State of the Stave
Barrel Ben hit the road to Tuscan, Arizona this week for the Associated Cooperage Industries of America annual meeting. Topics covered all things barrels and oak.
Meaning, Barrel Ben was in his element.
What Did We Learn?
One hot topic definitely had our attention: available supply of American White Oak trees. A representative from the White Oak Initiative shared information on their research with universities and industry partners to study the impact logging has on the white oak population, forest management and forest replenishment.
Here at Midwest Barrel Co., we take trees seriously. In fact, we have partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation for the last several years in a dedicated effort to replant oak trees.
In 2021 and 2022, Midwest Barrel Co. concentrated on a replanting project in the Shawnee National Forest. We are proud to announce that, as of September 2022, we have officially wrapped up this project and are ready to tackle our next forest.
The good news - American White Oak trees are getting more and more attention. Meaning, more of you are anxious to get involved and make an impact. We are in this for the long haul and want to kick our efforts up a notch. As we begin to plan our next replanting initiative - we want your help!
Ben and Jess want to personally invite breweries and distilleries to join the #savethestave effort in a more substantial way in 2023 and beyond. If you are interested in joining the tree movement, contact us!
Because let’s face it, there’s no bourbon without the barrel.
Ben & Jess