Migration Brewing Co. believes that great beer makes the journey. Their team returned from an adventure in Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands inspired by the special majesty of the place. Now, they’ve taken their love of place to the next level, adding their voice to call upon Senators Wyden and Merkley to protect the Owyhee Canyonlands. Here they share highlights from their team trip and how that adventure has led them to being champions for protecting public lands like the Owyhee and keeping them in public hands.
As an Oregonian, our public lands represent our Northwest way of life. As a brewer, these lands and waters form the bedrock of our industry. The waterways in the Northwest are vital to quality beer. Water is essentially the soul of our product. As brewers, we find it important to safeguard our waterways to protect the life source of our beer.
As a team, we took a trip to the Owyhee Canyonlands, and still years later we are moved by our experience. While remote and rugged, we would recommend to anyone seeking adventure to go and experience the Owyhee Canyonlands—especially our fellow Oregonians. There’s something very majestic about it that you don’t really get it until you go and be a part of it. The environment is quite humbling, the expansiveness of it, and it seems desolate and never ending, but there’s really a lot of life to it. After our visit, we strongly feel that the Owyhee deserves to remain as it is—pristine and accessible to all of us.
The most important thing about protecting the Owyhee and Oregon’s public lands is that future generations get to be a part of it. If our kids and grandkids get to experience even a glimpse of what we experienced during our trip, we’ve done our job.
We believe that it’s important to preserve the Owyhee Canyonlands for all to enjoy, rather than putting that landscape in jeopardy for a few to profit. Losing access to the Owyhee and other public lands in Oregon would be a travesty. These places belong to all of us—and fuel our way of life.
As brewery professionals and people who have experienced these lands first-hand, we support Senators Wyden and Merkley in continuing their strong work to protect the Owyhee.
Mike Barnes, Co-Owner, & the Migration Brewing Company team
All images: Migration Brewing Co.