published on November 16, 2016 - 8:30 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff


Fresno’s Full Circle Brewing Co. has launched a new beer intent on raising awareness of the tree mortality problem in the Southern Sierra Nevadas that has claimed 66 million trees.


The beer, Killwood IPA, is the 7th brewed by the longstanding local brewer. A portion of proceeds from the new Killwood IPA will go toward creating a grant to assist local homeowners in the southern Sierra Nevada range who need to remove dying trees on their property. It typically costs between $300 and $1,000 to remove a tree.

In addition to the grant, Full Circle has committed to using only bark beetle and blue stained wood retrieved from the Sierra National Forest in the brewery. The main wall in the brewery is completely constructed out of blue stained killwood, and the bar, which is near completion, is also made of killwood.

By using killwood, brewery owners hope to show members of the community the possibilities for using the readily available wood in various projects.

“It’s been an amazing experience to pour our beer and educate the public on the gorgeous blue stained killwood wall,” owner Arthur Moye said in a statement. “As a result, our customers are aware of this issue and many have planned to use blue stained, dark beetle wood for home renovations and furniture. For us this means everything.

“We are excited by the conversations that are occurring at the brewery and we hope the funds raised will greatly assist our neighbors up in areas like Bass Lake that have witnessed over 80 percent tree mortality.”

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