Thursday Getaway: Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest 2015

May 28, 2015

At this point in the week, we suspect you're in the mood to get out and enjoy the world outside of your computer screen, but it's Thursday, and you can't–yet. Don't despair! We've got just the thing to make you smile, daydream or draw inspiration from for your weekend, which is just around the corner.

Simply put, the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival is a celebration of craft beer, the people who make it and the people who love it. This weekend, folks from around the country will gather in Paso Robles, California to taste some of the best brews in the world, and we'll be there for the festivities. Watch the video above from a few years ago to get a feel for what the event is like. Still curious? Read the paragraph from the Firestone Walker site below, which sums it all up beautifully: 

"This is a day where we can all put down our sales and marketing pitches and simply commune and share our beers and stories with people who are truly interested in craft beer. The ground rules are simple. Bring a session beer and a special beer accompanied by the artisan who created it. Brewers, their beers, good music and folks who care."

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Thursday Getaway: Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival

April 23, 2015

At this point in the week, we suspect you're in the mood to get out and enjoy the world outside of your computer screen, but it's Thursday, and you can't -- yet. Don't despair! We've got just the thing to make you smile, daydream and draw inspiration from for your weekend, which is just around the corner.


We're super excited to be a part of this year's Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival, taking place on Kingman Island on the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. Why? Because it's unlike any other outdoor fest. From the event's site: "This signature music festival highlights DC’s local bluegrass tradition and engages community with the revitalization of Kingman Island and the Anacostia. In 2014 the Washington Post said the festival “sounds about perfect” and called it “refreshingly different.” In 5 years the event has grown to become the largest all local music festival in the National Capital Region, attracting over 13,000 attendees in 2014."


This year's event takes place on Saturday, April 25th and you can purchase tickets here. Be sure to watch the above video from last year's Fest to get a better idea of how beautiful the event really is. 


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Thursday Getaway: Ragnar Trail Relay

April 09, 2015

At this point in the week, we suspect you're in the mood to get out and enjoy the world outside of your computer screen, but it's Thursday, and you can't -- yet. Don't despair! We've got just the thing to make you smile, daydream and draw inspiration from for your weekend, which is just around the corner.

The Ragnar Trail Relay series kicks off tomorrow with the opener in Atlanta, Georgia, starting at the Georgia International Horse park. Runners in teams of eight or four will embark on an overnight adventure, traversing a single-track trail and dense forest, among other terrain along the 120-mile course. Teams will run through the night, camp and enjoy bonfires, s'mores, music and more along the way. The short video above showcases a bit of the magic that makes Ragnar Trail Atlanta something to dream about, and consider training for so you can participate next year. 

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Klean Voices: Surfers Against Sewage's Big Spring Beach Clean Event

March 12, 2015

One of the organizations Klean Kanteen supports in Europe is Surfers Against Sewage (SAS). SAS is focused on the protection of the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to access, use and enjoy safely and sustainably. SAS spends their efforts campaigning, volunteering, educating others on conservation and conducting scientific research. In 2014, SAS organized over 350 beach clean-ups, and with the help of more than 9,000 volunteers, they removed well over 50 tons of marine litter!

Established in 1990 by a group of passionate local surfers and beach-lovers in the picturesque north coast village of St. Agnes and Porthtowan, the organization swiftly created a national calling for improved water quality across the UK.

At this year's 25th anniversary Surfers Against Sewage Spring Beach Clean, they are calling for community volunteers to lead Big Spring Cleans at their favorite beaches over the weekend of the 27th – 29th of March. Set to be the biggest ever, the Big Spring Beach Clean 2015 aims to cover at least 150 beaches and mobilize up to 5,000 beach clean volunteers to remove tons of beach litter around the UK coastline. 

The SAS Big Spring Beach Clean weekend will inspire, encourage and deliver environmental awareness amongst volunteers across all of the UK. The marine and coastal environments are under increasing environmental pressure, not least from the growing marine litter epidemic.

Klean Voice contributor Henry Hoogenveen is a passionate advocate for the outdoors, and represents Klean Kanteen in Europe. As such, he shares events, information, trends and happenings from across the ocean right here on the Klean Blog. 

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#BringYourOwn Pint at the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

February 05, 2015

This February, many of the world's best ski racers have come together in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado to compete in the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The Championships are expected to bring athletes from over 70 nations, and the anticipated television viewership of the event is predicted to reach 1 billion worldwide. There will be five men’s and five women’s individual races, along with the Nation’s Team event, featuring a parallel Giant Slalom format. This event is the second-largest ever to be held in Colorado, only to be surpassed by the Democratic National Convention. 

