SUSTAINABILITYThe soul of our brewery has always been about sustainable
The soul of our brewery has always been about sustainable, responsible practices, ever since the pre-Bozone era when owners Todd and Lisa embraced a DIY, off-the-grid lifestyle. Their self-sufficient approach to brewing beer brought with it a real-life understanding of the importance of conserving resources.
Today, that eco-conscious philosophy means our work is designed to have as little impact as possible on our environment. We love spending time outside as much as we love good beer, so in our eyes, a sustainable approach to brewing just makes sense.
Bozeman Brewing was recognized in the Spring of 2019 for sustainability efforts in our everyday brewing practices through an EcoStar Award from MSU Extension Services. To celebrate this highlight in our sustainability journey, we have released a limited-edition beer! Come try the EcoStar IPA.
Our 182-panel, 47.3KWh solar array provides 30% of the brewery’s annual power. Since installation in September 2015, it has generated 200MWh and offset 119 tons of CO2 emissions — that’s 17,500 gallons of gasoline.
Water, Recycling, and Compost
Our brewery averages 4bbls. of water to produce 1 bbl. (31 gallons) of beer, much less than the industry average of 7 to 1. Our cardboard, aluminum, and plastic all get recycled. To divert compostable trash from the landfill waste stream we utilize a local composter, reducing waste in our tasting room by up to 95%. Our spent grain from brewhouse operations is donated to a local cattle ranch — lucky cows!
The Beauty of Aluminum
Our aluminum cans are better for the beer and the environment. Aluminum protects the beer from light and oxygen better than glass. Cans are lighter than glass, making them efficient to transport. Plus, aluminum is infinitely recyclable! Our six-pack carriers are 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, and fully recyclable too.
Every year, we donate a portion of proceeds from our Gallatin Pale Ale to the Greater Gallatin Watershed Council every year, helping protect and care for our local brewing and recreating waters. Pick up a pint or a few cans for your next adventure in the Gallatin Watershed — enjoy a fresh brew while supporting watershed stewardship!
Cold Air Recapture
Decreasing our refrigeration energy consumption by up to 50%, our cooler’s Freeaire recapture system utilizes the cold ambient air and cool temperatures common to Montana.
As an ongoing project, we continue to upgrade our lighting throughout the plant to energy-efficient LED.