October 9th, 2019 by Laura Hepburn
September 30th, 2019 by Laura Hepburn
Owner Ryan Sherring has a passion for sour beers and was obviously very excited to add the foeder to Six Mile Bridge.
If you have ever had the privilege of visiting our brewery, you have most certainly seen our Foeder standing proud. This was one of Ryan’s most treasured additions to our brewhouse capabilities.
Did you know that Foeder Crafters of America is the only company in the United States making foeders? And it’s right here in St. Louis!
A foeder (pronounced “food-er”) is a large wooden vat that, while traditionally used as a tool for winemaking, is experiencing a boom in the craft beer world. These oversized barrels are perfectly suited for brewing with wild yeast and allowing smaller breweries to play with wild ales, but can be used for a wide variety of styles. What is special about a foeder is how it controls the oxygen intake and allows you to periodically taste the beer using a tasting valve. This helps you fine tune the brew over time.
Our 45 barrel foeder was made by Foeder Crafters of America (FCA) right here in St. Louis and was installed in 2017. Not only was it made here, but the wood is Missouri White Oak which has the perfect texture and density to let the beer breath.
The first project we used the foeder for was an Imperial Stout, to help us draw out the oak flavors of the vat. That stout has since been moved to other barrels for exciting future releases. Once the wood of the foeder was conditioned we were ready to get started on our own foeder beer! We used a saison base, pitched with a variety of yeasts and bacteria to create a sour delight. No hops were added since they can fight the bacterium needed to create these sour-style ales. Now that our recipe has spent a full year in the foeder, it is ready to be enjoyed and we can move forward with the “solera method.” This involves periodically pulling 15 barrels out to enhance with fruit or other add-ins, then building the base beer back up again in the foeder. Using this method, we can maintain our source beer while still getting creative in smaller batches.
We are so excited to share this base beer with you TOMORROW, October 9th. We have an extremely limited amount that we have pulled out and carbonated so that our friends get to experience this unique brew. Going forward we will offer 2-4 extremely limited, taproom-only releases of foeder beer variations. Different fruits, ingredients, and techniques will take our base foeder sour to new territory. We hope you’ll join us to taste this great introductory sour beer. The flavor is tart, dry, soft, and light bodied with notes of tropical fruit and citrus. We will also have Frankly Sausages food truck from 5-8 PM and Free Trivia from 7-9. Three wonderful reasons to spend your Wednesday with Six Mile Bridge.
September 19th, 2019 by Laura Hepburn
Did you know that September is National Honey Month? We didn’t want to close it out without paying homage to one of our most popular
Our Irish Red Ale with Honey on Sauce Magazine’s 2019 Guide to Beer
beers. Our Irish Red Ale with Honey is a favorite, and for good reason. Warm, robust, and beautifully amber, our Irish Red is smoothed out with wildflower honey which we specially chose for its unique flavor profile. Clover honey is more common, but after numerous taste tests we decided the wildflower variety was the best for our recipe.
Did you know that honey comes in a rainbow of colors and flavors? It can be a very dark brown or a light gold. The appearance, texture, and taste of honey is dependent on the nectar source. Such as wildflowers versus clover, avocado flowers, orange blossoms, or alfalfa.
Wildflower honey is truly unique because it can vary slightly from year to year based on what blooms! While the mixture maintains certain flavor characteristics from year to year, it won’t ever be EXACTLY the same as the year before. One of the reasons people love wildflower honey is that, much like wine, it documents the weather and conditions of any given year. It’s as wild and free as the flowers it came from.
What better way to celebrate National Honey Month than a simple, delicious Honey Beer Bread with Honey Butter? It’s a quick and easy side item for dinner, a sweet & savory snack, or maybe a great way to enjoy beer for breakfast!
Honey Beer Bread
- 5 cups flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 SMB Irish Red Ale with Honey
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3+ tbsp butter
- Whisk dry ingredients together
- Mix in beer and honey
- Grease a bread pan with butter
- Pour bread mixture into pan
- Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes until top is golden, coating the top with melted butter mid-bake.
