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Brewery Waste: Liquid and Solid Effluents

“Out of sight, out of mind.” Not anymore!


Wastewater, Effluents, Spent Grains, Treatment, Recycling, Ordinance


As a brewer, the brewing of a high quality, great tasting beer has always been a high priority. However, when comes to wastewater and other solid wastes, one cannot adopt anymore an out of sight, out of mind mentality. Learn the unique attributes of brewery wastes, and how to treat and dispose of them. Future challenges facing brewers, including new limits on nitrogen and the impact of prolonged drought and water shortages are briefly discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the basic terminology and unique characteristics of brewery wastewater
  • List the requirements and importance of proper treatment and discharge
  • Evaluate cost effective pretreatment options
  • Pull it all together to create a business case for improvement

Lecture developed by

John Stier

John Stier is currently the Sustainability Mentor for the Brewers Association (BA). His role includes management of the sustainability benchmarking tools, development of best practice guidance manuals and strategic advisory to craft brewers assisting them with expansion evaluations, negotiating permit limitations, developing wastewater discharge scenarios/approvals, and creating three-year sustainability action plans.

As the former Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs for Anheuser‐Busch Companies and as a Senior Consultant for the Antea Group, John offers global beverage clients almost 40 years of experience with sustainability strategies, transactional support, external communications, water/wastewater risk management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, regulatory compliance issues and legislative review. During his 30 year tenure at Anheuser‐Busch, the company was ranked first in the beverage industry for social and environmental sustainability in FORTUNE magazine’s “America’s Most Admired Companies” and “Global Most Admired Companies.”

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Lecture Duration (Narration)
73 minutes

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10 days from time of purchase

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Lecture Duration
73 minutes

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