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HOW WE GIVE BACK

SHOP BARRELS

ROOTED IN SUSTAINABILITY

You buy the barrels. We donate the trees.

From sourcing the best used materials as our product, to giving barrels a second life - we aim to make a positive impact on our customers, our industry, and especially our planet. Doing more with less inspired us to branch into decor, and it got us wondering what else we could do with barrels that didn't make the cut for barrel aging? Cue our next small step, to break down and reduce barrel waste into something more enjoyable for our customers. Now you can savor neighborhood cookouts and block parties with a little taste of Midwest Barrel Co. (whether we get an invite or not).

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2021: How Midwest Barrel Co. is Giving Back

As our business grows, so does our desire to make a lasting and sustainable impact on our planet. This year we are aiming high with a stretch goal of replanting 10,000 oak trees in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. To accelerate our impact we will be launching our #savethestave campaign in fall 2021 that will help us fund the Oak Reforestation Project in the Shawnee National Forest. Stay tuned - more details coming soon!

WHY TREES?

The rich history of bourbon all begins with the tree. True story, some distillers attribute up to 70% of the bourbon flavor to the quality of the barrel. Meaning trees are damn important. As facilitators of the craft, we want the tradition and practice of barrel-aged spirits to thrive in future generations. That is why we are on a mission to replace what we take and do our part in preserving the life cycle of the barrel for years to come.

80 YEARS

Oak trees grow on average 60-80+ years before they are harvested.

3 BARRELS

Oak trees typically produce a max of three barrels (53-60 gallon) per tree. Sometimes as few as one.

WHITE OAK

White oak is commonly used to produce barrels because it is hard, medium bending and non porous like other oak woods.

WHY TREES: BEN’S STORY

Before There Was a Barrel Ben ...

Inspired by a legendary forester (Grandpa Keith), Ben developed an interest in plants from a young age. Grandpa and Ben spent hours exploring off the beaten path on plant identification missions. What started as memories and time with his grandpa, turned into a passion for plants encouraging him to pursue a doctorate degree in horticulture. While Dr. Ben’s specialization is actually viticulture (grape growing), trees will always be his passion - both because of the memories they hold with his Grandpa and the impact they make on our world.

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WHY ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION?

Support local & impact the world.

With each little step we take, we become a more responsible business that can do more for our customers. So we joined a worldwide movement with the Arbor Day Foundation to improve water and air quality, slow climate change, and reduce poverty by planting trees – because beyond the smiles and cheers – we want to keep the planet happy too. To do our part, Midwest Barrel Co. donates trees to be replanted when you buy barrels. This partnership helps us move towards a more sustainable planet and chips away at the Arbor Day Foundation’s goal of replanting 100 million trees by 2022.

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LET’S SAVE THE PLANET.

2021- 2022 Oak Reforestation Project

THE WHERE

Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

THE WHY

Historically the Mississippi floodplain was more forested than today. As settlement to the area began in the late 1800’s, so did the removal of trees. Most of the floodplain was cleared, drained, ditched, farmed and grazed. Though floodplain forests are much less common now, Oakwood Bottoms and the adjacent bottomland hardwood forests along the Big Muddy River constitute one of the largest tracts of bottomland forests in Illinois. Oak wilt and emerald ash borer (EAB) are two issues that could drastically alter this habitat and the wildlife it supports. EAB has killed hundreds of millions of trees across the eastern United States and is starting to work its way through these bottomland forests. Oak wilt is one of the most serious and fatal diseases of red oak trees in the eastern United States and has been positively identified in killing trees in Oakwood. Most notably this area serves as an important foraging stop for migratory waterfowl in both directions along the Mississippi flyway. Restoring the native oak ecosystem will improve the overall health of the watershed and drastically improve wildlife that is essential for migrating waterfowl. Additionally, this forest has ties to the Underground Railroad. Here’s the LINK to further details from the US Forest Service.

THE WHO (KINDA)

Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

  • Pin Oak
  • Bur Oak
  • Overcup Oak
  • Nuttal Oak
  • Willow Oak
  • Swamp White Oak
THE WHAT

Arbor Day Foundation is supporting 53,800 trees for this project. Of that, Midwest Barrel Co. has committed to replanting 20,000 of the 53,800 trees throughout 2021 and 2022.

OUR GOAL

Make an impact by replanting 10,000 trees in 2021!

ABOUT THE ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION

On a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.

ABOUT THE ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION

On a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.