- 12 tbsp softened, unsalted butter
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tbsp powdered sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- Use a hand beater or immersion blender to mix all ingredients
- Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator, but bring to room temperature when ready to serve
August 26th, 2019 by Laura Hepburn
It’s still sweltering outside at the moment, but we know Fall is just around the corner. Luckily, you can be stocked and ready for those first crisp breezes with our popular Cranberry Wheat Beer, available in cans for the first time ever! This Saturday we are releasing our Cranberry Wheat seasonal and kicking off our October “Drink Pink” program.
This is how we used to do it! Ryan and Lindsay would take turns blending and cooking the cranberries in tiny batches.
We really wanted to create a unique beer amidst the pumpkins and apples, and were inspired by the tart and festive cranberry. We started with a Witbier base, very similar to our Blood Orange Wit. While we use blood oranges for our Blood Orange Wit, we felt using traditional orange peel this time would help the cranberries shine. We use a pound of orange peels and almost 17 pounds of cranberry puree per barrel of this bright wheat beer. That’s a whole lot of fruit! Our brewery is glad people love this style, but owners Ryan and Lindsay are probably the most grateful. Back when this was a new baby beer, they had to make the cranberry puree by hand using a blender and camp stove. Thankfully, we now buy it by the barrel.
The final product is a beautifully festive, rosy-hued brew. It has the dry, crisp, and slightly spicy flavors you love in a classic wheat style, but with a bright, tart cranberry note on the finish. Perfect for every joyful occasion of the coming seasons, from tailgating to bonfires, and all the holidays in between.
While the beer itself is delicious, the cause it benefits makes it all the more enjoyable.
1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. It affects all of us in some way and is a disease that hits close to home at Six Mile Bridge. Owner Ryan Sherring’s mom battled breast cancer back in 2001 and after months of treatment from skilled and caring physicians, she has been cancer free for 18 years! The experience left an impact on Ryan and this beer is a tribute to those whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.
We are thrilled to donate a portion of proceeds of all Cranberry Wheat beer sold across Missouri and Kansas to two local organizations doing incredible work for those undergoing treatment for breast cancer. We are excited to also announce that our donations will go even farther as both of our distributors, Major Brands and LDF have pledged to contribute as well!
All sales made in Missouri will benefit Gateway to Hope, an organization whose headquarters are just down the road from the brewery. We spent a lot of time talking with breast cancer survivors and friends before choosing this partner which received overwhelming praise for their work. Gateway to Hope’s mission is to remove barriers to affordable, timely, quality healthcare, empowering people with breast cancer to face the disease and focus on healing.
As our distribution has reached new areas, we were tasked with finding a great partner in the Kansas market and we are thrilled to work with Victory in the Valley! Their mission is to encourage cancer patients and families on their journey by offering HOPE through emotional and spiritual support, while providing practical services to improve the quality of their lives.
So whether you pick up a 4-pack at an area retailer or you grab a pint from any bar or restaurant, s on Saturday at 2 PM for the launch of this delicious beer that benefits a cause close to our hearts. For more details about the launch event, please see our Facebook event.you will be directly helping those with breast cancer in your local community.
If you are going to be in the St. Louis area this weekend, we hope you will join us on Saturday at 2 PM for the launch of this delicious beer that benefits a cause close to our hearts. For more details about the launch event, please see our Facebook event.
August 3rd, 2019 by Laura Hepburn
A bratwurst is delicious all year round, but especially during the peak grill seasons of summer and fall. Here is a tried-and-true recipe for Honey Jalapeño Beer Brats using our Irish Red Ale with Honey.
- 10-12 brats
- 2-3 cans of Six Mile Bridge Irish Red Ale
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 1 large onion
- 1-3 jalapeños depending on desired intensity
- 1/4 cup honey
- Favorite brat buns (we like brioche or pretzel buns)
Suggested for accompaniment: Sweet potato fries, dill pickle spears.
