UNI center certifies 31st Iowa brewery for sustainability efforts

UNI center certifies 31st Iowa brewery for sustainability efforts

Worth Brewing in Northwood, Iowa just became the 31st brewery in Iowa to achieve the Gold Certification from the Iowa Green Brewery Certification Program (IGBC).

The Iowa Green Certification is a program developed by the Iowa Waste Reduction Center at the University of Northern Iowa. The certification program provides assistance to Iowa craft breweries looking to comply with environmental regulations as well as ingrain sustainability and waste reduction into their brewing process. 

Worth Brewing, originally certified in 2017 at the Bronze level, has implemented several new waste reduction initiatives. The brewery has put a large emphasis on both its energy efficiency and environmental management practices, utilizing all high-efficiency equipment and minimizing wastewater discharge from the brewing process. In addition, Worth Brewing uses locally sourced oats, honey, and hops for specialty beers.

“Peter Ausenhus (owner, Worth Brewing) is really doing some impressive things in the world of sustainable craft brewing,” states Joe Bolick, program manager of IGBC and director of the Iowa Waste Reduction Center. “We are proud to honor his work with a gold level certification.”

Worth Brewing joins Fat Hill Brewing (Mason City), Franklin St. Brewing Co. (Manchester), Keg Creek Brewing Co. (Glenwood), Peace Tree Brewing Co.(Knoxville), Second State Brewing (Cedar Falls), Textile Brewing Co. (Dyersville), and River Ridge Brewing (Bellevue) in the Gold level of the IGBC program. Three other breweries in Iowa have moved on from Gold to Platinum, IGBC’s top ranking. 

To learn more about the Iowa Green Brewery Certification, visit www.iwrc.uni.edu or to learn about Worth Brewing’s sustainability efforts, visit www.worthbrewing.com 


About Iowa Waste Reduction Center. The IWRC has been providing environmental services including business assistance, industry training, as well as research and development for the past 34 years. IWRC is a non-profit organization, part of Business and Community Services at the University of Northern Iowa. For more information, visit www.iwrc.uni.edu


Joe Bolick, Director, Iowa Waste Reduction Center, mjbolick@uni.edu

Ricki Alford, Communications and Public Relations Manager, ricki.alford@uni.edu