March 2017 News: Good Food Awards, Pussy Riot Beer Gains Support, Barley Contracts Slashed, and a Biodigester for Founders

News by | Mar 2017 | Issue #122

13 Breweries Win Good Food Awards

At an awards ceremony in San Francisco on January 20, 13 breweries from across the US received Good Food Awards for responsibly sourcing ingredients, conserving resources, and supporting local communities. Sponsored by the Good Food Retailers Collective, the national competition chose 139 winners in 14 categories from over 2,000 entrants. Brewery winners included Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, Rogue Ales in Oregon, and Port City in Virginia.

Colorado Trump Protest Beer Gains Additional Support

On Inauguration Day, five Denver taprooms poured Makin’ Noise: A Pussy Riot Beer, an Imperial Saison made by women brewers from five Colorado breweries (Goldspot, Black Sky, 3 Freaks, Lady Justice, and Brewability Lab) to condemn hate and celebrate diversity. The success of the January 20 tapping events, which raised over $4,300 for causes including the ACLU, One Colorado, and Planned Parenthood, prompted the brewers behind Makin’ Noise to plan at least three more tapping events throughout the year, with five to seven breweries participating each time.

Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors Cut Back Barley Contracts

According to officials from the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee, Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors will be reducing the amount of barley purchased from local farmers by 20 to 60 percent. In a statement released in December 2016, A-B cited an overabundance of barley from the past two growing seasons as the reason for the cutbacks. Combined, A-B and MillerCoors typically purchase nearly two-thirds of the barley grown in northcentral Montana.

Michigan Biodigester to Treat Founders Wastewater

The Water Resource Recovery Facility in Grand Rapids, Mich., has announced plans to build a $21 million biodigester to treat a growing stream of concentrated food wastewater from companies like Founders Brewing, Coca-Cola, and Amway, rather than requiring the businesses to pre-treat their own water. A $2.5 million below-ground pipe extending from Founders to the treatment facility will carry waste directly to the biodigester, which will be operational in 2018. 

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