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Green Practices

We brew by a simple philosophy:   let’s do our part for the environment and run our business responsibly.

That’s why:

  • 100% of our spent grain is utilized by a local cattle farm (approximately 50,000+ pounds of spent grain per week feeds cattle at Ulrich Farms in Platteville, Colorado)
  • Over 80% of our barley is grown and malted in Colorado
  • Our bottles come from a Colorado plant using recycled glass
  • We recycle all of our cardboard and glass
  • Our beer label printer uses no heavy metal inks or solvents
  • We do our best to conserve water, as we know it’s a precious resource.  The industry average is approximately 8 gallons of water to brew one gallon of beer–our ratio is 5.5:1
  • Hot water created during the wort cooling process is captured for future use
  • Our 6-pack carriers are 100% recycled paperboard and our outer boxes are 50% post consumer recycled material
  • 30% of our production is draft beer and because kegs are returned to the brewery, draft has no throw away packaging (the ultimate reuseable packaging)
  • Our brewing facility is largely lit by compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to reduce energy consumption
  • Our Tap Room is lit by Philips Endural LED light bulbs.  Our annual energy savings by using these bulbs is equivalent to taking 1 car off the road for a year
  • Great Divide donates 100% of monthly beer sample proceeds to local nonprofits, amounting to approximately $75,000 annually back into our community
  • The brewery provides RTD EcoPasses for all employees

In Addition:

  • We strive to source materials locally, including a majority of our packaging components
  • We support Colorado barley growers, maltsters, and  freight companies
  • We work to minimize transport impact by keeping transactions local
  • We believe in a mindful approach — both environmentally and economically.  Our bottom line isn’t our only guiding principle