As Farr Brew grows in size we are able to implement more of our exciting environmental plans to reuse and source local products whilst reducing food waste and food miles. With the opening of the Rising Sun pub in Slip End and our brewery BBQ events we can use high quality meat products produced by a hardworking local farmer that uses our spend grain as feed for his livestock. His farm is 100% organic with animals that have a very high welfare of life.
This pattern of brewing with the barley grown directly outside our door by farmers on the Ayot Estate, using this same barley and wheat to feed high welfare organic live stock after the brewing process and then have these animals on our menu to feed our customers who will drink our beer we have created a circle of sustainability. One that reduces food miles, wastage, landfill, ensures quality of life for livestock and means we have a quality product every time that we can trace right back to its roots… even the barley roots.
Being a good and responsible producer is not just about having a delicious final product. It is about the journey you take to achieve that product. Our customers are happy because the beer tastes good and they support our every step along the way.
THE ENVIRONMENT AND US
Our core principles are all about community and the environment we are part of. We feel that we should all try to keep the planet as green and beautiful as possible. As such, we try to ensure that ecology should be at the heart of any business decision made. We currently take the following steps to ensure a low carbon footprint...
- Our hops are predominantly British varieties - grown here in the UK.
- The honey used in our beer is produced by the bees flying around our barn - as local as you can get!
- Our waste water is used as a fertiliser on the farm in which our barn sits.
- Our waste hops are used by local community ventures as excellent mulch and composting material. They help community projects and local food gardening organisations.
- Our waste grain is used by the local farmer to feed his livestock.
- All packaging is 100% recyclable.
These initiatives combine to ensure that our waste is, by weight, 99% either reused or recycled - a statistic we are extremely proud of and one which we will always strive to improve on.
THE HOP COLLECTIVE
Please note that entry to the 2019 Hop Collective is now closed as the plants had to be in the ground by mid spring. We will be opening the initiative again for 2020 so please watch this space should you wish to take part or contact us on email@example.com for more details.