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!
What makes us green?
• Substantial community and charitable giving illustrated by Community Pint Tuesdays and their wooden tokens for charity
• Streamline and conserve a significant amount of energy.
• 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 Baggimetto’s Cheeses, Heartsong Farms, Blueberry Bay Farm, Golden Harvest, Farm Hill Ciders, and Seaport Fish.
• 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
• Exploring and soon implementing a food waste composting program
• 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
In the News
- Green Collar Careers: Portsmouth Brewery Brewmaster Tyler Jones
- Green Tips: Smuttynose Brewing Company
- Smuttynose Brewing Co. and Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership Unite For The Greener Good
- Portsmouth Brewery
- $500K Grant helps pay for Smuttynose relocation
- Green firms buck trend in 2011
- Green jobs help drive the area's economy
- A Culture of Compost
- Smuttynose's Wheat Wine Ale wins top award at Denver festival
- Zero Waste Portsmouth to Roll Out Recycling Stations
- Project Still Brewing
- Feds meet local business leaders
- Seacoast Volkswagen party touts push with Green Alliance, new Passat rollout
- Smuttynose gains approval in Hampton for brewery, restaurant
- Smuttynose owner sees growth, expansion
- COMMUNICATEGREEN: Smuttynose brings 'green' beer to Hampton
- 'Green beer' on tap for new Smuttynose Brewery