- Chop onion into large chunks. Add onion and butter to a large pot or dutch oven and cook on medium heat until the onions start to soften and brown.
- Add brats, honey and enough beer to completely or almost cover the brats.
- Chop up as many jalapeños as you want for your ideal heat level (remove seeds/pulp). One large jalapeño adds a hint of flavor, so add 2 or 3 or even 4 if you want to feel the fire. Add them to the pot.
- Bring the beer to a boil and then reduce heat to low.
- Simmer for 30 minutes in the beer mixure.
- Remove the brats from the pot (turn off heat) and grill on medium to high heat until the casing has grill lines and crisper texture.
- Return the brats to the beer pot and return to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Strain the brats and onion/pepper mix out when you’re ready to serve.
We recommend serving with a variety of mustards, and the beer marinated onions/peppers as an optional brat topping. YUM.
August 1st, 2019 by Laura Hepburn
Believe it or not, we are fast approaching FOUR WHOLE YEARS since we opened! Four years of beautiful brews, vibrant cans, food trucks, trivia nights, new friends, and fantastic memories.
To celebrate, we are going to take all of our favorite customers to a tropical paradise on August 24th! And the best news is you don’t even need to pack your bags, because we are transforming the Taproom you know and love into a haven for flamingos and beer-lovers alike.
SPECIAL RELEASE BEERS
It’s no secret that we love to brew with real fruits and spices, and we pulled all the stops to make our anniversary week super special.
Collaboration Brew with 2nd Shift Brewing: A one of a kind Milkshake IPA, this beer is brewed with pineapples, apricots, and lactose for a creamy and tropical treat. Want even more citrus? Good news! We used Falconer’s Flight and Citra hops to really amp up the sunshine. Set to release on August 17th to kick off a week of celebration leading to our August 24th Anniversary Party. 6.2% ABV and 22 IBUs.
DDH New England Style Pale Ale: If you’re looking for a soft and pillowy hop dream bursting with tropical fruit flavors (think pineapple, passion fruit, and citrus) then look no further! We hopped it up with Galaxy, Motueka, and Citra hops. Smoothed it out with oats, wheat, and lactose. Hazy. Sessionable. Delicious. 5.5% ABV and 20 IBUs. Releases August 24th at our Anniversary Party.
Pineapple & Passion Fruit Berliner Weisse: If you enjoy our other fruit sours, you’re going to love this exotic delight! Handcrafted to celebrate our 4th anniversary, we added real pineapple and passion fruit to a tart Berliner Weisse so we can transport you to paradise with every sip. 4.8% ABV. Releases August 24th at our Anniversary Party.
In addition to our unique special releases, we are also ready to slake your thirst all day long with a selection of radlers and shandies handcrafted by Head Brewer, Ronnie Fink. We’re keeping the exact recipes a surprise, but you can expect to have delicious and refreshing options to keep you going from open to close. It will be cash only, so come prepared!
SPECIAL FOOD MENU
Obviously the best way to beat the summer heat is with an SMB beer, but the second best thing is a premium ice pop from the Poptimism Ice Pop Truck. Made with the best quality ingredients and in the most delectable flavors, these one-of-a-kind icy treats will be available from 2-4 PM. Come early and take advantage of this primo “dessert before dinner” opportunity.
Speaking of dinner… one of our favorite food trucks, Burgers STL, is already planning a memorable menu to fuel this party. They’ll be serving up some incredible pulled pork sliders with tropical slaw and Six Mile Bridge Beer BBQ sauce on Hawaiian rolls, made to perfectly pair with all our summer ales and special releases. And if you have a sweet tooth, you won’t want to miss a tres leches cake topped with fresh tropical fruit. Food service will begin at 4 PM and keep on going until it’s all sold out!
We owe our four wonderful years to people like you. The people who choose our beer from hundreds of great options at the stores, and who visit our Taproom for good company and great brews. We hope you’ll join us on August 24th and give us the opportunity to thank you in person.
July 9th, 2019 by Laura Hepburn
This tart and refreshing Radler is made with a 50/50 split of our DDH Amarillo-ish IPA and Grapefruit Soda.
