The Portsmouth Brewery
When Brennen Rumble, Portsmouth Brewery Manager, describes the restaurant and brewery's "make-it-from-scratch" mentality, he's not just describing the food on the plate or the beer in the mug. He's talking about the whole operation at the Brewery. Doing everything from scratch, means finding a better way to run a brew-pub, and that better way means doing it more sustainably. The Portsmouth Brewery has always been well known for its humanitarian and charitable reputation in the community. It's Community Pint Tuesdays and their wooden tokens for charity have become a staple of the restaurant, and owner Peter Egelston has been instrumental in the Seacoast with both the Brewery and Smuttynose Brewing Company in fostering the local spirit of the region. Now the goal of the Brewery being a more sustainable enterprise is budding into a reality!
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What makes us green?
- Compost and recycle two thirds of all waste material
- Substantial community and charitable giving illustrated by Community Pint Tuesdays and their wooden tokens for charity
- Conducted a PSNH audit and received rebates on highly efficient LED lighting inside the restaurant
- Recently installed a new pump-switch to the brew-kettles that will help to cycle more efficiently, the energy used in the process of brewing.
- Donate used hops and oats and other waste products from the brewing process to pig farmers for feed.
- In the kitchen, meat is given time to thaw, without microwaving or "power thawing," (a process that requires running hot water over frozen goods)
- In the offices and the dining room, everything is printed on recycled paper and on both sides whenever possible, and paper is recycled after use.
- Transitioned away from plastic to-go bags, or Styrofoam containers, using potato-based biodegradable boxes instead
- Gift shop attached to the Brewery uses paper instead of plastic for all gift purchases.
- Menu incorporates a significant number of locally grown items and are members of the Slow Food Movement
- Source from as many local suppliers as possible — companies like Blueberry Bay Farm, Golden Harvest, Farnum Hill Ciders, Seaport Fish, Brookford Farm, Renee Ciulla Gardens, Three River Farm Alliance, NH Mushroom Co. and Sandwich Creamery.
- Suppliers chosen with sustainability in mind; delivery trucks from Favorite Foods and Seaport Fish run on Biodiesel and when they (or any trucks) come to bay, there's no idling allowed!
- Water reclaimaition process underway for brewing to reduce water use and recycle as much of it as possible
- New Smuttynose Brewing Company brewery in Hampton, and its sister brewpub in Hampton will incorporate sustainability into every aspect of the operation; buildings will be LEED certified
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- Twenty years of beer at Brewery
- Tod Mott: A farewell and appreciation
- Ticket sales expected soon for "Kate the Great" Day
- Thirsty Crowd Lines up for Kate the Great
- Taking it outside
- Sustainable Servings: Local establishments shun foam
- Something in the Soil
- Portsmouth Wins Carbon Challenge
- Portsmouth Brewery makes New Year's resolution to trim waste
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- Local Food in Local Restaurants
- Local Company Helps Independent Restaurants, and Their Customers, Avoid a Landfill Legacy
- Hayseed to Feature House-made Foods That Compliment Beer Menu
- Green networking event connects firms, consumers
- Green Collar Careers: Brewmaster Tyler Jones
- Green Businesses Partner with Renewable Energy Non-Profit to promote Clean Energy and Local Agriculture
- Green Alliance plans Partner Bash May 29
- Green Alliance Hits the Century Mark
- Green Alliance continues to make gains
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- Fosters Going Green Features Several GA Businesses
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- Closing the Loop
- Brewery Celebrates 20th Anniversary with New Craft Beer
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