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Green Day

As April begins and spring starts to show its colors, the reminder of our beautiful world and its need for our attention is revived while we approach April, 22nd. As a company who takes pride in being green, we at Black Star Co-op are excited to announce our celebration in recognition for Earth Day. We are an environmentally friendly business model whose founding put importance on reducing our carbon footprint. As many of you may know, we are a scratch kitchen who proudly serves from farm to table. The majority of our vendors are local, we donate our spent grain to a Texas farm, and every day we practice composting and recycling. All of these choices play an important role in taking care of our planet, and we are not alone. Black Star Co-Op is one of a handful of breweries that are LEED Gold Certified.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.

2.2 million

2.2 million +

square feet is LEED certified every day with more than 92,000 projects using LEED.

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Flexible

LEED works for all building types anywhere. LEED is in over 165 countries and territories.

sustainable

Sustainable

LEED buildings save energy, water, resources, generate less waste and support human health.

valuable

Value

LEED buildings attract tenants, cost less to operate and boost employee productivity and retention.

Achieve better buildings with LEED

Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several categories, including energy use and air quality. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then earns one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum

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Certified: 40-49 points earned

sustainable

Gold: 60-79 points earned

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Silver: 50-59 points earned

valuable

Platinum: 80+ points earned

In our build-out the founders decided to set indoor environmental quality goals to provide a pleasant, healthy, non-toxic environment for employees and customers. The strategies they chose were:

  • Specifying low-VOC emitting materials
  • Designing the HVAC system with carbon dioxide monitoring
  • Installing separate exhaust systems for the restrooms and the brewery
  • Use exterior shading to reduce the thermal effects
  • Multi-zoned air conditioning
  • Controllable LED Lighting
  • Water efficient plumbing system

We want to commemorate our stewardship by celebrating with our industry peers who also practice sustainability. It’s important to know that your money is going towards businesses who are working on a better tomorrow for all of us, so please join us on Wednesday, April 18th to enjoy a night of appreciation for this wonderful planet. We will have a tap list made from breweries who practice environmentally safe actions, and cheers each other knowing we’re making a difference.

Here are the breweries that will be featured for our Earth Day Tap Takeover and some of what they do:

  • Jester King : has installed solar panels and runs a farm on 58 acres of land in the Hill Country
  • Hops & Grains : recycle spent grain into dog treats
  • Circle : Tap handles are biodegradable
  • Texas Beer Co. : Installed solar panels
  • Rentsch : Operates on wind power
  • Alaskan : First brewery to install and operate a carbon dioxide reclamation system
  • Anderson Valley : 2006 installed an array of 768 solar-panels atop their brew house and employee parking structure
  • Bell’s : Recycled 1.24 million pounds of solid waste in 2017
  • Great Divide : Has a storm water protection system
  • Odell’s : 11,000 sq. feet of solar panels = 5 percent total power (the rest is powered by wind)
  • New Belgium : Asheville location tasting room is LEED Platinum, the brewery is Gold and the distribution center is Silver
  • Sierra Nevada : Mills River location was the first production brewery to receive a leed certification and it was Platinum

Please stay tuned to our facebook event for what beers will be on for Earth Day Tap Takeover!

By Roger Corrales

Hop Madness ’18 Results

March has come to an end yielding, the results of Hop Madness!!! Thank you for all the support and follow through by participating weekly. This year’s selections were as follows:

Austin IPAs
1. Last Stand, Citra SMaSh – 10 votes
2. Black Star Co-op, We Got A Winner – 12 votes – Winner
3. Independence, Stash IPA – 5 votes
4. Austin Beerworks, Fire Eagle – 5 votes

Texas IPAs
1. Noble Ray, Tactical Combat Fireman – 19 votes – Winner
2. Martin House, Friday IPA – 16 votes – Consolation
3. Weathered Souls, West Coast IPA – 14 votes
4. Real Ale, Axis IPA – 12 votes

National IPAs
1. Founders, Azzaca IPA – 28 votes – Winner
2. Great Divide, Hop Disciples – 12 votes
3. Alaskan, Husky IPA – 14 votes
4. Sixpoint, Bengali IPA – 10 votes

Finalist
1. Founders, Azzaca IPA – 8 votes
2. Black Star Co-op, We Got A Winner – 11 votes
3. Noble Ray, Tactical Combat Fireman – 12 votes – Winner
4. Martin House, Friday IPA – 5 votes

Congratulations to Noble Ray for making our crowd favorite, Tactical Combat Fireman IPA! It will be on tap for the month of April. Come get some!

