Scottish brewers BrewDog might be famous for their beer products but has announced the launch of a new vodka product made entirely from waste beer in 2022. The vodka, called Bad Beer Vodka is part of the company’s commitment to sustainability and will also be packaged in a paper-based bottle, which has a biodegradable coating on the inside, making it entirely recyclable or compostable. The company is still at the final stage of testing and concede that the shelf life of the paper-based bottle may be reduced compared to a glass equivalent but will still be long enough to make it very viable. The vodka will be made using beer that has been produced either out of specification or out of date. The waste beer will be fed through its cutting edge 20-metre high rectification column at extremely high temperatures to create pure vodka. BrewDog are already carbon negative due to its move away from fossil fuels, and removes twice as much carbon from the atmosphere as it emits through its operations, due to renewable energy usage, electrification of its fleet, and utilisation of its waste as bioproducts for production.
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