From our beginning as a one-person operation in 1995, Allagash has focused on being an environmentally and socially responsible member of the community. Since then, we’ve put in place a comprehensive sustainability initiative, with a focus on reducing waste, using less water and power, and giving back to our local community.

Energy

Environment

Community

ENERGY

Solar Panels

As of July 2016, our solar panels have displaced the equivalent of just over twenty-one thousand pounds of CO². We had debated internally about the “right” time to put up panels, but were pushed to finish the project by brewer/founder Rob Tod’s daughter, a nordic skier who was very interested in initiatives that aimed to keep Maine’s cold winter, cold.

Light Zoning

Every little bit of reduction helps.Thanks to motion detection, areas go dark when they’re not in use.

Free Air

We live in Maine, which means it gets cold sometimes. So we hired Freeaire to install a system that uses air from outside (when it’s cold) to help reduce the environmental cost of conventional refrigeration.  In the first year, this system has reduced our electrical usage by over 104 MWh, or 160,881 lbs of CO₂.

 LEDs

We’re in the process of converting all of our light from traditional bulbs to LEDs. They last longer, take up less energy and are generally not unpleasant to look at.

ENVIRONMENT

Reuse Everything

In 2015, we managed to divert 99.75% of all waste from the landfill. We did this by finding people who wanted to use the things we no longer could.

The Green Team

This team of sustainability-focused Allagash members was originally titled “Hippy Lazer.” Their guidance can be seen across the entire brewery: notably, they collaborated with our engineers during the construction of the brewery’s new packaging hall and offices in 2014. Many new sustainability projects are currently in the works with the Green Team deeply involved.

Efficient Boilers

Our state-of-the-art cold start steam generators allow us to shut down our water heaters when they’re not in use (generally, you have to keep water heated all the time). These two generators can take cold water up to 130 PSI of steam in 5 minutes. We also reuse as much condensate as possible, so when the steam turns back into water, we collect that and pump it back into our feedwater tank.

Cleaning Materials

By buying our cleaning materials (chemicals, solutions) in bulk and storing them in large containers, we’ve reduced the number of drums we have to dispose of (and those we no longer need go to local businesses that can use them).

COMMUNITY

Spent Grain

Three days a week—with a few snow-related exceptions—Norm, of Justice Farms, stops by to pick up our spent grain, which he uses as cow feed.

Sharing with Our Community

In 2016 Allagash is set to donate around $340,000 back to the community. We’re passionate about giving back to local partners who enrich the area in which we live and work.

Local Ingredients

We strive to source ingredients as locally and responsibly as possible. All the grain that goes into our Sixteen Counties Ale is grown in Maine.

Garbage 2 Garden

We’re proud to be one of the first commercial partners for Garbage 2 Garden, a local composting and waste management service. They help us maximize employee composting, dispose of all the spent fruit from our beers, manage events, and more. You can find their website here: https://garbagetogarden.org/

Community Partners

We’ve found great outcomes spring from creating relationships with good people in the beer community, and our local community. Just a couple examples are Portland Trails, Wayside Food Programs, and the Glass Recycling Coalition.