Q&A with Brewery Becker's Matt Becker
Celebrating OktoberForest in Michigan
What do you think people know about the connection of forests to water to beer?
Forests are a symbol of ecological health. When forests are healthy, everything around them is. The rebirth of Michigan's forests has been directly coupled with the rise of outdoor recreation in Michigan. Recreation, of course, is the best time to enjoy a beer.
How does water impact your beer?
Water is the base building block of beer. Without quality water, you cannot have quality beer. We are blessed in Michigan to have so much of this resource everyone else fights over in the rest of the world. It's important it lasts, and improves, for future generations.
What other local crops or resources do you use?
We use Michigan grain and hops in many of our beers. We also try to source as much product as we can locally, such as our Brinery Sauerkraut from Ann Arbor.
How is this issue personal to you?
As an avid skier, kayaker, mountain biker and hiker, forests are my primary means of enjoyment. Be it skiing through the glades on a slope of frozen water or paddling on the flowing kind. Our brewery is located in a central region littered with parks and forests. We are here for a reason, and that is forests and waterways. Even my home is referred to as the "ewok village" for its very heavy tree coverage. There are few ecological needs greater than restoring North America's forests.
Anything else you want to say?
Remember to pack out everything you pack in. It is all of our jobs to protect our forests.