Sustainability Around The Brewery
Posted: April 22, 2015
Making green beer is what we strive for here at Odell Brewing Co. No, I’m not talking about the colored kind people enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day. We want to make each beer better than the last and a part of that is thinking about the impact we make on our community and the environment. While payback is considered in all investments we make, we place a higher value on what we’re accomplishing for the environment in which we live. At Odell, we always strive to be better: to better our environment, our community, and, of course, our beer.
The craft beer industry is full of like-minded breweries. We want to make great beer now and for generations to come. One way to do that is by keeping sustainability in mind with each beer brewed and packaged. Here at Odell, we do a number of things to continue moving forward:
- The brewery has 11,000 square feet of solar panels that provide 5% of our electricity and the rest is wind powered.
- Our waste is currently at 84% zero land fill. We have diversion stations throughout the brewery to help us separate what can be recycled, composted, etc.
- Currently, it takes (on average) seven gallons of water to make one gallon of beer. We average about 3.8 gallons of water per gallon of beer thanks to our circulation pump that allows up to 3x the reuse of water.
- Our distribution territory is smaller, so we use less gas to ship our beer.
- During the brewing process, our brew kettle capture the steam from the brew and uses it to heat the hot water we use when mashing in our malt.
- Mother Nature cools our beer once the temperature drops below 42 degrees outside. Our refrigerating units automatically turn off to help save energy.
- The sola tubes throughout the brewery bring in natural sunlight allowing us to use less electricity.
- All of our spent grain and hops go to a local dairy farmer, Lugene (yes, we named a beer after him) and do not go to waste. Talk about happy cows!
Most recently, we joined forces with breweries across the nation and signed the Brewery Climate Change Declaration. Together, we can all do our part to keep the craft beer industry moving forward while helping keep our environment healthy.