When it comes to sustainability in the craft brewing industry, more often than not the focus is on ingredients. Organic and sustainable hops and malts are old news at this point and are considered by most people to be good practice rather than true sustainability. Some breweries, however, have taken the concept of sustainability and applied it not only to their products but to their build-outs and operational models. Spearheading this movement toward greener building for craft breweries is Mother Earth Brewing in Kinston, North Carolina.
Erik is a freelance journalist based in Portland, Maine. Interested in all things sustainable, Erik currently publishes work on sustainable industry, particularly in the craft beer world. A passionate cook and homebrewer, Erik holds a Bachelors of Arts in sociology from the University of Vermont.
Fullsteam, which is located in Durham, North Carolina, is setting themselves apart from traditional breweries. By not focusing solely on established beer styles, they are able to incorporate local sustainable ingredients and have the potential to become a new source of opportunity for Southern farmers.