Brewery Energy and Water Workshop

Join us for this sustainability workshop with keynote speaker John Stier – sustainability mentor for the Brewers Association; and guest speakers Lyle Butler – president/CEO of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, and Jeff Gill – founder of Tallgrass Brewing Company. Explore ways to save money by reducing use of energy, solid waste, water and wastewater throughout the brewery process. End the day with a beer and a tour of the Tallgrass Brewing Company. Topics will include an overview of brewery processes, energy reduction, water and wastewater, and solid waste reduction. Registration is $25 and limited to 40 participants, so sign up today!

You have four registration options:


  1. Online through Global Campus (link is external) 
  2. Call: 785-532-5569 for assistance in registering through Global Campus
  3. Fax (link is external) the registration to (785) 532-2422, Attention: Brewery Energy and Water Workshop
  4. Mail (link is external) the completed registration form to:

Brewery Energy and Water Workshop
Global Campus
Kansas State University
1615 Anderson Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502

For more information, contact David Carter at 785-532-4998, (link sends e-mail).


According to the Brewers Association (link is external), there has been a national increase in U.S. breweries from 1,564 in 1999 to 3,646 in 2014, with microbreweries reflecting this rapid increase – up from 505 in 1999 to 1,871 in 2014. The state of Kansas has more than 20 microbreweries, with a combined output of more than 35,000 barrels of craft beer. With a national average of seven barrels of water to produce one barrel of beer, craft brewers are relatively wasteful consumers of water. However, with water conservation best management practices, some breweries are able to achieve water-to-beer ratios of 3:1. Likewise, energy consumption is a major factor for these facilities, considering water ultimately not used for product has been treated, transported, heated and dewatered from waste products. Reducing this wasted water will result in decreased energy usage for these processes, also saving the producer money.



9-9:30 Welcome/opening remarks
9:30-10 Overview of brewery process
10-10:45 Energy reduction
10:45-11:30 Water and wastewater
11:30-12:15 Solid waste reduction
12:15-1:30 Lunch (at Tallgrass Taphouse)
1:30-3 Staggered tours of Tallgrass Brewing Company


KEYNOTE SPEAKER John Stier, sustainability mentor for the Brewers Association, has more than 35 years experience in the brewing sector, including a 30-year career at Anheuser-Busch as director of global environmental affairs and sustainability. During his tenure at Anheuser‐Busch, the company was ranked first in the beverage industry for social and environmental sustainability in FORTUNE magazine’s “America’s Most Admired Companies” and “Global Most Admired Companies.” Stier joined the Antea Group, a global consulting firm, in 2008 as a senior consultant focused on developing and implementing sustainability strategies for multinational consumer product companies. While at Antea, he worked with global brewers and helped facilitate the beverage industry environmental roundtable, or BIER — a technical coalition of 23 leading global beverage companies working together to advance environmental sustainability within the beverage sector. He recently accepted an assignment with the Brewers Association to advance the sustainability maturity of the craft brewing sector.

GUEST SPEAKER Lyle Butler currently serves as president/CEO of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, a position he has held since July 2000. Butler has also served as chamber president in Dodge City, Kansas, and Greeley, Colorado.
Butler has other Kansas and Colorado career experiences in banking and radio broadcasting prior to joining the Chamber of Commerce profession in 1990. He is a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce Management Program at the University of Colorado and the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma, as well as a 1982 graduate of Leadership Kansas and a 2002 graduate of the Flint Hills Leadership Program.
GUEST SPEAKER Jeff Gill founded Tallgrass Brewing Co. in Manhattan, Kansas, in 2007. The first Tallgrass beer sold, the Original Pub Ale, was brewed in August 2007 and by 2010, Tallgrass was the largest craft brewer in Kansas. Under Gill’s leadership as CEO, Tallgrass Brewing Company completed construction of a brand new, $7 million, 60,000-square-foot brewery in 2015. In addition, the Tallgrass Taphouse brewpub, named the 2016 Best Beer Bar in Kansas by and the Brewers Association, was opened in downtown Manhattan. Tallgrass currently distributes its full line of world-class craft beers in 16 states across the greater Midwest and parts of the southern U.S.

Gill provides strategic vision and leadership in all facets of the brewery, including beer development, the Grain-to-Glass™ quality program, sales and marketing, distribution, finances and operations. He was named the 2015 Community Entrepreneur of the Year by the Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship at Kansas State University. He enjoys speaking about entrepreneurship, business management, leadership — and craft beer.