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March 15, 2022

Old Bust Head unveils environmentally friendly beer, honors late daughter

Julie Broaddus, one of the co-founders of Old Bust Head, speaks to the crowd during the brewery's unveiling of its English Pale Ale made with local hops and recycled CO2. (Courtesy photo, Cara O'Neil)
By James Jarvis
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Old Bust Head Brewery unveiled its first batch of beer made using recycled carbon dioxide over the weekend, drawing praise from Scott District Supervisor Holder Trumbo for the brewery's positive impact on the environment.

“Fauquier takes our commitment to the environment very seriously, and we are fortunate to have strong partners in the business community who share that goal,” Trumbo told FauquierNow following the event. “None is stronger than [Old Bust Head Brewery], and we really appreciate them for it.”

During a ribbon-cutting Saturday, Julie Broaddus, one of the co-founders of Old Bust Head, announced the creation of their new English Pale Ale made with fresh local hops and recycled CO2.

“It is definitely the greenest beer we’ve ever brewed,” Broaddus said.

This is the latest of several Old Bust Head green initiatives, including installing solar arrays, LED lights and geothermal heating. Broaddus started taking on environmental enterprises thanks of her late daughter, Finley, who was a staunch environmentalist.

Finley died from a rare liver cancer in 2014.

Broaddus unveiled the new beer on Finley’s birthday.

“Finley was a lighthearted, exuberant person who had a serious concern about climate change,” Broaddus said. “While she was with us, she led by example while trying to get everyone else to be conscientious of our planet, as well. Yesterday was Finley’s birthday, so we think of this in a way as Finley’s birthday present.”

Old Bust Head is the first microbrewery in Virginia to use the new carbon capture technology, representatives said. But Broaddus noted during the ceremony she is not stopping at her own business -- she wants to inspire other breweries to invest in the carbon capture technology.

“We’ve got a blue ribbon here because we are super proud to be the first brewery in Virginia to capture our own CO2, but we definitely don’t want to be the only brewery capturing CO2,” she said. “We’ll be open to any breweries who want to come and check it out.”
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