their craft.  Audubon's Western Rivers Action Network members know that it's critical to healthy rivers, habitats, birds, and other wildlife. By taking action together, we can help protect rivers and all they support throughout Wyoming and Colorado and the Colorado River Basin.

What is the Western Rivers Action Network (WRAN)?

WRAN is Audubon's multi-state grassroots effort to protect the Colorado River and its tributaries.  35,000 members strong, we advocate for science-based and non-partisan water management and policy that benefits rivers and the birds, other wildlife, habitats, cities, and economies they support.  You can learn more about some of Audubon Rockies's river wins here

What is the Western Rivers Brewers' Council (WRBC)?

The WRBC is a coalition of conservation-minded breweries that support  WRAN's mission to protect rivers across the Colorado River Basin.

Why breweries?

Craft breweries have the attention of  diverse and locally-minded people that Audubon may not have the ability to reach.  By making WRAN action opportunities available to your networks, you can help amplify our voice.  In addition, your perspective as local business owners adds an important voice to the Network.

What is asked of member breweries?

WRBC members will have the opportunity to take action in a few ways

  • Sharing online action alerts with your networks through social media, newsletters, etc.
  • Signing WRAN coalition letters to leaders and policy makers
  • Joining us in in-person meetings

Are member breweries required to take part in all WRAN actions?

No! We understand that resources can be limited and that opinions on individual water issues can vary.  Member breweries are given the opportunity to, not obligated to, participate in WRAN calls to action.

What's in it for the brewers?

By joining the WRBC, breweries will

  • be a visible supporter of sustainable water management and healthy rivers. 
  • have opportunities to market to Audubon’s 35,000 Western Rivers Action Network (WRAN) members and to Audubon’s members
  • be able to showcase their work conserving water and protecting habitat both in the bar and on the ground
  • have opportunities to network with like-minded breweries

How can my brewery join the WRBC?

To learn more or join, contact Abby Burk (aburk@audubon.org). Don't own a brewery but know of one that belongs on the Western Rivers Brewers' Council? Contact Abby and help us spread the word!

Member Breweries:

Colorado Members:

Horse & Dragon Brewing Company - Fort Collins

Kannah Creek Brewing Company  -  Grand Junction

Many Rivers Brewing -  Grand Junction

Marble Distilling Company from Carbondale

Odell Brewing Company - Fort Collins

Arizona Members:

1912 Brewing Company - Phoenix

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company - Gilbert

Borderlands Brewing - Tucson

Button Brew House - Tucson

Catalina Brewing Company - Tucson

Crooked Tooth Brewing Company - Tucson

Dragoon Brewing Company - Tucson

Greenwood Brewing - Phoenix

MontoSonora Brewing Company - Tucson

Mother Road Brewing Co. - Flagstaff

O.H.S.O Brewing & Distillery - Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Arcadia, and Gilbert

Oro Brewing Company - Mesa

Pedal Haus Brewery Tempe

Prison Hill Brewing Company - Yuma

Sedona Beer Company - Sedona

Sinagua Malt - Camp Verde

Tombstone Brewing Company - Tombstone

Wren House Brewing Company - Phoenix

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