Beer and the River We Love

The Bend Brewfest is partners with the Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC). A portion of our proceeds goes to support the DRC's mission to restore streamflow and improve water quality in the Deschutes Basin.

The Deschutes Brewery has partnered with the DRC to restore one billion gallons of water annually to the Deschutes River.  The donation is being made through DRC's water leasing program, which pays farmers to lease their irrigation water and legally protect that water upstream.

The result is increased stream flow and improved water quality in the middle Deschutes River, creating opportunities for life to florish. This annual one billion gallon donation, which is a long term commitment by Deschutes Brewery, marks the program's largest private donation to date.

"We've always been avid supporters of the DRC and its mission," said Michael Lelonde, chief operating officer for Deschutes Brewery and a board member of the DRC. "By creating this new partnership, we are able to give back to the river in a significant way, preserving the lifeblood of the Central Oregon region."

The one billion gallon donation equals 14 times more water that Deschutes Brewery and all of its suppliers use in water per year.  Visit the Deschutes River Conservancy to learn more.