OktoberForest: Brewers Cabinet

With our many partner brewers around the country, The Nature Conservancy in October is celebrating OktoberForest, highlighting the connection between healthy forests, clean water and great beer.

To explore the connection here in Nevada, we sat down with Eric Ramin of the Brewer's Cabinet.

nature.org:

Where does The Brewer’s Cabinet get the water it uses to make its beer and how much do you use?

Eric Ramin:

We are lucky enough to get our water straight from the Truckee river. The Truckee flows east right out of Lake Tahoe and we are positioned on the far west side of Reno, the brew house is literally 20 yards from the river bank.

nature.org:

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

Eric Ramin:

Clean, tasty water is everything to us. It makes up the vast majority of our beer, so it's gotta be clean and pure for our beer to be the quality we're looking for.

nature.org:

Do you see benefits to protecting and restoring forests on lands which surround the source waters for your beer? If so, why?

Eric Ramin:

Absolutely, we need to work to protect our water sources and forest lands. We in Reno are surrounded by a beautiful and diverse landscape. Having clean water is just one benefit, but there are many more reasons. The forest is a habitat for mammals, birds and insects, and the forest regulates our regional climate and provides natural beauty.

nature.org:

How is your brewery working to be sustainable or environmentally friendly?

Eric Ramin:

We currently reclaim all water used for cooling our hot wort during the brewing process and have future plans to further reduce our water waste.

nature.org:

Anything else you’d like to say about the connections between healthy forests, clean water, and tasty beer?

Eric Ramin:

Without amazing water, amazing beer isn't possible!

nature.org:

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

Eric Ramin:

I’ve been a Nevada resident for almost half my life now and it truly is a special place. I'm now raising a family here, and It's very important to me to continue to make strides to make Nevada a better place for us living here currently and for the future generations.

Read an interview with another local brewer, Tom Young from Great Basin Brewery >


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