Waste beer, spent grain and yeast from the brewery are recycled as cattle feed.
We were a pioneering participant of the Portland Composts! program over ten years ago, and the restaurant composts more than 4 tons each month.
All glass waste from the bottling process is recycled into new beer glasses, just 8 miles down the road from the brewery at our local glass manufacturer.
We have achieved a 99.4% landfill diversion rate, with an aggressive recycling program.
Reengineered our custom bottle to reduce the weight by 11% resulting in an annual savings of 5,610 tons of CO2 emissions or the equivalent of removing 850 cars from the road for a year.
100% of the pub’s electricity is generated from clean, renewable wind-power, as a Visionary Partner with Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program.
We rigorously track several Key Performance Indicators around reducing our carbon footprint, tracking the amount of natural gas therms and kilowatts used to produce a barrel of beer.
The Brewery is topped with a cool roof, a reflective coating which reduces energy demand, and using windows and skylights to bring in natural light reduces electricity costs.
The brewery underwent an Energy Diet in partnership with the Energy Trust of Oregon to achieve more than an 8% reduction in electricity usage.
With Water Restoration Credits, we have restored over 9,000,000 gallons of water to critically de-watered Oregon streams. 100% of the water used to produce Columbia Common Ale is offset, to make it a water-neutral beer.
We are committed to finding ways to reduce the amount of water we use to produce our beer. Our water usage per gallon of beer is now below 4.00 gallons.
10% of the brewery's electricity is generated from clean renewable wind-power, which saved 399,128 pounds of CO2 emissions or the equivalent to not driving a car 405,814 miles.
The Widmer Brothers brewery conserves additional energy by recovering and reusing heat (BTU's) from the brewing process.
Windows and skylights are used in the brewery to bring in natural light and reduce electricity costs.
Widmer Brothers Brewing provides incentives to its employees who use green means of transportation.
An indoor bike shelter is provided for employee use.
Bike parking is provided directly outside the Gasthaus.