OUR GOAL: BIGGEST IMPACT. SMALLEST FOOTPRINT.
From the construction of our brewery, to the high-quality organic ingredients we use to craft our beers, to our appreciation and value of our employees, community, and environment - our business is rooted in the quadruple bottom line.
Intentionally small. We have an opinion. We do everything organically. We mean it. Change happens by individual actions - one beer at a time. Our scale and off the path urban location isn't about flying under the radar, it's about brewing awesome beer with the best ingredients in a space that allows us to share how we think it can be done. Better. With less. Goodness is brewing.
Flex-use design for a smaller footprint
US manufactured brew system designed to minimize water use
Energy Star® Appliances
Radiant in-floor heat
Low and no VOC paints
Marmoleum loft floor
Restroom equipped with dual-flush toilet and hand dryer
100% powered by wind via Xcel Windsource®
Extensive rain gardens to mitigate stormwater runoff
Native prairie and wildflower pollinator friendly beer garden
Permeable deck/drive and garden paths
Saint Paul’s first on-street bike parking corral (!)
Paperless receipts since opening day 2013
100% of spent grains, hops and yeast donated to local farmer
On-site recycling and compost programs with a zero-waste goal
Eco Kegs that use up to 36% less metal per keg than standard steel kegs
Pre-fab, FSC certified, customized tap handles by Epicurean
Delivery vehicle hand painted without use of vinyl
CSA drop site partner for Driftless Organics Farm
Zero-waste events with Eureka Recycling
If it doesn’t stack, it’s on wheels!
All our beers are crafted with certified organic malts, grains, hops and yeast. The only ingredients we use that are not certified organic include:
Kernza®. A perennial grain being developed by The Land Institute which cannot yet be certified due to its experimental status though the grain we have been allotted has been grown to organic standards.
RETURNABLE BOTTLE PACKAGING
We have packaged beer to go in returnable/reusable growler bottles since our open in 2013 and expanded our packaging in 2016 to include 750ml returnable bottles for both taproom and retail. Reusable glass bottles are the most sustainable method of packaging and removes the concern of BPA lining currently associated with cans. Not only are our bottles BPA free, our growler caps and crown caps are produced without the use of BPA or PVC and our labels are letterpressed on FSC certified paper stock with environmentally friendly ink.
ORGANIC BREWERS ALLIANCE
Sourcing organic ingredients has been our biggest challenge and most rewarding success. The relationships we’ve established with small farmers and the audience we’ve managed to secure with larger producers and brokers has given us access to a wider range of ingredients each year. We are now working to organize an Organic Brewers Alliance. Our goal is to map every brewery worldwide that is brewing organic and to establish a network of brewers that will further prove demand and support for sustainable and regenerative farming. We want to collectively share our resources, connect our various producers, and to lay the groundwork for cooperative purchasing where possible. Ultimately we hope to make it easier for other brewers and producers that are interested in organics to opt in. Interested?