From fruit beers, light lagers, and beyond, there are a myriad of refreshing summer options when it comes to craft beer. However, there are some days when you just want to mix it up! Enter the wonderful world of craft beer mixed drinks!
The Radler/Shandy/Beermosa situation can get a little bit confusing. Are they the same thing? If not, how so?
There are so many ways you can take a great beer and get creative with add-ins for a unique seasonal beverage. We decided to break down what all these options are and include a few of our own suggestions using Six Mile Bridge brews.
Take the flavors of sweet citrus to new heights with this Blood Orange Wit Radler. It’s a 50/50 mix of our popular Blood Orange Belgian Witbier and a sweet Orange/Lemon soda.
A Radler is a beer (usually a lager or hefeweizen) mixed 50/50 or 60/40 with a citrus soda or sparkling citrus drink such as a carbonated lemonade. The legend of the Radler is that supposedly in 1922, an innkeeper outside of Munich was overwhelmed with thousands of cyclists and was running through his beer too fast. He mixed what remained with a lemon soda and “TA DA!” it became a Radler.
If you love lemonade in the summertime, then this lemonade Shandy is right up your alley. A light, bright 50/50 mix of our Bavarian Hefeweizen and a sweet, cloudy lemonade really hits the spot.
A Shandy is extremely similar to a Radler and often the term is used interchangeably. The subtle difference is that a Shandy is usually a beer mixed with a fruit “juice” instead of a soda, although a lemonade is still on the table and so is a “carbonated juice.” One distinction is that a Radler is almost always a citrus mix-in like lemon-lime soda, while a Shandy can venture away from citrus with things like mango or apple juice.
The supposed origins of Shandies involve a 19th century trend in mixing ale with champagne. However, as sparkling wine was on the pricey side, people began substituting lemonade or ginger beer instead. How that eventually lead to “juice” being the standard mix-in is a little more unclear, but we’re happy with the result either way!
While Radlers and Shandies typically use lagers or light wheat beers, a Beermosa is a more flavorful ale mixed with juice (a la Shandy style). As the name implies, a Beermosa is essentially a mimosa made with beer instead of champagne. The goal with a Beermosa is more about a satisfying brunch drink with sweet fruit juices, than it is about creating a very light sessionable drink. For that reason, a Beermosa is a great application for a sour beer, a heavier textured or flavored ale, and/or higher ABV base beers. Radlers and Shandies are known for being between 2.0% and 4.5% ABV while Beermosas vary more widely.
Which one is right for you? They all are. No matter what ingredients you have on hand, or what your taste preferences are, there’s a fun way to put a twist on your favorite beer. We have included a few fun options using our own beers, but the sky is the limit! If you come up with something delicious, please share your recipe with us.
OR if you like to leave it to the professionals, mark your calendars for our August 24th Anniversary Party! Alongside several beers brewed with tropical fruits, Head Brewer Ronnie Fink will be handcrafting a selection of Radlers/Shandies/Beermosas for your summer enjoyment!
We took the “Beermosa” concept and got creative with this “Beerllini,” a take on the classic Bellini which is usually made with Prosecco and Peach Nectar. We made this sweet and delicious brunch concoction with 2 parts SMB Irish Red Ale, 1 part peach soda, and a heavy splash of peach nectar. Delicious!
June 27th, 2019 by Laura Hepburn
If you have visited our Taproom in the past few weeks, you have probably already met our new Taproom Manager Caleb Ashworth. Caleb comes to us after being a regular for quite some time and we are very excited to have him bring his Six Mile Bridge passion to our team. Learn a little more about him through our Q&A below!
How long have you enjoyed visiting the SMB Taproom?
I have been a customer of SMB for about 3 years and am very happy to officially join the SMB family. My wife and I would come and enjoy the brewery about 2 times a week! I fell in love with the place and now I’m lucky enough to work there.
What is your favorite SMB beer?
