Sedona Beer Company - Sustainability Focused Craft Brewery

"There are a lot of critical components in the cycle of making beer, to remain truly Independent Craft is to break out of the macro-beer supply chain, support local businesses, protect our watershed, and use ingredients that the bigger brewers aren’t able to."

An interview with Kali Gajewski reveals the importance of partner selection in creating sustainable systems.  

Kali states, " In each step of our work, to celebrate the flavors of the region, we've worked tirelessly to implement thoughtful sustainable practices. We've up-cycled tables and chairs, promoted a local glass blower's products and found sustainable fabrics and dyes for our merchandise. We know that sourcing and verifying that our core values match with that of our hand-picked companies is a ton of work.

The essence of our company is the ability to pair craft beers with innovative specialty burgers, and for that, there are no compromises. We found out that one of the most sustainable proteins, made for foodservice, is produced just 25 miles away.  We tasted NexVeg's product and put it on the menu immediately. Naturally, reducing the overall footprint of our operation with every patty we serve was a no-brainer and we haven't looked back since.  In our experience, it just seemed like the right thing to be eating while staring at the Red Rocks sipping on a beer."

But it doesn't stop there...

Sedona Beer Company strives to reduce waste where possible, for example, instead of simply tossing everything in the trash, they use Sedona Recycles to reduce trash and landfill. They also use Compost Crowd to compost all of their liquid beer waste, beer mash, and food scraps. With these efforts they have been recognized through the Sustainability Alliance with a Silver Innovator Sustainable Business Certification.

Sedona Beer's base malt is grown by the Hauser family and is also malted locally by Sinagua Malt. This benefit corporation was created to provide a market solution for declining flows in rivers and streams. While corn uses more water and strains the Verde River when flows are at their lowest, barley uses less water and grows in the Winter when its water is at peak volumes.

Kali continues, "We built this business in a way that we’re proud of, based on sustainability from the get-go. Not because we were asked, but because it’s important to us.”

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