Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Deschutes Brewery Recognized in OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2015

Courtesy of Deschutes Brewing Co

Bend Oregon brewery is ranked on national list for third year in a row; included in “Best Culture Jobs” list

Bend, Oregon (November 17, 2015) – Deschutes Brewery is excited to announce that it has again been selected as one of OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work. This is the third year running that the craft brewery has received this honor. Each year, OUTSIDE recognizes the top 100 companies in the United States that help their employees strike the ideal balance between work and play. These companies encourage employees to lead an active lifestyle, are eco-conscious, and prioritize giving back to the community. Deschutes Brewery was also included on OUTSIDE’s Top 10 “Best Culture Jobs” based on its employee-ownership, community involvement and philanthropy, and its proximity to outdoor recreation for employees.

Pat Gerhart, human resources director for the brewery, said, “We are employee-owners at Deschutes, so we work hard to ensure the company’s ongoing success. We balance this with a healthy helping of play as we’re lucky enough to be located in a year-round recreational paradise. Being sustainably minded and giving back to the community are part of our core values as well. ”

As co-owners, Deschutes Brewery employees are committed to using fewer resources and making continuous improvements to reduce their impact on the environment while still making damn tasty beer.  Giving back to the community has always been in Deschutes Brewery’s DNA which is why the donate $1 per every barrel of beer sold to nonprofits to help fulfill the goal of building a healthier society (amounting to more than $335,000 in 2015). This year, the brewery created Street Pub to bring its pub experience to communities around the country. One hundred percent of the proceeds from these events helped raise an additional $300,000 for its nonprofit partners.  

To find the best places to work in the United States in 2015, OUTSIDE started by creating five company categories that reflect the magazine’s values and focus: Adventure/Travel, Wellness, Culture, Gear, and Media. OUTSIDE then conducted a rigorous vetting process in partnership with the Best Companies Group to assess the policies, practices, and demographics of hundreds of companies. Outside’s Best Places to Work 2015 was driven by employee reviews of their workplaces, taking into account factors like corporate culture, role satisfaction, work environment and overall employee engagement. The Best Places to Work list represents the cream of the crop: companies that are empowering their employees to live bigger, better lives.

“The companies recognized in this year’s Best Places to Work list are the gold standard for stellar work environments that seek to empower their employees both in and out of the office,” said OUTSIDE Online Editor Scott Rosenfield. “The new categories in this year’s list serve to highlight outstanding workplaces in distinctive fields—making it all the easier for our readers to find their dream jobs.”

The complete list of Best Places to Work winners is featured online at www.outsideonline.com/dreamjobs.

About Deschutes Brewery: Named as OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work for three years in a row (2013-2015), Deschutes Brewery was founded in 1988 as a brew pub in Bend, Oregon. Family and employee owned, the brewery is known for brewing a diverse line-up of award winning beers including the popular Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, and Fresh Squeezed IPA. From the beginning, the focus has been on crafting the best beer and food using only the finest ingredients.  In 2008, the brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District. Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 28 states, the District of Columbia, and around the world from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River.  To find out more, visit www.DeschutesBrewery.com.

About OUTSIDE: OUTSIDE is America’s leading active lifestyle brand. Since 1977, OUTSIDE has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. The OUTSIDE family includes OUTSIDE magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The Outside Buyer’s Guides, Outside Online, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ tablet edition, Outside Books, and now Outside GO, a revolutionary, 21st-century adventure-travel company. Visit us online and on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

ABOUT THE BEST COMPANIES GROUP: Best Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country and internationally to establish and manage “Best Places to Work,” “Best Companies,” and “Best Employers” programs on a national, statewide, regional and industry basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.

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