With so many environmental activist groups and people now worrying about our environment, it is important that companies, small and large, do their part in minimizing environmental waste, energy consumption and hazards.
Many microbreweries are dedicated to protecting resources in their communities. The majority in the industry strive to reduce their impact on the environment. They can continue to do this by:
- Treatment of by-products like spent grain used to in the brewing process
- Reduce water usage while producing craft beer
- Conserving energy during the production process
Microbreweries are energy-intensive. Using heat in the many stages of the brewing process and then, during the refrigeration process, they’ll use a lot of power to cool their product. Only a few breweries have invested in energy-efficient equipment to reduce their amount of energy consumption, but more and more are turning to green energy, which reduces their carbon footprint.
The latest green energy used in many of Canada’s provinces is Bullfrog power. The green bullfrog power energy system works to replace used energy with energy from a renewable source that is pollution-free. When someone uses renewable energy with this company, for every kWh of energy that is purchased, the company replaces it on the grid on behalf of the purchaser.
Did you know that beer is 90% water? Craft brewers are making every effort to use water wisely and some even re-use cooling water to put into their heat exchangers during production.
Another great way microbreweries can help the environment is by providing its spent yeast and hops to local farms after it has gone to a bio-digester. In an attempt to reduce waste, The Company Steam Whistle uses a 30% higher glass product to bottle their beer. These green glass bottles can be sanitized and re-used over 45 times which is most beneficial for the environment.