‘It’s crucial to work with the land’: How mezcaleros are repurposing waste

Read the full story at Beverage Industry Enthusiast.

Waste materials can help mezcaleros build their businesses. Bagazo, the fibrous solids left over from mezcal production, can be mixed with soil, water and compost to create adobe bricks to use for buildings, and to keep waste out of the Mexican state Oaxaca’s waterways.

This start-up makes vodka out of CO2 emissions, and it’s backed by Toyota and JetBlue

Read the full story at CNBC.

At Bathtub Gin, a reinvented speakeasy in lower Manhattan, patrons may be pining for the past but they are drinking a vodka specifically invented for a cleaner future. Air Vodka is made in part from greenhouse gas emissions – specifically, captured carbon dioxide.

It is just one of a bevy of new products designed to make use of CO2 emissions that can be captured from various types of industry.

Four Pillars opens green distillery

Read the full story at The Spirits Business.

Australian producer Four Pillars has opened the doors to its AU$7 million (US$5.2m) distillery, the country’s first carbon-neutral gin site.

Three Wrens Distillery launches gin refill scheme

Read the full story at The Spirits Business.

English gin producer Three Wrens Distillery is offering a bottle refill scheme to increase the sustainability of the business.

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

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

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

Diageo to build $245 million carbon neutral distillery in Canada

Read the full story at ESG Today.

Global spirits and beer company Diageo announced today plans to build a CAD$245 million carbon neutral distillery in Canada for its Crown Royal Canadian Whisky brand. Located in St. Clair Township, Ontario, the facility will operate with 100% renewable energy and will have the capacity to produce up to 20 million litres of absolute alcohol (LAA) annually.

Webinar: Clean-In-Place Techniques in the Spirits Industry

Mar 16, 2022, 10:30 am CDT
Register here.

This webinar, hosted by Tennessee Sustainable Spirits, will discuss how clean-in-place (CIP) practices can reduce operational costs associated with water consumption, chemical use and energy consumption related to equipment cleaning at distilleries. CIP are automated cleaning methods that do not require the dismantling of equipment. Tennessee Sustainable Spirits is a voluntary program administered by the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation’s Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices that provides technical assistance and recognition to businesses.


  • Mark Valencia, environmental scientist, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation 
  • Oliver Meinhold, director of brewery division, Zee Loeffler, The Vincit Group

ACES alums and IBRL blend their skills to make heirloom corn whiskey

Read the full story from the University of Illinois.

Silver Tree Spirits is working with IBRL – which is eager to welcome back more student workers when the time is right – to distill whiskey from heirloom corn varieties and analyze flavor and other characteristics.

The distilleries working to reduce the foodprint of spirits

Read the full story in Salon.

While “drink responsibly” is a common phrase, you rarely if ever are told to “drink eco-responsibly.”

Packaging innovation: making spirits more sustainable

Read the full story at The Spirits Business.

The spirits industry is taking sustainability very seriously, and nowhere more so than in packaging. Nicola Carruthers speaks to those determined to lead the way when it comes to reducing waste.