ELP Silver Partner - Breckenridge Brewery
Breckenridge Brewery opened its doors in 1990 in the mountain town of Breckenridge, Colorado. It's the third-oldest craft brewery in the state . Nestled below the slopes on Main Street, our brewpub continues to delight locals and visitors with a lively atmosphere, delicious pub fare, and of course, a great selection of beer.
In the summer of 2015, a 12-acre stretch of land that was once a carnation farm became our new production home. Our farm-inspired campus on Brewery Lane features a new 100 barrel brewhouse, barrel-aging room, all new packaging, dedicated tour staff, and the Farm House restaurant. After 26 years, the focus is still on creating well-balanced, approachable, and interesting beers while also creating memorable visitor experiences.
The new brewery was built with sustainability in mind, helping us brew the best beers possible while reducing our impact on the environment. Below is a list of key features to the brewery and key initiatives implemented:
- To reduce our energy consumption, we worked with Xcel Energy in planning phase to engineer energy reduction improvements . Some of these efforts include, variable frequency drives, LED lighting, occupancy sensors for lighting, insulated glycol, steam, and product lines, and high speed zip doors on warehouse coolers.
- To help save water, high efficiency CIP and brewing equipment were installed. Additionally, a vapor condenser was installed on the kettle which converts steam to hot water, capturing 700 gallons of water with each brew.
- To reduce sending waste to the landfill, we send all spent grain and yeast to local farmer, we have a robust internal recycling and compost program, and we have implemented zero waste stations for all large onsite events and concerts. Lastly, nearly all of our packaging materials are made of 100% post consumer recycled materials.
In 2017, we created a Breckenridge Brewery Sustainability Committee to further improve our sustainability efforts. Through this group, we have set the following goals:
- Reduce water usage by 5% in 2018 and reduce usage by 20% by 2020.
- Reduce electricity usage by 5% in 2018 and reduce usage by 15% by 2020.
- Improve our waste diversion rate to 75% (not including spent grains or yeast) in 2018.