News : Redhook's 'spent grains' become farm feed

Mar 19, 2010

Featured in Seacoast Online

By Jim Cavan

PORTSMOUTH — Chances are the last time you enjoyed a beer at breakfast was probably in college. But if you ask Doug MacNair, head brewer at Redhook Ale Brewery, you might have had a little in your cereal this morning.

That's because Redhook diverts close to 150,000 pounds of "spent grain" from its brewhouse to a number of New England dairy farms every week.

The grain — which would have otherwise ended up in a landfill — includes leftover hops, protein by-products and yeast, and is given to cows as feed.

For the farmers, it's cheap and as nutritious as traditional forms of feed, including grass. And Redhook can rest assured its famed brew's organic refuse isn't going to waste. Read the full story here!