Brave new beginnings
Marcus Powers, Tom Wilmoth, and James Gallentine founded Zipline Brewing Co. in 2012. With a strong belief in the premise that local beer brings people together, the trio set forth with a goal to connect with beer lovers and their communities. Their shared vision is that building a sustainable business means investing in the personal service that yields long-term relationships and turns customers into friends.
What’s in a name?
The name “Zipline” was born from the founders’ innate sense of adventure and their desire to connect with the thrill-seeking spirit in all craft beer fans. Whether it’s pushing the boundaries on recipe development, sipping a style you never thought you’d like, or zipping through the rainforest canopy, Zipline beer pairs with adventure.
The path forward
As Zipline continues to grow, our focus remains on connecting directly with customers.
We really want to make sure we’re building friendships and relationships with the people that we’re serving.
Zipline Brewing Co. is constantly working to be a sustainable member of our community. We are proud to be one of the few small brewery representatives on the Brewers Association’s Sustainability Subcommittee with these outstanding (and upstanding) breweries: Allagash, Bells, Bear Republic, Brewery Vivant, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Hopworks, New Belgium, Odell, Sierra Nevada, and Worth Brewing.
REDUCE SOLID WASTE
We recycle approximately 75-80% of our solid waste stream that would otherwise head to the landfill. If you drive by our building, you’ll see two large dumpsters for our recycling and only two ‘toters’ (the size of a residential household bin) for trash. Each week you’ll see the recycling dumpsters overflowing while the toters don’t even get filled with trash.
From our first day of brewing, we partnered with several local farmers to pickup our spent brewing grains. Unlike distillers grains from ethanol production, we are not as efficient at extracting all the sugar and nutrients from the grain, making our grain a tasty treat for our bovine friends. Each week, we send tons (literally) of grain out to area farmers to help keep our local cows happy.
In 2014, we began replacing high energy light fixtures (like metal halide and high pressure sodium) with more sustainable LED and CFL fixtures. In addition, we placed our brewery lighting on motion sensors to reduce energy demand.
All water used for cooling off hot beer from our kettle is recycled and re-used in the brewing process. We also implemented innovative, water-saving cleaning techniques that simultaneously reduce water use and lower our use of carbon dioxide.
If you can think of other ways that we could use our waste, let us know! For example, spent grains make excellent multigrain breads. We provide spent grain to Beer Paws, who in turn make tasty dog treats. They also collect bottle caps that hit the floor in our bottling operation to make custom brewery dog collars. Brewers yeast is rich in vitamins and nutrients, and is used in a variety of foods. We are always looking for new ways to be sustainable and give back to the community, so send us your ideas.
The foundation of our brewery rests on a simple principle:
DESIGN AND BREW GREAT BEER
This process requires an intricate marriage of science, art, and high quality ingredients.
The Science of Brewing
Understanding and applying scientific principles is essential in the modern craft brewery. Our patrons expect and deserve consistent, high quality beer. To deliver on our promise to always make great beer, our brewers work daily in our lab. Quality control and lab equipment represents a primary source of investment and evolution at Zipline to continue our pursuit of the ever-elusive goal of beer perfection.
The Art of Brewing
While knowledge of brewing science is necessary to brew beer, it is not by itself sufficient to brew great beer. Brewing artisan beer requires an artist. The scientist draws lines while the artist paints outside them. At Zipline, although we respect traditional style guidelines, we don’t feel constrained by them. If great beer can be brewed by breaking the rules, you’ll more than likely find us exploring that uncharted territory.
SUPERIOR INGREDIENTS MAKE SUPERIOR BEER
Our promise to design and brew great beer starts with sourcing the highest quality ingredients available. Our search for the best grains, hops, and yeast traverses the planet, but starts close to home. We source local wheat and oats less than 100 miles from our brewery. One distinctive character of Zipline beer is our use of American-grown Pilsner barley. We use the lightest Pilsen barley available to create beers with a uniquely dry and crisp profile. With Pilsner, we can authentically brew German, Czech, Belgian beer styles and create extraordinary character in our American styles. Our hops are fresh and sourced from the best hop yards around the world.
When we wrote our business plan in 2012, we forever memorialized the following goal:
Consistent with our founders’ views, we will promote sustainable practices and give back to our local community by devoting resources to the common good.
At Zipline, we strive every day to meet that goal by supporting those who support us. That’s why we endeavor to be an integral part of every community we’re in. If you have a passion that needs to be fed, or a cause that needs to be celebrated, please contact us. As with the hundreds of organizations with whom we have partnered, you’ll usually find us ready and willing to help.