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Protect Beer's Main Ingredient

Celebrate OktoberForest!

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!


Beer Comes From Forests

Beer has four main ingredients: water, grain, hops, and yeast. While water may seem like beer’s simplest ingredient, there's a lot involved in getting that clean water to our taps.

Clean, plentiful water depends on healthy surrounding natural areas, like forests. From the tree canopy all the way down to root systems, every part of a forest plays a critical role in cleaning, storing and protecting our water supply. Tree canopies of large forests influence rainfall patterns across the globe. They produce moisture in the atmosphere, known as “rivers in the sky,” that fall as rain locally and thousands of miles away.

Through OktoberForest, we're hoping to raise awareness about the important role forests play in providing clean water, a critical ingredient for quality beer. We're calling on beer lovers across the globe to help us protect beer's main ingredient by supporting our Plant a Billion Trees campaign, a major forest restoration effort with a goal of planting one billion trees across the planet. 

It’s not an obvious connection: beer and forests. But, we hope the next time you enjoy a pint, you give a nod to the trees.

Healthy Forests = Clean Water = Great Beer From the tree canopy all the way down to root systems, forests play a critical role in cleaning, storing and protecting our water—beer's main ingredient.

OktoberForest Partners

Click on the logos below to learn more about our partnerships and why clean water matters to brewers. 

1812 Brewery
Angry Erik
Apocalypse Ale Works
Apponaug Brewing
Atwater Brewery
Backyard Brewery & Kitchen
Bad Lab Beer Company
Batch Brewing
Beale's Brewery
Beer on Earth
Belgian Mare Brewery
Big Timber Brewing Company
Billsburg Brewery
Black Narrows Brewing Co.
Blasty Bough Brewing Company
Blue Bee Cider
Blue Mountain Brewery
Bosque Brewing
Brew Detroit
Brewery Becker
Brewery Terra Firma
Bristol Station Brews and Taproom
Buttonwoods Brewery
Cairn Brewing
Caiseal Beer and Spirits Co. 
Cambridge Brewing Company
Cape Charles Brewing Company
Castle Hill Cidery
Cedar Springs Brewing Company
Champion Brewing Company
Chestnut Brew Works
Coddington Brewing Company
Community Bruin
Concord Craft Brewery
COOP Ale Works
Creature Comforts Brewing Co.
Crooked Current Brewery
Damascus Brewery
DC Brau
Dearborn Brewing
Deschutes Brewery
Dogfish Head
Earthen Ales
East End Brewing
East West Brewing
Eastern Market Brewing Co
Ellison Brewery + Spirits
Eventide Brewing
Fifty-Fifty Brewing
Flying Bison Brewing Company
Flying Fish
FOK Brewing
Foolproof Brewing Company
Fort George Brewery
Founders Brewing Company
Frankenmuth Brewery
Genesee Brewing Company
GoodLife Brewing
Great Basin Brewing
Great North Aleworks
Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company
Grey Sail Brewing of RI
Guardian Brewing Company
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Harmony Brewing Company
Heavy Seas Alehouse
Heirloom Rustic Ales
Henniker Brewing Company
Hobbs Tavern and Brewing Company
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Ironbound Cider
Jackalope Brewing Company
Kettlehouse Brewing Company
Lake Charlevoix Brewing
Latitude 42
Liberty Street Brewing Company
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Linesider Brewing Co
Liquid State Brewing Company
Long Live Beerworks

Lops Brewing
Love City Brewing
Mad Swede Brewing
Midland Brewing Company
Millyard Brewery
Newport Craft Brewing
Ninksai Brewing Company
Northwoods Brewing Co.
O'Connor Brewing Company
Oddball Brewing Company
One Well Brewing
Oracle Brewing
Ore Docks Brewing
Out.Haus Ales
Paddle Hard Brewing
Payette Brewing
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company
Port City Brewing 
Post and Beam Brewery
Postdoc Brewing
Proclamation Ale Co
Providence Brewing Company
Ragged Island Brewing
Raleigh Brewing
Rare Bird Brew
Ravenous Brewing Company
Reason Beer
Rek'-Lis Brewing Company
Revival Brewing Company
Right Brain Brewery
Rising Silo Farm Brewery
River's Edge
Sacred Vice Brewing
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Sawtooth Brewing
Schilling Beer Company
Schmohz Brewing
Second Street Brewery
Shaidzon Beer Company
Short's Brewing Company
Silver Spruce Brewing
Sly Clyde Ciderworks
Smartmouth Brewing Company
Smug Brewing Company
Smuttynose Brewing Company
Snowbelt Brewing Company
Sons of Liberty Beer & Spirits
Sourland Mountain Spirits
South Street Brewery
Starr Hill Brewery
Stumptown Ales
Sugar Hill Brewing Co.
Sun King Brewery
SweetWater Brewery
Tall Tales
Taproot Brewing Company
The Copper Pig
The Distant Whistle Brewhouse (Dando Brewing Co.)
The Guild
The Maple Grille Inc
The Mitten Brewing Company
Third Monk Brewing Company
Three Notch'd
Throwback Brewery
Tilted Barn Brewery
Tin Roof Brewing
Trapezium Brewing
Tri-City Brewing
Trinity Brewhouse
Troegs Independent Brewing
Tuckerman Brewing Company
Twelve Guns Brewing
Union Station Brewery
Whalers Brewing Company
White Birch Brewing Company
Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Wolf Hills Brewing Co.
Woodstock Brew House
Worthy Brewing
Western Larch Tree A child visits the world's largest known Western larch tree just outside of TNC's Great Western Checkerboards Project in Montana. © Steven Gnam

