Big Grove Des Moines achieves platinum Iowa Green Brewery Certification

Big Grove Des Moines achieves platinum Iowa Green Brewery Certification

DES MOINES, Iowa - Big Grove Brewery and Taproom in Des Moines has achieved platinum level certification from the Iowa Green Brewery Certification (IGBC) program. The IGBC is a component of the Food, Beverage and Organics program of the Iowa Waste Reduction Center at the University of Northern Iowa that awards certifications to Iowa craft breweries that have implemented sustainable practices within their facilities and brewing operations.

Staff members of Big Grove Des Moines accept their Iowa Green Brewery Certification
Big Grove Des Moines accepts their Iowa Green Brewery Certification


As the first brewery to have two facilities certified at the platinum level, Big Grove has demonstrated a company-wide commitment to minimizing its environmental impact. In Des Moines, sustainable practices implemented by Big Grove include the installation of a hop vacuum to extract more beer per batch, generating nitrogen on-site, recycling its cooking oil and the formation of a company-wide Green Team.

“Big Grove has really set the standard of what it means to be a sustainable craft brewery here in Iowa. Their forward-thinking approach during their rapid growth and expansion is certainly commendable,” said Joe Bolick, director of the Iowa Waste Reduction Center. “It has truly been a pleasure working with them for years and to witness their expansion and continuous commitment to sustainability first-hand.”

Big Grove in Des Moines is the fifth brewery certified at the platinum level of the IGBC program. It joins the ranks with its Iowa City location, SingleSpeed Brewing Co. in Waterloo, Exile Brewing Company in Des Moines and NoCoast Brewing Co. in Oskaloosa. Big Grove is the first Iowa brewery to have two platinum level certifications.

The IWRC has been providing environmental services, including technical assistance and industry training, as well as research and development, for over 35 years. The IWRC is a part of the University of Northern Iowa's Business and Community Services which builds a better Iowa through hands‐on technical assistance for economic and business development, entrepreneurship, environmental improvement and enhanced sustainability. For more information, visit

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