How You Can Use High Profit, Low-cost Beans & Legumes as Featured Ingredients on your Menu

Breakfast and lunch are the growing segments for casual eateries.  Beans and legumes are low cost proteins and easy to prepare.  We just don’t immediately think about these gems when developing our menu.  Featuring beans on your breakfast menu is a win-win-win.  Low cost and non-perishable ingredients, high profit.  Appeals to customer segment willing to pay premium prices.  Extra win: trendy.

Here are some ideas you can add to your menu:

Various varieties of beans and legumes each come with their unique nutritional value and health benefits. There are lentils, chickpeas, split peas, black beans and kidney beans among the many others. In fact, there are hundreds – perhaps thousands – of varieties of legumes, and all of them have one thing in common. They’re superfoods!

Rich in proteins, fiber, Vitamin B, essential minerals and other body-friendly phytochemicals, beans and legumes can grace your menu and offer healthy options and amazing flavor. Combine them with a whole grain and you appeal to athletes, vegans, vegetarians, low-carb, low – fat, low-sugar and other special dietary needs.

Why Beans and Legumes?

All haricot varieties are high in protein.  Protiens form the basis of the major building structures in the body, and offer a generous supply of fiber that helps combat bad cholesterol.  Choosing beans and legumes helps stave off a host of diseases, notably type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer.  Your menu could feature symbols for “diabetes friendly” “heart friendly” “low-fat” “low cholesterol” “vegan” and others.

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  1. 1.    Easy, Navy Bean Bread

Up to six hours of preparation and cooking time and you will love what you will have. Don’t beat around the bush; follow this recipe: TreeHugger.

  1. 2.    Apple and Spice Breakfast Lentils

There’s no better way to break the boring cycle of corn flakes and oatmeal in the morning than offering a taste of this delicacy. This nutrient dense meal. Can be prepared with this complete recipe Here .

  1. 3.    Vegan Lentil, Pumpkin and Coconut Breakfast Bars

Epicurious is the simple name of the “chocolaty” bars and will offer what the rest of the morning dishes seldom offer – energy to push through the remainder of the day. And, by the way, it’s easy to prepare and delicious. Follow this Recipe Here.

  1. 4.    Bean Salad with Walnuts and Cilantro

A vegan salad that’s deliciously satisfying is, Bean Salad with Walnuts and Cilantro.  This salad brings a touch of creaminess, crunch and a nice texture.  Use this recipe Here.

  1. 5.    Hummus

Other menus idea’s with their respective recipes include:

  • Mushroom and white bean soup – Recipe and directions
  • Tuscan white bean soup – Recipe and directions
  • Green lentil and swiss chard stew – Recipe and directions
  • Chana Masala
  • “White” chicken chili

Take the recipes and make them your own.   We just want to provide ideas and inspiration.

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5 Great Foods Craft Breweries Can Make With a Simple Panini Maker

Don’t have space or money to install a full kitchen in your craft brewery? You can still offer a great menu with one or more simple kitchen “electrics.” Let’s look at what you can do with a panini maker. These typically cost anywhere between $20 and $100.  A versatile panini maker can be used to cook all kinds of sandwich style foods creatively and quickly.

In my opinion, there are several key things to the perfect panini:

  • Bread that is not soggy and somewhat dense so it does not fall apart when cooking or eating
  • Flavor brushed on the grill or the bread before cooking (oil, butter, etc.) that will also add a nice browning to the bread
  • Not too messy to eat with your hands (like a typical sandwich is generally eaten)
  • Something moist on the meat or vegetables to bind them together and add flavor (such as cheese, sauce, condiments like aoli)
  • If you use cheese, put it directly on the brad and put the remaining ingredients on top. The cheese is the glue that holds it all together.

There are entire television shows and cookbooks dedicated to sandwiches. The sky is the limit in terms of flavor profiles and ingredients. Here are 5 five great examples to get you started.

#1. Grilled Beef and Onion Sandwich

Yum, right? For this melt in your mouth beef sandwich, you will need 2 thick (not soggy) slices of bread; Dijon Mustard; Shredded Gruyere; Caramelized onion (ringed or not, it’s fine); and, of course, grilled beef (shredded or thinly sliced). Start off by spreading mustard on the two slices, then layer shredded Gruyere followed by grilled beef slices, onions, and a bit more Gruyere. Put your assembly on a panini maker and cook until golden.

