CO2 recovery systems are one of those super awesome concepts available for large craft breweries, like Sierra Nevada, to recoop the C02 produced as a natural waste product of beer fermentation for reuse in carbonation and packaging. It’s a cost-saver that would be a big help for any craft brewery but, unfortunately, the systems are often too expensive for such breweries to buy and benefit from (and some companies that have tried to right-size their solutions for craft breweries have failed — like COBrew).
But fear not, there are other contenders in this category, such as Austin, Texas-based Earthly Labs, which we profiled at this time last year. Earthly Labs’ plug-and-play carbon capture technology called CiCi, enables craft breweries to capture up to 100,000 pounds of expended CO2 a year and reuse it to carbonate and package beer.
“Half of all CO2 emissions come from small sources in our businesses, buildings, and homes, representing an untapped opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Earthly Labs CEO Amy George. “Devil’s Canyon’s Silicon Valley facility is teeming with brilliant minds from Tesla to Google making the impossible, possible. Now their great beer inspires them, too.”
Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co. became the first craft brewery in Northern California to implement Earthly Labs’ carbon capture technology and reduce their CO2 emissions. Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company showcased the Earthly Labs carbon capture system at the West Coast Craft Can Invitational held during SF Beer Week on Feb. 15.
“At Devil’s Canyon, we believe in reducing and reusing resources in all kinds of ways – from solar energy to reusing equipment to repurposing building materials throughout our facility,” said CEO and Founder, Chris Garrett. “Earthly Labs’ vision fits into our own around practical sustainability. By using CiCi to capture and reuse our own CO2, we reduce costs, make better beer, and invest in the sustainability of our planet.”
Earthly Labs has brought five new customers on board in the last three months and four more installs expected before the Craft Brewers Conference.
“With new customers in the top markets across the U.S. and Mexico, we will have showcase locations in the top craft markets in Northeast, Northwest, California (North /South), Tennessee, Colorado and Texas,” George tells us. “As a result, we are hiring sales team members and technical installers to help us service the demand, and partners to help us grow.”
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