P.S. If you liked the blind IPA tasting we’re bringing back Mystery Flight Mondays starting April 9th. Guess two out of four beers correctly (multiple choice guessing game) and receive a free house rational beer! Cheers!

By Roger Corrales

Pink Boots Society

In the flustering month of March where Ausitinites have to share their city with the rest of world it becomes easy to hide from the masses. Here at Black Star we’re going to be celebrating the women of our industry for Women’s History Month. On March 21st we’ll be hosting the Austin Chapter of Pink Boots Society for a Tap Takeover!

The beers we’ll have on will represent who is participates in the community. These are the female movers and shakers in the beer industry. They get the beer brewed and fermented with the highest possible quality. They also own breweries, package the beer, design beers, serve beers, write about beer, and cover just about any aspect of beer, and they are all women. Most importantly, they teach each other through their own seminar programs, and help each other advance their beer careers by raising money for educational scholarships.

P—Passion I—Integrity & Inspiration N—Networking K—Knowledge
B—Beer & Brewing O—Opportunity O—Open Exchange of Ideas T—Teach S—Success

Come by and meet all the bad ass women influencing the beer industry as they will also be having an open chapter meeting with a meet and greet portion as well. Hope to see you all here.

Cheers!

RSVP

By Roger Corrales

Beer Positive Brewery Challenge Blood Drive

During the first couple weeks of March we are participating in Beer Positive Brewery Challenge Blood Drive hosted by We Are Blood where several breweries will be competing in good faith to get people out to donate some blood on their behalf. This is for a great cause and we are extremely excited to be included in the group of businesses asked to participate in this event. This is, however, still a competition. With trophies. And we really want a trophy. Like, really really. So, we are asking whoever is able to try and make it out to donate some blood between March 1st-16th at any We Are Blood fixed or mobile location, just let them know you are donating for Black Star.
Tell your friends, tell your family and tell your neighbors so we can prove to this city, once and for all, that we have the most blood. Or something like that.

Cheers!

RSVP

By Andy Martinec

The Impossible Burger Lands at Black Star

For those of us who have been friends and fans of Black Star’s vegetarian options, you’re probably more than aware that we have gone through many iterations of the good ol’ veggie burger. On the menu, off the menu, beets and black beans, we always seemed to come annoyingly close to a delicious, hearty product. And while we haven’t had an actual vegetarian burger on the menu in quite some time, we consistently offer a handful of items that can be made vegan or vegetarian, while the Avocado Club remains one of the best vegetarian sandwiches in town (and know that your opinion is wrong if you disagree). Then, one by one, our epicurious group of Team Leaders started to learn about the Impossible Burger. Whether we had scrolled over a suggested Instagram post (#blessed), or stumbled across a Vice video because we still haven’t had the wherewithal to completely break up with the media conglomerate, we knew that the Impossible Burger was something that could satisfy returning vegetarians, as well as potentially attract a new fan base. read more

Black Star Co-op Elections: Call for Candidates!

Every fall Black Star Co-op Member-Owners vote for three Board of Director positions.  Directors review and craft policies and principles, represent the interests of all Member-Owners, and collaborate with the Workersʼ Assembly.  Take your love of Black Star Co-op to the next level by running for the Board.  To run for the Board, you must:

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ADIOS MOFOS

Yesterday was my last day as a member of the Workers’ Assembly at the Co-op. I wanted to take a minute to talk about some of my experiences serving Black Star Co-op, and to thank some of the truly amazing people who challenged, inspired, or helped me grow over the past twelve years. 

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