In 2014, Victory formed a cross-departmental sustainability committee. The committee was tasked with identifying sustainability priorities and implementing innovative solutions to challenges. Each quarter, the committee meets to discuss what we’re doing, how it’s working and what we should focus on next. Our sustainability solutions come from all levels and departments and we encourage staff to share their ideas, big and small.
In Our Breweries:
Our state-of-the-art facility in Parkesburg, PA was designed with sustainability in mind. Retrofitting a former Green Giant brite-can facility, sky tubes and smart lights were added to the facility during the construction phase. The smart lights read the ambient light generated by the sky tubes and adjust their output accordingly. Our brewhouse and packaging line were also designed with efficiency in mind. Wherever possible, water and heat are re-circulated, allowing us to recover much of the primary energy used. We continue to track our water, electricity, natural gas and solid waste so we can benchmark what we’re doing well and what we can improve on.
Currently, all of our 12 and 24 packs are all made from SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) certified materials. Look at the bottom of your case to see the stamp!
In November of 2014, we switched to Green-e Certified Renewable Energy Certificates for 100% of our Parkesburg electricity purchases. Moving forward, our distribution team is looking into phasing out our gas-powered forklifts in exchange for electric ones. Once complete, we’ll let you know what this means for our carbon footprint!
Clean, fresh water is essential to our beers. Our breweries draw water from the Brandywine Creek. Our Parkesburg facility draws from the west branch and our Downingtown facility draws from the east. The health of this local water source is vital to our company. We created out Headwaters Grant in 2011, to help protect this water source and other local watersheds. We renewed our dedication to this crucial cause in 2015.
The brewing process produces tons (literally) of spent grain each day and we’ve been using that grain to keep local farm animals happy since 1996. We send 100% of our spent grain from our Downingtown and Parkesburg locations to local farms for use as feed. The spent grain from our Kennett Square brewery is sent to a local animal shelter. Between our three locations, we send about 65 tons of spent grain per week to help feed Chester county animals.
In Our Brewpubs:
Since 2011, 100% of the food waste in our Downingtown brewpub has been kept out of landfills. It is composted at Arborganic Acres, a commercial composting facility in Pottstown, PA. In 2015, we kept over 67 tons of waste out of landfills. Since opening in November of 2015, our Parkesburg brewpub has also composted all of their food waste and we will soon be expanding the program to our Kennett Square location. In 2014, after our composting program was implemented, our brewpubs switched to paper straws, keeping thousands of plastic straws out of landfills every week. This initiative keeps about 45 school buses full of plastic straws out of landfills each year.
All of our restaurant waste oil is recycled by Waste Oil Recyclers of Modena, PA. In 2015, our three brewpubs diverted 30.8 tons of oil from landfills. Environmentally, this was the equivalent of planting 4,735 trees.
345 solar panels have been providing 82,000 kWh of clean, renewable energy to our Downingtown location every year since 2010.
In our Kennett Square brewpub, the walls are all lined with repurposed mushroom board. Reclaimed by hand from South Mill Mushroom Farms, we’ve found a great way to reuse local waste.