At Beau’s, we’re proud to be environmental stewards and leaders in sustainable craft brewing.
All of our beers are certified organic, and each batch of Beau’s is brewed using local spring water. Our purchasing policy favours local suppliers, those with good environmental track records, and who treat their employees fairly and with respect. We work with three local hop yards (from Ontario and Québec), two local malt suppliers (from Ontario and Québec) and a yeast supplier from Guelph, Ontario, as often as we can.
As of 2016, two of our delivery trucks are now green-fuelled. This program ensures that green fuel goes into the Canadian supply to offset the vehicles’ consumption of traditional fuel, reducing the environmental impact of our transportation methods.
In 2014, we became the first craft brewery in Canada to choose 100% green natural gas in addition to 100% green electricity through a partnership with Bullfrog Power.
In 2016 we successfully completed a three-year sustainability initiative called the Greener Futures Project. All profits from this membership-based exclusive barrel-aged beer club were invested annually into sustainability initiatives at our brewery. The project helped raise funds to power brewery operations with green electricity and natural gas; as well as helping to fund two important onsite waste management projects. The first is the diversion of spent yeast and organic by-products from the brewery to a bio-digester where they create energy to run a local farm. Second, the installation of wastewater treatment equipment onsite at the brewery, which eases our impact on our local environment.
We’re working hard on improving our brewery processes to use less water, and to re-use it when we can, through measures including upgraded tank cleaning procedures and new optimized equipment. Our goal is to decrease the ratio of litres of water used per litres of beer produced.
The Greener Futures Project also led to a partnership with OREC (Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op), assisting OREC and its goal of increasing the number of renewable energy projects in the City of Ottawa.
We use beer labels made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper at Beau’s. The innovative, award-winning design for our Lug Tread 4-pack – our flagship beer – features 17.3% more beer than an average 6-pack, yet uses fewer bottles, caps and labels, and less box. Larger bottles means less packaging. We use 100% post-consumer recycled posters, business cards, brochures, and coasters. We also wash and re-use our signature 600 ml glass bottles.
In October 2013, we became the very first Canadian brewery to achieve Benefit Corporation certification. B Corp certification is about making a public commitment to maintaining our high ethical standards, and to being open and honest with the people in our communities who buy our beer. We donate to hundreds of independent arts and music, community-building and charitable organizations every year.
In the spring of 2016, we began the process of selling the brewery to its employees, ensuring that the people who helped build the company are the stewards of its future, and the keepers of its commitment to environmental sustainability. Under the Employee Share Ownership Plan (ESOP) Beau’s employees are now also its owners, and will ensure the integrity and independence of Beau’s as it continues to grow.
At Beau’s, we support employees in embracing company sustainability values with incentives that include a carpooling/ride-to-work program. Twice a year at Beau’s, our Vankleek Hill-based employee owners participate in a community garbage pick-up. Each department in the company competes to collect the most weight in garbage and recyclables from the streets of the small Eastern Ontario village we call home.
SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS FOR BEAU’S
2017 Community Builder of the Year Award (Ottawa United Way)
2016 Built To Last Award (B-Corp #BInspired Awards)
2014 Environmental Commitment Award, LCBO “Elsie” Awards
2013 Sustainability Accomplishments Award, Ontario Craft Brewers Centre of Excellence Awards
2013 Community Builder of the Year Award (Ottawa United Way)
2013 Community Achievement Award (Prescott Russell Excellence Awards)
At Beau’s we are continually building on the same values with which we started the brewery: essentially, the belief that beer tastes better when you can feel good about drinking it.