Lansing Brewing Company (LBC) donates over 4,000 pounds of spent grain used for brewing beer to local farms in Michigan every week.
Each week, after the grain is spent, the majority is donated to Doug Fleming of Huhn Farm in DeWitt. Fleming uses the grain as feed for cattle on the farm. If there is more, the surplus is taken to livestock breeder Tiffany Rich of Woodspryte Farms in Dimondale for the same purpose.
Since opening, LBC has used over 500 pounds of Michigan hops from Hop Head in Hickory Corners and Top Hops in Goodrich. LBC’s Angry Mayor, Epic Luponic Triple IPA and Mild’s Davis beers are brewed with Michigan Glacier hops from Hop Head farms. Top Hops’ Michigan Cascade hops are used in the Top Hop India Pale Lager. Michigan Cashmere and Tahoma hops used in the Hash Sipa Session IPA also are from Top Hops farms.
To keep the brewery truly Lansing, LBC does not strip the water of added minerals like most breweries. “We wanted to stay true to Michigan and our stomping grounds by using as many resources from the Lansing area as possible,” said head brewer Sawyer Stevens of LBC.