Craft beer depends on reliable water – and so do our rivers. The Western Rivers Brewers’ Council (WRBC) is a coalition of conservation-minded breweries that support Audubon’s work protecting rivers across the Colorado River and Rio Grande basins through advocacy and outreach. Brewers know that an adequate and reliable water supply is critical to their craft. Audubon's Western Rivers Action Network members know that it is critical to healthy rivers, habitats, birds, and other wildlife. By taking action together, we can help protect rivers and all they support throughout the Southwest.
How are brewers taking action? WRBC members take conservation action in a variety of ways including, sharing conservation opportunities with their followers, sharing printed materials in-house, signing onto coalition letters, publishing their opinions in local papers, participating in in-person meetings with policy makers, and brewing collaborative brews that celebrate the Southwest’s rivers and birds.
Want to get involved? To learn more or sign your brewery up, check out this brochure and contact Steven Prager at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don't own a brewery but appreciate birds, rivers, or beer, take action alongside the the Western Rivers Brewers' Council and join Audubon's Western Rivers Action Network. Together, we'll advocate for policies that keep craft beer (and rivers) flowing!
- Superb Owl: Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company
- Hummingbird Springs Saison: Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company
- Rain Crow IPA: Borderlands Brewing Company, Wren House Brewing Company, and Crooked Tooth Brewing Company
- Great-horned Owl IPA: Borderlands Brewing Company and the Arizona Field Ornithologists
- Ridgway's Rail IPA: Prison Hill Brewing Company
- Black Hawk IPA: Wren House Brewing Company
- Summer on the Salt: O.H.S.O Brewery & Distillery, Oro Brewing Company, and Pedal Haus Brewing Company
- U9 Lager: Wren House Brewing Company
- Blondie IPA: Wren House Brewing Company
- Black Hawk Fresh Hop IPA: Wren House Brewing Company
- Desert Dweller: Desert Monks Brewing Company
- Oh Hey, Pinyon Jay: Drinking Horn Meadery and Bosque Brewing Company
Western Rivers Brewers' Council Members
- Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company - Gilbert and Phoenix, Arizona
- Wren House Brewing Company - Phoenix and Prescott, Arizona
- Dragoon Brewing Company - Tucson, Arizona
- 1912 Brewing Company - Tucson, Arizona
- Tombstone Brewing Company - Tombstone, Arizona
- Prison Hill Brewing Company - Yuma, Arizona
- Borderlands Brewing Company - Tucson, Arizona
- O.H.S.O Brewery & Distillery - Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Arcadia, and Gilbert, Arizona
- Button Brew House - Tucson, Arizona
- Catalina Brewing Company - Tucson, Arizona
- Crooked Tooth Brewing Company - Tucson, Arizona
- Sedona Beer Company - Sedona, Arizona
- Pedal Haus Brewery - Tempe and Chandler, Arizona
- Oro Brewing Company - Mesa, Arizona
- MotoSonora Brewing Company - Tucson, Arizona
- Sinagua Malt - Campe Verde, Arizona
- Greenwood Brewing - Phoenix, Arizona
- Mother Road Brewing Company - Flagstaff, Arizona
- Desert Monks Brewing Company - Gilbert, Arizona
- Simple Machine Brewing Company - Phoenix, Arizona
- Huss Brewing Company - Tempe, Arizona
- Drinking Horn Meadery - Flagstaff, Arizona
- Mudshark Brewery and Public House - Lake Havasu City, Arizona
- Red River Brewing Company - Red River, New Mexico
- Bosque Brewing Company - Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces, New Mexico
- Horse & Dragon Brewing Company - Fort Collins, Colorado
- Odell Brewing Company - Fort Collins, Colorado
- Kannah Creek's Edgewater Brewery - Grand Junction, Colorado
- Many Rivers Brewing Company - Grand Junction, Colorado
- Marble Distilling Company & the Distillery Inn - Carbondale, Colorado
- Upslope Brewing Company - Boulder, Colorado
Western Rivers Brewers' Council in the News:
- How Beer Collabs Help Breweries, Brands, and Nonprofits Tap Into a Wider Market. Geri Koeppel, Phoenix New Times. March, 2023.
- Audubon Southwest and Arizona Wilderness Brewing Team Up to Celebrate a Most Superb Owl. Martha Harbison, National Audubon Society. February, 2023.
- Birds & Beer: Borderlands Brewing’s ‘Rain Crow IPA’ illustrates the vital connection. Jessie Mance, Tucson Foodie. August, 2022.
- Earth Notes: Pinyon Jays and Specialty Brews. Melissa Sevigny, KNAU NPR. July, 2022.
- Coconino Voices: Arizona brewers need legislature to lead on water policy. Nick Irvine and Scott Stocking, Arizona Daily Sun. June, 2022.
- The Craft Breweries Serving Their Communities with Volunteering Projects. Monica Cardoza, Wine Enthusiast. March, 2022.
- Another Wren House Beer That Pays Tribute to a Burrowing Owl? Yes. Lauren Cusimano, Phoenix New Times. March, 2021.
- North American Bird Conservation Initiative Presentation. February, 2021.
- Tap That AZ Podcast: Arizona's First Bird-Friendly Beer Garden. January, 2021.
- Wren House, Audubon honor owls with brew. Tara Alatorre, The Foothills Focus. December, 2020.
- Tap That AZ Podcast: Wren House Brewing + Cute Owls = U9 Lager. November, 2020.
- Wren House and Audubon Southwest Release a Lager Named for One Brazen Burrowing Owl. Lauren Cusimano, Phoenix New Times. November, 2020.
- How Arizona Wilderness DTPHX Became a Bird-Friendly Beer Garden. Lauren Cusimano, Phoenix New Times. October, 2020.
- Federal agency keeps protections on Arizona's ‘rain crow,’ rejecting opposition. Anton L. Delgado, Arizona Republic. September, 2020.
- Tap That AZ Podcast - Episode 178: Steven Prager from the Western Rivers Brewers' Council. May, 2020.
- Birds and Brews: How breweries are trying to conserve western river habitats. Zach Fitzner, Earth.com. April, 2019.
- 7 Bird-Friendly Foods to Put in Your Pantry. Gustave Axelson and Marc Devokaitis, All About Birds. March, 2019.
- How Craft Beer Is Helping Save Water In the Colorado River Basin. Dominic Arenas, National Audubon Society. March, 2019.
- How Beer Will Save Western Rivers. Keridwen Cornelius, OutsideOnline.com. January, 2018.
- Audubon unveils bird-themed beer to raise awareness for Colorado River supply. Joshua Bowling, Arizona Republic. August, 2018.