WORTHY BREWING

TOPPING THE LIST OF
SUSTAINABLE BREWERIES IN BEND, OR

Worthy has always been a proponent of operating green and donating to environmental causes, organizations and initiatives. We believe there is no place like Bend, Oregon – home – so we invest in green technologies and practices. It’s important for breweries to live out sustainable practices in every possible way. We are not perfect, but we continue to learn, ask questions, and evolve through responsible innovation and collaboration with our fellow Central Oregonians.

GREEN BREWING PROCESS

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    Local Sourcing

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    Alternative Energy

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    Waste Repurposing

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    Packaging

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  1. Every Worthy beer uses hops that are certified Salmon Safe, which means the hops are cultivated under practices that protect water quality, maintain watershed health and restore our Pacific Northwest habitat for native salmon. Sustainable hops are a big part of what makes this Bend brewery sustainable!

    • We source our malt [barley] from Great Western Malting in Vancouver, WA.
    • Our Heart & Soul specialty beers often use malt from Mecca Grade Estate Malt based in Madras, OR.
    • More than 80% of our hops are sourced from he Willamette Valley in OR.
    • We have 117 rooftop solar panels; 56 of those are dedicated to heating and storing water so our boilers don’t have to work as hard to heat the water needed throughout the brewing process. We also have 48 solar panels on our awning above the Star Bar.
    • In total, Worthy’s solar panels produce 55K kWhs, providing a yearly average of 10% of our power. In the summer months, that percent increases to 30-50%. We spare the atmosphere about 15 tons of CO2 emissions annually (and even save some money!).
    • Sustainable breweries in Bend need to look toward solar and other energy sources to provide high quality beer while keeping an eye on the environment
    • Greene Bros Ranch picks up our spent grain 3-4 times a week for cattle feed. When possible and for special events, Worthy purchases beef from Greene Bros to feature in select dishes.
    • Boundless Farmstead picks up our spent hops, yeast, and trub [spinoff from the whirlpool] for compost. When possible, Worthy purchases Boundless Farm produce for its menu from local food distributor, Agricultural Connections.
    • Working closely with local vendors in mutually beneficial relationships means everyone wins – Worthy, our partners, our community, and the environment.
    • Worthy has used Eugene, OR PakTech can carriers since June 2013. PakTech carriers are made from 100% post-consumer material, repurposed from milk jugs and similar containers. They weigh less than cardboard and are produced with 98% less water, making them a preferred packaging choice.
    • In February 2019, Worthy became one of the only places in Deschutes County to recycle PakTech carriers. The carriers are not currently recyclable in Deschutes County, so Worthy collects carriers from consumers and delivers them to PakTech’s facility in Eugene. PakTech repurposes the carriers, turning them into things like pipe, composite lumber and planter pots.

GREEN RESTAURANT OPERATIONS

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    Local Sourcing

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    Waste Reduction & Repurposing

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    Materials

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    • At both of its pubs, Worthy Brewing on the East Side and Worthy Brewing Taps & Tacos downtown, Worthy prioritizes sourcing from Central Oregon farmers, ranchers and food purveyors.
    • In the summer months, Worthy sources honey, summer produce, herbs and edible flowers from Worthy Garden Club (WGC), a 501c3 that manages a garden onsite at the brewery.
    • All raw produce scraps (green waste) are collected and provided to Boundless Farm, which are then used for compost.
    • All post-consumer food scraps are collected then used to feed pigs at Michael Huener’s farm.
    • Worthy has also worked to reduce water waste and has achieved this by making tableside water service ‘by request only’ for guests. During the warm summer months, Worthy places water stations around the patio so guests can hydrate as needed.
    • Spent oil from Worthy’s pub fryers is collected by Sequential Co. and turned into biodiesel.
    • Worthy has worked to eliminate plastic across its pub operations. All facets of Worthy’s business have gone straw-less. When straws are required or requested, compostable and paper straws are provided.
    • To encourage even less waste, Worthy has made straws ‘by request only’ for guests.
    • All of Worthy’s to-go packaging in the pub are either compostable paper, or in cases where more durable material is required, Worthy has implemented PLA plant-based sugar products that have the rigidity of plastic but decompose in a matter of months.

SUSTAINABILITY ONE softer STEP AT A TIME

Worthy Brewing is always working to have the smallest footprint possible, preserving the environment and making great beer! We’ve taken the stage as one of the most sustainable breweries in Bend, OR for a reason. We are always looking for new opportunities to eliminate waste and give back to the earth!

COVID-19 ADJUSTMENTS

We are doing our best to mitigate any safety concerns due to Covid 19. Order take-out or curbside pickup directly from the pub by clicking the Online Ordering button.