Last week we pointed you to a cute King 5 News story about a company using spent grain to create perfume. There’s much more to it than that. To begin with, the story did not mention that the grain was coming from Fremont Brewing. When we introduced you to Fremont Brewing last February, one thing we told you was that they intended to focus on sustainability. Finding an ecologically responsible way to manage their waste products was part of that plan.
Sure, the King 5 story about beer and perfume was cute, but what is really happening here is that Blue Marble Energy (Fremont Brewing’s neighbor) is finding intelligent and creative ways to generate biochemical and bioenergy products using brewing byproducts. In short, they’re using beer to save the world.
The stated mission of Blue Marble Energy is to displace petroleum products with carbon-neutral, renewable substitutes from organic biomass feedstocks. In other words, when Matt Lincecum and the fellas over at Fremont Brewing shovel the spent grain out of the kettle, Blue Marble is waiting to turn it into products that were previously petroleum-based.
A more complete story about the bioesters and the perfume being created with Fremont’s spent grain is available on the Blue Marble Engergy blog. It’s an interesting read, for sure.