Hop Harvest: Where We Drink Beer and Save Trees
For several years running, our friends at Terrapin Beer Co. have designated Dogwood Alliance as the beneficiary for their annual Hop Harvest Festival. Terrapin is deeply invested in two things: crafting amazing beer AND environmental sustainability. That’s why the friendship between Terrapin and Dogwood is so beautiful. We love great beer, AND we’re experts on forest protection in the South!
We were lucky enough to hang out in the cool town of Athens, GA with other like-minded folks who were eager to learn more about how they can protect the forests in their backyard. This year, even more so, because three new wood pellet mills are proposed in and around the Athens area, which would clearcut Georgia forests, turn them into pellets, and either ship them to Europe to be burned for electricity OR burn them right here in the South. We got to share important information about the forests of the South while making new friends. We got to spend time with some really great people, like Weevil Outdoor Supply Co. and King of Pops, but I wanted to give a special shout-out to:
The talented folks of (Re)Creative Design make “craft brewed jewelry.” Their specialty is BrewBracelets: beautiful bracelets made out of discarded beer cans. How’s that for reduce, reuse, recycle!
The fellas in the bluegrass Packway Handle Band really imbue their music with the heart of the South and just make you want to dance.
The hilarious improv group of Dad’s Garage really knows how to make us think AND laugh!
All of us, of course, went to Hop Harvest to have fun, but everyone who went to the festival also contributed to their community and to the protection of Southern forests. We have Terrapin to thank for that, so from the bottom of our hearts: