Category Archives: Craft Beer Sector

BLOOM Case Study on the Importance of Water Data to Improve Craft Brewery Operational Performance

BLOOM Case Study on the Importance of Water Data to Improve Craft Brewery Operational Performance

For Ontario craft brewers, understanding where water is used and where wastewater is generated provides valuable insight into how they can improve their water management performance.

BLOOM has recently released a case study based on a pilot project undertaken by BLOOM in collaboration with Ontario craft brewery Tuque de Broue and the River Institute. The project was designed to demonstrate:

  • The fundamentals involved in ’knowing your operations’,
  • How to obtain the relevant data and performance metrics, and
  • How the data can be used.

The right data and information allows a craft brewery to target areas that use large volumes of water and are major contributors to wastewater strength – and prioritize opportunities for improvement. Having detailed water data relative to operations can also provide insights into how business growth can impact both water use and wastewater generation.

With a better understanding of their operations, a craft brewery such as Tuque de Broue, is in a better position to develop water and resource management strategies and implement cost-effective water, resource and wastewater management solutions – now and into the future.


BLOOM has developed the award-winning Water & Beer online platform to make it easier for craft brewers to understand the Ins, Outs and In-Betweens of water management.

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 & Beer: an 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 clean 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 business solutions that deliver economic, environmental and social benefits.  Follow BLOOM on TwitterFacebook and YouTube.

BLOOM Releases Videos on Lake of Bays Brewing Leadership in Wastewater Management

BLOOM Releases Videos on Lake of Bays Brewing Leadership in Wastewater Management

A craft brewer often only becomes aware that they have a wastewater issue, when they are informed by the municipal or provincial regulator. This then leads to business disruption, higher costs and reputational risk.Continue Reading

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 honourContinue Reading

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