Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the Texas Brewshed® Alliance?
The Texas Brewshed Alliance is a coalition of brewers, conservationists, craft-brewing affiliates, conscious businesses and community members committed to protecting the lands and waters that make our state a great place to live, work, and enjoy great beer. Alliance members work together to educate the craft beer drinking community about protected watersheds and their essential role in Texas’s growing craft brewing industry. We also offer them fun opportunities to take an active role in protecting the Texas lands, waters and beer that they love.
What is a Brewshed® and why is the word Trademarked?
The term “brewshed®” refers to the watersheds that brewers and breweries source for their water to brew craft beer. Beer is over 90% water, so the quality of this essential ingredient is paramount to the quality of the microbrew. Our purest, best-tasting water comes from rivers and streams flowing through unspoiled Texas lands. By protecting and restoring each brewshed®, we’re protecting the source of Texas craft beer. Brewshed® is a trademark of Washington Wild. Our colleagues are working to protect the wildlands and waters in Washington State that allow Washington’s craft brewing industry to thrive through their initiative, the Washington Wild Brewshed® Alliance. Texas is the sixth state after WA to form a Brewshed® Alliance. The others include Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.
What does it mean to be a member of the Texas Brewshed Alliance?
Alliance partners, whether breweries or community affiliates, recognize the connection between brewing great beer and protecting the watersheds that make it possible. Partners sign a pledge to support the protection and restoration of the lands and waters that are the lifeblood of Texas’ delicious and unique microbrews. In fulfillment of this pledge, Alliance partners host and participate in Texas Brewshed® Alliance events which may include:
- Happy hours and pint nights, donating a % of sales
- Participating with other partners in our TBA Tap Takeover’s of local brewpubs
- Participating in a TBA pub crawl
- Donating beer to Texas Brewshed® Alliance/WVWA events
- Crafting special beers with tapping events and/or sales proceeds going to the Alliance
- Collaborating with other Alliance members for special brews, hikes, and events
Additionally, depending on brewery size and/or desired membership benefits, partners can become “Perennial Partners” by contributing at a higher financial level to support the Alliance and specific projects.
What value is there in being a Brewshed Alliance member?
As Brewshed® Alliance partners, craft breweries demonstrate their long-term commitment to the brewing of exceptional beer with pure, protected, locally-sourced water. Actively promoting its partners to consumers throughout Texas, the Texas Brewshed® Alliance is designed to resonate with those who love Texas, care about the environment, support local businesses, and love good beer. Alliance partners receive exposure to new consumers and markets, increased impressions on existing consumers, and increased consumer affinity and loyalty through (but not limited to) the following:
- Featured location on the Texas Brewshed® Alliance website and in other promotional materials and ads for the Alliance
- Promotion on the Texas Brewshed® Alliance email interest list and through the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association support network reaching over 20,000 people
- Invitations to annual Texas Brewshed® Alliance partner gatherings, guided brewshed® tours, and other events to connect with WVWA’s efforts to conserve Texas watersheds
- Representation as part of the Texas Brewshed® Alliance at brewfests and other community events
All Alliance partners are also granted use of Alliance materials, including the Texas Brewshed® Alliance logo and name affiliation, to promote their commitments to Texas communities and protected watersheds for sustainable, high-quality brewing.
Perennial Partners also receive
- Private Access to Jacobs Well or another beautiful Texas spring for a brewery employee appreciation gathering.
- One case of custom glass pints with both our logos engraved.
- A year end report of all the statewide initiatives we were able to accomplish together with conservation stories that highlight your breweries impact and significant contributions for your Texas community.
How are funds raised by the Texas Brewshed Alliance used?
100% of all funds raised by the Texas Brewshed Alliance go towards supporting land & water conservation and sustainable brewing initiatives in Texas! All donations are tax deductible.
How does my brewery join the Texas Brewshed Alliance?
If your brewery is interested in joining the Texas Brewshed Alliance
contact us at email@example.com
I work in the beer industry, but do not represent a brewery; can I/my company/organization still join the alliance?
Yes! If your business or organization is not a brewery but involved, affiliated, or interested in working with the craft brewing industry, you can join the Texas Brewshed® Alliance as Brewing Community Partner. You’ll sign a Texas Brewshed® Alliance pledge and collaborate with WVWA and other partners to determine the best ways to participate and further the Alliance mission. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in joining as a Community Partner.
Can individuals join the Texas Brewshed Alliance?
You may also become an official Texas Brewshed Alliance member at one of our three tiers and receive bountiful benefits such as:
- The knowledge that you are have a huge impact protecting Texas’s pristine land & waterscapes.
- Discounts at participating breweries
- Cool Swag such as custom pint glasses, growlers, caps, etc.
- Discounts on Brewshed Memorabilia
- Invites to exclusive member events
- A monthly newsletter keeping you abreast of water/beer issues & current events.
Anyone who simply enjoys Texas’s amazing craft beer is welcome to support us by attending Alliance events in your area, joining the mailing list, and by choosing Texas Brewshed® Alliance Partner beers when you have your next pint.
What particular issues is the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association currently advocating for?