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This Distillery is on a Mission to Save Salmon With Latest Whiskey


Copperworks’ American Single Malt Whiskey Release 039.

Copperworks Distilling and Mainstem Malt collaborated on a new whiskey release, which is Salmon-Safe. It marked a watershed moment for the country. Copperworks’ release of Copperworks 039 is the first whiskey made with Salmon-Safe ingredients and becomes America’s first salmon-safe whiskey. This partnership between Copperworks and Mainstem Malt aims to protect Washington’s rivers and watersheds by sourcing sugar from organic cane grown in Oregon instead of GMO corn syrup from out-of-state sources.

Salmon-Safe is a nonprofit organization founded by Pacific Rivers, a river protection group. Salmon-Safe’s peer-reviewed certification criteria are focused on minimizing agricultural runoff effects in watersheds, and Copperworks Distilling has been certified by the organization for creating sustainable procedures for the surrounding rivers and wildlife.

H.T. Rea Farm in Oregon, where the Genie malt used in Copperworks’ American Single Malt Whiskey Release 039 was grown, helped to sustainably produce the barley that went into making Copperworks’ American Single Malt Whiskey Release 039. The farm has implemented strict standards for pollutants and pesticides, limited hazardous chemicals and farming techniques.

“For Salmon-Safe, environmentally innovative industry partners like Copperworks and Mainstem are essential to inspire a market shift towards water quality protection and habitat conservation on Northwest farms,” said Dan Kent, Salmon-Safe’s Executive Director, in a news release. “We’ve seen in the wine and craft beer sector how Salmon-Safe messaging can be a powerful message in the marketplace.”

About Copperworks’ American Single Malt Whiskey Release 039

“The Genie malt in this whiskey is really a place-based experiment,” said Mainstem Malt founder Phil Neumann. “Not only do we get to taste the ‘terroir’ of dry-farmed grain from Walla Walla, we know that this grain comes from a farm that intentionally protects the land and water downstream through its commitment to Salmon-Safe farming practices. I’ll drink to that!”

Release 039 is a limited-edition bottle at just 2,103 bottles. The distillery intends to continue experimenting with this single variety grain in order for drinkers to discover how the malt’s flavor varies depending on weather and other circumstances from year to year.

Release 039 can be purchased at the distillery’s website or in-person at the distillery in Seattle. It retails on the website for $59.89. Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey Release 039 is bottled at 100 proof.

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Madison Kopta is an editor at Whiskey Raiders. As a Northern California native and mom of four, Madison spends much of her time enjoying the great outdoors with her family. From camping to keeping an eagle eye out for Bigfoot, you can find Madison in nature, enjoying a glass of whiskey with her husband.