BELLINGHAM, WA ... - At the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia this week, ten Certified B Corps (Benefit Corporations) will launch their collaborative beer. BREW the CHANGE was crafted together by the group at Beau’s All Natural Brewing last month. These breweries all believe that business can be a strong force for good in the world, and they’ve come together to celebrate this shared vision with a delicious beer made with B Corp certified ingredients. Certified by B Lab (the nonprofit behind B Corp), these for-profit companies meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.
"One of our guiding principles here at B Lab is to take our work, not ourselves seriously,” says Andy Fyfe on the Community Team at B Lab. “While it can be a challenge for business to do well and do good at the same time, these B Corp breweries and ingredients are showing us you can do both, and also have some fun together."
The participating breweries include: Aslan Brewing (Washington), Beau’s All Natural Brewing (Ontario), Bison Brewing (California) Brewery Vivant (Michigan), Bull City Burger and Brewery (North Carolina), Hopworks Urban Brewery (Oregon), New Belgium Brewing (Colorado), North Coast Brewing (California), Persephone Brewing (British Columbia), and Picaroons Traditional Ales (New Brunswick).
THE CHANGE WE SEEK AT ASLAN - Creating a truly green business goes far beyond sustainable raw inputs and outputs. Rather, commitment to preserving local management, helping our community, and respecting the needs of a workforce are a few of the many elements ASLAN believes are what make businesses like it special. Every decision made at the brewpub, no matter how small it may seem, must be made with a conscious mind. ASLAN understands that it is often gifted the power to influence friends and neighbors, and there is nothing more sustainable than insuring that everything it does will benefit us all in the long run.
As ASLAN grows and its impact on the world becomes inevitably larger, we will continue to search for more ways to subsidize, or completely eliminate, the footprints we leave behind; there is no greater mission than that (and to brew really good beer, of course).
BREW the CHANGE will be pouring at the launch party in Philadelphia on . RSVP at https://brewthechange.
eventbrite.com, or you can stop in to Beau’s All Natural Brewing for a pint. Other B Corp brewers may make it available in their tasting rooms in the future, so stay tuned!
About the beer: The beer includes a subtle staging of wheat and barley malts that were selected to allow ingredients from our Certified B-Corp suppliers to truly shine in this inspired, purpose-driven ale.
Ingredients include: organic honey from The African Bronze Honey Project who are committed to sustainable practice and preserving traditional heritage while creating economic opportunity for independent bee keepers and their families in Africa; organic Chinook hops from Crosby Hop Farms, one of only a handful of Salmon Safe certified hop farms in the U.S.; organic yerba mate from Guayaki, the first Fair Trade Certified yerba mate company in the world; and organic cold-pressed cranberry juice from Starvation Alley Farms, the first certified organic cranberry farm in the state of Washington.
About Aslan Brewing Co.:
ASLAN BREWING COMPANY is a sustainable microbrewery and restaurant in Downtown Bellingham, exclusively brewing 100% USDA Certified Organic beer for the Pacific Northwest. ASLAN serves up local and seasonal world street cuisine every day in their all-ages brewpub, with plenty of gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Enjoy over 12 unique organic beers on tap at any day of the year, not to mention local wine, cider, and house-made soda pop, so there is surely something for everyone.
ASLAN also brews organic beer for restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and bottle shops. In addition to a variety of organic beer on draft, ASLAN packages beer in cans and growlers for your convenience.
Community outreach is of one ASLAN's key pillars. By staying connected with local non-profits and community organizations, ASLAN is able to bolster its contribution to social and environmental well-being. The brewpub offers itself as a community hub and frequently hosts fundraisers and events for local campaigns and organizations in need, making it more than just a beer-centric eatery.
We wanted show people what we're really all about. Yes, we brew organic beer and make one helluva Bacon Bison Burger, but there is much more that we value and strive to accomplish. As a Certified B Corp, we are able to better communicate our goals in sustainability and connect with like-minded people to help make the world a healthier place.
About B Lab:
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World® and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. B Lab drives this systemic change by:
- Building a global community of Certified B Corporations who meet the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability;
- Promoting Mission Alignment using innovative corporate structures like the benefit corporation to align the interests of business with those of society and to help high impact businesses be built to last;
- Helping tens of thousands of businesses, investors, and institutions Measure What Matters by using the B Impact Assessment and B Analytics to manage their impact -- and the impact of the businesses with whom they work -- with as much rigor as their profits;
- Inspiring millions to join the movement through compelling story-telling by B the Change Media
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