My favorite SMB beer is the *Cranberry Wheat. I’m a huge fan of Belgian Witbier’s. It’s citrusy, it’s bright, it’s tart and deliciously easy to drink. Not to mention your helping a great cause when you enjoy this beer.
*Brewery note: Cranberry Wheat is a seasonal beer due to release in October. Every year we donate a portion of the proceeds from this beer to Gateway to Hope.
What are some of your favorite things about Six Mile Bridge?
It’s a gathering place for good friends and family. A place to come and enjoy great beer and play some old school games. Everyone we have met there, we look forward to seeing again the next time they come in. I suppose I’ll get a lot more of those opportunities now!
What are you most looking forward to about your new position as Taproom Manager?
Getting to know everyone who makes SMB happen! But most of all, helping grow Six Mile Bridge to new heights during this time of growth and expansion is so incredibly exciting. I can’t wait to be a part of it!
What skills are you excited to bring to the SMB table?
I’ve been in customer relations and management for 15+ years. Building and developing relationships is so much fun for me and I can’t wait to help SMB make the brewery even more of a community gathering place. A destination where everyone can come and have an unforgettable experience.
Six Mile Bridge offers lots of fun experiences at the Taproom from Trivia to Food Trucks to Release Parties. What is your favorite kind of Taproom event?
Trivia! You don’t have to be good at it or know lots of obscure facts to come and have a really great time. It’s super laid back which means the whole family can come and have fun together. Plus, we usually have food trucks too which are delicious.
When you aren’t serving beers and planning Taproom events, what do you do for fun?
I love to play soccer, do home improvement projects, as well as drawing and sketching cartoons. But I really love to cook. Love it. In the kitchen, on the grill, or in the smoker. Love it all.
Is there anything else you can share with our friends about yourself?
I grew up in West County and went to high school at Lafayette. After high school I went to college at Washburn University in Topeka, KS. I was married back in November to my favorite human, Kristy. We have a 5 year old daughter named Kennedy, who already seems to be going on 15. I have a 9 year old Westie named Ernie, who has more nicknames that I can think of. And I absolutely love to travel around the globe with my family.
May 30th, 2019 by Laura Hepburn
Owner, Ryan Sherring, had a vision in mind when he created this beer and put a lot of thought into how he could bring that vision to life. Our standard process for creating beers is to start with a great, classic beer style as a foundation and then focus on how ingredients and brewing strategy could elevate it. That holds true with this Berliner Weisse, which uses a base Berliner-Style Weissebier that is known to be light, refreshingly (but not overly) tart, usually low alcohol, and a study in balancing yeast and acid.
While it’s not uncommon for these beers to feature flavored syrups or fruit additions, finding the perfect ingredients is truly an art. Matching and complimenting the flavor profile of the unique yeasts and acidic balance is an exercise for brewers’ skill and creativity. In our case, we definitely had to stand by our policy of only using real, whole fruits and flavors instead of extracts or syrups. After careful consideration, a combination of raspberries and blackberries seemed to perfectly harmonize with the natural tart-yet-sweet characteristic of a Berliner Weisse. We use over 500 pounds of real raspberries and blackberries in a batch of this brew, giving the final product a gorgeous jewel toned purple pink glow. The berries’ flavor also mirror what is so beautiful about the Berliner style – tart enough to be interesting and refreshing, but sweet enough to be palatable and crave inducing. Our house yeast strain was the ideal choice for this beer as well, as it finishes so clean it doesn’t conflict or distract from the primary flavors.
Our process is all about controlling the acidity during brewing. It starts out like most ales, an initial focus on getting a perfect mash through pH, temperature, and conversion. We utilize a kettle sour method, which involves the addition of lactic acid to the wort, thus adjusting the pH and leading to the quintessential lightly sour taste of a Berliner-Style Weissebier. We chose this route because it offers us a lot of control over the pH and enables us to achieve the exact acidity we want. It’s one of the reasons our base beer flavor is so compatible with the raspberry/blackberry flavors.
