Buzzed On Sustainable Brewing

Most beers require 8 gallons of water to produce every one gallon of beer.

Josh Hare of Hops & Grain in Austin, Texas, has found how to produce one gallon of beer for every 4.5 to 5 gallons of water. It’s just one way he promotes sustainability through his work.

Last Friday, Josh spoke at the CreativeMornings lecture series in Austin, Texas, on the theme “climate.” Josh detailed his journey from beer consumer to beer connoisseur and brewer. He noticed that beer and coffee seem to have a way of bringing people together.

“We create the social climate around us,” Josh said.

Despite various barriers to establishing the local brewery (financing, regulation, having the copper wires in his establishment looted), Josh has grown Hops & Grain to triple the capacity of what it was in 2011.

While growing his own business from the ground up, Josh made sure to implement sustainable practices from the beginning, including investing in equipment for reclaimed water, heat and energy.

Hops & Grains creates dog treats from spent brewing grain (called “Brew Biscuits”) and gives bonuses to employees who both use green transportation and reduce water consumption at the brewery. The company also utilizes the Compost Peddler services and is a member of One Percent for the Planet, donating 1% of sales to qualified nonprofit partners.

When it comes to encouraging other companies to practice sustainability in their own practices, Josh encourages consumers to ask questions of the businesses they frequent, such as how does your business practice sustainability?

“If the business doesn’t have an answer, then you have your answer,” he said.