Sustainability Resources for Breweries

Kentucky Sustainable Spirits Initiative

Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center

Partnering with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA), KPPC is working on a series of webinars and workshops to assist the beverage industry with incorporating sustainable manufacturing practices into their business operations.



Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) is a technical coalition of leading global beverage companies working together to advance environmental sustainability within the beverage sector.



2017 Sustainability Benchmarking Report

Brewers Association

The comprehensive study focuses on analysis of water, energy and emissions efficiency in the craft brewing industry. The study also provides meaningful comparison by showcasing facilities by production size, geographic region and market segment by documenting water use, energy use and total emissions normalized to barrels of beer packaged.



Solid Waste Sustainability Manual

Brewers Association

The information is structured as a pathway to effective and sustainable solid waste management from start to finish.



Water & Wastewater: Treatment/Volume Reduction Manual

Brewers Association

The information presented is a pathway to effective and sustainable water and wastewater management from start to finish.



Lean & Water Toolkit


Achieving Process Excellence Through Water Efficiency

This Lean and Water Toolkit describes practical strategies for using Lean manufacturing—the production system developed by Toyota—to reduce water use while improving operational per-formance. Drawing from the experiences and best practices of multiple industry and government partners, this toolkit explores opportunities to identify and eliminate “water waste”.



Energy Usage, GHG Reduction, Efficiency and Load Management Manual

Brewers Association

The information presented is a pathway to effective and sustainable energy and GHG management from start to finish.



ENERGY STAR Treasure Map for Microbreweries

During an Energy Treasure Hunt, teams walk around a facility looking for quick ways to save energy. Those quick fixes can add up to big savings. Hundreds of organizations have used Energy Treasure Hunts to reduce their facilities’ energy use by up to 15 percent. ENERGY STAR has created facility-specific treasure maps and recently released a Treasure Map for Microbreweries that provides detailed information specific to energy and water efficiency at a brewery.

Download the Treasure Map for Microbreweries.



Case Study: Microbrewery Shines with Safer Cleaning and Sanitizing Technology

Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI)

Merrimack Ales received two small business grants from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) during fiscal years 2016 and 2017 to test alternative technologies and processes for cleaning and sanitizing their brewing and fermenting vats. The objective was to identify and implement materials better for worker health and safety and the environment.



Case Study: Great taste, less (land)filling


More and more breweries are looking for ways to improve their bottom line through reduced operational costs, improved processes, company differentiation and improved customer relations while maintaining a sustainable brewing process.



Iowa Green Brewery Certification (for reference only)

Iowa Waste Reduction Center

With the vast growth of the craft beer industry across the state and the resource-heavy nature of brewing beer, the Iowa Green Brewery Certification works directly with Iowa’s breweries to minimize their environmental impact by providing technical assistance and guidance.