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

Solar Array

We've just installed a 100KpW solar array that will generate enough electricity to power 40% of our brewing operations.  For a relatively small company, that is the big leagues of sustainability—the size of our new solar array ranks us as #26 solar brewery in the nation among companies you’ve probably heard of like Anheuser Busch, Heineken, Miller Coors, and Sierra Nevada—and #1 in Virginia and the 5 state area. 

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 and cooling our taproom, offices, as well as the adjacent businesses.  Geothermal enables us to reduce our environmental footprint 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.

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.

LED's

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

 

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.

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