From planting to malt preparation, local companies work to reduce CO2 in producing your favorite brew

A local farm and malting company are teaming up to reduce greenhouse gasses in the production of the nation’s popular alcoholic beverage.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, agriculture produces 10 percent of the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Farmers at Perry Farms and malt masters at Epiphany Craft Malt are working to bring that number down. They are altering their farming practices, sourcing locally and looking at ways to go carbon-neutral.

They are starting with that process out on the farm.

“Nitrogen fertilizer comes from fossil fuels and is by far the biggest piece of the CO2 emissions that we as a malt house create from growing the grain to malting it,” said Sebastian Wolfram, founder and director of malting and roasting operations with Epiphany Craft Malt. “So, getting rid of that will wipe out 40 to 50 percent of our CO2 footprint as a business right away.”

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