Heady Topper brewer recognized for water treatment excellence

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Heady Topper brewer recognized for water treatment excellence

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 1:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine More beer, more visitors, cleaner water, less waste? That’s what the team at The Alchemist have accomplished with their new brewery in Stowe, and they were recently recognized for their environmental success with an award from the Green Mountain Water Environment Association (GMWEA). Steve Miller, Lead Cellar and Water Operator for The Alchemist, was presented with the award at GMWEA’s spring meeting at the Killington Grand Hotel on Thursday, May 25. Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation nominated the Alchemist for the award, which is presented each year for demonstrated commitment to clean water and pollution prevention, including implementation of water or wastewater treatment changes to address problems common to similar industries.

The Alchemist opened its new brewery and visitor center in Stowe last summer with a state-of-the-art water treatment system designed to reduce waste throughout the brewing process. Their moving-bed biofilm reactor, built by World Waterworks, allows them to exceed state standards for wastewater, and surpasses environmental management standards in the brewing industry. Their million-dollar investment in water management has allowed them to dramatically reduce their high-strength effluent load into Stowe’s water and sewage system.

“We are honored to receive this award,” said Jen Kimmich, co-owner and General Manager of The Alchemist. “This was an incredible collaboration with our consultant, Chief Water Operator Gary Audy; Stowe’s water treatment team; the State of Vermont; and our staff, who all worked together to help us dramatically reduce our wastewater. Clean, fresh water is critical for great beer and we believe that Vermont’s brewers can lead in reducing water waste and keeping water pure for generations to come.”

ABOUT THE ALCHEMIST

The Alchemist, founded in 2003 by John and Jen Kimmich, operates in Waterbury and Stowe, Vermont, They are known for their award-winning Heady Topper and Focal Banger IPAs as well as a rotating selection of distinctive ales and porters available at their 16,000-square foot brewery and visitor center in Stowe. They employ 51 people and distribute their beer only within 25 miles of its manufacture. Learn more at www.alchemistbeer.com

Source: Stowe, VT – June 1, 2017 – Alchemist