UBC Undergraduate Research

An investigation into sustainable brewpub planning Chen, Rita; Huang, Cary; Liu, Kevin; Ko, Willy; Wang, Jamie


The Brewpub is one of the topics of interests to be designed and built in the new Student Union Building (New SUB) that will achieve a large degree of sustainability. It will serve as a beer supplier to UBC community including the Pit and the Perch pubs that are also to be built in the new SUB. There is also a possibility that the UBC beer could be sold to other places on campus. To achieve sustainability, the new brewpub will obtain all the necessary ingredients (hops, barley, yeast and etc)to brew beer from local farmers/suppliers. A few of these suppliers include the UBC farm on Southcampass Road and Dan’s Homebrewing Supplies on East Hastings Street all located in Vancouver. The beer will also be primarily sold to UBC community and other places located on campus. This in turn makes the brewpub more environmentally friendly since there is far less fuel consumption in shipping and transportation process. The residual ingredients resulted from brewing could also be harvested and used to feed livestock or used to generate energy via a process known as anaerobic digestion. The significant heat resulted from boiling the wort could also be used to co-operate with the new SUB’s central heating systems to reduce energy needed to heat the building. The cooling of the boiled wort could also be performed using a plate heat exchanger. This method not only cool the wort but also heat up the coolant (usually water) which can be harvested and stored for other uses. The packaging of the beer is equally important in term of achieving sustainability. For a new brewpub, the use of a 2 litre or 4 litre growlers is a more economical means to sell take-out beer. It is a durable jug usually made out of glass or ceramic and it allows a customer to refill his or her beer rather than buying a new jug. Since the popularity of this “UBC beer” is yet unknown, growler proves to be a good packaging method to start. At a long run, however, an automatic filling and packaging unit proves to be a economic investment as it speeds up production of the beer significantly. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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