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11/02/2021

Two Trees Beverage Co. announces new sustainable aging process

Two Trees Beverage Co., a producer of private label alcohol products, has developed a new method for maturing alcohol that reduces greenhouse gases.
Zachary Russell
Associate Editor
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Two Trees Beverage Co., a producer of alcohol for clients including private label, has developed a new sustainability initiative. The “Sustainably Matured” initiative is used for beer, wine and spirits, and aims to reduce the industry’s dependency on wood and other factors that lead to higher greenhouse gas emissions.

“We can help companies reduce their carbon footprint and total enterprise emissions in specific areas of the total equation, particularly in the beverage production, maturation and warehouse stages of a product’s lifespan,” said Chad Slagle, CEO of Two Trees Beverage Company. “Wine, beer and spirits companies that use traditional barrel-aging techniques can significantly reduce their CO2 emissions through Two Trees’ proprietary, sustainable maturation processes.”

According to Two Trees, the current supply for oak barrels used for traditional aging of alcohol products cannot sustainably meet the demand; only one to three barrels are produced from a single tree. Two Trees says it can decrease the spirits industry’s wood dependency by 90% through its sustainable maturation process that utilizes less than 10% of the wood that is required in traditional barrel-aging. Their process for sustainably maturing beer and wine goes even further by utilizing less than 2% of the wood that is used in traditional barrel-aging.

Two Trees utilizes a 1,000-gallon system on a contract basis to produce and sustainably mature spirits at scale to the volume equivalent of approximately 20 barrels of aged product per tank, per day. They offer a barrel-aged concentrate which sustainably matures wine and beer, including IPAs. 

Two Trees’ technology can help beer companies expand their flavor profiles by building from their core beers or test how much further products like IPAs, darker beers and beer with higher ABV can improve with sustainable maturation. The sustainable approach adds the depth and character of barrel-aging without the excess CO2 emissions, aging loss, and additional warehousing while saving trees. Brands that utilize either of the sustainable approaches can use the Sustainably Matured logo to indicate their proactive approach in reducing their carbon footprint.

“We are delivering on-trend, barrel-aged taste profiles through natural, sustainable maturation that provides unmatched consistency, agility and speed-to-market for brands across alcohol categories,” said Slagle. “We aren’t talking goals, we’re taking action and we encourage beer, wine and spirits producers to do the same.” 

“Our sustainable solutions are solving many issues simultaneously,” said Two Trees president Chris Sellers. “We can sustainably address the global shortage of sufficiently aged stock with less supply chain risk factors. As demand and costs rise faster than supply, we can help brands provide a consistent product without having to put products on allocation or shorting orders.”