A plea from German brewers: Bring back your empties

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A nation of beer lovers is facing a shortage of bottles, partly because of the war in Ukraine. Breweries are looking to drinkers for a rescue.

Alternative Cleaner Trial: Island Dog Brewery in South Portland, Maine

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The New England Environmental Finance Center (New England EFC), based at the University of Maine’s Southern campus at the University of Southern Maine USM), partnered with Island Dog Brewery located in South Portland, Maine, to trial an alternative cleaner highlighted in the Assessment of Alternatives to Cleaners and Sanitizers for the Brewing Industry by the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI). Island Dog Brewery expressed interest in an alternative vat cleaner to limit exposure to harmful chemicals and to reduce operational environmental impact.

Corona launches biodegradable and compostable six-pack

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Global beer brand Corona has launched a 100% biodegradable and compostable six-pack made from 100% barley straw in India. The six-pack is as durable as regular packaging and eliminates the need for using virgin wood from trees and other resources, the company says.

Anheuser-Busch to implement new water reuse technology in connection with its breweries

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Anheuser-Busch is partnering with Cambrian to implement new water reuse technology in connection with its breweries – including a new plant in Houston, Texas, set to open in the summer of 2022. Through a series of reactors and filtration technologies, Anheuser-Busch will be able to clean and reuse previously discarded water in industrial processes which don’t contact beer, reducing the Houston brewery’s reliance on new water from the community’s municipal water supply by 10%.

AB InBev’s EverGrain brings used beer ingredient to snacks and plant-based milks

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Told by many he was wasting his time, the CEO of the alcohol giant’s subsidiary is introducing spent barley to foods and beverages through partnerships with companies like Nestlé and Post.

Anheuser-Busch funds recycling competition

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St. Louis-based brewer and beverage producer Anheuser-Busch has launched a program involving Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Football League (NFL) teams designed as a “multi-sports league coalition aiming to reduce waste on game day.”

The beverage maker says its National Recycling League “will leverage the scale and reach of the brewer’s professional sports team and league partnerships to elevate how the beverage industry encourages recycling. The National Recycling League aims to create meaningful connections between Anheuser-Busch’s brands including Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra, its league and team partners, and sports fans nationwide to raise awareness of the need for recycling and drive key recycling behaviors among consumers wherever they cheer on their favorite team – whether it’s in-stadium, at home or at a neighborhood bar.”

Researchers battle tiny menace to craft beers

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“They do their work in darkness, in secret.”

No, Marisol Quintanilla wasn’t talking about a group of crime-fighting vigilantes, like Spiderman or Batman.

Rather, she’s talking about a group of supervillains she described as “ninjas” threatening to disrupt Michigan’s craft beer production.

Who are they — or, what are they? They’re nematodes, and they’ve been attacking hopyards throughout the state.

More water stewardship, less synthetic fertiliser: Diageo backs regenerative agriculture for Guinness barley

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Beverage giant Diageo has committed to work ‘hand-in-hand’ with Irish barley farmers to support their transition to regenerative agricultural practices.

Coors Light eliminates 6-pack plastic rings

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MolsonCoors today (March 1) said it will eliminate plastic rings from Coors Light packaging globally and transition to fully recyclable and sustainably sourced cardboard-wrap carriers later this year. It will become the largest beer brand in North America to move away from plastic rings.

Advancements in free-cooling keep breweries cool year-round

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Free-cooling can significantly reduce operating costs for facilities such as breweries that have year-round cooling requirements. However, not all free-cooling systems deliver the same savings. It is important to understand how recent advancements in free-cooling technology can deliver greater efficiency in savings all year long.