Urban Chestnut to Host Sustainability Summit
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company will host a sustainability meeting with St. Louis area breweries and the St. Louis Brewers Guild on Thursday, April 21st from 6-9 p.m. at the Grove Brewery & Bierhall (located at 4465 Manchester Ave) to discuss sustainable brewing practices and the increasing impact of climate change on the quality and availability of ingredients needed to brew beer. A “Declaration of Sustainability” will be signed by all participating breweries and the St. Louis Brewers Guild, who also called upon many local communities, businesses, and policy makers to take action in both promoting sustainability and reducing climate change.

“Sustainability may sound like a buzzword, but it really is a critical element for those of us involved in brewing beer,” said Alvan Caby, Sustainability Coordinator at Urban Chestnut. “We work with farmers and utilize natural ingredients, so we feel that doing whatever we can to employ sustainable practices is important to the existence of our industry.”

A special “Earth Day Beer” was even created by Urban Chestnut for the event. A portion of sales of Gewässerschutz, a Maibock whose name roughly translates to “water protection,” will go to the Missouri Coalition for the Environment.

Thursday’s event will feature several guest speakers as well as an open forum for brewers to share their ideas, suggestions, and personal sustainability practices. Urban Chestnut, Old Bakery, The St. Louis Brewers Guild, and other St. Louis area breweries attending the event will cap it off by signing the St. Louis Brewers Declaration on Sustainability and Climate, a document pledging to strive for sustainability and to call on policy makers to support policies like the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

Sustainability is a core part of Urban Chestnut’s ‘Urban Efforts’ initiative, which champions environmental responsibility and positive contributions to the community and City of St. Louis. Last year Urban Chestnut’s Grove Brewery & Bierhall received the 2015 Governor’s Metropolitan Community/Redevelopment Project of the Year Award and became the first LEED certified brewery in the state of Missouri. This year, through the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and energy generated by on-site solar panels, UCBC has begun offsetting 100% of their energy usage (up from 38% in 2014). Also new in 2016 are an Urban Garden and a beekeeping operation at the Grove Brewery & Bierhall, which will both be used to directly source the beer & food Urban Chestnut serves to their customers.
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