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Tuesday, June 9th 2015

Yes, We CAN! Canned Craft Beer Festival Set for 4th of July in Bellingham, Washington

Bellingham, WA – This Fourth of July, beer lovers are invited to join RE Sources and The RE Store for a celebration of community and country, award-winning breweries, and our environment in Bellingham. From 6 – 10 pm, the streets outside of Elizabeth Station (neighborhood taphouse and beer retailer in the Fountain District) will be closed down and packed with Pacific Northwest beer lovers and families to enjoy brews from over 40 top craft breweries, cideries, and meaderies, live music from Polecat and Wild Rabbit, creative RE Store yard games, street food, live performances from Bellingham Circus Guild, fun for the kids, and one of the best neighborhood views of the Bellingham fireworks show in town. 

You may have noticed the growing trend in your local beer aisle – Pacific Northwest craft brewers are making the shift from bottling in glass to canning in aluminum. Once the packaging choice exclusively of large, inexpensive beer brands, smaller microbrewers are now choosing to forgo glass altogether for lighter, more portable and environmentally-friendly mini kegs.

"The benefits of canned beer far outweigh those of glass bottles,” said Kulshan Brewery owner, David Vitt. "In addition to preventing light penetration which can degrade the quality of the product, canning is a more sustainable, environmentally friendly practice. Its lighter weight reduces fuel in freight transit, and requires significantly less energy to recycle."

According to Islands’ Sounder article Recycling 101, “Glass is an industry-wide problem,” says Orcas Recycling Services Director, Pete Moe. “Until fairly recently, glass had some value, but things are changing. As a commodity, recycled glass is currently worth virtually nothing.”

By contrast, aluminum is worth $1600 per ton. Moe says they are encouraging residents to buy their beer in cans, instead of bottles, and recycle the aluminum.

“As canned beer is becoming more widely adopted throughout the nation, the Pacific Northwest has been behind the curve in consumer uptake. RE Sources endeavors to crush the can stigma in this region with our power to organize people and spread an idea,” says Hannah Coughlin, Manager of Communications and Development for RE Sources, and organizer of the Yes, We CAN! festival.  “As breweries are discovering the economic practicalities and product integrity enjoyed by packaging in cans, we want to see smart packaging choices rewarded by consumers. And we want to see breweries standing tall, proudly announcing, ‘Yes, We CAN!’.”

Tickets are on sale now, at universe.com/yeswecanbeerfest. Volunteer positions are available for free admission and other benefits. More information and volunteer registration can be found at re-sources.org/yeswecan.

All event proceeds benefit RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and The RE Store’s work to promote sustainable communities and protect the people and ecosystems of our region.

Yes, We CAN! is sponsored by Alcoa, KISM, Rice Insurance, Johnson Team Real Estate, and Muds to Suds.

Event Information

What: Yes, We CAN! Canned Craft Beer Festival - An All-American, 100% Recyclable, Fourth of July Celebration

When: Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Time:  6 - 10 pm

Where: The Elizabeth Station block

1400 W Holly St, Bellingham

Tickets: $20 advanced; $25 door (Kids ages 14 and under FREE)

Purchased now at universe.com/yeswecanbeerfest

Featuring: Live music by Polecat & Wild Rabbit, brews from 40+ breweries, meaderies, and cideries, creative RE Store yard games, street food, live performances from Bellingham Circus Guild, fun for the kids, and one of the best neighborhood views of the Bellingham fireworks show in town.  More info: re-sources.org/yeswecan


RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is a local non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the health of northwestern Washington’s people and ecosystems through application of science, education, advocacy, and action. Yes, We CAN! Canned Craft Beer Festival will feature The RE Store’s innovative solutions to the problem of excessive waste. The RE Store diverts five million pounds of waste each year from landfills. For more information, visit re-sources.org

Posted by Russ