The Blood Serpent is inspired by the Secretary Bird. A distinctive Czech-style Pilsner. A dry hop with noble german hop lends it an aroma of pine, citrus and florals, with a light herbal/grassy undertone. A balanced dry finish, together with the light straw-gold colour makes this a perfect beer for those who want a lager with just that little bit extra (source Darling Brew website).
Blood Serpent is a 5% ABV dry-hopped lager and apparently Africa’s first carbon-neutral beer. Darling’s brand has strong links to environmental causes, so it makes sense that they would bring out such a beer.
With the reaffirmation at Cop 21 that the global temperature rise needs to be capped at 2 degrees from pre-industrialised levels, calls have been made for decarbonisation and company buy-in for carbon neutrality. The entry of Blood Serpent into the market could mean progress and momentum for the South African beer industry to be a part of a necessary global change.
Owners Kevin and Philippa Wood are proud to deliver a first in Africa and to introduce a more sustainable craft beer option into the market. A carbon neutral beer process and carbon neutral certification has been achieved through innovative brewing, packaging and offsetting processes.
Darling Brew have linked their beers with sustainability and conservation since opening in 2010. “Since the beginning, each beer has been inspired by an endangered creature which is honoured and supported through conservation programmes,” says Kevin, “for Blood Serpent, we chose the Secretary Bird.”
In order to become Africa’s first carbon neutral brewery, Darling Brew has calculated their carbon footprint by means of a greenhouse gas audit. This carbon footprint is then offset through impactChoice, a provider of end-to-end environmental sustainability solutions, who also ensure the emissions are offset via responsible carbon capturing and reduction projects.
Darling Brew has been on their sustainability journey since opening in 2010, when they created their line of craft beers driving awareness on animal conservation in Africa. “It’s not about doing what we like with our operations and just offsetting our impact,” says Kevin Wood, owner and founder of Darling Brew, “It’s about our commitment to continuously reducing our carbon footprint as much as possible whilst using the offsetting process as a way of further redressing our impact.”
The brewery has recently taken to openly and prominently displaying the month to month statistics on their water, waste, energy and carbon use in the hopes of including Darling Brew’s patrons in the journey and spreading awareness.
In line with the Western Cape’s water scarcity susceptibility and awareness, the brewery has taken to reduced water consumption through sunken water tanks, water-saving nozzles and by reusing as much water as possible.
There is a very compelling link between what Darling Brew’s awareness of scarce resources and the mission of the Darling Green Estate. The estate will be introducing innovative systems to store water, conserve water and reuse water. Together with taking advantage of the endless sunshine which the Cape West Coast is blessed with to supply renewable energy to the estate and homes. The project is building on well understood and valuable technologies, technologies that are improving.
There is growing awareness, even among the most ardent denialists, that the world is in need of more care. The natural systems are under stress, population increases and urban migration are putting scarce resources under immense strain.
Moving to the country and working with water awareness projects and sustainable power harvesting might have more impact than we think.
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