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Craft Brew Alliance Releases Third Annual Sustainability Report

PORTLAND, Ore., Apr 22, 2016 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. (“CB [A] ”) BREW, +1.57% a leading craft brewing company, is commemorating Earth Day 2016 with the release of its third Annual Sustainability Report. CB [A] ’s 2015 Annual Sustainability Report highlights the company’s sustainability progress around four key focus areas: water, energy, recycling, and community involvement. In 2015, CB [A] continued to achieve industry-leading water usage, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and divert more than 98% of its breweries’ waste through innovative recycling and spent grain programs, while increasing support in its local communities.

2015 CBA Sustainability Report Highlights

  • Our highest-volume brewery in Portland, known as the Widmer Brothers Brewing brewery, uses just 3.5 gallons of water for each gallon of beer produced, well below the craft beer industry average ratio of 6 to 8 gallons of water for every gallon of beer produced. Collectively, all of our breweries use less than 4.5 gallons of water for each gallon of beer produced.
  • Company-wide, we reduced our total CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalents) per barrel of beer by 11% compared to 2014 by increasing our power offsets and keeping our energy intensity per barrel of beer steady.
  • In 2015, we constructed an innovative combined heat and power plant in our Portsmouth brewery that harnesses biogas captured from organic byproducts of our brewing process to produce renewable energy.
  • At our Kona Brewing Co. brewery on the Big Island, we launched the small-batch Makana Series, four beers inspired by the four natural elements and made with local Hawaiian ingredients, which raised over $57,000 for four Hawaii non-profit organizations dedicated to preserving the state’s precious natural resources.
  • As a founding member of the Oregon Brewshed® Alliance, which supports awareness and protection of Oregon’s natural water sources, Widmer Brothers Brewing launched a special Earth Day beer last year, “Brother Nature...