OUR STORY & SUSTAINABILITY
Like so many breweries, Hoptown Handles was started by homebrewing in a garage. Hoptown's founder, Ben Weston, a San Diego native, former attorney (don't hold it against us), and teacher, was introduced to homebrewing shortly after moving to Portland, Oregon. While the homebrewing was fun, customizing the homemade kegerator was what gave him the most enjoyment. He hated the way the stubby little black handles looked and he wanted something different that reflected his personality.Start Working With Us
After some tinkering, a Star Wars themed kegerator complete with lightsaber tap handles was born (Stouts are always on the dark side...) Shout out to Fuggles and Warlock Craftworks in Vancouver, BC for letting us make some similar tap handles for their epic brewery. Ben fell in love with the art and craftsmanship that went into designing and building custom tap handles and after years of honing his craft, he took the leap and started creating handles for a few local breweries. A big thank you to Feckin Brewing in Oregon City for taking a chance on a new company.
Shortly thereafter, Michael Inbody, a woodworking expert, joined the team and helped us make dramatic improvements to the quality of our tap handles along with significant production efficiency improvements that allow us to fulfill higher quantity orders in a very timely manner, and keep all of our manufacturing domestic. We are now lucky enough to work with breweries, bars, restaurants, cideries, wineries, coffee roasters, and kombucha breweries around the world to make custom tap handles that reflect their unique brands and craft. Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll probably see our handles on tap near you!
Hoptown Handles is committed to continuous improvement in procuring environmentally preferable products, promoting sustainable practices, managing energy consumption and considering sustainability in all activities in an effort to:
- Conserve natural resources
- Minimize pollution
- Reduce water and energy use
- Avoid environmental health hazards at our facility and within our community
- Divert material from the landfill
- Improve the availability and use of environmentally preferable product
- Encourage Suppliers to reduce their environmental impact and to send that message up their supply chain
- Support locally produced goods and services
- Educate and inform ourselves, requestors and end users, and suppliers of the best environmentally responsible purchasing choices
Here are just some of the causes we support and we hope you support them as well:
Portland Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation
Ensures clean water, healthy oceans and coastlines and accessible beaches for all to enjoy by finding lasting solutions to the threats our ocean faces.
The National Forest Foundation (NFF)
In support of their tree planting program. Every dollar we donate to the NFF will plant a tree in our National Forests.
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