At Nocterra we recognize that manufacturing on any scale represents an impact on the environment. We strive to reduce the impact of our daily operations & actively source products & processes to assist in that goal. Here are a few examples of sustainable solutions we’ve incorporated into our brewery & taproom.
In 2021 we were able to kick our plastic habit by switching to Recyclable, cardboard 6-pack holders. While the plastic 6-pack holders that have become synonymous with craft beer are made from recycled materials, they themselves are not currently able to be processed in large scale recycling facilities. By making this change we are able to keep thousands of pounds of plastic out the the landfill each year.
At Nocterra we purchase RECs or Renewable Energy Credits to offset 100% of our monthly electric usage. RECs ensure that renewable energy like wind & solar are added to the electricity grid & offset our carbon usage compared to traditional fossil fuels. Most small businesses cannot afford the heavy capital investment & ongoing maintenance of on-sight, renewable energy generation. RECs allow us to effectively reduce our emissions, support our sustainability goals & further our mission of being good stewards of the environment.
We brew 5 days a week on average to keep our tanks full & the taps flowing. Each commercial scale batch of beer results in hundreds of pounds of spent grain as well as hop & yeast sediment. We make sure that none of the solid waste from our brewing process ends up in the landfill but is composted responsibly.
A simple but often overlooked sustainable upgrade is switching from traditional, incandescent lightbulbs to LED. On average, LED bulbs use 75% less energy than their incandescent predecessors. We run all areas of our brewery including our manufacturing spaces, taproom & beer garden on LED lights!