River Ridge Brewing received a gold level certification from the Iowa Green Brewery Certification (IGBC) program. The IGBC program is an environmental assistance program of the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) at the University of Northern Iowa. The program awards certifications to Iowa craft breweries that have implemented sustainable practices within their facilities and brewing operations.

River Ridge Brewing, who relocated to a newly outfitted facility within a historic building on the Mississippi River in mid-2021, has made sustainability a core focus throughout their renovation process. The brewery has put a large emphasis on both its energy efficiency and environmental management practices, leading them to earn a gold level certification becoming the eighth Iowa craft brewery to currently hold this certification.

“River Ridge doesn’t hide their commitment to sustainability,” says Grant Helle, Environmental Specialist at the IWRC. “From their state-of-the-art brewing facility sitting just feet from the Mississippi to their community involvement and family ties, the River Ridge team truly cares about making a difference while producing great beer!” 
River Ridge joins Fat Hill Brewing (Mason City), Franklin St. Brewing Co. (Manchester), Keg Creek Brewing Co. (Glenwood), Peace Tree Brewing Co.(Knoxville), Second State Brewing (Cedar Falls), Textile Brewing Co. (Dyersville), and Worth Brewing (Northwood) in the Gold level of the IGBC program. While three other breweries in Iowa have moved on from Gold to Platinum, IGBC’s top ranking.

To learn more about this certified brewery and the IGBC, please visit https://iwrc.uni.edu/green-brewery or to learn about River Ridge's sustainability efforts, visit https://www.riverridgebrewing.com/sustainability

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