The Green Brewery Project is a not-for-profit sustainability consulting venture focused on the craft brewing industry. Our mission is to offer creativity in energy and water systems analysis help breweries create stronger, more sustainable businesses. We work with established and start-up breweries across the country to zero in on high-leverage sustainability opportunities and make them a reality.
We work with our breweries on resource use monitoring, renewable energy options, brewing system design for efficiency, brewing schedule optimization, water efficiency and waste water management, and anything else you can think of relating to energy or water in a brewery. Unlike your typical sustainability consultant, we actually understand how brewing systems work. So…we have that going for us.
For start-ups and expanding breweries, we sit down with you to determine what level of involvement is right to ensure you “get it right” with your brewery design before you invest. Our involvement can also help to attract investors who are eco-conscious and want to minimize operating costs down the line.
The Green Brewery Project grew out of graduate research at the University of Michigan. A team of graduate students, led by GBP Principal and Director Jarett Diamond, worked with the Corner Brewery of Arbor Brewing Company to improve its sustainability–and, in the process, its profitability. Now the Green Brewery Project works with breweries across the country. Jarett’s engineering expertise and knowledge of the brewing process are at the core of the services GBP offers. Jarett holds an MS in Sustainable Systems and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He received his BS from Berkeley in Bioengineering. Jarett is based in Ann Arbor.
For a closer look at the work we do, check out this video clip on our first project at the Corner Brewery.
(Please note: GBP does not condone the narrator’s use of the words “growing problem” in reference to the craft beer industry (52 seconds in). We realize he is referring to the energy intensity of the industry, but it rubs us the wrong way nonetheless.)
In case you missed it, here’s Arbor Brewing Company co-owner Matt Greff referring to the bottom-line impact of the team’s recommendations:
“…the biggest sell…is the fact that it is not just affordable, and not just a good thing to do, but it’s going to pay you back…it’s going to pay you back big and it’s going to pay you back relatively fast.”