We have a strong and growing network of individuals and businesses who benefit from the redundant materials in our process: spent grain to farmers, chicken fanciers, bread making local vicars; spent hops to gardeners and allotment holders; yeast to home brewers; cardboard to gardeners; malt sacks to apple farmers; beer to chutney makers, bakers and pie creators. The value to us is the reliable removal of these materials plus some benefits in kind such as sausages, pies, bunches of flowers, courgettes and jars of chutney.
We’ve sought to improve our process to reduce energy consumption: as our brewing activity has increased we have been able to recover hot water from the process on one day and use it on the next.
We have had stands at the Hereford and Leominster Seed Swaps, In Our Hands: Seeding change and Spring Greens demonstrating the cycle of field to pint to garden to plate. Our slug glug was snapped up by visitors!
We were named Green Business of the Year by the Society of Independent Brewers, SIBA and were also a winner in their Brewers in the Community competition. We were a finalist in the Herefordshire Business Awards eco-friendly business of the year.
As fans of local food, we have created joint recipes with several small Herefordshire food businesses: Quarry Farm Shop, Luston (ale in the gravy for Steak and Swan Pie); Loafers, Bromyard (beer bread); Myrtle’s Kitchen, Bromyard (ale in Brewers Chutney); 3 Fruity Ladies, Kingsland (ale in Farmhouse Pickle). The message about local food, its attractiveness and reach are all improved if there is a stronger story for consumers to relate to and the backing of enterprises with the same ethos. You can see the results of our own cooking with beer on our Swan Brewery Instagram feed.
We have a small selection of local products in our shop: Risbury Rapeseed Oil, chutneys as mentioned above, Ludlow Gin and very local ciders and perries.
We have worked with local firms when we have needed building, civil, electrical and specialist engineering contractors. Other specialities have been met locally: pump maintenance/repair; computer support; haulage; printer support; pest control and scales servicing.
Look out for our #greenswan hashtag on Twitter.