–For Immediate Release–
Salish Sea Orca Lager – Raises Awareness (and funds) for Southern Resident Killer Whales and Chinook Salmon Projects
Tacoma, Washington – Introducing Salish Sea Orca Lager, a collaboration between Northwest Salmon Research, Harmon Brewery, and Orca Design Group, is raising awareness about the urgent need to increase the numbers of adult Chinook Salmon in the Puget Sound and Pacific Northwest waters, to address the affects of our dwindling salmon stocks and their impacts on the survival of our Southern Resident Orca Whales.
Once numbering in the 1000s, the Southern Resident Killer (Orca) Whales are now down to 74. The Salish Sea and surrounding waters are their home, where they rely on safe, clean waters, to breed, raise their young and feed almost exclusively on Chinook (King) Salmon. The Southern Resident Killer Whale Task Force report confirms what seems to be clear, that the Puget Sound and Pacific Northwest waters need more Chinook salmon in order to save our resident orcas.
“Our Salish Sea Orca Lager is a refreshing craft brewed, lager-style recipe, developed exclusively for this collaboration by our very talented Brew Master, Jason Fogery. Jason has delivered us a beer that is light and refreshing. Brewed to capture the spirit of outdoor life on the Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest,” states Pat Nagle, one of the partners of Harmon Brewery. “We believe that our area’s sports fishermen and beer drinkers will enjoy it often and see it as a great way to support Chinook salmon restoration. Now, you can drink beer to save the orcas.”
Along with our “To the Dome, Double IPA”, – Salish Sea Orca Lager is our first beer that Harmon Brewing has released in cans. Its wraparound label depicts an Orca breaching amid fleeing Chinook salmon with the call-out: Restoring Chinook Salmon to Save Our local Orca Whales. Pat adds, “The label is a throwback to the illustrative designs on our original beer releases.”
Equally exciting to us is our initiative aimed at reducing the amount of plastics and waste reaching our waterways, littering our communities and clogging our landfills. Harmon Brewing is very proud to be: The first Northwest brewery to use the patented, award-winning E6PR™ (eco six pack ring) – which is the only eco-friendly six-pack ring made from spent grain by-product and other compostable materials, designed to replace the millions of plastic rings that are so damaging to marine life, land animals and our environment.
A portion of proceeds from sales will help fund NWSR’s collaborative salmon enhancement research and education project with the Tacoma Public School’s SAMi (Science and Math Institute). Students will be fully immersed in a hands-on study surrounding rearing and releasing Chinook salmon into the Puget Sound.
Northwest Salmon Research is a group of conservationists and fishermen who identify and support salmon fishery enhancement programs through research, education and public awareness, particularly in areas that result in measurable and positive impact on improving sustainable wild and hatchery healthy adult salmon returns.
Wayne Harmond, Northwest Salmon Research – President
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