The end result really speaks for itself. This beer is one of our best selling beers and is perfect for warm weather seasons. Not unlike the lemonade of your childhood, the tart & sweet combination is both refreshing and invigorating. It also pairs amazingly with lots of summer foods! Plus, now that it is available in cans, it is an obvious choice to include in your coolers and picnic baskets when you head out to make the most of all the events and activities that come with sunny skies and longer days.
If you like this beer, we hope you’ll stay tuned to our social media and Taproom… We have some very exciting Berliner-Weisse styles in the planning stages that are sure to excite fans of the style!
April 22nd, 2019 by Laura Hepburn
If you follow us on social media, or caught the piece in St. Louis Magazine, you already know that we have recently added a new Head Brewer to our family! Ronnie Fink already has an exemplary reputation in the area, known for his technical skills and attention to detail. We could not be more excited to have him come on board to lead the charge on new beers and perfecting special one-off projects. In an effort help you get to know him better, we are sharing this Q&A!
Q: What drew you to Six Mile Bridge?
A: The people. I definitely feel like there is a ton of good craft beer out there but what usually draws me to breweries as a customer are the people behind that beer. I think what drew me here professionally was both the people and the atmosphere. Plus, the opportunity presented itself when I was ready for it, so it was the right thing at the right time.
Q: What is your current favorite SMB beer?
A: It’s no secret that I love Citra hops…. By far my favorite and my dog’s name is Citra. So obviously DDH Citra is my go-to!
Q: What are your favorite styles to drink and to brew?
A: My go to beer style is IPA, but also hoppy beers in general like Pales, DDH pales, IPA, etc. They are also my favorite styles to brew. A close second for favorite thing to brew is any kind of lager. They are somewhat technical, so I think they are a good indicator of the quality of a brewer and his or her brewhouse and cellar management.
Q: What is your training and educational background with regards to brewing?
A: I have a biology and chemistry undergraduate from Missouri State. Then I went to UC-Davis’ master brewer program in 2010. My time in Davis has proved to be invaluable for my career and led to my first job at Free State Brewing Co. I spent an amazing 3yrs there and was able to gain experience brewing, filtering, running the QA/QC program/lab and almost everything else associated with brewing. I then spent the next 6yrs helping open and run Modern Brewery, here in St. Louis. Now I’m ready to put my experience to work here at Six Mile Bridge!
Q: How would you describe your “style” as a brewer?
A: Meet a hundred brewers and you’ll experience a hundred different brewing styles! I like to consider myself something of a “jack of all trades.” I approach it very scientifically, very professionally, and very organized. I’m always trying to make everything run more efficiently. That may sound boring to some people because brewers are often seen as “artistic” types. However, I do consider myself to be creative too, I just focus that part on the recipe design, the research, and the overall beer idea. Once I step on the brewhouse floor, I shift into scientific/efficiency mode while still having fun. At the end of the day, I try to remind myself how lucky I am to be in an extremely fun industry, and that I love what I do. I remind myself that I don’t always have to take myself and my job too seriously. There’s definitely a balance between technical proficiency and joy.
Ronnie’s first brew for SMB, a Double Dry Hopped New England Style IPA with Amarillo, Ekuanot, and Azacca hops.
Q: What are some of your plans for the beer portfolio at SMB?
A: I’m so excited about the potential for growth. We have a solid core offering right now, which means anyone who comes in to the Taproom can certainly find something they like. What I’m looking forward to is expanding our portfolio to include even more styles that excite beer enthusiasts. That’s why the first beer I decided to make was a New England Style IPA, because it’s a style with a lot of momentum right now. I also think just having more hands in the brewery is going to be great for doing more barrel aged and one-off beers, so overall I’m just really happy to be part of this growth.
Q: Can you tell our followers more about your personal background and interests?
A: I’m a born and raised in St. Louisan and a huge sports guy, so I obviously love the Blues and Cardinals. In my spare time I play hockey, and I try to golf as much as humanly possible! I’ve been married for 7 years and have a red heeler named Citra. I love comic book movies, and going to the movies in general. My favorite Christmas movie is Die Hard. I listen to a lot of classic rock, 80s, and country but like all music. My favorite concert I’ve been to was Bruce Springsteen. TV wise I’m a big fan of “Game of Thrones,” but not much else currently.