#2. Caprese

Caprese is a customer favorite and appeals to vegetarians that eat dairy. Apply the inside of your Italian bread or divided sub roll with a little olive oil (herbed or garlic seasoned oil is great if you have some). Add fresh mozzarella, fresh sliced basil, fresh sliced tomato and some seasonings (salt and pepper, maybe some garlic powder). Press and wait until it’s golden. You can also have many twists on the classic. To make a smoked caprese, use smoke mozzarella. For eggplant-mozzarella caprese, ditch the tomatoes for eggplant slices. For anchovy caprese, sprinkle capers and add some anchovy fillets to the standard. For Prosciutto Caprese, use three slices of prosciutto instead of or in addition to the tomatoes.

#3. A Fruit Dessert

If you are looking for dessert ideas for you craft brewery, a panini maker can also come in handy. Sprinkle a little sugar on sliced fruit, preferably figs, stone fruits or pineapple. Press and grill for a decadent dessert. You can also serve press-grilled fruit slices alone or with cake or ice cream for dessert.

#4. Mexican Fajita Melt

Apply a little olive oil on the sides of a split sub roll or a tortilla wrap. Fill it with sauteed onions and peppers, shredded cheese (jack cheese will do fine), and thinly sliced or shredded roast beef, chicken or pork. Get fancy and add some fajita seasoning, lime juice or cumin. Grill it in your panini maker until golden.

#5. Grilled Smashed Potatoes

Who doesn’t love to drink great craft ale with smashed potatoes on the side, right? Boil or microwave the potatoes first. Place them on the press and grill until crispy. Add flavor to the potatoes before cooking by stirring in or topping with some butter or oil, salt, pepper, seasoned salt, red pepper flakes or cayenne, garlic powder, chive, green onion or paprika. Hey, create your own house seasoning!

These are just but a few foods you can make on your panini press. With a little ingenuity, you can turn your panini maker into a heck of a multitasker.

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5 Trendy Low Proof Cocktail Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and we should expect lots of shamrock-inspired products. It’s also a period to munch on traditional Irish food. But, for once, let’s just be honest with what the holiday actually brings – lots of drinking of green beer, Irish whiskey and partying, right? St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated to remember Saint Patrick, the patron saint who brought Christianity to the Irish lands. Christianity doesn’t endorse (nor prohibit) drinking, per se, but drinkers are in luck since all alcohol restrictions from Lent are lifted on this particular day.

  1. Tropical Leprechaun

It’s a holiday season, and a refreshing drink will work best. With the moderate snow and the cold temperatures, make yourself some Tropical Leprechaun as you stay indoors.

Pour 1 oz. coconut rum into a wine glass containing 5 oz. Blue Curacao liqueur and a splash of pineapple juice. Add the ice cubes and stir so that the blue color remains in the bottom part of the glass and green covers the top.

  1. Kiss Me I’m Irish

With a Midori Sour taste, Kiss Me I’m Irish cocktail can be a customer favorite with a sweet and slightly sour flavor profile.

Take 1 oz. of vodka, 1.5 oz. of lemonade and 1 oz. of Midori melon liqueur and pour all of them into a shaker with ice cubes. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass before topping with a sparkling wine or prosecco. We recommend Sparkling VOGA.

  1. Bushmills Irish Honey Smash

It’s almost unimaginable to celebrate the most important day in Ireland without a tot of whisky like Bushmills Irish Honey Smash. This low-proof cocktail can be easily prepared and use one of Ireland’s best exports.

To make this cocktail, just muddle two lemon pieces, three mint leaves, 1 oz. water and little simple Syrup into the bottom of your favorite shaker. Once done, pour in your 1 oz. whiskey, shake well  and strain into a wine glass filled with ice cubes.

  1. DownTowner

Another Irish whiskey cocktail for St. Paddy’s Day that screams spring features elderflower and vanilla flavors. It also features the hot and trending spirit absinthe.

To prepare this cocktail, you will need 1.5 oz. of nettle tea-infused Jameson Black Barrel (rum), 0.5 oz. elderflower liquor, 0.5 oz. absinthe, 1 oz. fresh lemon juice, 1 oz. simple syrup, 0.5 oz. cucumber juice, and Boston bitters in a shaker, then strained into a glass and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  1. BLT Green Bloody Mary

St. Patrick’s Day and green colored drinks are the standard. A trendy low proof BLT Green Bloody Mary simply makes the day incredible. You just blend green tomatoes, lime juice, parsley, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and horseradish. Pour in the rum and garnish using a piece of bacon, lime, and celery.

