From conservation to recycling, we’ve implemented a variety of initiatives to operate in an environmentally friendly way and continue to look for opportunities to be ‘greener’.
Water isn’t just used for making our spirits – it’s also necessary for heating, cooling and cleaning.
We have a goal to reuse our water as many times as possible to minimize consumption and waste.
For example, water that’s been warmed up during the cooling process can be re-used as pre-heated water for the next batch of spirits. The excess water from those processes is then used again for cleaning.
We’ve achieved a water reuse ratio of approximately 2 to date – or two uses per unit of water – with the objective to increase that further prior returning it to the treatment system.
We use a closed-loop cooling system for our mash and fermentation vessels, which leverages geothermal insulation and heat exchange to optimize heating and cooling during distillation, and minimizes our utility consumption.
A ground loop is used to naturally pre-cool our glycol coolant before it goes to the chiller for refrigeration.
High efficiency insulation throughout the building and distilling system, including our boiler, steam lines and roofing, help to reduce consumption even further.
As a result – our entire facility uses about as much natural gas as 2 residential homes.
In addition to keeping utility use low, we try to keep all forms of waste to an absolute minimum.
By re-using and recycling all possible materials, our standard size garbage bin averages less than 1/4 full each month come pick-up time.
We recycle more than just paper, plastic, and glass… we even recycle our grain.
Raw grain used for distillation gets converted into “mash” and stripped of its sugars during the process (which you can learn more about here). After this, we have no further use for the grain.
The wet spent grain that’s left behind is still rich in fibre and protein – making it perfect for livestock feed.
We remove the water from the grain and provide the remaining protein-rich material to local farmers as supplemental feed for their herds, which in turn, help fertilize the fields for the next season of growing. A natural circular economy.
We take specific steps at the distillery level to conserve our resources. As an independent distillery, we also support other local business to minimize the aggregate effects of a carbon intensive industry (i.e. heating, transportation of raw supplies).
By working with local suppliers and using locally grown ingredients, we can keep our ecological footprint small while building connections within our community and encourage sustainable thinking among our partners.
Want to learn more? Contact us to ask about a distillery tour where you can see our processes in action.