Water & Beer making it easier for Ontario craft brewers to “leap forward”

Water & Beer making it easier for Ontario craft brewers to “leap forward”

Ontario’s craft brewers are applauding a new online resource to help them manage water resources more efficiently as they continue to build on the industry’s booming homegrown success. Water & Beer, a portal created by the BLOOM Centre for Sustainability, on the ins, outs and in-betweens of water use in craft breweries, was launched WednesdayContinue Reading

Collaboration between craft brewers and municipalities a win-win for all

Collaboration between craft brewers and municipalities a win-win for all

When it comes to managing the wastewater leaving his craft beer facility, the owner of Lake of Bays Brewery knows very well how close and valuable his working relationship is with the local municipality. “If we sneeze here, they feel it at the treatment plant up the street,” said Darren Smith, underlining the importance ofContinue Reading

Ontario craft brewing event celebrates the natural success of quality beer and clean water

Ontario craft brewing event celebrates the natural success of quality beer and clean water

Ontario’s booming craft beer industry will be toasted for its growth, success and community contributions at a celebration event on April 20th at Steam Whistle Brewing in Toronto. Hosted by Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB) and the Bloom Centre for Sustainability (BLOOM), the event will bring together brewers, industry leaders, local politicians and other stakeholders committedContinue Reading

Mountainoak Cheese – A BLOOM Client Q&A

Mountainoak Cheese – A BLOOM Client Q&A

BLOOM has been working with the Mountainoak team to tackle their water use and water management. Mountainoak wants to expand their production but faces challenges surrounding water. Naturally, they came to BLOOM for guidance. BLOOM is halfway through the project and decided to check-in with Julie Clarke from Mountainoak Cheese. Why are you interested inContinue Reading

Top 3 things brewers should know about wastewater:

Top 3 things brewers should know about wastewater:

Wastewater is water with “stuff” in it. For craft brewers, this “stuff” includes ingredients like grains and hops, as well as cleaning chemicals, and even lost beer that could have otherwise been sold. The other thing about wastewater – breweries make a lot of it.  Surprisingly, it is their highest volume product, being up toContinue Reading

Craft Brewers are Passionate about Beer, Serious about the Environment

Craft Brewers are Passionate about Beer, Serious about the Environment

  BLOOM Working with Craft Brewers on Sustainable Water Management Solutions Think globally and act locally. That was the take-home message from recent climate change meetings in Paris.  After agreeing to the historic accord, Canada’s environment minister Catherine McKenna said it’s time for all Canadians to roll up their sleeves and pitch in to protectContinue Reading

Niagara Winery Launches Leading-Edge Innovation to Protect the Environment

Niagara Winery Launches Leading-Edge Innovation to Protect the Environment

Ontario wineries now have an excellent working example of how innovations in sustainability can make good business sense while also protecting the environment. VIDEO: Highlights from the Event with Key Partner Interviews Cave Spring Cellars, an award-winning winery in the Niagara region, has installed a wastewater management system that is the first of its kindContinue Reading

A Small Step, but a Big One Towards Water Sustainability

A Small Step, but a Big One Towards Water Sustainability

This is the second in a series of blog posts on BLOOM’s project with Mountainoak Cheese exploring water management opportunities. Part 1. Last week I headed down to New Hamburg again as part of our integrated water management project with Mountainoak Cheese. This time it was to oversee the installation of a permanent water meter.Continue Reading

Cave Spring Cellars – Sustainable Celebration

Cave Spring Cellars – Sustainable Celebration

Cave Spring Cellars, a winery in the Niagara Region, is known for producing award-winning and exceptional wine. Thursday October 29th though, people gathered to celebrate a very different liquid being produced from their operations, wastewater. It was worth celebrating… Cave Spring has installed a water management system that is the first of its kind forContinue Reading

Cave Spring Adopts New De-Centralized Water Management System

Cave Spring Adopts New De-Centralized Water Management System

Last week, Wines & Vines ran a feature on Cave Spring’s newly installed wastewater management system. It’s great to see this kind of recognition; this project was a major undertaking by Cave Spring and the system is the first of its kind in a food and beverage operation in Canada.  The article provides a good overviewContinue Reading