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5 Trendy Alcohol-Free Drinks for Your Designated Driver on St. Patrick’s Day

Whenever you have a party involving designated drivers, it’s logical and often expected to include some alcohol-free drinks. If you are hosting a party at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day, don’t forget to include the following cocktails for your driving friends.

  1. Sunset Boulevard

Based on the same recipe as Tequila Sunrise, but without any alcohol (or Tequila), prepare them some Sunset Boulevard. Naturally, it contains no alcohol with a subtle taste of citrus for flavor.

Take a glass of ice and add a combination of various fruit juices. You will mix  30ml fresh lemon juice with 30ml fresh lime juice and end with 90ml orange juice. For an extra flavor, add 10ml grenadine and let the whole cocktail to rest – DO NOT STIR. Drink as you party the holiday away.

  1. The Virgin Mary

Your “Bloody booze” will be No-No, and your friends might have to put up with a safe, liquor free drink instead. If you haven’t figured out the best cocktail for your designated driving friends just yet, try making the Virgin Mary.

You need a quality tomato juice, freshly blend or a mixture of Clamato juice and tomato juice. Add a reasonable amount of sea salt and ground black pepper, four dashes of Tabasco sauce and three Worcestershire sauce dashes.

A squeeze of fresh lemon fruit and a few Bittermens Hellfire Habanero Shrub Bitters will give it a healthy kick. Adjust seasoning, find a straw, sit down and enjoy BREATHE FIRE!

  1. Basil and Mint Lemonade

Call it a herby sophisticated version of homemade lemonade, Basil, and Mint Lemonade is perfect for an alcohol-free drink during this Irish holiday.

To create a treat for 8-10 revelers, pop 175g caster sugar and nearly similar quantity of water into a saucepan over medium heat. Don’t allow it to boil and stir until the granules dissolve. Allow them to cool in a jug.

Once it’s cold, pour half of it into another jar and pour in half a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add some water and taste. You can add more syrup if you need to. Finally, pour into a blender having basil leaves and mint leaves and whizz until almost strain. Serve over ice.

  1. The Shirley Temple

A super CHEESY drink this holiday, grab a glass of the Shirley Temple and let your friends enjoy the party responsibly. To prepare, fill a glass with ice cubes and pour in ginger ale and 7-Up, 50/50. Add a dash of grenadine and lime juice and garnish with a fluorescent maraschino and enjoy.

  1. The Riderless Mule

If you love exotic cocktails, then you might have tasted or heard about the feisty Moscow Mule. A drink with a kick, unlike the Riderless Mule, perfect for an alcohol-free St. Patrick’s party. Just a glass of ice added some 30ml fresh lime juice and 90ml ginger beer, and you are ready to go. Stir and drink.

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5 Trendy New Green Cocktail Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

In the Irish culture, the St. Patrick’s Day holiday is more than just a carnival – it serves to link the present with their history-rich past. Drinking is part of the celebration but it is not limited to beer.

Green Apple Ginger Martini

Enjoy a drink that includes that crispy flavor of green apples and spicy, fresh ginger. The cocktail mimics a traditional martini, but adds a fun, tasty touch.

Ingredients for two cocktails:

  • 4 oz. (120 ml) of ginger infused vodka – vodka with a piece of freshly grated ginger. Alternative: infuse a simple syrup with ginger for states that do not allow infused alcohol.
  • 4 oz. (120 ml) green apple lime juice: a large tart green apple, sliced into smaller pieces, 2 oz. (60 ml) water, and the juice of two small limes.
  • 0.5 oz. (15 ml) maple or honey syrup.
  • Crushed ice.

Instructions:

  1. Using 1.5 oz. of your already prepared ginger infused vodka and 2 oz. of your green apple lime juice, pour them together with 1 oz. of the honey syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice and shake with vigor until it turns frosty.
  2. Strain into chilled glasses and enjoy!

 

Green Fizz Cocktail

Treat customers to a glass of cool, fruity and refreshing Green Fizz to celebrate the Irish culture.

Ingredients for 2 cocktails:

  • One peeled and cut Kiwi fruit (¼ inch slices)
  • ½ cored green apple, ¼ inch slices
  • 2 oz. Midori
  • 2 oz. quality vodka
  • 8 oz. water

Directions:

  1. Take two 12 oz. glass and fill to ⅔ with ice.
  2. To each glass, add apple and kiwi slices and ensure the apples go in first.
  3. Pour 1 oz. each Midori and vodka into each glass. Top with the water and gently stir. Add a straw and serve.

