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Full Sail Named Craft Brewer of the Year

Thursday, May 1, 2014 | Beer News, Full Sail, Sustainable

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In majestically picturesque Hood River, Oregon, there is a craft brewery that has stood out as both a beer company that produces delicious brews and a sustainably-minded business. For these reasons and more, they have been awarded the title of Best Craft Brewery of the Year for 2014 by Beverage World Magazine.

Full Sail’s unique method of business made it a prime candidate for the award. Employee-owned and ecologically conscious, they’ve found that sustainability is not only good for the environment, it’s good for business.

“Our idea of being sustainable is what our grandparents used to call being cheap,” laughs Full Sail founder and CEO Irene Firmat. “And that’s how we really like to talk about it because sometimes it can feel so esoteric, like ‘you can’t afford to do this, or that.’ But part of it for us is that because we’re an employee-owned company, things have to make financial sense. And all of the things we do from a sustainability point of view are sustainable not just for the environment, but financially as well. That’s where it gets interesting because you can engage a lot of people and not have it be, ‘I’m holier than thou’ or ‘I’m this green purist.’ No, it’s really good for business.”

Between their efforts to conserve water with innovative filtration systems, giving spent grain to local farmers and buying most of their ingredients from local agriculture, they’ve made as much of an effort towards sustainability as they have towards creating much-loved craft beverages. And because every employee has a direct stake in their business, they are able to keep to their roots after 27 years, and continue brewing beers that people all across the country seek out to drink.

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FDA to Revise Proposal of Regulation of Spent Grain

Thursday, May 1, 2014 | Beer News, Ingredients, Summer, Sustainable

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For many years, craft breweries have been selling or donating the spent grain to farmers in their areas for livestock feed, particularly to cattle. This practice is not only helpful to local agriculture, but also reduces the waste produced by the brewing process and creates a sustainable cycle of farmers growing grain for breweries’ uses, and those breweries returning some of those resources to be eaten by livestock. New grain uses manure from the livestock, completing the cycle.

A little over a month ago, the FDA issued a proposal that would more strictly regulate the transaction of spent grain, specifically regarding packaging the by-product. This would require brewers to invest money in expensive equipment and machinery, and spend more time preparing the substance before they would be allowed to sell or donate it to farmers to feed to livestock. Thus, it would be difficult to sell the spent grain as a cheap alternative, considering the overall expenses.

However, the Brewer’s Association, along with U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer D-N.Y and several members of the farming community spoke out against these proposed regulations, citing tradition and the ecology of the practice, which requires little packaging waste as-is and doesn’t take a great deal of money or energy to accomplish.

Less than a week ago, the FDA came out and said that it was never their intention to disrupt this exchange of goods. They’ve agreed to revise their proposed rules to allow for this sort of commerce without additional regulation, both in the beverage industry, and also in other human food industries. They’ll be issuing revised rules this summer to provide more clarity.

Earth Day

Thursday, April 17, 2014 | Beer News, Distributors, Events, Fun, Local Favorites, Long Trail, Restaurants, Retailers, Spring, Sustainable, Victory

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As spring comes into full swing and trees and plants put forth their blooms, we find that it’s a perfect time to really take a look at our planet and all she has to offer; we’d never have the flora needed to make delicious beers without our environment being as it is, and it’s important to take a day out of the year to appreciate all the beauty in the natural world. So celebrate Earth Day (April 22) with some environmentally conscious brews this year, and go find a forest to stroll through, a beach to walk along or simply sit out on your front porch and take in all the awe-inspiring beauty that is Mother Nature.

Long Trail has held the tradition of commitment to maintaining the environment for many years now. Between their spent mash and cow power programs, and their water conservation efforts, they gained Vermont’s Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in 2009 and continue to do all they can to keep our planet healthy. This Earth Day, certain bars and restaurants will be giving a special pint glass away with the purchase of a Long Trail brew, as well as a seedling, with the goal of planting 10,000 trees in the U.S. You can find distributors here and participating bars here.

Long Trail isn’t the only brewery that’s stepping up to the plate this Earth Day, though.

Victory Brewing, who won the Sustainable Agriculture Business Award earlier this year, is joining forces with the Brandywine Conservancy in a reforestation initiative in East Brandywine Township, planting trees provided by the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society’s TreeVitalize program. Over the last five years, the group has been planting trees throughout the Brandywine Watershed, and they hope to meet the milestone 25,000th tree at this event, which takes place Saturday, April 19th, starting at 9 a.m.

For information or to volunteer, please call Wes Horner at 610.388.8124.

Victory Tours and Brew Pub

Thursday, April 3, 2014 | Local Favorites, Restaurants, Retailers, Sustainable, Victory

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Have you anxiously been waiting for Victory to reopen their tours? Well, wait no further. Not only can you visit the original Downingtown brewery and stop by the pub afterwards for a drink, you can also take a bus from the Downingtown location to tour the new Parkesburg brewery. So whether this would be your first Victory tour, or you’re coming back for a second, third or fourth visit, they’ve got you covered, and it’s just another excuse to visit their brewpub at their Downingtown home.

Tours of the Downingtown brewery are free and available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The twenty minute all-age tour takes you through the brewhouse and fermentation room, and is limited to fifteen people.

There are two 3.5 hour Parkesburg tours each Saturday. Two buses take up to 40 people from the Downingtown location to the new brewery, where you will receive a welcome beer in the catering hall before embarking on a full-guided tour of the entire facility. The tour takes you through the brewhouse, fermentation room, hop cooler, packaging line and more before trying seasonal beer and food pairings. All that, plus you get to leave with a special Parkesburg glass. Tickets cost $58, and this tour is only available to those 21 and over.

And if all that  touring makes you a little hungry and thirsty–or if you’re just in the area–the Victory Brew Pub has a whole array of delicious foods that are made to be perfectly paired with their various brews. Their menu ranges from bar fare with a twist to sandwiches crafted as carefully as their beers to the ever-changing daily menu additions inspired by seasonal foods and beers.

Location:

420 Acorn Lane
Downingtown, PA 19335

Hours:

Brew Pub:

Mon-Sat 11:30am-12am

Sun 11:30am-10pm

Downingtown Tours:

Friday 3pm, 4pm, 5pm

Sat-Sun 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Parkesburg Tours:

Saturday 11am-2:30pm, 3pm-6:30pm

More Information on the Tours

Brew Pub Menu

Celebrate Sustainable Brewers

Friday, April 22, 2011 | Breweries, Long Trail, Spring, Sustainable, Uinta, Victory

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The Greatest Beers of the World would like to take a moment and celebrate the approach of Earth Day this week by showcasing American craft brewers who are making a difference in our world: Read more…

Going Green While Going Out

Friday, April 15, 2011 | Bars, Sustainable

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“Going Green” is more than just a fad these days; it is a way of life for some people.  Even if you haven’t made much of a commitment to minimizing your eco-footprint yet, you are at least aware of the growing environmental awareness that seems to be rapidly expanding.  Tax-breaks for upgrading to energy saving appliances, corporations supporting environmental groups and “greener” consumer products at the supermarket are all indicators that the times are changing and it is more and more important for businesses to lead the way in this new era.  The Greatest Beers of the World interviewed some local business owners who have been pioneering green practices. Read more…

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