Tucked away in a quiet corner of Northeast Minneapolis, an area well-known both for its craft-brew and hipster culture, you’ll find one of the city’s favorite taprooms: Dangerous Man Brewing Co. With humble beginnings as a homebrew operation, Dangerous Man opened its doors to the public in 2013 and ever since has become a destination microbrewery with a reputation for carefully crafted brews and adventurous recipes.
Owner and Head Brewer, Rob Miller, sat down with us to share more about Dangerous Man and their commitment to environmental and sustainable causes.
nature.org: Tell us a little detail about your brewery and history.
Rob: We are a brewery who is constantly trying to push the boundaries of beer. We are committed to our community and our neighborhood and we try to give back as much as possible.
nature.org: Why do healthy forests matter to brewers like you? How do you draw the connection between healthy forests and clean water and beer?
Rob: Healthy forests are extremely important to brewers like us for many reasons. First off, I would say forests are where I go to clear my head and get inspired. I love hiking in forests and enjoying all their beauty, it's good for my soul and my body! Also, forests create oxygen which is important for all living things. Forests also protect and support watersheds which allows us to continue to have access to clean brewing water.
nature.org: Do your operations include any sustainable practices?
Rob: Yes. We re-capture the water used to cool our beer for future beers. We are always looking for ways to be more sustainable, use less water and create less waste.
nature.org: On a personal note, why do you support forests?
Rob: I support forests for many reasons! I am a nature lover, so forests have a special place in my heart. I am also an animal lover and forests create habitat for animals, insects and birds. I also love taking my kids on adventures in forests.
nature.org: Anything else people should know about you?
Rob: Thanks for helping raise the awareness of the importance of forests and clean water. Water is essential to our business and we will continue to try and conserve water and build sustainable practices here at Dangerous Man.
If you like beer, you should love forests.
Beer is 95% water. And 40% of the world’s usable water comes from forests. Help protect beer’s main ingredient. Help us plant one billion trees!