Category Archives: Craft Beer Sector

BLOOM Won Water’s Next 2017 Award for Water & Beer

BLOOM Won Water’s Next 2017 Award for Water & Beer

Kevin Jones and Michael Fagan took to the stage on June 22, 2017 in Toronto to accept a Water’s Next Award for BLOOM’s Water & Beer project initiative. BLOOM was also honoured to have been nominated in the ‘Company of the Year’ category.

Water Canada magazine’s Water’s Next Award is the only national awards program to honour leadership across the entire water sector. BLOOM would like to thank Water Canada and the Water’s Next selection committee for the award.

BLOOM created the Water & Beer online platform in partnership with the Ontario Craft Brewers to improve the water and resource management performance of Ontario’s craft beer industry.

“The Ontario Craft Brewers wants to congratulate BLOOM on winning this prestigious national award. The Water & Beer online platform is a practical and useful resource that is helping our member craft breweries adopt sustainable water management practices within their operations. We look forward to continuing our valuable and trusted partnership with BLOOM”, says Garnet Pratt, President & CEO of Side Launch Brewing Company and Chair, Ontario Craft Brewers.

“Our government is proud to promote the growth of Ontario’s craft beer industry, and invest in projects like BLOOM’s Water & Beer initiative which is helping craft brewers protect our freshwater resources. I wish to congratulate BLOOM on their award, and the Ontario Craft Brewers for their leadership and commitment to growing responsibly and creating good jobs in communities across our province.” – Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Food Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

In 2015, BLOOM had the honour of winning a Water’s Next award for the Water & Wine online platform it developed in partnership with the Wine Council of Ontario.

For further information contact:
Michael Fagan, Senior VP, BLOOM
Tel: 905-842-1115, ext. 227
E: mfagan@bloomcentre.com

This project is funded by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

About Water & Beeran online platform designed to help craft brewers understand the ins, outs and in-betweens of water management and improve their resource management performance.  Water & Beer is the ‘go to’ resource for craft brewers who recognize that water management is important for their business, their customers and their communities.  BLOOM developed Water & Beer in collaboration with Ontario Craft Brewers, individual craft breweries, government agencies, and technology and solution providers – what BLOOM calls the Collective We.

About BLOOM: Making it Easier. Clean and Simple. BLOOM is a recognized and trusted authority on sustainability and resource management practices in Ontario. BLOOM works actively with Ontario industries to find practical and affordable cleantech business solutions that deliver economic, environmental and social benefits. Follow BLOOM on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.  

 Ontario Craf Brewers

About Ontario Craft Brewers: Real People. Real Craft Beer. Ontario Craft Brewers is an association of 80+ small, independent brewers dedicated to making great tasting, high quality beer in Ontario. Ontario Craft Brewers brew their beers locally using fresh, all natural ingredients in communities throughout Ontario.  Handcrafting over 500 premium beers, Ontario Craft Brewers employ well over 1,500 people in Ontario, accounting for over 30 per cent of the direct brewing industry jobs in the province. As of 2015, Ontario’s Craft Brewers’ share for premium priced brands was over 6% of the beer volume sold. Craft beer continues to be the fastest growing segment within the LCBO’s beer category. The OCB’s long term vision is to have at least one brewery in every city and town in the province and to make Ontario a North American Centre of Excellence for Craft Brewing.   Follow the OCB on Twitter @OntCraftBrewers, Instagram @OntCraftBrewers & Facebook www.facebook.com/OntarioCraftBrewers.
Strategic Management of Water Resources Important to Ontario Craft Breweries

Strategic Management of Water Resources Important to Ontario Craft Breweries

The vast majority of craft breweries in Ontario understand the need to improve their water and resource management performance to save money, protect the environment and enhance community relations. This was a major finding of a survey of Ontario craft breweries conducted in the fall of 2016 that found 97 per cent of respondents agreeContinue Reading

New Water & Beer Module is Designed to Help Craft Breweries Eliminate Waste and Save Money

New Water & Beer Module is Designed to Help Craft Breweries Eliminate Waste and Save Money

Craft brewers know that high-strength wastewater can put a burden on local treatment facilities and potentially cost money. The best way to protect the environment and the bottom line is to manage wastewater on-site before it goes down the drain. Water & Beer is an online portal that provides breweries with learning modules on goodContinue Reading

Craft Brewing and the Ins, Outs and In-Betweens of Sustainable Water Use

Craft Brewing and the Ins, Outs and In-Betweens of Sustainable Water Use

Water is one of the most essential elements on Earth. Without it there would be no life. Water is also the core ingredient in craft brewing. Without it there would be no beer. Ontario craft brewers who pride themselves on making all natural beers without additives or preservatives understand the value of good clean water.Continue Reading

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

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