Invested in Sustainability

 

 

 

An appreciation for the environment, both local and global, drives our commitment to sustainability. It begins with a connection to the the trails, farms, and historic villages that surround us and translates into a sense of responsibility for the health of our planet. Here are just a few of the ways we're putting our commitment into action:

 

Saving Energy

Geothermal

Our first investment in sustainability was to install a state of the art geothermal system.  Eighteen 500-foot deep geothermal wells under our parking lot are connected to twelve geothermal heat pumps for heating, cooling, and refrigeration throughout our facility.  Geothermal enables us to reduce our environmental footbprint by using a third less energy than conventional heating and cooling systems.

Energy Efficient Brewing

Because hot water is used throughout the brewing process we make an effort to conserve both heat and water as we brew.  We’ve invested in a series of heat exchangers that capture excess heat where it is created, and send it where it is needed.  Whether cooling our wort or sanitizing our equipment, we make sure no heat goes to waste. 

High Efficiency Boiler

We’ve installed a special black box heat exchanger on our boiler to capture heat from exhaust that would otherwise have escaped into the air.  With the help of a pump and some extra piping, this heat is ‘recycled’ and is used to preheat water in our brewing process.

 

Conserving Resources

Water Conservation

In addition to low flow bathroom fixtures and a water-efficient dishwasher we’ve installed an inline filter on our bottling line that captures, filters, and reuses our rinse water.  This, along with conscientious brewing practices, has enabled us to reduce the amount of water we use to brew a barrel of beer to 2/3 of the industry average.

LED's

We’ve installed LED lighting in our taproom and packaging warehouse—and are converting all the metal halide lights in our production warehouse to bright white LEDs as they expire..  LED’s use 1/3 the energy of other bulbs and last up to 5 times longer reducing what we put into the landfill. 

Green Building

The greenest building is the one that is already there. That's why we feel good about giving new life to some old military warehouses at Vint Hill, repurposing them as our brewhouse, warehouse, offices and taproom.

 

Sustainability & Community

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
 
We've partnered with local farms to make sure our spent grain doesn't go to waste.  All our spent grain is put into tubs, which are then picked up weekly and taken just down the road to feed local cattle.
 
Greening Up & Giving Back
 
Our philanthropic philosophy is to help all who want to do good in our community.  That’s why in our first year we donated over $10,000 to more than 150 local non-profit organizations.  And we go the extra mile to provide sponsorships for environmental non-profits like The American Chestnut Foundation, The Land Trust of Virginia, and National Geographic.

7134 Farm Station Road, Warrenton Virginia 20187
540-347-4777

Vint Hill Farms Station