Adnams and Sustainability

adnams1.gifAs part of their push to build a rep­u­ta­tion as one of Britain’s green­est brew­ers, Suf­folk brew­ery have stuck a nice lit­tle book­let (print­ed in veg­etable ink, on recy­cled paper) into every issue of New Sci­en­tist this week. The book­let out­lines, in some detail, every­thing they’re doing to reduce their envi­ron­men­tal impact.

Brew­ing and beer (espe­cial­ly beer from abroad) is a guilty plea­sure for peo­ple who wor­ry about the envi­ron­ment. Most brew­eries waste a lot of ener­gy to turn bar­ley and water into beer. Adnams are ahead of the game in try­ing to reduce the wastage. For exam­ple, they say they reuse 90% of the steam pro­duced by the process. They’ve also made their bot­tles lighter and, in so doing, reduced their “car­bon foot­print” sig­nif­i­cant­ly, because they’re eas­i­er to trans­port.

I’ve nev­er been par­tic­u­lar­ly excit­ed by any of their beers – I sus­pect this is to do with the crap­py pubs where I’ve tast­ed them! – but do applaud the huge com­mit­ment they’ve appar­ent­ly made to this cause.

Update: I’m not the only one who’s inter­est­ed in green brew­eries today…

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