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GOLD Certified Iowa Green Brewery
Peace Tree Brewing Company in Knoxville became the fifth GOLD Certified Iowa Green Brewery in October of 2019. With their focus on Energy Efficiency and Resource Management through local sourcing, Peace Tree has become an industry leader and advocate for sustainable brewing practices in the State of Iowa.
A unique feature of Peace Tree’s Knoxville brewery location is the custom hot air exchange system, developed and built by head brewer Joe Kesteloot. This system was designed to capture ambient heat emanating from brewing equipment while redistributing that air to heat the taproom, saving on energy consumption and costs. This system is unique to Peace Tree and something not-before seen at a certified brewery.
Owner Megan McKay and the team at Peace Tree also place a heavy focus on sourcing local ingredients and supporting local businesses. Cornucopia!, a yearly release farmhouse ale produced by the brewery features sweet corn sourced from a local Iowa Farm. Most recently, Peace Tree has focused on switching their bottle supplier to a regional company headquartered in the Midwest which supports a larger mission that cuts energy, transportation costs, and promotes environmental sustainability.
Peace Tree Brewing Company is one of more than thirty breweries now certified by the Iowa Green Brewery Certification Program. Their commitment to sustainability helps further the green beer community in the State of Iowa!