 

Cucumber Lime Punch

It’s another St. Patrick’s Day holiday, time to do some weird stuff. Consider a cocktail of Cucumber Lime Punch, using the following recipe.

Ingredients:

  • A tray of ice
  • 2 liters of lemon-lime soda
  • A 12-ounce Can frozen limeade
  • A cucumber, thinly sliced

Instructions:

  1. Using a large bowl, filled with ice, add lemon soda and frozen limeade.
  2. Add sliced cucumbers and stir till limeade melts away.
  3. Store in a fridge for 1 hour to marinate the flavors.

 

Sparkling Leprechaun Kiss Drink

A sparkling green or Grinch cocktail, sour and easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • Sour Apple Pucker – 1 oz.
  • 0.5 oz. Vodka
  • Lemon juice 1 oz.
  • simple syrup 0.5 oz.
  • Green tea  1 oz.
  • Ice
  • green colored sugar for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Wet the glass’ edge with water and roll in the green sugar to coat the rim
  2. Pour ice into the glass – halfway
  3. Pour all the ingredients (except soda) into a shaker and mix via shaking
  4. Pour the mixture over ice and top using lemon soda

 

Irish Mojito

Yes! St. Paddy’s Day is here and whether you are Irish or not, the moment is worth celebrating if you have a glass of this famous cocktail – Irish Mojito.

You need:

  • A fresh and juicy lime
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 1 oz. vodka or rum
  • Sugar or simple syrup (1 tsp. to 1 Tbsp.)
  • Ice
  • 1 oz. Creme de Menthe

Directions:

  1. Cut and squeeze one lime into a cocktail shaker
  2. Add some few mint leaves, fresh.
  3. Muddle them in the shaker.
  4. Pour in the rum or vodka.
  5. Sprinkle in the sugar to taste
  6. Add some ice and shake well
  7. Strain into a martini glass
  8. Add a little of Creme de Menthe and let it calm for a few minutes.
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Negligence With The Retail Sale Of Alcohol

When you think about the responsibility that comes with serving alcohol, you would expect there to be laws in place that allow injured people to sue an establishment that serves alcohol if that establishment was irresponsible with its sales. Thankfully, there are laws in place to protect against irresponsible alcohol serving establishments and those laws are called Dram Shop laws.

With Dram Shop laws, a person who was involved in a car accident where they were hit by someone who was driving while intoxicated can sue the bar that served the other driver if the situation meets the right criteria. Dram Shop laws are complicated, so you will need an experienced attorney to help you use these laws if you need to.

Two Types Of Dram Shop Laws

The two types of Dram Shop laws are first-party and third-party laws. In the first-party Dram Shop laws, the person who was intoxicated can sue the bar they were drinking at if it can be proven that the bar served the person past the point of intoxication, or if the person was visibly intoxicated when they entered the establishment and got served anyways. In a third-party case, someone who was injured as the direct result of the negligence of the alcohol serving establishment can sue the establishment. For example, if someone was hit by an intoxicated driver and the situations regarding the driver getting served alcohol are the same as the first-party scenario, then the person who was hit can sue the bar.

In the state of New York, third-party Dram Shop laws are used to help a victim get the compensation they deserve. As long as the intoxicated person was either underage, served while they were visibly drunk, or served to the point where they were visibly drunk, the victim has a case.

Dram Shop Lawsuits Versus Personal Injury Lawsuits

Dram Shop lawsuits, for all intents and purposes, are personal injury lawsuits. Personal injury lawsuits according to BanvilleLaw.com, are lawsuits filed because of another person’s carelessness that led to your injuries.

The biggest difference between the two is an extra step involved in filing a Dram Shop lawsuit. A person who intends to file a Dram Shop lawsuit in New York must notify the bar within 60 days of the incident that they intend to take action. After that, the usual statutes of limitations for personal injury lawsuits are put in place.

Visibly Drunk

It is relatively simple to prove that someone was underage at the time of their intoxication, but proving someone was visibly drunk is a little more difficult. In New York State, a person is considered “visibly intoxicated” when they have:

  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of physical coordination
  • Blood shot eyes

It sounds cut and dry, but the hard part is proving in a court of law after months have passed since the incident that the person in question was in that condition when they were served by the alcohol establishment. Short of taking pictures of every customer that is served, alcohol establishments would have no record of something like that. Since the burden of proof is on the plaintiff, these cases can be hard to win.

