About Bench Brewing
Bench Brewing Company is a Belgian-inspired farmhouse brewery located on 8 acres of farmland in Niagara’s beautiful Twenty Valley. Our brewery is situated in the Town of Lincoln, right in the heart of the region’s rural but sophisticated wine region.
Bench’s home in the Twenty Valley is blessed with some of Ontario’s finest agricultural land with orchards, vineyards, and produce farms that provide the ideal location for making premium quality beer which reflect our local terroir.
After completing their first Climate Smart Inventory, Bench Brewing realized that their two biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions were from the release of industrial refrigerants and heating.
In the middle of their sustainability journey, the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated lockdowns happened. This led to other challenges, including shutting down their taproom operations, transferring non-brewing staff to working from home, and significant increases in beer deliveries.
Going Climate Smart
Sustainable practices weren’t new to Bench Brewing when they joined Climate Smart. As a brewery, one of the main inputs into their process is water, most of which ends up going down the drain. Bench recognized that they could reuse their water as irrigation for their 3 acre hop farm. They also send all their waste barley and grains to local farmers to use as animal feed.
Bench Brewing came to Climate Smart for support in achieving their B Corp designation, and once they began their Climate Smart journey, their sustainability goals grew to include becoming a recognized sustainability leader in the brewing industry and gaining their Carbon Neutral certification.
Bench Brewing used the first year of the Climate Smart program to become a Certified B Corporation and using that forward momentum, agreed to be the first business certified under the new Climate Smart Carbon Neutral Certification. After completing their second inventory, Bench submitted a reduction plan, and purchased carbon offsets for their outstanding emissions, officially reaching carbon neutrality.
Bench Brewing felt it was very important to take responsibility for their impact up and down their supply chain. This included measuring emissions from their third-party cold storage, warehouse, and shipping providers, as well as measuring the plastic wrap and shrink film. These steps inspired Bench Brewing to make a further commitment beyond what is required from Climate Smart training. Their strive to improve their emissions measurement and accounting for an increasing number of activities, plus a team driven to further their sustainability practices, gave them the motivation and follow through to earn their Carbon Neutral Certification.