About Plant a Billion

Our Plant a Billion Trees campaign is a forest restoration effort with the goal of planting one billion trees across the planet. Trees provide so many benefits to our everyday lives. They filter clean air, provide fresh drinking water, help curb climate change and create homes for thousands of species of plants and animals. Planting a billion trees can help save the Earth from deforestation. 

One BILLION is a big number, but we know we can do it with your help.

OktoberForest Events

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    Hike + Happy Hour with Sourland Mountain Spirits

    Explore the serenity of New Jersey's Sourland Mountain Preserve with Nature Conservancy guides on this easy hike. Then, join us for an OktoberForest celebration at Sourland Mountain Spirits. Reserve Your Spot

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    Status of Our Forests

    Join us at Common House in Charlottesville, Virginia, for an OktoberForest discussion of fire's role on the landscape. Event Details

  • Cape-Charles-Brewing

    OktoberForest in Cape Charles, Virginia

    Join us at Cape Charles Brewing Co. for Nature Conservancy Night! Celebrate OktoberForest with our Virginia Coast Reserve staff and volunteers at the first of two OktoberForest events on ESVA. Event Details

  • james-river

    Virginia Volunteer Workday

    Help remove invasive species along the James River. After the workday, we'll celebrate OktoberForest with one of our nearby brewery partners. Event Details

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    OktoberForest Celebration at Legend Brewing

    Mingle with fellow conservation minded folks while enjoying drinks, food, OktoberForest prizes and a beautiful view of the James River at Legend Brewing Company in Richmond, VA. Event Details

  • oktoBEARfest-maryland-zoo

    OktoBEARfest at Maryland Zoo

    Stop by our table to learn more about our OktoberForest campaign and the connections between healthy forests, clean water and good beer. Answer a tree-via question and pick up some free SWAG! Event Details

  • blair-creek-preserve

    Spooky Sights + Sounds of Jason's Woods

    Join Nature Conservancy experts + Angry Erik Brewing for a walk through New Jersey's Blair Creek Preserve, adjacent to the famous Camp Crystal Lake filming site from the original "Friday the 13th." Reserve Your Spot

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    OktoberForest at FOK Brewing

    Join us at FOK Brewing in Caguas, Puerto Rico, for great beer, a talk with our Puerto Rico Program Manager, Alberto Mercado, and a giveaway of native trees. Event Details

  • piney-grove-preserve

    Special Virginia Brew at Black Narrows

    Black Narrows Brewing Company will unveil their new brew made with needles and bark collected from longleaf pine trees by their brewer/co-owner Josh Chapman at TNC's Piney Grove Preserve. Event Details

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    'Tree-via' at Post & Beam Brewing

    Join us at Post & Beam Brewing in Peterborough, NH, for an OktoberForest TREE-via Night—a celebration of the essential connections between healthy forests, clean water and quality beer! Event Details

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    Tennessee Volunteer Work Party

    Help protect the trees that keep our water clean and make our beer taste great! We'll be co-hosting this volunteer work party with Owl's Hill Sanctuary and Jackalope Brewing Company. Event Details

  • Birds-Fly-South-Ale-Project

    Guided Hike at Table Rock State Park

    We’ll meet at Birds Fly South Ale Project for a round-trip shuttle to this park in Pickens, SC. This guided hike will teach about the tools we use to keep our forests and water supply healthy. Event Details

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    Idaho Celebrations

    From live music and "tree-via" to painting and pumpkin carving, we've got an OktoberForest event for you in Idaho! Events will be held on October 3rd, 10th and 29th. Event Details

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    A Night at the History Museum

    Join us and the Virginia Museum of History & Culture for samples of Virginia’s finest oysters and the beers that complement them, as well as stories from brewers, oyster farmers and conservationists. Event Details