String lights over a beer garden are iconic. They foster a festive mood that leads to all sorts of laughter, sharing, and merriment. Unfortunately, they also illuminate the night sky, contributing to light pollution.
Is it possible to keep the party vibe alive without lighting up the night sky? The answer of course is “yes.”
The question is not simply academic around Beertopia these days. Now that the Worthy Garden Club is offering cosmic tours from the Hopservatory, it’s important that we help reduce our own contribution to light pollution.
More importantly, as the we launch a new mission to encourage our neighbors to turn down the lights, we have to set an example and “practice what we preach.”
So here’s one of the steps we have taken at Worthy to darken the night.
There’s an old saying: “Recycle Good. Re-use Better.” Breweries generate a lot of “waste” aluminum cans, whether from factory blemishes, denting, or product packaging testing.
Instead of recycling those cans, which we do, we thought: why not repurpose a part of those cans by converting them into shields or mini-umbrellas that we can put on top of each string bulb?
Solve two problems at once. Repurpose and focus the beams of light where they belong – on the Earthlings partying happily below on good ol Terra Firma. And there’s a bonus benefit – perhaps our Worthy guests will look up, see the beer can shields, and have a conversation about light pollution.
So here’s what we did. We collected our “Blems.” We drilled a hole in the bottom of the can.
We marked, measured and cut the cans to spec.
Then we unscrewed each bulb – over 200 of them -- and put the "custom retrofitted" Worthy beer can shields over the bulb, and screwed them back in.
A Worthy beer garden that lights up the party action without polluting the skies overhead with unnecessary and potentially harmful skyglow.
To learn more about the hazards of skyglow, and what you can do to help reduce it, please click here. Oh, and drink plenty of Lights Out Stout.
In response to an increase in demand for it’s diversified portfolio of balanced beers, Worthy Brewing has expanded it’s beer production capacity by adding three new 240 barrel fermenters and a 120 barrel brite tank. The upgrades will allow Worthy to produce 40,000 barrels annually.
In 2016, Worthy Brewing produced 15,000 barrels. Currently, Worthy is on track to brew 19,000 barrels in 2017. In addition to the four tanks, Worthy has also doubled it’s glycol capacity, beefed up it’s original 3 ton CO2 tank to 53 tons, and retrofitted it’s four vessel, 30 barrel brew system to allow one vessel to serve double duty as a wort receiver.
Finally, Worthy is in the process of adding another 70,000-pound grain silo. These upgrades are expected in increase daily production by 25%.
“With the increased capacity, we’re investing in packaging infrastructure to allow for longer production runs and a larger variety of package options, including our new Worthy IPA 24 pack which will be available in Costco this May,” said Senior Director of Sales Casey O’Brien.
With the production expansion taking place, Worthy Brewing has also hired their first full-time Quality Manager, Victoria Chaplin. Chaplin has worked at several of Oregon’s renowned breweries including Bridgeport Brewing, Craft Brew Alliance and Full Sail Brewing. She attended Oregon State University for Food Science Technology, and holds certifications in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), packaging from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and beer sensory from AROXA.
“Victoria brings a wealth of experience and a creative spirit. We’ve always been committed to quality, but with Victoria we’ll now have the expertise and tools we need to insure that our packaged beers have a long and fresh shelf-life,” said Brewmaster, Dustin Kellner. “She’ll also be helping us with sensory analysis as we continue to evaluate experimental hops from the OSU-Indie Hops breeding program. With the success of Strata, we’re excited to participate in the quest to pioneer new flavors.”
Time lapse of moving a brite tank as part of our brewery expansion ... this task took about an hour!
Craft beer geeks UNITE! Worthy Brewing will be holding tastings in Portland with beers brewed with hops produced by Portland-based Indie Hops and Oregon State University’s Experimental Hop Breeding Program.
