Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.: From grain to beer

FROM GRAIN TO BEER — Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. of Nevada City has forged a full-circle relationship with a local farm, AM Ranch in Penn Valley. After Three Forks brews its award-winning beers, AM Ranch picks up its spent beer grain. Then the grain is fed to steers that are raised exclusively for Three Forks.

The process comes full circle when the beef is featured on the restaurant’s menu on all sorts of delicious dishes. All of Three Forks’ beer grain is non-GMO. AM Ranch’s pork and eggs also are served at Three Forks.

These photographs from Angela Nunnink help explain the process for brewing Rye Me A River Pale Ale with hints of tropical and stone fruit. It is a two-week process. Three Forks co-ower Dave Cowie has been brewing beer for almost three decades.



AM Ranch uses Three Forks’ spent beer grain as stock feed for steers. The spent grain also is a good source of feed for pigs and chickens. Beef from AM Ranch is served on Three Forks’ menu.

(Photos: Angela Nunnink)

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