Sustainable Craft Beverages

Helps craft beverage producers reduce or eliminate waste at the source.

a logo for the Sustainable NH Craft Beverage programPollution Prevention (P2) is any practice that reduces or eliminates waste at the source. Sustainability means meeting the resource needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Together, this means reducing a business’s overall environmental impact, or “footprint.” 

In New Hampshire, most craft beverage producers already have a strong culture of sustainability. They want to do more than produce the finest craft beverage; they want to protect natural resources and the environment for future generations to come. The New Hampshire Pollution Prevention Program is here to help them get to where they want to be.

Through our partnerships with the New Hampshire Brewers Association, NHSAVES, Eversource, NH Electric Co-op, Unitil, Liberty and the BrewLab at the University of New Hampshire, the Program assists all craft beverage producers including breweries, wineries, distilleries, meaderies, cideries and hard seltzer producers.

a network of steel pipesWe can help you…  
  • Improve profitability while minimizing environmental impacts.
  • Create a culture of sustainability by empowering employees to drive the effort.
  • Minimize natural resource usage.
  • Provide a safer work environment.
  • Add value to your local community.
  • Protect supply chain ingredients.
  • Attract and retain high quality employees.
  • Enhance your image as a responsible craft beverage producer.

Contact us for assistance or to schedule a site visit. Send an email NHPPP@des.nh.gov or call (603) 271-6460.

photo of a glass of beer next to brewery equipmentSustainable craft beverage producers start the journey with benchmarking 

The first step to being sustainable is to track energy and water usage, which will guide the development of strategic pollution prevention planning. We call it benchmarking.  

NHPPP staff can tour your facility and provide a report detailing ways to save money and reduce your environmental impact. Whether it is utility tracking through our benchmarking program, or finding incentives on equipment and lighting, we can help to make your brewery more sustainable.

Contact P2 for assistance  

stainless stell brewing facilityBest Management Practices for Craft Beverage Producers

There are many best practices for energy and water conservation that can easily be incorporated into daily operations, as well as solutions that can reach even further and lead to operating cost reductions and new community initiatives. 

WATCH:

EPA's "Pollution Prevention and Wastewater Pretreatment Successes in VT and NH Breweries" video.
"Reducing Water Use at Breweries," by the P2 Program, with the help of local breweries.

Read more about energy and water conservation  

Sustainable Craft Beverage Recognition Program: Outstanding in the Field!

sun sets over a fieldAre you a craft beverage producer making sustainable choices, preventing pollution and conserving resources? Then you should be recognized for it! The New Hampshire Sustainable Craft Beverage Program is a voluntary recognition and technical assistance program for environmental leaders in the industry. Complete the Sustainable Craft Beverage Recognition Application and check out the Brewery Environmental Best Practices List for ideas on environmental initiatives you might implement at your facility. Use the Environmental Plan to plan and track critical operation information to keep your business running efficiently and minimizing environmental impact. If you have questions or need assistance filling out the application, send an email to the Pollution Prevention Program at NHPPP@des.nh.gov or call (603) 271-6460.

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    Free membership includes:

    • Promotion Tools – Social media posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram promoting your business’s acceptance into the program and sharing your sustainable practices, as well as a certificate suitable for framing, a digital copy of the Sustainable Craft Beverage logo to display on your website, menus and promotional material and a Sustainable Craft Beverage window decal.
    • Technical Assistance – Help with improving profitability while minimizing environmental impacts, creating a culture of sustainability, minimizing natural resource usage, and much more.
    • Members Maps – Recognition program members will be featured on the New Hampshire Brewers Association Beer Trail map and on the New Hampshire Sustainable Craft Beverage Program Member Map. These maps include links to your website/social media page(s), blog posts, address, contact information, hours of operation and services/amenities your business offers.

    Craft Beverage Pollution Solutions

    close-up of a light bulbEnergy Efficiency is the First Fuel for a Clean Energy Future

    The cleanest and cheapest kilowatt-hour is the one never used. Craft beverage producers can learn about ways to be more energy efficient by contacting the New Hampshire Pollution Prevention (P2) Program. The P2 Program has partnered with NH utility providers (Eversource, Unitil, Liberty Utilities and the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative) and NH Saves to assist craft beverage producers with reducing energy use and saving money. Contact us at nhppp@des.nh.gov to set up an energy audit or to find out about the latest energy incentives. If you are interested in reading more about energy efficiency and how it might apply to your business please refer to the energy resources listed below:

    solar panels and sky with cloudsSolar and Fermenter Control Solutions

    Brewing beer is an energy intensive operation. In addition to energy efficiency efforts, solar photovoltaics (PV) and solar hot water heating systems can harness energy from the sun to provide power to the brewery and preheat water for the brewing process. Fermenter control systems save energy by making sure pumps run only when they need to and reduce beer waste by keeping the beer at the correct temperature throughout the brewing process.

    Throwback Brewery, in North Hampton NH, has invested in solar PV to reduce the use of fossil fuels. Barrington Brewery, in Great Barrington MA, invested in a solar hot water system, and Island Dog Brewing in Maine installed a fermenter control board, which is saving them energy and money.

    co2 technologyGas Solutions - CO2 and Nitrogen

    Carbon dioxide use at breweries is often an overlooked area where breweries can save money and resources. With COVID-19 causing supply issues some brewers looked for different ways to manage CO2 use. Checking your system for leaks on a regular basis is a great way to start. Some breweries use Nitrogen to clear lines and purge tanks instead of using CO2. Another option is to use CO2 efficiently by  installing a carbon capture system, such as the one installed at Grey Sail Brewing in Westerly, RI. Please watch the Sustainable Solutions for Craft Beverage Producers webinar Innovative Solutions: CO2 Capture Technology.

    photo of sewage system

    Wastewater treatment is critical part of the craft beverage production business 

    Craft beverage producers are not just in the beverage making business, they are also in the wastewater treatment business. It is expensive to replace septic systems or pay additional fees for high strength waste.

    For wastewater treatment options and things to consider when designing a new brewery, check out this recording of the New York Brewery Summit hosted by the New York Pollution Prevention Program Institute.

    Sustainable Solutions Webinar Series

    NHDES’ Pollution Prevention Program collaborated with EPA Region 1 and ENERGY STAR for a free three-part webinar series: "Sustainable Solutions for Craft Beverage Producers."

    Pollution Prevention Strategies

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    Pollution Prevention Program Administrator
    kathryn.black@des.nh.gov
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    Pollution Prevention Specialist
    erin.c.waters@des.nh.gov