In my former life at Campbell, my proudest moment was receiving a company-wide award for creating a best-in-class sustainable advertising production process. So there is no doubt that I would continue to focus on sustainability when I opened my own business. I sum it up this way – sustainable practices are not only the socially responsible thing to do, they are an important part of being a good neighbor.
Here’s just some of things we’ve been doing to be good neighbors:
Recycling our spent grains as food for a local livestock:
Since we’ve started brewing, our new friend and local Evesham Township farmer, Craig (you can buy his produce at Cheyenne’s Roadside Market), has been coming by to pick up the spent grains from our mash to feed to his pigs and chickens. Here’s a few pics of Zed’s first satisfied customers!
And be on the lookout for some original uses of our spent grains as we “upcycle” them into soaps and cookies!
We try our best to put only cleaning water down the drain—and even then we use super efficient “clean in place” processes, with cleaners that break down into safe, inert by-products, to minimize the additional water use and environmental impact.
Buying local ingredients whenever possible:
We have a few seasonal varieties that will feature locally-sourced produce. One I wrote about in last week’s blog — Zed’s in the Orchard — Golden Peach. We are also planning more varieties with a nod to local flavors like honey, blueberry and others – you’ll have to keep checking this blog and our social media to learn more!
Energy efficient brewing processes:
When designing the brewery, we consciously chose equipment and processes that would maximize efficiency. For example, we use an electric kettle, which translates into higher efficiency and lower energy use (compared to steam or natural gas).
Our mash tun uses a HERMS coil to let us use existing heat from the hot liquor tank to maintain temperatures during the mash, so we’re not using additional electricity to heat the liquid.
Our dual stage heat exchanger lets us draw off the heat from the boil using potable water, which is then used for either cleaning or is put into the Hot Liquor tank, recycling both water and energy.
Zero carbon footprint:
The biggest impact to the planet is actually in packaging and transportation.
At Zed’s, all the beer is kegged, which is the ultimate reusable package. And since we only have to move the kegs a few yards into the cold room, which we do with a manual keg jockey, there’s zero carbon footprint for transportation.
All of this goes to the benefit of “drinking local”:
If you enjoy our beer in the tasting room, you will have absolutely no packaging waste, and for takeaway there’s a reusable growler (and ours are made from recycled glass.)
Compare that to beer that gets transported on some kind of truck at least three times before it gets to you (factory to warehouse, warehouse to distributor, distributor to bar or retail store); and the number of packaging components that are involved (bottles, cans, labels, carriers, outer cardboard boxes, those horrible 6 pack rings that kill the sea turtles, etc.).
Think about it. You’re not contributing to any of that impact every time you drink Zed’s Beer instead! That’s the real environmental benefit when you “drink local.”
Just another reason to come visit us starting on September 9! When are you coming for a visit?