Breweries are typically industrial operations that craft fantastic beer but consume a lot of power and water and often have significant emissions. We at Goat are hell-bent on doing things smarter by reducing our impact on the environment wherever possible
Our warehouse site has 10 metre ceilings and is north-facing, giving us lovely winter sunlight. When we took over the site it was a disused warehouse shell. We tracked down a huge range of reclaimed materials that were used for internal walls, windows and frames, doors and the bar. We were also able to reuse three big tables, various cupboards and cabinets, a cool room and even a second-hand urinal that were all destined for the tip.
All our beers are naturally brewed avoiding all preservatives and additives. Our India Pale Ale was Australia’s first certified organic beer. While we no longer brew that as a permanent option, these days our biggest selling beer – Steam Ale – is certified organic.
We love cans for many different reasons, one important one being their impact on the environment. Cans are lighter to transport around, whether it be a six-pack from the brewery or a truck carrying pallets to our customers, and can be easily recycled. While cans are certainly on trend now, it was quite a step forward for Australian craft beer when we permanently released our Summer Ale in cans late 2013.
Spent grain is what is leftover once we’ve taken from the malts what we need to make beer with. This is given to a local farmer, who has cows who love eating this spent grain.
Steam and Odour
These are very common emissions from all breweries. We have fashioned a copper vapour condensing unit and attached it to our brew kettle. This almost completely eliminates steam and most of the odour when we are boiling the wort.
Before any waste from the brewery floor goes to sewer it is pH and temperature neutralised in a holding tank. We use a three vessel trade waste system. The first tank screens the larger solids, such as hop and malt debris or bits of plastic or wood). The second tank catches the smaller solids, such as yeast slurry, floor grit or finer hop and malt particles. The third tank is where the trade waste adjusted for temperature and pH. This ensures that the biosolids, temperature and chemical load on our sewer system is drastically reduced.
We also pay an outside contractor to perform higher level servicing and to monitor our system for other pollutants. We also provide the EPA with certification when our settling tank is emptied twice a year.
Ride To Work
Every Christmas our staff are paid a bonus based on the number of times in the year they cycled, walked or caught public transport to work. Each week our staff rack up around 300km commuting to work sustainably. We also have two brewery bikes that are used for daytime trips to the bank, supermarket and post office.
Offices made from boxes
We needed to increase our office space in 2011 so we asked our mate Pete Ho at Phoeey Architects what to do. He dreamt up the box creation pictured above. We built two new offices and a foyer with a basic stud frame but incorporated our old beer cartons. We also used repurposed yacht sails for window blinds, reclaimed carpet tiles and wallpapered an internal wall with old beer labels we didn’t need. It’s a fun space to work in.
We’re always throwing more ideas around in here but if you think of some more environmentally friendly things we can do, please email us. We’d love to hear from you.
"All our beers are naturally brewed avoiding all preservatives and additives and are vegan friendly"