OktoberForest

Emily Sanfratella, Beale’s Beer, Bedford, VA

Celebrating the connection between healthy forests, clean water, and good beer!

The Nature Conservancy is celebrating fall with OktoberForest, a collaboration with local brewers to raise awareness about the importance of forests in providing clean water. We spoke with chief operating officer Emily Sanfratella from Beale’s Beer about nature’s role in the making and enjoyment of craft beer.

Visit nature.org/OktoberForest to learn more about the connection between healthy forests and clean water, and see the list of participating OktoberForest breweries across the country!

nature.org:

How has nature inspired you as a brewery?

Emily Sanfratella:

Our brewery is nestled in the foothills of the Peaks of Otter. It's a beautiful area of Virginia, and on our off days, you'll find many of our employees enjoying the beauty of nature– hiking, biking, and camping.

nature.org:

Why is clean water important for brewing beer?

Emily Sanfratella:

95% of beer comes from water. Without clean water, it's impossible for us to make good beer.

nature.org:

What important connections do you see between healthy forests, clean water, and good beer?

Emily Sanfratella:

We care deeply about producing the highest-quality beer and making a positive impact in our community. Having clean water is essential to both of those goals, and without healthy forests, our water source is jeopardized.

nature.org:

What water source do you use?

Emily Sanfratella:

Our water comes from the Bedford Regional Water Authority. We worked very closely with them to ensure we minimize our waste and use our water as efficiently as possible.

nature.org:

What else should we know about your environmental or sustainability initiatives?

Emily Sanfratella:

We've teamed up with businesses in our community to use local, sustainably grown/raised products. Ronnie Gross, whose orchard is just 10 minutes down the road from us, has been a great partner who has provided apple cider for our Spiced Apple Ale and peaches for our Peach Wheat beer.


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