What’s your name and the name of your brewery?
Rachael Weseloh, River Brewing Company
How long have you been in the business?
Began brewing beer in 1995 and became America’s first certified organic brewery in the U.S. in 1999
Where are you located?
We started in Fortuna, CA and moved a few miles away to an empty lumber mill in Scotia, CA in 2007. Our brewpub is still at the Fortuna location. We distribute in 25 states across the country and British Columbia, Canada.
What are your plans for growth, if any?
We grew by more than 40% last year and we’re up another 25% so far this year. We’d like to have a 30% a year steady growth. This allows us to spread the message of sustainability and organics without overloading our capacity.
What makes your brewery sustainable?
Sustainability is what Eel River Brewing Company is all about – not only are all of our beers organic, but we also follow sustainable practices.
Any new sustainability projects in the pipeline that have you excited?
We’re excited for Earth Day! We have already begun planning to brew a specialty beer to celebrate our commitment to sustainability and to encourage others to take the small steps needed to reach a higher level of sustainability. Part of the proceeds from the beer will go to a local non-profit that we hope to work together with to raise awareness about how easy it is to become sustainable.
Forget finances- what’s your brewery pipe dream?
If money weren’t an issue, we would love to be even more sustainable. We would want to produce our own energy through solar and wind. It would also be pretty cool to be able to grow our own ingredients.
What is the one thing you want Triple Pundit readers to know about your brewery?
A lot of people look at us as an organic, sustainable brewery and while this is true, we also want people to know that we make great beer! We have received over 300 awards, recognitions and medals to date.
What’s your favorite brew?
Triple Exultation, an English style Old Ale, is my favorite. It’s delicious and can be aged – although I have a hard time holding on to it for too long