You may have enjoyed their beer at past CW events—the 2017 spring dinner and the 2017 South Platte Cleanup. If not, Good River Beer is a company that all beer-drinking-boaters (and that’s pretty much all of us, right?) should know about.
Those three words—Good River Beer—encapsulate what the company is all about: “sharing their beer, following the adventure, and protecting and conserving rivers.” The company donates 2 percent of gross revenue to river conservation organizations, such as American Whitewater and Colorado Water Trust. The founders of Good River Beer, who met on a kayaking trip, have paddled and fished thousands of miles of rivers and creeks and are committed to protecting rivers so everyone can enjoy them.
“Our focus is a purpose-driven craft beer company—there’s meaning behind every single beer we sell,” explained co-founder Adam Odoski. Recently, Odoski, along with the other owners, Preston Hartman and Eric Zarkovich, and Matt Knippenberg officially launched 2% for Rivers (www.twopercentforrivers.org), the official nonprofit organization tasked with the handling the charitable mission. The nonprofit has partnered with for-profit businesses, such as Down River Equipment (a CW sponsor!) and Patagonia.
Good River Beer, which will be celebrating its second anniversary of brewing and selling beer in September 2017, has secured a location for their new brewery. The new brewery will include a fifteen-barrel brewhouse, a taproom with an outdoor beer garden, and a restaurant or food concept.
By drinking Good River Beer, you are helping conserve rivers too. And soon you will be able to take Good River Beer with you on your river trips. On October 1, the company will begin offering its beer in cans. Their Class V (a Colorado-style IPA) and American (an authentic pilsner) will be able for sale in cans in liquor stores across Denver. Soon to follow will be the Gunny (a black lager) and River Dog (a brown ale). Check out their website (goodriverbeer.com), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GoodRiverBeer/), or email them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific locations.