Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It's Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day. A day to remember that we need to take care of our resources and leave a better planet for future generations. More and more breweries are going "green" and LWS is doing what we can to conserve our resources.

We recycle water for brewing and cleaning. We have a huge 300 gallon tank that we run our chill water into. The water is filtered, ran through the chiller and then into the tank. During a long brew day that water will be ran through a filter again and into the hot liquor tank for the next brew. Remaining water is used for cleaning. We also use a power washer that uses about 1 gallon per minute to wash things down with.

When the brew day is done there is always the spent grains to deal with. In keeping with being "green" we donate that grain to local farmers and people to use as feed or compost in their gardens. It is a better use than dumping it in the landfill.

We have very little material that goes into the actual trash bin. We try to recycle as much as possible.

As we grow our plans to be a "green" brewery will grow as well. These will include solar and wind power generation. Recycling as much of our water and waste on site as possible. It takes planning and following through but it is so worth it!

So when you enjoy your next beer remember that by taking care of our planet we can continue to have quality brews.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Competition or a chance to grow together

We get asked quite a bit about a new brewpub trying to open up, Yellow City Co-op BrewPub.

First question is what do we think about the whole idea? Well to honest I'm glad it is them and not us! Seriously though we want them to succeed. We look forward to some great beers and food. They have a long road ahead of them. With the right help they will do great.

Second question is if we like the competition? Competition is good for any business. Without competition you have nothing to really gauge your success on. Competition makes us focus on the quality of our beer. We can't slack and neither will they.

We have a unique opportunity here in Amarillo to grow the craft beer culture. We have to work together to make this work well for each of us. Working together brings great beer to a thirsty consumer. We look forward to working with them in the future and maybe even showing them up now and again!

To find out more about Yellow City Co-op BrewPub follow them on Facebook or their website.

Here's to great beer! Prost!