We offer free environmental assessments to raise awareness on the environmental impacts of brewing beer. We also provide brewers with pollution prevention strategies.
- Breweries assistance program flyer.
- Breweries assistance program facts sheet.
- Sustainable brewery case study.
We perform free, on-site assessments at breweries. We have discovered some pollution prevention techniques and identified some opportunities for breweries to become more environmentally-friendly.
We have developed a report summarizing the first year of sustainable brewery assistance, including findings, recommendations, and lessons learned.
Best Practices in most breweries:
- Upgrading fluorescent lights to CFL or LEDs to save energy.
- Installing low NOx emissions burners in boilers to reduce air pollution.
- Using clean-in-place methods to save water.
- Reducing waste by reusing spent grains as animal feed at local farms.
Unique ways to prevent pollution in breweries:
- Offsetting grid-supplied electricity with photovoltaic solar arrays.
- Integrating a rain catchment system on roofs that route rainwater to a sand filter, removing solids before discharging into the Platt River.
- Routing the waste CO2 from fermentation to an aquarium that grows a special strain of algae. The algae are used by an external company to develop sustainable printer ink.
- Using repurposed materials to create all furniture in the tap room, including the bar.
Practices that could be started at more breweries:
- Starting a leak detection program for air and water.
- Installing motion sensors on lights in low traffic areas such as warehouse or a fermentation room.
- Installing a zip door with an automatic closing timer in walk-in coolers.
- Switching to a waterless canning line that uses an "Ionized air-rinse."
Participating breweries include Avery, Asher, Breckenridge, Crazy Mountain, Great Divide, Horse and Dragon, Left Hand, Purpose and Upslope.