Pub Talk

For The Craft Beer Industry Everyday is Earth Day

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.

For The Craft Beer Industry Everyday is Earth Day

Bear Hill Brew Crew

(Last Best, Banff Ave., Jasper Brewing, 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.

Beau’s

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.

Mill Street

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).

SaltWater Brewery

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).

Sierra Nevada

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.

Steam Whistle

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.

 

If I B U I’d Seriously Read More

Olds College enviro-prodigy is growing mushrooms from beer waste

Can This Beer Save Our Environment?

VIDEO:SaltWater Brewery Creates Edible 6 Pack Rings

Regrained Wants You to Start Eating Your Beer

Related Posts

Pub Talk

Quebec (QC) Craft Breweries List: A Guide and Directory to Canadian Beers

This is your resource for Quebec breweries with over 100 breweries listed by location! If you’re heading out for a beer in Quebec, Canada these are the craft beer breweries you should check out.

Pub Talk

Bobby’s Place, Olde World Tavern

Are you looking to bring a bit of the Scottish Olde World into your life? Well I’ve found it at Bobby’s Place.

Pub Talk

The Role of the Cicerone

What is a Cicerone? Learn more about what it is, how to become one and how are they expanding the world of Beer.

Pub Talk

A Flight While Waiting for Your Flight

My son’s desire to take a rest before walking to our gate all the way on the other side of the Cleveland Airport led to a chance finding of Great Lakes Brewing Co. Nothing like a flight before a flight!

Pub Talk

5 Fruit Beers From Around The World To Put On Your Beer Bucket List

Here are 5 beers that we love and think should be on your beer bucket list.