To celebrate Earth Day, Golden Road Brewing and Heal the Bay teamed up for a one day only art gallery pop-up at the Rose Room in Venice. Ocean-inspired artwork from So-Cal artists Casey Anflick and Tori White was on display and Golden Road was pouring their Heal the Bay IPA, a beer they created to benefit Heal the Bay. Proceeds from both the artwork and beer were donated to Heal the Bay to further their mission to keep Southern California’s beaches and watersheds safe, healthy and clean.
Golden Road Brewing has been a longtime supporter of Heal the Bay and Golden Road co-founder and host of Beerland Meg Gill was taking part of the festivities.
“Right when we were building the brewery, I was out surfing in Santa Monica Bay and I was in the shallow part coming in and some guys from Heal the Bay came up to me and said ‘you probably shouldn’t be surfing because we had rain on Friday, the water health isn’t great, the runoff can make you sick.’ I was shocked that a city as big as Los Angeles and as beautiful as Santa Monica, could still have that issue. So i asked how we can get involved and they gave me info and we started shipping beer to their events,” Meg said.
“We ended up creating a beer called Heal the Bay IPA that we worked with our brew master at the time and the Heal the Bay Staff to create what their version of a real bright colored, summertime IPA with really fresh hops,” Meg said. “It has been totally collaborative, they get a percentage of sales, but we do a lot outside of donating. We really want to ingrain our staff and theirs into the culture of each other’s companies to figure out how much more we do outside of just selling beer together. Today is a kickoff of how we can bring together a community to talk and hear about Heal the Bay, give some beers out, which doesn’t hurt, and bring in local artists that care about the ocean. Not bad for a year one little event.”
For 33 years Heal the Bay has been the Southland’s strongest advocate for the ocean and is working a number of ways to improve local waters. Heal the Bay has been campaigning for tough legislation that keeps harmful plastic out of the Pacific, they monitor water quality at 450 California beaches each week and are pushing for local and state regulators to hold polluters accountable for the damage they cause to the water. They also work in a number of other areas to also improve local water, such as advocating for a sensible restoration of the threatened Ballona Wetlands, they picked up their two millionth pound of debris from local beaches in 2016 and are collaborating with Stanford and UCLA to launch a forecasting tool to predict when beaches should be closed because of bacterial pollution. With all that work already being done, there is still so much more to do and you can help out Heal the Bay by donating money and or your time.
For more information, visit: Heal the Bay