Cairn Brewing announces OktoberForest partnership to benefit healthy water sources


Cairn Brewing of Kenmore, Washington is partnering with Friends of North Creek Forest and the Nature Conservancy for the month of October. OktoberForest is a national campaign that highlights the connection between healthy forests and healthy water supplies. Because good beer is so reliant on good water, the partnership seems natural.

Led by the Nature Conservancy, OktoberForest raises awareness and funds for forest restoration. Cairn Brewing’s OktoberForest benefits North Creek Forest, 64 acres of mature forest just north of downtown Bothell that is part of the Sammamish River watershed.

OktoberForest features events in North Creek Forest, like work parties and salmon-viewing opportunities, as well as events at the Cairn Brewing taproom. On Saturday, October 6th, the brewery releases North Creek Common, a Kentucky Common ale brewed with spruce tips. The beer clocks in at 28 IBUs and 5.5% ABV.

According to Sarah Witte, Board Member and President at Friends of North Creek Forest, “We value our community partnerships so much; it’s a privilege to deepen our relationship with Cairn for community education about the value of forests and water quality, and of course quality beer, too!”

“Forests and the outdoors hold a special place in our hearts at Cairn,” said Jen Boyd, Cairn Brewing’s co-owner. “We chose our brewery name while hiking on Mount Rainier during a ‘hypothetical’ conversation about if we were to lose our minds and open a brewery, what would we call it. The links of forest to water to beer are so clear to us. We’re delighted to participate in OktoberForest 2018 to raise awareness of the importance of forests to high-quality, locally-crafted beer.”

Bill Boyd, brewer and co-owner adds, “Beer is mostly water, and in the United States, half of our water is filtered by forests. If you care about quality beer, you must care about protecting our forests and quality water.”

The North Creek Common will be available exclusively on tap and in bottles at the Cairn Brewing taproom.  The company will donate $1 for each pint and bottle sold to Friends of North Creek Forest.

Learn more about Friends of North Creek Forest at