We are fans of breweries that hold their business to a higher standard and exceed baseline expectations in terms of social and environmental policies and operations. One way to do this is through hitting benchmarks established in the B Corp certification. Boulder, Colo.-based Upslope Brewing Co. is the latest craft brewery to strive toward these goals, becoming the 20th brewery worldwide to receive a B Corp certification.
Being a Certified B Corp means Upslope is voluntarily committed to meeting high standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. The brewery is focused on benchmarking and reducing its energy and water use, greenhouse gas emissions and waste created and sent to the landfill. In accordance with Boulder’s Zero Waste Ordinance, Upslope has built a robust compost and recycling program. Additionally, through Upslope’s 1% for Rivers campaign, 1 percent of all Upslope Craft Lager can sales are donated to local Trout Unlimited chapters.
“We chose to pursue this certification in order to benchmark and continually improve the influence of our business on all of our stakeholders: our employees, customers, community and the environment,” said Upslope’s Founder Matt Cutter. “We’re proud to join the other 19 breweries worldwide who have achieved B Corp Certification and look forward to building upon this achievement. This only marks the beginning; with this framework in place, we’ll be able to measure the benefits of what we’ve accomplished so far and to effectively plan for continued improvement.”
As a participant in the Brewers’ Association’s Sustainability Benchmarking program, the brewery shares all of its utility data in order to get performance feedback and to help establish industry-wide metrics and best practices.