Brewdog invests £30 million in green initiatives

Scottish brewer and spirits maker Brewdog has become a carbon-negative producer and revealed plans to invest £30 million (US$39m) into creating a greener business. The Lone Wolf Gin producer now removes twice as much carbon from the air as it emits each year. As part of its green initiatives, Brewdog has purchased 2,050 acres of land in the Scottish Highlands north of Loch Lomond to create the Brewdog Forest. The company plans to plant one…

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Gin industry must ‘educate a safety culture’

The gin industry must “keep moving forward” with educating small producers about the dangers of distilling, Bombay Sapphire’s master distiller has warned. In December last year, The Gin Guild produced a safety poster for distillers to highlight the dangers of handling ethanol solutions. Created in collaboration with not‐for‐profit organisation the Solvents Industry Association (SIA), the guide was created in light of the increased numbers of “new and often comparatively inexperienced distillers”. The guide was also…

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BrewDog to turn waste beer into vodka

Scottish brewer and distiller BrewDog will turn waste beer into vodka as part of its new sustainability initiative. As it moves into its 13th year of trading, the independent drinks producer has unveiled its BrewDog Tomorrow sustainability initiative, which charts a new six-point plan for the business going forward. As well as steps to increase recycling and a scheme that will see it refill beer cans in the US, BrewDog will also turn “imperfect” beer…

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The week in pictures

Scotch whisky brand BenRiach has teamed up with Scottish artist Ellis O’Connor to create a series of paintings inspired by the landscape, architecture and surroundings of the Speyside distillery. O’Connor has been commissioned to create a trio of landscapes influenced by the three casks used to make the BenRiach 10 Year Old. The collection will be crafted at her studio on the outer Hebridean island of North Uist before being exhibited in London. O’Connor said:…

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BrewDog to ‘save rum’ with botanical bottling

Scottish spirits producer BrewDog Distilling Co has launched Five Hundred Cuts Botanical Rum, which is flavoured with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom and tonka bean. BrewDog Distilling Co’s latest release is made using sugar cane molasses that has been fermented using red wine yeast. The spirit is double-distilled using the brand’s copper pot stills and is infused with whole botanicals to produce a rum that tastes like “like Christmas cake in a glass”. David Gates, MD…

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