Sustainable & environmentally friendly
We strive to run our brewery in the most sustainable way possible, focusing hugely on the circular economy that is an alternative to the traditional linear economy of take, make and dispose. The circular economy aims to keep resources in circulation as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them as well as recovering and regenerating products and materials.
In 2016 we partnered with Aulds the Bakers to pioneer a beer made from their morning bread rolls. The challenge was to develop a tasty beer while using a circular economy model, by using a product that would otherwise have been wasted. This was an arduous task, met with optimistic enthusiasm from our brewers who relish a challenge. After much trial and tribulation, varying malt ratios, hop strains and timings, Hardtack was born and we loved it! The indication we were on the right track was when Hardtack won a bronze medal in the Scotland Region SIBA awards ahead of many larger, longer-established brands. We also clinched a Commendation at the Vibes Awards for their Circular Economy initiative, the first time a brewery has featured in this prestigious event.
We also use our own waste in a circular manner. Our spent grains and bread that result from the mash goes to a local farm as cattle feed and the hops are used as mulch by a local gardening club. Where possible, heat is recovered from the brewing process using a heat exchanger and retained for the next batch.
A local artisan baker (who already uses our dark beer, ‘Fathom’ in their chocolate gateaux) is experimenting with our spent grain to produce a high fibre loaf, which could fulfil some special dietary requirements. We are also working on other uses of this spent grain including the creation of snack bars.
In addition to this, we are working hard to reduce our packaging footprint as to zero. For example, instead of using plastic can connectors that far too often end up in the ocean damaging sea life, we are collaborating on an alternative made out of a biodegradable plastic derived from prawn shells. In Scotland, there is a huge surplus of prawn shells resulting from the seafood industry and we are hoping to utilise these left over shells to create a sustainable and harmless can connector which will not be left floating around our oceans for years to come, but which instead will become part of the food chain.