Founded in 1989, Bison is an artesian 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 our packaging, production methods, and 100% non-GMO ingredients. We believe that 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 and minerals, instead of with handy petrochemicals.
Bison was the first brewery in the world to earn B Corp certification in 2010. Certified B Corps meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. B Corp likes to say they look for "good companies, not just companies with good marketing departments." Certified B Corps believe that through their products, practices and profits, businesses should aspire to do no harm and to benefit all. We are a new sector of the economy that harnesses the power of private enterprise for public benefit.
To read a well written two-part piece that gives B Corps some context, check out this blog at Esquire Magazine.
Bottom line? We think your consumer dollar can support "good" businesses without sacrificing your standards, product quality, or "hipness"…..brands like Bison, Patagonia, Cabot Cheese, Ben and Jerry's, Method cleaning products, Numi Tea, and New Belgium Brewery…..the list goes on! I'll drink to that!
We envision our biggest impact is through our customer's choices. A restaurant or bar choosing to buy & sell one 15.5 gallon keg (or 7 cases) of organic beer a week creates demand for a farmer to convert one football field of farmland from conventional to organic agriculture. This is way more farmland than would be needed to supply an entire organic restaurant menu!
Each individual who chooses to buy a 6-pack/week of organic beer creates demand for a farmer to convert 1,700 square feet of farmland from conventional to organic agriculture. That is the size of many suburban homes, or twice an average apartment.
YOU can make a 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 hops, barley, wheat and special ingredients used to make our beer is GMO-free.
This is one example of leading by example we are proud of. 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 you carbon footprint WAY more than buying a hybrid car or wearing sweaters all winter, plus it minimizes water usage, and helps to reduce fossil fuel dependence. And it is a fun challenge to cook different once per week.