In New York State, the Dram Shop laws are set up to hold alcohol selling establishments responsible when they serve someone who is underage, visibly drunk, or serving them to the point of being visibly drunk. It is important to remember that Dram Shop laws only apply to the alcohol selling establishment. If you want to sue the intoxicated person as well, that would be a separate personal injury lawsuit.

With the difficulty involved in winning Dram Shop cases and the potential for multiple lawsuits, it is important to hire a very experienced attorney for your case. If you do find yourself the victim of a negligent bar or restaurant, then do not hesitate to use the Dram Shop laws to protect your rights.

Author Bio:

Laurence Banville. Esq is the managing partner and face of Banville Law. Laurence is licensed to practice law in the state of New York. Originally from Ireland, Banville moved to the United States of America where he worked at law firms, refining his litigation and brief writing crafts. He is also the recipient of the Irish Legal 100 and the Top 40 Under 40 awards.

 

 

 

 

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Beware of Employee Agreements

 

Many employees sign confidentiality and non-compete agreements when accepting a new job. While the stack of on-boarding paperwork for a new job seems routine, the obligations included in these non-compete agreements are anything but routine.

Employees must carefully understand and consider the obligations imposed by these agreements, especially because they generally apply whether an employee voluntarily terminates employment or the employer involuntarily terminates the employee. In other words, re-employment options are restricted whether you quit or are fired.

What can you do? The employee can try to narrow the scope of the non-compete agreement so that if it protects the new employer’s interests but does not impose unreasonable restrictions that could hamper the ability to find a new job. Revisions can also be added to specify competitors that the non-compete applies to rather than an entire industry. A non-compete will be unenforceable if it inhibits an employee’s ability to earn a living because there are no realistic employment options given the non-compete’s restrictions. The non-compete will be more enforceable against an employee who leaves to start up a competitor business.

Employees should carefully review any agreements he or she will be required to sign to accept the job, reflect on its impact, and seek professional advice if concerns arise.

             Tracy_JongAbout Tracy Jong

Tracy Jong has been an attorney for more than 20 years,      representing restaurants, bars, and craft beverage manufacturers in a wide array of legal matters. She is also a licensed patent attorney.

Her book Everything You Need To Know About Obtaining and Maintaining a New York Retail Liquor License: The Definitive Guide to Navigating the State Liquor Authority will be available next month on Amazon.com as a softcover and Kindle e-book.

Her legal column is available in The Equipped Brewer, a publication giving business advice, trends, and vendor reviews to help craft breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries build brands and succeed financially.

She also maintains a website and blog with practical information on legal and business issues affecting the industry. Follow her, sign up for her free firm app or monthly newsletter.

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Profit Tip For Breweries

Profit Tip to breweries: Hops infused oil adds a depth of flavor to sandwiches, salads and other foods to perfectly complement craft beer. Farm breweries are permitted to sell agriculture and tourism related products. Hops infused oils offer a perfect beer complementary food product for foodies and beer enthusiasts. You can produce your proprietary infused oil in-house or have it made for you by private label contract manufacturing.  If you serve food, feature the oil on your menu.

Work with local restaurants and ask them to use your brand of hops infused oil and feature it on their menu. Even better, have them sell it at the register or use it in a social media promotion. It is perfect for salad dressings, meat marinates, and sauces. Beer and meat are the perfect combination. Upgrade the flavor experience by using the same hops to prepare the food.

 

 

            Tracy_Jong About Tracy Jong

Tracy Jong has been an attorney for more than 20 years,      representing restaurants, bars, and craft beverage manufacturers in a wide array of legal matters. She is also a licensed patent attorney.

Her book Everything You Need To Know About Obtaining and Maintaining a New York Retail Liquor License: The Definitive Guide to Navigating the State Liquor Authority will be available next month on Amazon.com as a softcover and Kindle e-book.

Her legal column is available in The Equipped Brewer, a publication giving business advice, trends, and vendor reviews to help craft breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries build brands and succeed financially.

She also maintains a website and blog with practical information on legal and business issues affecting the industry. Follow her, sign up for her free firm app or monthly newsletter.

