Alamo Beer Co. Sustainability Practices
As the largest brewhouse in San Antonio, Alamo Beer Co is now equipped to recapture waste carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from its production process, purify it, and reuse it onsite to carbonate Alamo Beer. The CO2 recapture system from Earthly Labs results in a “cleaner, less expensive source of a critical ingredient and a measurable improvement in the quality of their beer,” according to the technology website.
Alamo Beer Co. proudly partners with Grain4Grain, a local food tech startup that utilizes the spent grain from the brewing process to create a low carb, high protein flour. Spent grain is the number one byproduct from breweries, and this innovative technology allows the upcycling of the grain in under 20 minutes to provide a healthy and sustainable ingredient at an affordable price. A portion of the spent grain are also fed to cows and pigs on San Antonio-area farms such as, Trae Pawly with Texas Piedmontese so that none of the grain is truly wasted.
When Alamo Beer opened its doors in 2016, they did so with Texas sized pride, partly because of the creative contributions from One80 Solar. The collaboration yielded an Alamo-shaped solar panel array atop the beer company’s brewery, allowing them to use renewable energy to power their facilities.
“We call it Solar Art,” says Patrick Attwater, CEO of One80 Solar. “We’ve taken something that is usually very utility, and turned into a piece of art.” One80 has built a reputation helping organizations use clean, decentralized, renewable energy.
Using solar energy to support the production process is a unique win for both the solar and beer industries. “We’re committed to producing a quality product: great beer,” says Eugene Simor, CEO of Alamo Beer Company. “Doing so by using a sustainable energy source makes it a win not only for us, but for the entire community.”
Hays Street Bridge
Nestled under the historic Hays Street Bridge in Eastside San Antonio, the Alamo Beer Co. Beer Garden + Kitchen building was built with discarded pieces of the bridge within its infrastructure. Bridge parts have been repurposed by local artists, whose sculptures beautify the beer garden grounds. In addition, the main bar top in the beer hall is made from repurposed wood from the Hays Street Bridge.