Think global, drink local: a LCA of microbrewing

Laurie Wright, Paul Wright

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The brewing industry has experienced a renaissance in recent decades, with the number of micro- and craft- brewers increasing rapidly. Whilst exact definitions for "micro-" or "craft-" breweries vary, typically they are small scale independently owned breweries using traditional brewing methods. Typically they adopt a different approach to marketing and distribution in order to compete in an extremely competitive market, with an emphasis on flavour, quality, and individuality. Despite the relative simplicity - inputs of malt, hops, water, yeast and energy - of the craft beer manufacturing process opportunities exist for brewers to enhance sustainability ? environmentally, socially and economically. This study examined the cradle-to-gate impacts of a locally sourced English Pale Ale (EPA) style and imported hop American Pale Ale (APA) style beers. Impact results suggest that the addition of imported ingredients has a marginal impact when considered in the context of the overall brewing operation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLCA XV, 06/10/15 - 08/10/15, University of British Colombia, Vancouver, Canada.
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015

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