Less Plastic, More Respect

Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse is fighting the good fight when it comes to the environment. Always keeping sustainability in mind MRB aims to not only just recycle, reuse and compost but to reduce.

Mill River Brewing, LLC is committed to protecting the environment, the health and safety of our employees, and the community in which we conduct our business.

It is our policy to seek improvements throughout our business operations to lessen our impact on the local and global environment by conserving energy, water and other natural resources; reducing waste generation; recycling and purchasing environmentally preferable products; and reducing our use of toxic materials or production of toxic products and/or byproducts.


We are committed to environmental excellence and pollution prevention through continual improvement and meeting or exceeding all environmental regulatory requirements.

Taking it further...

Another way we cut back on waste is by being a Straw Upon Request establishment. Learn more by clicking here.

Here is a list of other sustainable methods used by MRB:

  • Run chilling equipment on non-peak hours in order to reduce the demand on the electrical grid.

  • LED lights through the brewhouse, restaurant, and kitchen

  • All food scraps from the kitchen are diverted from solid waste to compost.

  • Take out containers, straws, and to go bags are compostable.

  • Cloth napkins only




The MRB team is proud to be apart of the Green Brewery Cohort as mentors to others in the space of sustainability.

To learn more about the VT Green Brewery Cohort click here.


MRB officially joined the Natural Resources Defense Council who works with policies to address clean water. MRB will be the first brewery in Vermont to join their campaign!



MRB has partnered with Friends of Northern Lake Champlain to assist in their efforts to improve the water quality. A portion of all proceeds from our Dayz of Haze, American Pale Ale will be donated directly to Friends of Northern Lake Champlain.



The flight glasses are unique in look and style. Not only do they add to the captivating atmosphere in the alehouse but they’re made from recycled coke glasses.



With the help of a conservation specialist we remove Buck Thorn trees, an invasive species that does harm to our forests. And we provide trash removing equipment to pick up any garbage near the river or along the roads.

To watch our interview with Local 44, click here!



Mill River Brewing made the ethical decision to switched to these 4 pack holders in order to reduce the amount of plastic being used to hold their cans together.
These holders can be re-used more than once when returned!


Grain bags are diverted from solid waste and donated to Salvation Farms.  The grain sacks are used at the Vermont Commodity Program in Winooski. They use them to transport compost culls off our pack line to local animal farmers - pigs and goats love the slightly rotted carrots, apples and squash & the grain sacks are a great way to move this feed. 

Our composting practices are something we are proud and eager to share. The Saint Albans Messenger wrote a fantastic article on our methods to be sustainable and the resources available to other companies to do the same.