Earth Day: 6 Craft Breweries That Are Helping Our Environment
Many craft breweries have environmental policies and practices in play everyday. Here is what some of our favourite breweries are doing to help the environment not only on Earth Day, but everyday.
By Shira Kogut on Apr. 21, 2017
What is Earth Day?
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day now includes events in more than 193 countries, which are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.
Earth Day’s mission is to connect people to nature on Earth Day and every day. Earth Day Canada inspires and supports people across Canada to connect with nature and build resilient communities.
6 Craft Breweries That Help Our Environment on Earth Day and Everyday
Bear Hill Brew Crew — Last Best, Banff Ave., Jasper Brewing, and Wood Buffalo Brewing
The environmental procedures that these four breweries use is three-pronged, but all focused on reduce, reuse, and recycle. Firstly, they use a cross-flow heat exchanger to conserve water and energy while brewing. The water captured is used in their brews. Secondly, most offsales are done in Growlers. These 2 gallon glass jugs come with a twist top and are refillable countless times. Lastly, spent grains and hops are composted.
Not only does Beau’s use 100% recycled materials in their brochures, coasters, labels and packaging. They also have a lighting system in the brewery that saves 63,678 kWh annually. This is huge considering David Suzuki, one of Canada’s leading environmental experts has said that electricity is one of the biggest contributors to one’s carbon footprint.
Video: Carbon Footprints
To cut down on shipping costs and reduce their environment footprint, this Canada-wide producer now uses only North American malt rather than European strains in their Organic lager. They also have a heat recovery system in their brewhouse which heats up to 15,000 litres of water per day with no additional energy usage and a Freeair walk-in fridge that utilizes external cold air (being in Canada is helpful).
Being so close to the ocean, this company took on the task of creating edible 6-pack rings, so none of our marine friends would have to suffer. No, cutting them up is not enough. That prevents animals from getting caught in them, but they still eat them. With these edible ones no harm will come to them (FYI: we still would not recommend that you eat them yourself).
Since it’s inception Sierra Nevada has always been committed to being on the forefront of environmental sustainability. Whether its energy production and conservation or converting the used vegetable oil from their restaurants into biodiesel for their beer delivery trucks Sierra Nevada has some incredible practices that are worth the read. Check out their Sustainability page for more details.
Video: Sierra Nevada Biodiesel
Steam Whistle has received a lot of recognition for its environmental efforts from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, the Clean Air Partnership, and The Green Living Organization. It is one of Canada’s Greenest Employers and one of the outstanding contributors to clean capitalism on the Clean 50 list. What does the brewery do to get all this wonderful recognition? It reuses its custom bottles up to 45 times, has steam-heated and water-cooled facilities, and dispatches Clean Air Biofuel trucks for deliveries.
What’s your favourite craft brewery doing to help the environment? Let us know.
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