OktoberForest: Warfield Brewery

We're happy that Warfield Brewery is participating in The Nature Conservancy's OktoberForest campaign.
We sat down with Warfield Brewery's Ben Bradley, founder of Warfield Distillery and Brewery in Ketchum, Idaho, to ask him about the connections between healthy forests and great beer.


Why do healthy forests matter to brewers like you?

Ben Bradley:

Healthy forests lay the foundation for healthy watersheds, and there's nothing more important in a beer than the water.


How does clean water correlate with quality beer? How is water significant to the process?

Ben Bradley:

There's no ingredient more important in the final taste of a beer than the brewing water. Any harsh chemicals, bacteria or impurities lead to off flavors and sub-par brews. We're fortunate to have some incredible local water here in Ketchum, and it makes for super tasty, clean beers.


On a personal note, what is your connection to Idaho? Why is the Gem State important to you?

Ben Bradley:

Idaho is an incredible place, largely due to the expansive wilderness that surrounds us. The peace and serenity of the mountains is just out the back door. The Wood River Valley, in particular, is a vibrant community that is an incredible place for us to raise our families, and we feel lucky to be able to call the Gem State home.


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