Although few of us will have considered it, have you ever wondered just how sustainable your favourite beer actually is? The act of brewing certainly doesn’t follow the zero to landfill philosophy, and each pint carries a heavy environmental footprint. It can be difficult to put into measurable terms, but a survey back in 2012 discovered that it can cost as much as 207 mega-Joules to create a hundred bottles of beer.
That translates to approximately 0.2 kilowatt-hours per bottle. For every bottle of beer, you could run your 40-inch, high-end television for as long as 3 hours and 20 minutes! Every six pack could be enough to run your TV for a full day, and it doesn’t even bear thinking about how long your TV could run off of a full crate!
Could Craft Beer Ever Become Environmentally-Friendly?
Well, the good news for those of you reconsidering your drink this weekend is that this number is significantly less than it used to be, and the number continues to fall! Since the year 2000, the average energy consumption of beer has dropped by approximately 30%. The worst part, for many people, is the idea that is can cost as many of 300 litres of water to create a single litre of beer!
As well as that high water consumption, a lot of the other ingredients involved are sent to the landfill. Hops and malt, for example, are not consumed during the brewing process, and instead need to be disposed off. Whilst this is bad enough with on-the-shelf, popular beers like Budweiser, Carlsberg and Fosters, it can be even worse with high-end craft beers.
Craft Beers Take More Energy To Create
Although a lot of people will be quick to say that they are worth it, the way craft beers are produced requires a lot more electrical energy, and often results with a higher level of waste. The process of recirculation, which is common when brewing premium beers, takes much longer and, therefore, demands much more electricity for pumps as well as additional water for cleaning.
Although they do require more energy to create, craft breweries are often much smaller and so have a smaller environmental footprint than their larger counterparts. The idea of craft beers and breweries ever achieving a zero to landfill status is looking like little more than a pipe dream.
The World’s First Zero-Waste Beer
A brewery based in Leeds, the Northern Monk Brew Co. has released the world’s firstzero to landfill beer. The beer itself, Wasted, is a golden farmhouse ale (6.7%) which has been made in collaboration with the Real Junk Food Project, an organisation famous for supporting a range of pay-as-you-feel cafes.
As well as being created from waste pears, croissants and brioche, the beer is also packaged in 100% recyclable glass. All hopes and malt used in the process have also been donated to a local farmer for use as feed and fertiliser for animals and plants. The champagne yeast has gone on to be used in other brews.
What Other Changes Are Helping Craft Beers Become Eco-Friendly?
Hackney Brewery, in East London, has recently started to produce an amber beer for the food-waste charity Feedback. The beer is named Toast, and it made from surplus bread. Other changes that micro-breweries and craft creators have introduced include switching from bottles to smaller and more efficient cans.
Another company, Adnams, is using an anaerobic bio-digester to transform all waste liquid from their products into methane gas. This gas is then used to power their brewery and distillery, which makes a real impact on their environmental footprint.
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