The Benefits of Local Craft Beer
Interested in supporting the local economy, choosing more environmentally friendly products, and boosting social vibrancy? Exploring local craft beer instead of relying on the internationally owned alternatives is a great way to do all that!
Most beer brands you see on the shelves are owned by subsidiaries of international conglomerates. If you do some research on your favourite brew, you might discover that it is owned by a company with headquarters in Brazil, Belgium, or Japan. The only way to know for sure is to be informed on what you’re buying.
Local breweries are environmentally friendly and give back to the community. You can find a great list of local Ottawa area breweries at Ottawa Beer Events. Here are a few that we have partnered with to bring the local beer friendly spirit to the EcoDistrict:
Local Beer Friendly Events
Every once in a while you’ll see a ‘Local Beer Friendly’ event hosted by the EcoDistrict. These are meant to promote local craft beer in the Ottawa area while exploring an angle of sustainability that we can apply to the EcoDistrict. Our objective is to boost the share of local craft beer in the market downtown.
All of the local craft breweries that we have talked to use sustainable practices in their brewing processes – and at our Local Beer Friendlies they let us know how they do it. Many give their spent grain by-products to local farmers for cattle feed and some have even repurposed old equipment from other industries. For example, Broadhead has repurposed dairy equipment, Bicycle and Beyond the pale send organic by- products to food banks and farmers, and Beau’s is investing in locally produced sustainable energy.
Check out the Local Beer Friendlies we have hosted so far:
Local Beer Friendly @ Zibi
On Albert Island, part of Zibi, The EcoDistrict hosted our third Local Beer Friendly event to showcase local sustainable brewing. We highlighted cycling connections and our Cycle In campaign. The event was part of Support Local with Apt. 613.
Who was there? We got to sample craft brews and talk to the crews from Covered Bridge, Kichesippi, Nita, and Waller St. Zibi showed us their model site plan and answered questions about the development. VeloGo was set-up outside giving demos and test rides of the bikes in their bike-share network across Ottawa and Gatineau. Over 100 people, craft beer lovers, and community supporters came out to Local Beer Friendly @ Zibi.
Local Craft Beer Tasting 2
Our second local beer tasting had the theme of sustainable energy. Bullfrog Power and Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-Op (OREC) were on hand at HUB Ottawa to tell us about green energy while local craft beer lovers enjoyed samples from these breweries:
We want the downtown core to reflect the amazing options for local beer that we are lucky to have here in Ottawa – to be “local beer friendly”.
Launching “Local Beer Friendly”
Today the EcoDistrict in Ottawa’s downtown core becomes “Local Beer Friendly” with a local craft beer tasting at HUB Ottawa. The EcoDistrict invited Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co., Beyond the Pale, Bicycle Craft Brewery, and Kichesippi Beer Co. along with 100 guests to celebrate sustainability in local craft brewing.
Jeff O’Reilly from D’Arcy McGees on Sparks Street hosted the event as Honorary Chair as each brewery shared their story and highlighted how they champion sustainable brewing.
Why is Local Beer Environmentally Friendly?
Local craft beer is great for the environment and the economy and of course great beer definitely contributes to social vibrancy. Aside from the lower impact of local transportation, many local breweries employ sustainable practices when producing their beers – from reusing water to retrofitting equipment that would otherwise go to landfill.
Here’s a look at what these breweries have done to be more sustainable:
- Repurposing spent grain & by-products to go towards local farms or other uses.
- Saving energy through different sustainability performance strategies.
- Reusing bottles & growlers many times before being sent for recycling.
- Conserving and reusing water.
This event dovetails with Apt 613’s Support Local initiative that inspired dozens of events to promote supporting the local economy and community. Our “Local Beer Friendly” campaign will continue into the New Year with more events showcasing and promoting local beer in the EcoDistrict to make the downtown core the go-to destination for a local pint with friends.