Tennessee launches 'Sustainable Spirits' program

Posted at 10:07 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 23:34:27-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — You may not think about it when you pop the cork on a bottle of wine or crack open a cold one, but the production of beer, wine and liquor can have a big impact on the environment.

Now a new program from the state Department of Environment and Conservation hopes to help with that.

Jackalope Brewery in Nashville is one of four businesses taking part in a new state program called Sustainable Spirits, meant to lessen that impact on the environment.

Other companies can apply with the state to be a part of the program as well.

"Instead of fining you or coming in and saying, 'no, you're not doing this right,' it's saying, 'hey, you're doing something right, this is how we can make it better for everybody and the environment.'," said Kristen Westerbeck with Jackalope.

One of the innovations Jackalope uses is a special machine that captures the Carbon Dioxide made when brewing beer, then re-using it in the packaging process.