Taste Matters, But So
Does Our Impact

Our goal is to tread lightly. We aren't perfect, but we are committed to reducing our impact every day.

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During our sustainability audit, we found these impacts.

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Ingredients

Sourcing locally and thoughtfully makes a difference.
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Water & Energy

Big batch brewing can be wasteful.
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Packaging

How we package our products matters.
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Transportation

Shipping and delivering can quickly add up.

Here’s How We Will Improve

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The materials we use to package our products, and then how they are ultimately disposed of have an impact on the natural world. It’s easier to prevent waste when you make doing the right thing affordable and easy.

Our Action Plan:

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Recycle soft plastics from supplier materials
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Implement 4-pack rings reuse through a take-back program
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Reduce packing strap waste
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Be a zero-waste brewery (we're almost there, only label backing to go!)

Working with local farmers, helps us support local economies and reduces our carbon footprint.

Our Action Plan:

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Source local BC and Canadian grown/produced  ingredients whenever possible
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Upcycle 100% of leftover grain from the brewing process
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Invest in sustainable organic farmers
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Understand the carbon footprint of hop varieties so that we can design beers with less impact

Breweries draw on local water and power - there is no way around this. Small-batch brewing allows us to test new beers without being wasteful.

Our Action Plan:

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100% carbon neutral brewhouse
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Implement small-batch brewing system
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Conduct an energy audit to further reduce usage
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Review options for waste water reduction, capture, and reuse
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Be the first in Canada to use an algae bioreactor to capture the Carbon Dioxide (a greenhouse gas contributing to climate change) from fermenting beer and convert it to Oxygen (for us all to breathe)

Transportation emissions add up. The more disconnected a supply chain, the bigger the footprint. Thinking local first can reduce emissions.

Our Action Plan:

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Source from local suppliers to decrease travel emissions
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Group delivery routes together
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Transition vehicle fleet to electric and hybrid option

Breweries draw on local water and power - there is no way around this. Small-batch brewing allows us to test new beers without being wasteful.

Our Action Plan:

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 Implement small-batch brewing system
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Conduct an energy audit to further reduce usage
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100% carbon neutral brewhouse

The Things We Are Working On

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Carbon Neutral Brewery

Tin Whistle is B.C.'s first carbon neutral brewery. We are a member of the Climate Smart Initiative, a group of Canadian businesses working to measure and reduce their carbon footprints. We continually measure and benchmark our small brewery against the best out there, and we never rest in our pursuit to reduce our carbon footprint. No matter your size, we believe you can be sustainable and responsible as a business.

Invest In Our Local Community

Tin Whistle has been in Penticton for many years. It is our joy and pleasure to support those around us, and help our community grow. We source our ingredients locally (whenever possible). This includes 95% of our grains coming from farmers in B.C., Alberta, or Saskatchewan. Fruits come from our neighbouring Okanagan farms. We even re-use previously wasted local ingredients like the grape skins leftover from the wine harvest (in our Wasted Grape series of beers), or sake rice leftover from sake brewing (in our experimental Sake Lager).

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Using Algae in the Brewhouse  

When beer ferments, carbon dioxide (CO2) is released. CO2 is a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Alongside our friends at BC Business Technology Access Centre (BCBTAC) at Okanagan College, we are building a system to capture this CO2 and then feed it to algae. Algae goes through photosynthesis (just like trees!), and will convert the CO2 into Oxygen for us all to breathe.