Sustainable breweries assistance

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We hosted a Sustainable Brewery Summit from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on August 15, 2017 for Colorado craft brewers at Great Divide's Barrel Bar Bottling Hall. 


Environmental assessments

We offer free environmental assessments to raise awareness on the environmental impacts of brewing beer. We also provide brewers with pollution prevention strategies.


We perform free, on-site assessments at breweries. We have discovered some pollution prevention techniques and identified some opportunities for breweries to become more environmentally-friendly. 


Best-Practices in most breweries: 

  • Upgrading fluorescent lights to CFL or LEDs to save energy. 
  • Installing low NOx emissions burners in boilers to reduce air pollution.
  • Using clean-in-place methods to save water.
  • Reducing waste by reusing spent grains as animal feed at local farms. 

Unique ways to prevent pollution in breweries:

  • Offsetting grid-supplied electricity with photovoltaic solar arrays.

  • Integrating a rain catchment system on roofs that route rainwater to a sand filter, removing solids before discharging into the Platte River.
  • Routing the waste CO2 from fermentation to an aquarium that grows a special strain of algae. The algae are used by an external company to develop sustainable printer ink.

  • Using repurposed materials to create all furniture in the tap room, including the bar. 

Practices that could be started at more breweries: 

  • Starting a leak detection program for air and water.

  • Installing motion sensors on lights in low traffic areas such as a warehouse or a fermentation room.

  • Installing a zip door with an automatic closing timer in walk-in coolers.
  • Switching to a waterless canning line that uses an "Ionized air-rinse."


Participating breweries include Avery, Asher, Breckenridge, Crazy Mountain, Great Divide, Horse and Dragon, Left Hand, Purpose and Upslope.



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Kaitlin Urso Derek Boer
Small Business Assistance Program       Pollution Prevention Program
303-692-3175 303-692-2977