Eclipse Beer Hall and Fat Heads Brewery present Rural Action and Raccoon Creek Partnership with over $1800 for watershed restoration
Representatives of Eclipse Beer Hall and Fat Head's Brewery present a check for over $1800 to representatives of Rural Action and the Raccoon Creek Partnership, including Sarah Cornwell (center), an environmental specialist with the Voinovich School.

Creek Jam raises funds for clean water during Brew Week

August 1, 2017

Every year, Ohio Brew Week is undoubtedly the most anticipated week for beer sales in the Athens area. This year, Eclipse Company Store Craft Beer Hall, Jackie O’s Taproom and Brewery, and Fat Head’s Brewery, teamed up with Coldwater Consulting, LLC., an environmental consulting group, to give back in support of clean water projects through Rural Action and Raccoon Creek Partnership.

“What started out as an idea for a small benefit concert to support watershed restoration work turned into something so much more through the generosity and enthusiasm of everyone involved,” said Michelle Shively, Watershed Coordinator with Rural Action.

Several hundred people made their way to Eclipse Company Store on Saturday, July 15 for the event dubbed Creek Jam. Creek Jammers enjoyed music from Steve Zarate and the JiMiller Band, who covered Grateful Dead tunes for 3 hours during their set. Additionally, Raccoon Creek Partnership and Rural Action had informational tables and talked with Brew Week patrons about how historic mining practices have negatively impacted creeks in southeast Ohio and what is being done to restore them.

Both organizations have a close working relationship and often collaborate on projects to restore and monitor waterways and improve water quality in the region. Combined they have restored over 50 stream miles to meet the biological criteria for Warm Water Habitat status, or what would be considered a healthy stream.

“Clean water is incredibly important for the production of high quality craft beer. Giving back is part of our business model at Fat Head’s, and we love supporting good work that is happening in locations where our beer is sold; this was a great opportunity for us to get involved,” said Richard Munk – Sales Representative and Head Hop Wanderer at Fat Head’s Brewery which is based in Middleburg Heights, just outside of Cleveland.

On July 31st, a check in the amount of $1,836 was presented to Rural Action and Raccoon Creek Partnership at Eclipse Company Store. Sarah Cornwell, an environmental specialist at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs who serves, through her position, as Raccoon Creek Water Quality Specialist with Raccoon Creek Partnership, was among those who accepted the check, highlighting the Voinovich School’s commitment to watershed restoration.

“Ohio Brew Week is a great platform for engaging our customers around an issue we care about and has long plagued our region. It will take many more years to restore all of our creeks, but we’re all in this together,” said Sean Kiser, co-owner, at Eclipse Company Store.

Funds were raised through matching donations from the sale of beer at Eclipse Company Store and Jackie O’s Taproom as well as a bake sale. All of the organizations involved considered the inaugural event a success and plan to hold Creek Jam again next year.