From growing up in the lentil belt of Canberra, to co-founding one of the country’s leading craft breweries, Capital Brewing Co, Laurence Kain talks to and Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry about being Australia's first climate active certified fully carbon neutral brewery.
Laurence and co-founder Tommy Hertel opened the brewery in 2016 after successfully running venues in Canberra and building friendships with Sydney craft brewing icons Young Henry’s and Grifter Brewing Co.
Laurence describes his childhood in Canberra’s ‘lentil/Birkenstock belt’ and how seeing the impact of climate change during climbing and skiing trips made the pair committed to making the brewery as environmentally sustainable as possible.
He explains how the process to carbon neutrality takes time, is complex and can be expensive and how they decided to work with the consultancy that helped them through the process and the federal government Climate Active certification body to develop a template that could be used by other craft breweries.
We talk about some of the achievements and savings made by Capital, and its new sustainability goals.
The episode wraps up with news of a new pilot brew system which enables to Capital team to brew small batches for limited releases and new beer flavours.
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Host: Kim Berry
MC: Grant McHerron
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