The Elakha Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring sea otters to the Oregon coast, created an Oregon Otter Beer Challenge to raise awareness about the importance of the reintroduction of sea otters to benefit our marine ecosystems. The brewers’ task was to create an ‘otter themed beer’ utilizing Maris Otter Malt, and donate a portion of the sales to the Elakha Alliance’s ocean conservation efforts. Thirteen Oregon breweries are participating in this Challenge.
Taste each otter beer at the Oregon Otter Beer Festival, where all proceeds will be used to educate the public about the benefits to Oregon’s marine ecosystem of restoring sea otters as a keystone species. The Festival is on Saturday March 12th, 2022, from 6:30pm-10:00pm at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland, ages 21+ only.
Annie Pollard, Owner of 7 Devils Brewery in Coos Bay: “We here at 7 Devils had so much fun working with community members to design a beer celebrating Oregon sea otters. This beer was the result of the combined efforts of our enthusiastic brew team, artist and tribal member Rushie Ditmer, the folks at Oregon Dulse seaweed farms, and of course the myriad voices of the Elakha Alliance. This complex web of contributors symbolizes the important ecological and cultural role sea otters play in their diverse native ecosystems. Our Elakha ale is also a dang good beer that is the color of an otter’s fur, frothy like the sea, and bubbly like playful young otter. Long live the Elakha!”