Across our brewery we’re working together to reduce the impact that we have on our environment. From brewhouse to the beach; in big and small ways. Brewing beer naturally is dependent on the health of our planet, so we’re always asking ourselves how we can design a brewery built to conserve as much natural resources as possible.
Our beer print below shows how we go about brewing our beer and working with others to take climate action seriously.
The following measures reflect the current environmental impact of our Brookvale Brewery and HQ and our reduction targets and goals for improvement.
Water is an incredibly important ingredient in beer. We have to do whatever we can to protect and use this precious resource with care. We’ve invested in equipment that has helped us measure our usage and we work with our brew team to find opportunities to reuse water where it’s possible. This enables us to know what we need to do to save more water to make more beer!
3.85HL water/HL of Packaged Beer
3.65HL water/HL of Packaged Beer
Our teams are consistently working towards our zero waste dream. Whether that’s sorting waste properly, remembering to bring our reusable coffee cup or working with suppliers to eliminate as much plastics as possible from our supply chain.
62% diverted from landfill
90% diverted from landfill
We use a combination of electricity and natural gas to power our brewery and continue to do our best to always focus on being less dependent on energy, but we’re pumped about a renewable energy future, on and off site to reduce our impact on climate change.
We’re committed to reducing our total energy use to 165MJ / HL of beer packed in 2019. By 2022, we’re committed to 100% of our purchased electricity coming from renewable sources, with as much on-site and low-impact renewable energy production and consumption as possible.
165MJ/HL of Packaged Beer
165MJ/HL of Packaged Beer
In 2018 we worked with our community to install a 100 kW solar system to power our brewery, pack line and offices in Brookvale. Learn more about the project here.
Below is a live feed showing consumption of energy from our solar system.
TOTAL CONSUMPTION YTD — 80KW System 24.03 MWh
— 20KW System 6.57 MWh
Beer isn’t the only good stuff left once the brewing process is over! Separate to what ends up in the bin, our brewery by-products make up most of our ‘waste’ that gets diverted from the landfill, but it’s of great value.
Our spent yeast is transported off-site to get anaerobically digested and converted into renewable energy. The digester gas is then recovered ands used as a renewable fuel source in cogeneration engines to produce green electricity sold to the grid.
The majority of our spent grain is donated to organic dairy farmers from Kempsey, NSW. A portion of grain is also donated to our friend Gabi to bake up some tasty Craft Beer Bones available for your doggo here.