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TJong@TracyJongLawFirm.com

Facebook: Tracy Jong Law Firm

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New York Soft Pouch Beer & Wine

There are many options for packaging craft beverages these days. The use of soft pouches is attractive from a cost perspective and it provides a great branding opportunity. Visually distinctive product packaging is key for prospective customers to find your product on the shelf quickly and easily. Customers will turn to other brands if they can’t locate your product. Two things to know if you use soft pouches for your craft beverages:

  • Labeling must not contain any statement, design, device, representation that is likely to mislead a consumer.
  • The New York State Liquor Authority opines that soft pouches inherently have the ability to confuse people. These pouches look like “Capri Sun” and other juice beverages typically given to children. To address this, soft pouches must contain the statement: “CONTAINS ALCOHOL—NO SALES UNDER 21”

 

Source: ABCL 107(a)

Advisory 2014-7 (April 10,2014)

 

           Tracy_Jong  About Tracy Jong

Tracy Jong has been an attorney for more than 20 years,      representing restaurants, bars, and craft beverage manufacturers in a wide array of legal matters. She is also a licensed patent attorney.

Her book Everything You Need To Know About Obtaining and Maintaining a New York Retail Liquor License: The Definitive Guide to Navigating the State Liquor Authority will be available next month on Amazon.com as a softcover and Kindle e-book.

Her legal column is available in The Equipped Brewer, a publication giving business advice, trends, and vendor reviews to help craft breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries build brands and succeed financially.

She also maintains a website and blog with practical information on legal and business issues affecting the industry. Follow her, sign up for her free firm app or monthly newsletter.

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TJong@TracyJongLawFirm.com

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Is Your Craft Beverage Production Facility In Compliance With the Clean Water Act?

D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc. settled with the EPA relating to 141 alleged Clean Water Act (CWA) violations where it will pay $2.8 million in fines. The Pennsylvania brewery will pay $2.8 million penalty, plus approximately $7 million in promised wastewater system improvements. The company operates two brewery facilities and both failed to comply with industrial user permit limits on wastewater discharges that went to the local municipal wastewater collection and treatment system. More specifically, the charges state that the brewery wastewater exceeded the discharge limits for biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), phosphorous, zinc and pH. This could negatively impact the entire public municipal wastewater system. When the wasre streams exceed allowable limits, wastewater streams must be pretreated by the brewery before being discharged into the local municipal system.

To avoid future violations, the brewery agreed to wastewater system updates including designing and implementing an environmental management system (EMS) focused on CWA compliance, improving and installing a comprehensive pretreatment system, hiring two certified wastewater treatment operators and implementing a process to identify, investigate and respond to future CWA violations.

The average water use ratio for a brewery is about 7:1, that is, seven gallons of water are consumed for each gallon of beer produced. (The other six gallons are primarily going down the drain.) While brewery wastewater is not generally toxic or hazardous, it can contain low levels of biocides and metals, and higher levels of biodegradable materials, that can be problematic for municipal wastewater treatment plants. Without pretreatment, brewery wastewater may exceed regulatory discharge limits for some parameters such as pH, metals and phosphorus. As a result, brewery wastewater can be more costly for the municipality to treat and can increase the quantity of sludge needing disposal.

What does this mean for your microbrewery?

  1. Evaluate what is going down the drain and where it goes.
  2. If the discharge is into the local municipal sewer system, then determine if you must obtain an industrial user wastewater permit.
  3. If you are put under formal permit or contract with the EPA or DEC, then evaluate whether your untreated wastewater can consistently comply with those requirements or if onsite pretreatment is required.

Making beer is fun but you must keep in mind you are in an industrial food production business and there are environmental regulations to comply with. Failure to do so can lead to very significant fines and penalties. Working with an environmental engineer or experienced craft beverage or environmental attorney can help you navigate the regulations and ensure your operations are in compliance.

       

          Tracy_Jong   About Tracy Jong

Tracy Jong has been an attorney for more than 20 years,      representing restaurants, bars, and craft beverage manufacturers in a wide array of legal matters. She is also a licensed patent attorney.

Her book Everything You Need To Know About Obtaining and Maintaining a New York Retail Liquor License: The Definitive Guide to Navigating the State Liquor Authority will be available next month on Amazon.com as a softcover and Kindle e-book.

Her legal column is available in The Equipped Brewer, a publication giving business advice, trends, and vendor reviews to help craft breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries build brands and succeed financially.

She also maintains a website and blog with practical information on legal and business issues affecting the industry. Follow her, sign up for her free firm app or monthly newsletter.

www.TracyJongLawFirm.com

TJong@TracyJongLawFirm.com

Facebook: Tracy Jong Law Firm

Twitter:      @TJLawFirm

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