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'BE GOOD TO THE LAND AND THE LAND WILL BE GOOD TO YOU'

Taking care of the land has been a point of pride in the Frey family since 1854 when they signed for some of the first deeded property in Nevada. As a fifth-generation farmer in his family, Colby believes that taking care of the soil and environment is one of the most important steps towards leaving the farm in good or better condition than he received it in to the next generation.

Frey Ranch Sustainability

A HYPER-LOCAL FARM +
DISTILLERY ECO-SYSTEM

From the grains to the bottle, we use what we like to call ‘common sense sustainability’, a process that comes naturally to the Farm + Distillery to reuse materials and reduce our carbon footprint.

Starting with growing 100% of the whiskey grains onsite, we are proud to completely eliminate the back-and-forth trips of trucking in grains. After the grains are malted and distilled at the Ranch, the leftover spent grains from the fermentation process are hauled on a tractor to our friends next door, providing a nutrient supplement for their dairy cows and in exchange, their manure provides nutrition for the soil that grows our whiskey grains. We also encourage our customers to never throw away a bottle, and we up-cycle ours into candles and grain jars that show our mash bill. Colby likes to say that everything has a purpose here on the Ranch, and that is a motto that we live by every day while making our Ground-To-Glass whiskey.

Lake Tahoe is known for its crystal-clear water, and we use this same Sierra Nevada snowmelt from the region to flood irrigate our whiskey fields. By manually operating the water canals through hand-powered gates, we save energy and in result, our environment. In addition, the water that calmly flows down the field protects the nutritions elements of the grain that is vital to creating a high-quality whiskey.

ALL of our GRAINS are SLOW GROWN presenting a RICHER, SMOOTHER WHISKEY experience.

Sustainability Colby irrigating fields
165 Years of Family Farming
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