CONSCIOUSWe are grateful that nature provides the raw materials that enable us to brew beer. We are not the kind of persons to take without giving back. We strive to create or maintain balance; our company should not have a negative impact on the soil, water, air and people around us.
We use organic ingredients whenever possible, even though they are more expensive and sometimes difficult to obtain. Our merchandise and marketing tools (banners, business cards) are made by companies that use environmentally friendly methods and materials, or are otherwise environmentally conscious. Our company car runs on green gas, we print on recycled paper, most of our brewing equipment and office furniture is second hand, our lunch is organic. We redirect spent cooling water to our boiler so we can use it again, and our spent grain goes to a sheep farm. Of course we can't do everything 100% right, but we try to go the extra mile.
We prefer natural and unprocessed ingredients like handpicked flowers, fruits and herbs, or fresh rhubarb stalks from our local organic supplier, over wholesale prefab purees and extracts. Handpicked and fresh organic ingredients have the extra benefit that they are dusted with live cultures of yeasts and bacteria that we can use to ferment our beer.
If we invest in our local economy, we invest in a lasting supply of ingredients. We often buy specialty fruits from small local farmers and we sometimes trade work for produce, so our suppliers can continue to grow their products for a long time to come.