Blog : Meet A Green Business: Smuttynose Brewing Company

By Katelyn | Sep 14, 2015 | in

Who: Smuttynose Brewing Company

What: Smuttynose Brewing Company’s roots are firmly planted in the Seacoast, shipping the first kegs of Shoals Pale Ale in 1994 from a small warehouse in Portsmouth. 14 years later, Peter Egelston and partner Joanne Francis purchased the 17-acre Towle Farm in Hampton to be build a brand-new, larger, sustainable brewing facility and company headquarters. The new Smuttynose facility, which is currently in review for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification with the US Green Building Council, opened Memorial Day weekend, 2014.

Its design is aimed to reduce Smuttynose’s demand for electricity, water and natural gas while minimizing effluent and site impacts. The most-significant energy-saving feature is a tested, verified and overly insulated tight building envelope that maintains a consistent internal environment, reducing heating and cooling needs. Large banks of windows and solar tubes capture substantial amounts of natural light while other lighting needs are met by on-demand LEDs. The facility includes an ambient vaporizer for its CO2 system that captures waste cooling for the warehouse, while reducing the need for electrical heat found in conventional vaporizers.

While building the new facility, the design and build teams used sustainably produced materials, including lumber from trees harvested on-site, salvage timbers from existing buildings and regionally manufactured materials. Smuttynose’s brewing and packaging process features motors that use variable frequency drives, which create enough energy to power the motor for its specified task, instead of relying on an on-off switch and meter flow. The Steinecker Combi-Cube B brew house is one of the most efficient on the market, allowing for high extracts from malt and precise, efficient heating and cooling during brewing to ensure high quality and consistency with lower energy demand. The system is expected to save over 500,000 natural gas therms. A centrifugal separator removes solids from the beer post-fermentation, reducing waste, by increasing yields and beer quality at the same time, and Smuttynose sends its spent grain to Rocky Meadow Farm in Chichester for livestock feed.

Outdoors, Smuttynose integrated a storm water treatment system into its landscape design; using rain gardens to help manage runoff from paved surfaces, preventing soil erosion, which also allows rain into the soil to nourish the native plant species that populate bioswales and the master-landscaping plan.

Where: 105 Towle Farm Road, Hampton, N.H.

Web: www.smuttynose.com

Call: 603.436.4026

What Makes Us Green:

  • Entire facility is in review for LEED gold certification.
  • An array of heat energy capture systems reduces exterior waste.
  • Building is positioned to capture as much sunlight as possible.
  • LED-lit on-demand lighting system only turns on to compensate for difference between natural light and specified amount of lumens needed for the space.
  • Variable speed compressed air system will save 6 million kWh during its lifetime.
  • Variable frequency drives control motor speeds on pumps, process, packaging, and HVAC equipment, allows control of motors to only meet demand.
  • Ambient vaporizer provides "free-cooling" of the warehouse, while eliminating the need for an electrically powered heater.
  • Waste heat-capturing system applies heat from glycol refrigerant system to process water or interior spaces.
  • Both building and brewing equipment powered with clean-burning natural gas.

All Green Alliance businesses are green certified. Read Smuttynose Brewing Company’s full certification documents and learn more about its sustainability initiatives here