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Good River Beer Helps Clean Up Local Waterways

By Sarah Nelson - August 24, 2020

We're honored to be mentioned by 5280 for our river-cleanups! 

After shuttering its Santa Fe District taproom in May, the brewery refocuses on community projects and expanding distribution.

When Good River Beer donated 1,000 masks to local frontline healthcare professionals this past spring, it didn’t imagine the same types of personal protective equipment would soon pollute what the brewery’s mission vows to protect: local rivers. Now, as single-use masks join the ranks of cigarette butts, plastic bottles, and Styrofoam on waterways’ least-wanted lists, the brewery is inspiring river rats to help clean up.

Community partners—like Patagonia Denver and Denver Parks and Recreation—have joined the brewery for regular river clean ups along the South Platte for the past two years, collecting 15,000 pounds of trash so far. Starting in early August, Good River Beer kicked off a trio of additional clean ups with local recreation shop Down River Equipment. The first two events—on August 2 and September 13—will have volunteers pluck trash out of two highly trafficked stretches of the South Platte: the area near the REI flagship store and beneath the Broncos Bridge. The third will take place along Golden’s Clear Creek in October.

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