OktoberForest

Sean Arroyo of Heritage Brewing Co., Manassas, 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 CEO and co-founder Sean Arroyo of Heritage Brewing Co., 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?

Sean Arroyo:

We all really enjoy the outdoors - it’s one of the reasons we chose to build our brewery in Virginia! There’s so much beauty in this state and one of our favorite places to enjoy a pint is in nature.

nature.org:

Why is clean water important for brewing beer?

Sean Arroyo:

Beer is mostly water, so it’s an absolute necessity for brewing! Dirty water can ruin a batch of beer by introducing unwanted bacteria.

nature.org:

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

Sean Arroyo:

All three of those things are very interconnected- healthy forests = clean water = foundation for quality beer.

nature.org:

What water source do you use?

Sean Arroyo:

We use the municipal water supply of the City of Manassas that's drawn primarily from Lake Manassas.

nature.org:

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

Sean Arroyo:

We reuse and repurpose many materials in our taproom and restaurant. Pallet wood and barrel staves are featured in unique ways throughout both locations. Additionally, we donate our spent grain to a local farmer and save some to be incorporated into our dishes at the brewpub. We feature spent grain bread and granola on our menu.


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