Okay. The bird is the word.
Once a year we all sit with friends and family and gussy up the table a bit more than usual. The time of Holiday feasting is upon us. In the middle west that means meals chock full of flavor, carbs
Sustainability is a word that gets talked about a lot, and in our opinion often times gets misrepresented. Instead of debating what the true meaning of it is, we thought we would just share what it means to us.
Being a truly sustainable company means that we consider the impact of our decisions on the natural environment, the people that may be affected, and the financial health of our business. We want to balance all of these areas to operate our business with a long term approach.
Each year we will publish a sustainability report that highlights our progress towards our goals.
*****Click here for the 2012 report (this report is 4.4 MB).****
*****Click here for the 2011 report (this report is 4 MB).*****
LEED Certified Breweries
The USGBC that governs LEED certifications does not track projects by categories such as "brewery" and could not substantiate the number of total certified breweries. From our own researchand to the best of our knowledge, as of Feb 2012, below are brewery and brewery related LEED certifications.
Microbrewery: packaging brewery that makes and sells it beer primarily through distribution
- Brewery Vivant: Grand Rapids, Michigan: LEED Silver 2012
Brewpub: brewery that makes and sells its beer only at its own facility/ restaurant
- Portola Hotel & Spa: Monterey Bay, California: LEED Silver 2011: Within the hotel is Peter B's Brewpub
Educational: non-profit/ non-commercial
- U.C. Davis University: Davis, CA: August A. Busch III Brewing & Food Science Center: LEED Platinum
- Brewery Blocks: Portland, OR: Mixed use development on defunct Henry Weihnhardt site: no brewery now
- The Brewery: Milwaukee, WI: Mixed use development on defunct Pabst Brewery site: no brewery now
Being LEED certified however is not the real point. It is about doing the right things, simply because it is the right thing to do. Within our vibrant craft brewing industry there are many breweries doing some really great things around sustainability. These are some of the breweries that inspire us and drive us to become even better. Check out some of the cool things that some or our friends and colleagues are doing...