Therefore we try to locally source other ingredients like honey, flowers, etc
Wed like to do a beer with local peaches, rice, grits, tea and coffee sometime this year. Ideally I would like to see regional malt houses open up that we can grow it and malt it regionally, that would be ideal.
[F&BT] Explain what it means to you guys to be sustainable?
[Jaime] In my mind, there are 2 ways to be sustainable. One is environmentally, reduce, reuse and recycle and all of that. We do everything physically possible that will help both the environment and our wallet. Our spent grain goes to Legare Farms for his cattle. We divert and reuse any waste water, hot water, cleaning water that we can instead of just dumping it- this takes planning and a lot of labor! Our boiler has run on biodiesel since day one but with Southeast Biodiesel recently shutting down we are reevaluating all of that and possibly switching to waste veggie oil. We renovated both bathrooms completely with items from Habitat for Humanity. Somebody pointed out recently that we dont have a dumpster at the brewery, I had never thought about it. We have such little trash we just wind up taking a bag home once a month. And just a lot of little things that maximize energy and product use- were all about efficiency.
[F&BT] How often do you change your featured brew?
[Jaime] Whenever we feel like it. No honestly, making seasonal beers is the most fun because thats when you really get to experiment and try new things. Its usually every 2 months or so.
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