While the primary purpose of this two-week long event is to bring together highly talented and competitive athletes, the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships strives to reach a more overarching goal, which is, "to leave a lasting legacy throughout the Vail Valley, the State of Colorado and the United States through the hosting of these Championships." The event website also states: "We want the benefits of this great event to live on through the dreams we have fulfilled, the lives we have touched and the inspiration we have provided long after the FIS flag is lowered at Closing Ceremonies."


In 2015, Klean Kanteen has chosen to step in and do our part to support the Championships' efforts to "leave a lasting legacy" by reducing the amount of waste that's generated by the event itself. We're excited to be offering a more sustainable way for event attendees to enjoy their aprés drinks! Paul Abling of the Vail Valley Foundation has this to say about our partnership this year:

“It’s great to have a partner like Klean Kanteen tied to the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships to further our Actively Green 2015 efforts as a community. Through our partnership, we are able to encourage guests to purchase a great Klean Kanteen stainless steel limited edition 2015 pint that is reusable at our concession stands in Vail Village during Sierra Nevada Winter Beer Camp and at the daily Apres Avon festival. Guests purchasing the Klean Kanteen pint will not only be helping us reduce our environmental impact, but, they will save $1 on each beer!” 


#PDXNOW Presents Base Camp’s Collabofest

January 20, 2015

We're excited to be a part of an upcoming event happening in the Pacific Northwest that's sure to be a hop-lover's paradise. Collabofest is a collaborative Brewer's Festival that will bring together 10 innovative breweries in the craft brewing capital of the world: Portland, Oregon. We asked Morgan Tashea of Base Camp Brewing why they chose to partner up with Klean Kanteen, and here's what she said: 

"We sought out Klean Kanteen as a partner for this event because Klean Kanteen provides a healthy and sustainable product that we wanted to offer to our guests at our Collaborative Beer Festival. Here at Base Camp we try to keep our footprint as small as possible as well as get outside and adventure. Sharing our mission with our guests is something we hold deep in our hearts and offering our guests a Klean Kanteen pint to enjoy the collaborative beers in and then use over and over again as they go out on their own adventures aligned perfectly."

As a result, VIP guests at Collabofest will receive a custom Klean Kanteen stainless steel pint along with their tokens and beer passport on the day of the event. Here's the day's schedule, from the Base Camp Blog

General admission, which includes a custom beer mug, beer passport and 10 taster tokens, will be open from 1 – 8 p.m. Enjoy the delicious brews, dance to the tunes of Ryan VanDrodrecht from 4 – 6 p.m., eat delicious food provided by Koi Fusion, Gonzo and Grilled Cheese Grill and let the kiddos be entertained with a few fun games like ring toss and corn hole!




Snowboarding, Style and Sustainability: Community Cup, the Documentary

December 23, 2014

This year, a dynamic event broke ground in the world of professional snowboarding. Community Cup became the first snowboarding competition to alter its entire infrastructure to cater more mindfully to its riders -- and to care for the planet every step of the way. The documentary film about the event allows us to listen to 16 Olympians about the art of snowboarding and competing, while giving us a unique perspective on why snowboarding events (both big and small) are due for some serious change. 

“The reason why I chose to participate and co-create this event is because I think it’s important for women’s snowboarding to have a competition where the course is specially designed for them, and the intention is all on the women. I believe we will see the most progression and style out of that,” says Co-Founder and  four time Norwegian Olympian Kjersti Buaas. “If you want a good contest and you want the riders to do well, the riders are gonna do well if they are riding a course that they like and have input on. The competition format was a true representation of how you were snowboarding that day. That’s laid the foundation for a good competition,” states 2014 Community Cup Winner, Christy Prior. “To see that you can work with weather and have an actual say -- that was the best. I just love snowboarding, I don’t care what I do with snowboarding; I am a freestyle snowboarder, you can put any obstacle in front of me and I will try to make the best out of it,” former World Champion and two time Dutch Olympian, Cheryl Maas. “It was such a rider friendly event. No stress and so much progression,” USA Olympian Ty Walker.

“This is not just about snowboarding. This is about Community. This is about caring about the world and where we are evolving. Not doing one thing while polluting another. We don’t want to just take, we want to give in that process,” says Community Cup Founder and professional snowboarder Chanelle Sladics.

Take a look at the Community Cup trailer above. The film is now available for purchase on iTunes for $5.99, and would make the perfect gift for the snowboarder in your life. Check it out!




