Beer businesses give back during Ohio Brew Week

The Plains, OH – 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.

“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.


Rural Action is a member-based community development organization. Their mission is to foster social, economic, and environmental justice in Appalachian Ohio. Raccoon Creek Partnership works toward conservation, stewardship, and restoration of the watershed for a healthier stream and community.


Michelle Shively
Sunday Creek Watershed Coordinator


Sean Kiser, owner of Eclipse Beer Hall, far right, and Richard Munk, Sales Representative and Head Hop Wanderer at Fat Head’s Brewery, second from right, present a check to Meredith Price-Mullins, Sunday Creek Watershed AmeriCorps Volunteer at Rural Action, center, Sarah Cornwell, Raccoon Creek Water Quality Specialist at Raccoon Creek Partnership, second from left, and Michelle Shively, Sunday Creek Watershed Coordinator at Rural Action. Photo Provided by Rural Action


Rural Action’s Creek Jam takes place at Eclipse Beer Hall at 11309 Jackson Dr in The Plains on July 15, 2017. Photo provided by Rural Action


An Eclipse Beer Hall employee pours a Fat Head’s beer for a customer during Creek Jam at Eclipse Beer Hall at 11309 Jackson Dr in The Plains on July 15, 2017. Photo provided by Rural Action

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