Hermit Thrush Brewery isn't just about making great beer. We also recognize that we have a responsibility to play our part in the stewardship of our area's natural resources.
We are committed to protecting the environment, the health and safety of our employees, and the community in which we conduct our business. It is our policy to seek improvements throughout our business operations to lessen our impact on the local and global environment by conserving energy, water, and other natural resources. We strive to reduce waste generation by recycling and purchasing environmentally preferable products, and to reduce our use of toxic materials and production of toxic products and/or byproducts. We are committed to environmental excellence and pollution prevention through continual improvement and meeting or exceeding all environmental regulatory requirements.
To this end, we have a number of initiatives that focus on utilizing green technology and clean, renewable energy in as many aspects of our brewery as possible. Here are a few of the projects we're working on now!
Our wood pellet fueled brewhouse utilizes a local, renewable biomass energy and is very efficient. This eliminates any need for fossil fuels in our brewing process.
We use a kettle stack condenser to take steam from the boil kettle, capture the heat through natural condensation, and then reuse it to preheat the process water for subsequent batches.
With some of our beers, like Party Guy, we employ a historical mashing technique known as parti-gyle. Using this technique we mash in as normal, but before mashing out, we add more water to the mash tun to steep a second time and extract every last drop of sugar from our grain, to create low-alcohol, but flavorful beers.
All our spent grain, hops, trub, yeast, and other organics are sent to Cherry Rail Farm to feed their Tamworth breed of pig, diverting up to 4.5 tons of organic waste from landfills each week. In return, we often purchase the delicious pork for events and anniversary celebrations!