Four local craft beverage makers have worked to create a selection of hike-inspired beers and mead. Mid-Willamette Valley residents can get a taste of the special brews at the Beers Made by Walking (BMBW) event at Mazama Brewing in Corvallis on Wednesday, Sept. 7.
Local brewers were invited to create “place-based” beers inspired by plants found on nature walks. BMBW has teamed up with the Greenbelt Land Trust and Flat Tail Brewing, Mazama Brewing, Nectar Creek Mead, and Sky High Brewing to host the event, which is part of Corvallis Beer Week. BMBW organizes events in Colorado and throughout the Pacific Northwest.
For the Corvallis-focused brew sessions, the breweries and the meadery collaborated with the Greenbelt Land Trust to learn more about local private land conservation, water resources, and native and invasive plants. The brewers were then challenged to create beverages representative of the trails they trekked with botanists. Hikes were led throughout the summer at two conservation areas in the mid-valley region.
In past collaborations with BMBW, the ingredient list has included a wild botanical mix of plants like lemon balm, juniper, and sage.
“I hope that this program gives drinkers a sense of place, gets people outdoors, doing something creative, and thinking about our local landscapes in new ways. Place is one of the only things we really have to connect with the world. I think beer that echoes that mindset is beautiful, because you can feel an attachment to it in a way that is different than a beer that doesn’t have a sense of place,” said Eric Steen, founder of BMBW.
Grab a few pints of the hike-inspired brews starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Mazama Brewing is located at 33930 SE Eastgate Circle in Corvallis. The event is open to the public and proceeds will support future work by the Greenbelt Land Trust.
By Abbie Tumbleson