Please come to the Taproom this Saturday, June 1st to taste Ronnie’s first brew for Six Mile Bridge! He put a lot of thought and energy into this powerful Double Dry Hopped New England Style IPA which will showcase his passion for unique, hoppy beers. Help us welcome him to our family and cheer on his brewing endeavors!
Happy Earth Day! In honor of this day of celebration and reflection, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to share with everyone the many ways Six Mile Bridge Beer tries to preserve our environment and resources.
As a brewer that heavily focuses on quality, natural ingredients like honey, spices, and fresh fruit, we are rewarded for and reminded of the earth’s bounty on a daily basis. This mindfulness truly inspired us to make some extra efforts towards sustainability in our business practices. We have fully embraced the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” methodology for limiting our impact on our planet:
One of the most obvious ways we can help preserve the environment is reducing waste. We have worked so hard to create a business model that minimizes waste. There are the obvious ways such as practicing mindfulness in our consumption – building awareness into our planning stages so we have little waste as possible. We also purposefully source all our supplies with the intention that they will be recyclable or biodegradable or reusable. Through this system, we have managed to keep our combined Taproom and Brewery garbage output to an average of only 5 small bags a week! Given the hundreds of people, and hundreds of barrels of beer, that come through our space weekly, this is quite an accomplishment!
We also have dedicated ourselves to reducing energy consumption. All lights in our Taproom and Brewery are LED bulbs which use significantly less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs. For added reductions, we put our Brewery lights on motion sensors! This means that we are only using lights when and where we need it.
For many of our other power needs, we are so proud to participate in Ameren’s Pure Power Program which allows us to purchase clean wind energy! In 2018, our support of this effort reduced our carbon footprint by 116,581 pounds of CO² and the clean energy generated was the equivalent of planting 1,557 trees! Seeing these stats every year makes us feel so good about being involved with this program. It takes energy to make delicious beer, but by using wind energy we can make great products while still being responsible stewards of our environment.
In addition to reusing/repurposing as many of our supplies as possible, we have also built some significant “reuse” practices into our everyday brewing process.
Brewing beer uses a lot of water! We wanted to do as much as we could to reduce water waste, which is why we set up a water recapturing system so that water gets used for multiple purposes. When we run wort through our heat exchanger, we run cold tap water through the other direction. This cools down the wort and warms up the tap water at the same time. Then, the warmed tap water is recaptured in the hot liquor tank to be used. Not only does this help us limit water waste, but we need less energy to heat the water up to brewing temperature.
One of our largest outputs of “byproducts” is our spent grains. Luckily, these leftovers make appetizing feed for many farm animals. There aren’t too many things cuter than alpacas, which makes it all that more delightful that instead of going into the trash, our grains pull double duty and nourish these animals. Alpacas of Troy is a family-run farm in Eastern Missouri that is home to lots of alpacas and an assortment of other animals. These adorable alpacas produce the softest wool, which Alpacas of Troy spins into yarn and other fiber products. You can find them at several area Farmer’s Markets, and when you touch those soft and beautiful pieces you’ll be enjoying something partially fueled by the same grains that made your favorite beer!
If there is a recyclable option for something we need, that is the route we take! Our packaging, office supplies, Taproom needs, and marketing materials are recyclable whenever possible. If forced to buy and use something that isn’t able to be recycled, we find a way to repurpose it instead. Recycling is an effort that we can all take on. We certainly hope that once you’ve enjoyed drinking our beer at home, our bold and colorful cans are livening up your recycling bins!
COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY
As our business grows, we will continue our commitment to sustainable practices and an environmental mindset. We hope you’ll join us this Earth Day, and every day, in protecting and preserving our planet. There are many decades of great beer in our future. Let’s make sure we still have a beautiful and healthy place to enjoy them!