“We’re looking for the public’s feedback on the aroma and taste to help the Indie Hops/OSU program with future breeding projects,” said Worthy Brewing’s Brewmaster, Dustin Kellner. “It’s a great opportunity for craft beer lovers to help choose up-and-coming hop varieties.”
Worthy’s brewery team brewed up four pale ales using the following experimental varietals: 1007-35, C1002-37, G9-1-374, and C115L-1.
Worthy Brewing’s team will be at the following venues holding flight tastings:
March 18 at 6-9 pm: Produce Row - 204 SE Oak St, Portland, OR 97214
March 20 6-9pm: Roscoe’s - 8105 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215
March 25 at 2-5 pm: John’s Market - 3535 SW Multnomah Blvd, Portland, OR 97219
March 31 at 6-8pm: Pacific Growlers - 11427 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Beaverton, OR 97008
Worthy Brewing is adding a fifth can to their stellar line-up this spring. Introducing Stoker Red Ale, a beer designed to stoke the passions of hop and malt lovers. Stoker Red will be available in 12 ounce cans this April.
Several months ago Worthy put on hold Eruption Imperial Red, a move that left a hole in Worthy’s diverse portfolio. Brewmaster Dustin Kellner decided to fill that gap with a more sessionable red that contains many of the same ingredients.
For bittering, Kellner added Nugget and Horizon. And for aroma and flavor, he added Oregon workhorses Cascade and Centennial and topped it off with Mandarina Bavaria, a German hop whose mother is Cascade. The final numbers should come in around 6.6% ABV and 66 IBU.
“Passionate about hoppy reds? Stoker is fuel for your firebox,” said Roger Worthington, Worthy Brewing’s Founder. “Stoker Red Ale has a tantalizing lemon and tangerine aroma and flavor with a satisfying malt sweetness. Like Eruption, it sports the same citrusy flavor and amazing balance, without the big in your face numbers.”
The can will feature a swarthy brewer in his rubber boots stoking the kettle with a shovel piled high with big juicy hop cones. Kegs will be distributed by Columbia Distribution in Oregon and Washington, Hodgen Distributing in Eastern Oregon, and by Hayden Beverage in Idaho.
Worthy Brewing turns four years old this February and to celebrate our Golden Birthday we’ll be offering special beers, food pairings, and commemorative swag all day on February 4th and 5th at our restaurant on Bend’s East side.
Brewmaster Dustin Kellner and his team will be re-releasing our first ever beer, the GTX Go Time Xtra Pale Ale on the 4th, Worthy’s birthday. The next day will be pouring from our Heart & Soul pilot series a special pub one-off – Crashworthy Golden Ale.
“I am so proud of our restaurant and brewery staff,” glowed Roger Worthington, Worthy’s founder. “Through all the ups and downs, we’ve kept our eye on the prize – to bring our customers drink worthy beer, praiseworthy food, and an overall podium-worthy dining and drinking experience.”
“Our resilience reminds me of what Ma Joad said to her outlaw son at the end of The Grapes of Wrath. To paraphrase, nothing can whip us, wipe us out or lick us. We’ll go on forever, ‘cause we’re the people. Heck, we could drive this thing off a cliff, and our people would get up, dust themselves off and jump right back in the game. That’s grit. That’s conviction. That’s esprit de corps. And that’s what we have here. I couldn't be prouder.”
Kellner describes CrashWorthy Golden Ale as a light bodied and crisp golden with a healthy dose of Crystal and Citra hops for a big floral and grapefruit finish. At 5.8% and 28 IBU’s, this is a well-balanced and easy drinking compliment to the GTX, which seems to get bigger with each anniversary celebration.
Customers can purchase a commemorative anniversary glass for $6, which includes one fill of any Worthy beer currently on tap.
To go along with the birthday brews, our Head Chef Dirk Baxter has prepared a special menu including Tex-Mex style nachos, a mouth-watering prime rib sandwich and a potentially life altering Lights Out Stout infused Beer-a-Misu.