At the Aspen Brewing Company, we are doing everything possible to minimize our carbon footprint. Our respect and admiration for the natural world in and around Aspen not only brought us to live here but compelled us to ensure that the Aspen Brewing Company’s effects on nature are minimized. We think globally and act locally.
We are proud to be one of the first three breweries, alongside New Belgium and Odell, to sign on to the Clean Water Act with Environment Colorado and the US Environmental Protection Agency. The Aspen Brewing Company has also signed the Brewers for Climate Declaration declaring that we are committed to the environment and maintaining a sustainable, efficient business.
Our brewing system uses cold water in a plate chiller to cool the hot wort (beer before fermentation) coming out of the brew kettle. In this process we are cooling boiling wort (unfermented beer) to about 70 degrees and simultaneously heating cold water to about 170 degrees. This hot water is then stored in an insulated tank until it is used in the next brew.
Growlers (32 & 64 ounce glass jugs) are a great way to take beer home, but don’t throw out the bottle. You can bring your growler back, preferably clean, for a refill at a discounted price. A 64 ounce growler holds roughly same volume as a six pack, but significantly less glass is used, and it can easily be reused and recycled!
Many people ask why small breweries are transitioning to cans rather than bottles. First of all, cans are better for the beer. They protect the beer from sunlight and oxygen, the two things that spoil beer, far better than bottles. Cans are also more environmentally friendly than bottles, it takes far less energy to produce, ship and recycle a can. The new six-pack holders we use are produced from 96% post consumer recycled plastic and can easily be reused or recycled.
Malted barley, after being used in the brewing process, can be used as cattle, chicken, and pig feed as well as in compost. We work with a local family farm as well as Rock Bottom Ranch, a local teaching farm and subsidiary of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, to ensure that the cycle continues and our waste products are re-used. The beef from grass and beer grain fed cows is like nothing else. Get some! Eat Local, Drink Local!