Brew to Moo
The Town of Brookhaven brought a whole new meaning to recycling earlier this week, when they announced the launch of their new Brew to Moo program with BrickHouse Brewery in Patchogue Village.
On Aug. 1, Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilman Neil Foley announced the program, which is aimed to reduce the amount of local brewery byproduct in the waste stream.
Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri, representatives from the town’s Department of Recycling and Sustainable Materials Management, as well as Double D Ranch and BrickHouse Brewery, gathered in front of the brewery, which will be the first to participate in the program.
“During the brewing process, there are spent grains that are thrown away and added to our waste,” Romaine said. “We have been working toward reducing our waste and reusing products. This a continuation of that effort.”
According to Romaine, local breweries and distilleries produce tons of spent grains, which have reduced caloric content but provide protein and fiber that can supplement corn for feed. Using spent grains for livestock feed dates to the advent of beer and, with corn and other commodity prices rising, the use of brewery byproducts is growing.
“I am really excited to work with Long Island farmers and to really bring it all full circle,” said Paul Kosmic, BrickHouse Brewery brewmaster.
The waste, according to Matt Miner, town commissioner of recycling and sustainable materials management, will be picked up once or twice a week during regular recyclable pickups and then dropped off at participating farms.
Starting as early as this week, the town will regularly pick up the material and deliver it to farms and ranches to be used as feed for their animals. The first ranch to sign on to the program was the Double D Ranch in Manorville. Romaine said he hopes more breweries and farms will jump on board and join the program to further reduce and reuse waste.
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