The quickest way to eliminate waste is to avoid it in the first place! In 2018, Jackalope installed a grain silo at The Ranch brewing facility that saves 5,000 two-row barley bags from entering the waste stream each year. What about those grain bags for our specialty beers brewed at The Den? We reuse them as waste bags for Pick-Up for a Pint, a litter clean-up with Turnip Green Creative Reuse and Metro Public Works around Wedgewood-Houston Neighborhood on the first Sunday of every month.
With the opening of the Ranch production facility in August 2018, Jackalope converted the high bay lighting in the production facility to LED, saving 871 kWh per fixture, or 18,280 kWH total per year. The existing 400W Metal Halide High Bays used 455W of electricity with ballast factor, and were replaced with 176W LED High Bays, saving 279W per fixture. The electricity saved is equivalent to 14.1 tons of carbon dioxide, or 31,606 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle! Thank you to Powell Architects for helping Jackalope achieve its lighting dreams.
The sure way to reduce carbon footprint is to source ingredients locally. Jackalope grows its on hops on a farm about five minutes from the brewery, Glen Leven Farm, protected by the Land Trust for Tennessee. Our Specialty Brewer Nathan visits once a week to check on the Cascade hops, a strain of hop that grows well in Tennessee. Once a year, these hops are used in a wet-hop brew, which means the hops are picked off the vine and added to the boil kettle within 6 hours of harvesting to create the legendary brew, Tennessee Wildwoman Wild Ale. (Beer bonus, this brew contains yeast harvested from a sageflower from Glen Leven Farm, too!)
In our small batch brews, we incorporate local ingredients like coffee from Bongo Java, cocoa nibs from Olive & Sinclair, thyme from Bloomsbury Farm, honey from TruBee Honey, and grain from Batey Farms in Murfreesboro. We even collaborate on a beer soap with Little Seed Farm in Lebanon, to make all of your shower beer dreams come true.
Beyond the Batey Farms grain from Murfreesboro, the remainder of Jackalope grain is sourced from Briess, a company based in the midwest United States. Briess prides itself on minimally processed, non-GMO grains with no artificial additives, preservatives, colors or flavors. For more on Briess sustainability initiatives, please visit here.