Founded in 1989, Bison is an artisanal company dedicated to brewing balanced, drinkable and 100% organic beers with an interesting twist. Bison strives to lead by example, educating that one need not sacrifice the pleasures of everyday living to be green.
Bison is committed to reducing its impact on the planet through ecologically responsible choices in sourcing, production and recycled and non-GMO packaging. Bison sources certified organic malt, hops, herbs and spices, which helps protect the health of farmers, the consumer and the planet.
Upon receiving certification in 2010, Bison became the first B Corp certified brewery in the world. Certified B Corps are companies that meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Certified B Corps believe that through their products, practices and profits, businesses should aspire to do no harm and benefit all. To do so, requires that we act with the understanding that we are each dependent upon another and thus responsible for each other and future generations.
Bison became a B Corp to challenge ourselves to step up to be as socially and environmentally responsible as we can – as individuals and as a company. Bison is proud to be part of this community of exceptional entrepreneurs and companies because our goods and services are building a new sector of the economy which harnesses the power of private enterprise for public benefit.
Anchored with a brewing philosophy of drinkability, superior quality, and fair prices, all Bison brews are certified organic to promote sustainable agriculture and green living. We are mindful of our carbon footprint, and strive to reduce our business and personal impacts. We will lead by example, educating that one need not sacrifice the pleasures of everyday living to be green.
We envision our biggest impact our customers can make by choosing organic beer is supporting acres and acres of organic barley growing in North America. Organic products, from field to consumer, are the best way to protect the environment, save energy, and ensure sustainability of American farming. Organic farming nourishes and protects growing plants with soil and microorganisms. Conversely, “conventional” farming relies on dousing plants with chemical fertilizer, pesticides, and herbicides, which increases soil erosion, pollutes waterways, and unnecessarily relies on petrochemical consumption.
Upon receiving organic certification in 2003, Bison became one of the first fully organic breweries in the world. We converted our business to organic methods because it synced our personal lives with our business pursuits. We integrate our environmental values into our brewery and office operation. Bison’s small staff believes that sustainable and ecologically sound food production is the best way to protect our environment, save energy and ensure the sustainability of American farming.
But, if our organic beer wasn't tasty (and award-winning), we wouldn't still be around. But WHY we brew organically is important to us.
All of Bison’s beers are organic, not just one or two labels to make us feel good about ourselves and bluster about our green credentials. We are certified organic by the CCOF, Santa Cruz, CA. Certified organic means that agricultural products have been grown and processed under USDA national organic standards and independently certified.
What drives us to brew organically is the real prize of organic agriculture—barley. Acres and acres of barley. Hops are just lipstick on beer (very gorgeous lipstick, mind you), but the main ingredient, malt, is the thing that really has an impact on sustainable and ecologically sound food production. Organic products, from field to consumer, are the best way to protect the environment, save energy, and ensure sustainability of American farming.
A restaurant or bar choosing to buy sell one 15.5g keg (7 cases for retail establishments) of organic beer a week causes a farmer to convert one footbal field of farmland from conventional to organic agricuture. Each consumer who chooses a 6-pack/week of organic beer, causes a farmer to convert 1,700 square feet of farmland from conventional to organic agricuture. That is the size of many suburban homes, or twice an average apartment. That is HUGE impact, and we have the numbers to prove it.
Genetically Engineered ingredients are insidiously working their way into almost every foodstuff in the supermarket. What is the long term consequence of this on human health and the environment? Nobody knows. Eating and drinking organically is the only way to avoid GMOs. As a USDA and CCOF Certified Organic Brewery, Bison can GUARANTEE that its beer is GMO-free.
In 2011, Bison Organic Beer joined the ranks of Oprah, Michael Pollan, Sir Richard Branson, and James Cameron, as an official Meatless Monday “Inspiring Mover and Shaker.” Bison Organic Beer and all of its employees are dedicated advocates of the Meatless Monday movement. We believe that going meatless at least one day a week is better for the health of the planet and our bodies.
The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide. On average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the U.S. An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. Going meatless once a week reduces carbon footprint, minimizes water usage, and helps to reduce fossil fuel dependence.