– Bees, boreholes and bio diversity in brewing
The modern brewing process has a notable impact on the environment. From the high quantity of water used to make every pint to global exportation and distribution, breweries have traditionally been burdened with a heavy environmental footprint. Staffordshire based Freedom Brewery has set out to challenge this issue – and has been recognised by the industry with their accolade for SIBA Green Business of the Year at this year’s Business & Industry Awards.
Presented at the iconic BeerX event in Sheffield last week, the judges commended Freedom for its efforts to fully consider the environmental impact of its business at every level. It was recognised for its work in water and waste management, recycling, energy efficiency and supporting bio-diversity in the local landscape.
Freedom specialises in producing long matured, authentic beer in a range of styles including an Organic Helles, American Pilsner and Kolsch. Sustainable and ethical brewing has always been a huge focus, from the company’s beginnings in Fulham, London in 1995. As the demand for Freedom grew, so too did the need to brew as ethically as possible; and so in 2004 Freedom left its urban roots and moved north to Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, to a private estate of rolling countryside to continue its quest for sustainable production.
Freedom’s brewing process:
Bio-diversity in the local landscape
Johnathan Smith, Head Brewer at Freedom Brewery comments: “ Sustainably has always been a core part of Freedom Brewery operations, but we’ve really been able to step up our efforts since leaving London and taking advantage of the space and superior water source in the Midlands. Being recognised as SIBA Green Business of the Year 2016 marks over 10 years at our current site where we have – and will continue – to invest in sustainable production.”