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Leading the Charge for a Sustainable Festival Future

December 18, 2014

During the first week of December, Klean Kanteen participated in two events: The International Music Festival Convention ( IMFCON) and the  International Film Festival Summit (IFFS). Our very own Field Marketing Manager, Melissa McClary, was there to represent the brand, and was asked to speak on the Sustainability Panel as a representative of Klean's capacity to be an agent for change in festival activations. Naturally, we couldn't be more proud of her! We asked Melissa to share what it was like to participate in these events, and here's what she had to say:


Over a period of three days earlier this month, I had the great pleasure of representing Klean Kanteen at IFFS and IMFCON in Austin, Texas. You might ask: What exactly is Klean Kanteen doing at a convention for people who plan music and film festivals? Well, we are leading the charge in changing the way these events think about sustainability, as well as aiding them in considering the impacts that they leave on the individuals, communities and landscapes where these events are held.

Anyone who has ever attended a music festival has seen the huge amount of plastic cup and bottle waste that's produced by attendees in just a few days. It's this huge amount of single-use waste that has started the conversation at Klean Kanteen about the need to create a solution for reducing waste at these events. What's more, it's what has brought around the birth of the iconic Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Pint. The pint itself has changed the face of sustainability at festivals, and it's due to this notable impact in the festival community that I was invited to speak. 

During the Sustainability Panel, we had lively conversation and great interaction with the audience who came to hear us talk. It was a true pleasure to learn more about how festivals and events are evolving their environmental policies. Of course, it was also amazing to hear some epic success stories and some serious setbacks these festivals and events have faced.

For me, festivals are amazing micro-communities where people are drawn together by a mutual love of culture, film, art, music or sport. In a time when we all spend so much time isolated from community in our day-today lives (sitting behind computers, driving alone in cars to and from work, watching tv and communicating most through online platforms), when we gather together around an event, an amazing thing happens: we CONNECT, we CELEBRATE! It’s this connection the creates conversation, creates new ideas and creates the momentum for change. It’s so exciting to be a part of the change toward sustainable celebration in these festival communities. Check our Events Calendar to see where we’ll be in 2015, and where you can join us. We hope to see you at any one of them! Until then, happy sustainable celebrations to you all this holiday season. 




Banff Mountain Film Fest: A Week and a Half Worth Watching

October 20, 2014

The spirit of adventure drives the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival for nine epic days every fall, and this year will surely be no exception. If you're not yet familiar with Banff, here's the quick and dirty rundown of the Fest, from the Banff website

"The world’s best mountain films, books, and speakers take the spotlight for nine days each fall in Banff. Experience the adventure of climbing, mountain expeditions, remote cultures, and the world’s last great wild places – all brought to life at The Banff Centre. The Festival offers a diverse range of experiences for the thousands of people who visit Banff to attend this world-class event. From armchair adventurers to weekend warriors, to the international mountain community – our enthusiastic audience brings the energy to this event!"

This year has been full of beautiful filmmaking, and for many of us, Banff presents the first opportunity to see the full-length version of the most anticipated adventure and eco-films we've only seen glimpses of thus far. Spend a few days -- or the entire week and a half -- sitting amid filmmakers, artists, environmental advocates, epic explorers and hardcore adventurers and you'll leave a little more than excited. Banff is a breeding ground for inspiration, and it has a habit of bringing even the most devout desk-workers to feel compelled to ditch their nine-to-five schedule in favor of living a life like the one they see in one of many films at Banff. There are so many incredible filmmakers who submit their work to Banff every year, and for 2014, there's an impressive list of films, which you can view here.

We've got our eyes on a few favorites, some of which you can watch the trailers for below. 

DREAM from NRS Films on Vimeo.

"When a newbie kayaker goes paddling, he discovers a posse of pros on the river and wonders whether someday he could be that cool. A daydream in the eddy transforms the purple-helmeted rookie into a whitewater Adonis."


DamNation | Trailer from FELT SOUL MEDIA on Vimeo.

"This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers." 

Our Canyon Lands 


Our Canyon Lands Trailer from Our Canyon Lands on Vimeo.

"In Southeastern Utah, one of the last vast wild places in the lower 48 sits teetering on a precipice of rampant industrial development. Home to the most stunning desert landscapes in the world, the Greater Canyonlands Region has become the playground of adventurous souls who love and appreciate the wonder of wild places." 

Nobody's River

NOBODY'S RIVER - TRAILER from NRS Films on Vimeo.

"The journey planned is rarely the journey taken. The Nobody’s River expedition team had no idea how true this would be as they prepared to leave for a two month expedition in Mongolia and Russia."

When Dogs Fly

When Dogs Fly: World's First Wingsuit BASE Jumping Dog from Dean S. Potter on Vimeo.

One lucky dog get to make the biggest jump ever.